He led the go-ahead drive with his arms — and legs — to keep the Tigers’ unbeaten streak alive at 20 games and improve his record as a starter to 16-0. He finished 18 of 30 passing for 206 yards and a touchdown, adding 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Those aren’t Heisman-caliber statistics, but the sophomore quarterback turned it up when it mattered most. He made the plays when they were needed.SN’s TOP 40 PLAYERS: Lawrence at top of loaded classThis was Clemson’s closest call since Lawrence’s first start, against Syracuse last season. The Tigers and Heels were tied 14-14 after a fourth-and-1 stop by Clemson’s defense with 12:34 remaining in regulation. That’s when Lawrence — who was 6 of 14 for 36 yards in the third quarter — turned back the Tar Heels’ upset bid.His three carries for 16 yards on the drive helped set up a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins on third-and-6 that put Clemson up 21-14 with 9:54 remaining. The throw, however, forced Higgins to turn around.That has been the story with Lawrence this season. Ever since his 347-yard, three-touchdown performance in last January’s 44-16 victory over Alabama for the national championship, he has been held to an impossible standard: Heisman favorite, future No. 1 draft pick, future Super Bowl MVP.He is expected to be that quarterback on every throw, so the early-season interception bug and ho-hum statistical lines have been picked through as a result. Lawrence hasn’t produced to the level of Heisman favorites Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields or Joe Burrow. He is supposed to be dominating the ACC.MORE: Hurts opens Heisman lead with huge Big 12 debutClemson didn’t dominate North Carolina, but that’s not all on Lawrence. The Tar Heels drove for a potential game-tying touchdown after Clemson had pulled ahead, only to come up short as it went for the big upset. Clemson survived the onside kick and the game, both of which were closer than they needed to be.That’s going to be the rub for Clemson the rest of the way. The Tigers were a 2-point conversion away from being on the outside of a Playoff race that’s complicated by the Tigers’ low strength of schedule. Wake Forest is likely the only team remaining on Clemson’s regular-season schedule that will be ranked.There is good news, though: Clemson has time to reach that untouchable level, and its bye week comes at the right time. The Tigers should be more focused when they return against Florida State on Oct. 12.Here’s the bad news: This performance will leave Clemson with a perception problem. Alabama could be No. 1 on Sunday. The two-SEC-team argument is strengthening, and Ohio State still looks like it can play with Clemson. The Tigers might not get the championship benefit of the doubt if they lose a game in what’s considered a weak ACC. That is, unless Lawrence starts playing at that otherworldly level again. He doesn’t have to be the Heisman winner, No. 1 pick or future Super Bowl MVP. He just needs to be the quarterback who puts Clemson in position to win games and earn another shot at the Playoff.Also don’t lose sight of the fact Lawrence would still have had 1:17 on the clock had UNC converted the 2-point try and taken the lead. He probably would have put Clemson in position to win the game.Why would you expect anything less? Trevor Lawrence’s brilliance for Clemson in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game created unfair expectations for him and the defending national champions heading into 2019.Lawrence might still be fighting through those otherworldly expectations, but he proved his value once more in No. 1 Clemson’s 21-20 victory at North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels missed a 2-point conversion try and an onside kick in the final minute, but Lawrence had put the Tigers in position to win.