Watkins' decision is on the way

MIAMI GARDENS - If it was indeed Sammy Watkins' last game in a Clemson uniform, it certainly was a good one.

Spectacular might be more fitting adjective.

The junior from nearby Fort Myers finished with 16 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

His decision to turn pro or stick around for Clemson one more season has already been made. The formal announcement will be made on Tuesday during a press conference at the school.

"I've made my decision, but I definitely want to have respect for the university and coaches," Watkins said. "We talked about the situation and what was going to happen after this game.

"We'll take that up on Tuesday."

Already the owner of the Clemson record for all-time receiving yards, Watkins set the school marks for receptions [240] and tied DeAndre Hopkins' touchdown catch record of 27 during the 40-35 win over Ohio State.

"It's not all about me, and it's definitely the offense that coach [Chad] Morris is running," Watkins said. "It's an honor to break all those records, but it's great to do it with the team and have all the success with the team."

Much of the success Watkins has enjoyed has been with Tajh Boyd pulling the trigger. He wasn't too an either on Friday night at Sun Life Stadium.

"The biggest thing going into this game, we were going to win or lose the game going through No. 10 or No. 2," said Dabo Swinney. "That was the plan."

Good call, coach.

"Tonight was a special night for Clemson and our offense," Watkins said. "We definitely excelled against Ohio State. Tajh played great and the offensive line played great."

Boyd, who was sacked twice, completed 31 of his 40 passes for 378 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 127 yards and a score.

"To see this young man finish his career tonight with an exclamation point like he did and leave here as the winningest quarterback in the history of our school -- he's tied with Rodney Williams -- there's not a more deserving guy out there, and he did it in three years as our starting quarterback.

"He's special."

Boyd had similar feelings about his final game at Clemson.

"This is a very special night," he said. "Just the significance of this game, not for me particularly, not for this team particularly, but for the university, for the fans that support us day in and day out has been unbelievable. So it's very special, very special evening. I couldn't pick a better way to go out as a senior."

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