Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has ordered a Clemson University flag to be flown over the Statehouse on Tuesday, in honor of the Tigers winning the national football championship.
Gov. Haley released a statement about Clemson on Tuesday morning:
"I'm a proud Clemson alum, I'm a proud governor, and I'm a proud South Carolinian," the governor said. "Clemson showed their heart and humility throughout the entire season, and in an unforgettable national championship victory, they reminded us that, with faith and hard work, anything is possible. That's what defines South Carolina."
The last time Clemson University football had their flag flown over the Statehouse, the year was 1981. Other schools who have had their flags flown over the Statehouse include University of South Carolina baseball in 2010 and 2011, as well as Coastal Carolina University baseball in 2016.
The Tigers (14-1) upset No. 1 Alabama (14-1) on Monday night with a 35-31 victory in Tampa, Florida. Clemson overcame a 14-point deficit to win the championship rematch with the Crimson Tide. Deshaun Watson connected threw a 2-yard TD pass to Hunter Renfrow with one second left for the winning score.