Chandler Catanzaro pushed a 31-yard field goal attempt wide-left into the Auburn student section after making a kick from 26 yards on the previous play. His first kick was nullified because of an illegal procedure penalty.
"My goal was to do the best for my team. They worked their butts off out there," Catanzaro said. "I came up short this time. I'm just going to go out there and try to make the next one. That's all I can do."
The ACC Tigers dropped to 2-1 as the SEC Tigers improved to 3-0.
"We had the team on the mat and wasn't quite able to finish it when we had a chance," said head coach Dabo Swinney. "I am proud of our guys. We win as a team. We lose as a team. It's disappointing that the field goal came off the board there at the end and we missed the second one.
"I'm proud of old Catanzaro. I wouldn't trade him for nobody."
Opportunities were there for the taking before either kick was attempted.
"We missed a play to Dwayne Allen there in regulation to set up the win. Missed a play in overtime on the little waggle play there, it would have been a great catch by Jaron [Brown]," Swinney said. "We've got to go on the road and make those plays."
Kyle Parker took credit for the mistakes.
"I think it was a bad pass," he said of the overtime incompletion. "If I have anything to say about it, I could have made it a lot easier on him. I think he did a great job getting open. I take 100 percent of the blame for that."
He was banged up for most of the second half after absorbing a hit on the ribs in the third quarter when he took off for a 6-yard run. Parker completed 21 of 35 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Clemson jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half before Auburn rallied with 24-unanswered points—21 of which came in the third quarter. But Clemson clawed back in the fourth quarter, tying the game on a 2-yard touchdown run by Andre Ellington, who rushed for 140 yards on 22 carries.
Auburn scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Newton to Darvin Adams on the ensuing possession.
With the score tied at 17, Parker was in the huddle for Clemson's next drive.
"I didn't come here to watch our guys and leave them whenever they needed me most," he said.
Jarvis Jenkins said his team weathered the storm after Auburn took the lead.
"The storm came and it hit. We overcame it and we battled," he said.
Newton completed just one pass and was limited to just 37 yards rushing in the first half.
"Everybody was just doing their job, basically just doing what you're supposed to do, not worrying about making plays," Jenkins said. "Everybody was just in their gaps, playing their assignments."
Newton finished 7 for 14 with 118 yards and a touchdown pass to go along with 68 yards on the ground.
"It is one of those ones where you leave and you really know you should have won," Parker said. "I think we did everything to earn it and everything to win—that's the game, though."
Clemson is off next week before a homecoming date with Miami on Oct. 2.
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