Making his national television debut, the nation's No. 1 player spent much of Saturday afternoon attacking the Northwestern backfield from all angles, causing fumbles, sacks and constant havoc.
The performance earned Clowney his team's defensive MVP award for the game, the admiration of the ESPNU crew announcing the game and even the attention of NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
But it didn't earn him a win.
"We've been preparing for this game for two weeks since we played the AFC Rangers -- we looked over the AFC Rangers just to prepare for this game," Clowney said. "I think our coaches prepared us well, we just didn't execute some of the time.
Northwestern's Justin Worley went 12-for-12 with 5 passing touchdowns in the third quarter along as the Trojans defeated Clowney's Stallions.
"Messed up on coverages," Clowney said. "Half of the people got one coverage and the other team didn't get (the right coverage) so that's what happened."
While Clowney and his team are looking to get back on the winning track, he will also be planning his future track. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound prospect maintains that South Carolina and Alabama stand out right now and that the two programs are recruiting him the hardest.
"You've seen 'em roll the tide," he said with a smile. "They play hard. South Carolina [is] in a little trouble right now, so I don't know right now. Still thinking about where I'm going to go to. It's a big decision, though."
Clowney knows of one early season game he's going to go see.
"Alabama-South Carolina game, I'm going," he said. "Got to go to that game."
He says he will take all five official visits before making a decision.
"I just want to go and get a good education -- hope to play in the league one day."