MIAMI — Jacoby Ford called the final play, promising Clemson's coaches it would work. Did it ever.
Kyle Parker threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ford in overtime, giving Clemson a wild, wacky 40-37 win over No. 8 Miami on Saturday night — the biggest win during Dabo Swinney's tenure as coach, the Tigers' first victory in their last nine tries over ranked teams, and their first road win over a Top 10 foe in more than eight years.
"It was a play that we had never run before," Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier said.
It was a play Miami won't want to see again.
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"We knew this game was going to come down to who made more plays," Ford said. "And we did."
C.J. Spiller had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown — the sixth of his career — and a long catch for another score, on his way to a school-record 310 all-purpose yards for the Tigers (4-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). DeAndre McDaniel had a 23-yard interception for another touchdown and Richard Jackson hit a 30-yard field goal with five seconds left in regulation to tie the game.
Clemson trailed seven times in the game, erasing every one, Ford's TD catch the lasting blow.
"This has to be my toughest loss here," Harris said. "We fought so hard throughout the game as a team and didn't come out with the victory. We let Clemson outwork us, we turned the ball over too much — little things that made us get to this point."