After the Tigers grabbed a big lead, and lots of momentum, early, the key to staying on top became denying Syracuse a favorable momentum swing.
At several pivotal points in Clemson's 49-14 victory over the Orange, the Tigers did just that.
In that regard, no one came up bigger than cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
With Clemson leading 35-14, the Orange still had hope - bolstered by Devante McFarland's 38-yard run on a 'puntrooskie' style fake that gave Syracuse a first down at the Clemson 18.
On a second-and-eight play from the 16, Breeland broke up a pass, as Syracuse was flagged for holding.
On second-and-18 from the 26, he made what might have been a touchdown-saving tackle on a throw-back pass and run.
And then, on fourth-and-three from the 13, Breeland had Syracuse wide receiver Christopher Clark covered like a glove on an incompletion that turned the ball back over to the Tigers.
(It's worth noting that none of Syracuse's three primary wide receivers - Clark, Jarrod West, or Jeremiah Kobena - caught a pass on Saturday).
Two plays later, Tajh Boyd delivered a 91-yard touchdown strike to Sammy Watkins, who ran down the ball as he ran past the Syracuse defense, putting Clemson on top 42-14 and settling the outcome once and for all.