Head Coach Dabo Swinney
was very disappointing. When you're going against a team as good as Florida
State, you don't have very much room for error. We fumbled in the beginning,
had a busted play, fumbled again and before you know it, it's 17-0. When you
spot a team that good 17 points, it's a huge uphill challenge. We never could
swing the momentum back in our favor and turnovers were a huge part of that.
You can't win when you play like that. We had too many penalties and we just
didn't play smart. This was a huge missed opportunity for our team.
State is a heck of a football team. I wish we had played better and that's no
one's fault but mine. We're going to find out what we're made of going forward.
We have to put this behind us and move on. When Monday morning rolls around,
Maryland is going to be the biggest game of the year. The character and
leadership of this team has to come through and we have to be who we know we
are. Our guys will respond."
Tajh Boyd and team leadership:
have a lot of leaders on this team. Everything comes easy when it's going great
and everyone's patting you on the back, but you run into a buzz saw like we did
tonight, that's when the leadership shows through. Our leaders will respond. We
have a long way to go to get to 7-1. There's still a lot to play for. There are
five games left in the season and if we get back on track, anything can happen.
We have to fix our mistakes."
State might be the best team in the nation. We knew they were good coming in.
You don't have a lot of room for error against a team like that. You can't make
the mistakes that we made unless they're making them too, and they didn't. Once
they got up 17-0, the way the game was called was changed on both sides. They
took advantage on all of our mistakes. They might be the best team in the
guys playing hard:
going to go back and look at the film. It's never as good as it seems, but also
never as bad as it seems. There will be some good things to take away from
this. There are guys who played well, but overall we have to play better. Adam
Humphries had a really great punt return and Spencer Shuey played his heart
out. Guys like Shuey are hard to come by. He is one of those guys that really
gives you everything he has, all the time."
the game atmosphere:
fans are amazing and the atmosphere tonight was amazing, but we never gave our
fans a chance to get into the game. The students who stayed were awesome in the
fourth quarter. It was great to see them still there cheering on our guys. That
was awesome and we really appreciate the support."
State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher
On playing in this environment:
"Tonight was an amazing environment. This is a tremendous
place to play. It's one of the great places in college football. It
was a tremendous atmosphere with GameDay being here, I thought our kids handled
that very well. I thought that was one of the keys in all phases.
I'm very proud with the way our team handled this game. I thought both
the offensive and defensive lines did a great job controlling the lines of
scrimmages, allowing our skill guys to function because of pressure. I
thought our coaches did a great job getting these guys ready to play and our
players played very well. Our players care about each other and played
together like a team tonight."
On early scores:
"Especially on the road, you get confidence, the young guys get
confidence and you don't take out the crowd, but you can make it
manageable. It was very critical and our guys feed off each other and we
talked about handling momentum when on the road and once you get it you try and
ride it and we were able to get that momentum and kept riding it."
On his team's confidence:
"They're mature, they're growing, they're getting older, they
understand the moments. You have to go through things and play in
different environments and atmospheres. These guys love each other.
This group is a very tight group of guys. They really care about each
other. These coaches do a good job with these guys, showing a lot of
care, they coach them hard to do those things. They don't worry about
style. Style isn't important to them, substance is what matters.
They understand the power of preparation and they feel prepared. I love
coaching this football team."
On Jameis Winston's performance:
"I'm very proud of him. The guy is a competitor. He
steps up in the moment, but we played well around him. The interception
was our fault. The headset went out. We signaled the route to the
receiver and they ran the double move. The coach who signaled to Winston
signaled for the single move. We had to throw away the headset.
That could have cost you the ballgame. It cost us a huge turnover in the
game. He didn't make that mistake, but he handled it well."
what went wrong tonight:
it was a disappointing loss and we did some uncharacteristic things which you
can't do against a team like that. We couldn't bounce back and rebound like we
thought we could. We just got to get back at it at practice."
all the hype how disappointing is this loss?
very disappointing. They're a very good team, but we didn't play up to our
capabilities and that was the most disappointing thing."
would you characterize your play?
just didn't perform the way I was capable. As a leader it's my job to go out
and lead and perform, and I just didn't do that tonight. There were a couple
moments that I would like to have back, but you just have to keep on working."
the bar for the rest of the season?
"We still have a lot
at stake and a lot to play for. Our main goal is to go out and win the next
one. As disappointing as this is, you just have to let it go before it beats
Receiver Sammy Watkins
after all of the hype:
a Clemson player it really hurts, but we still have more at stake. We have a
lot of games left and the only thing we can do as leaders is to lead the young
guys. We play Maryland next and that's the biggest game for us. We just have to
lift our heads up and keep playing."
lack of rhythm:
had some minor mistakes and didn't play as a complete team and that hurt us.
They executed better than us and they got the win."
the mentality now?
a long season and we still have a lot of things that we can accomplish.
Anything can happen. There were a lot of top 10 teams that lost this week, so
the only thing we can do is lift the young guys up and just try to win out."
did a lot of things defensively which kept up from clicking on offense. We
missed a lot of reads and didn't have a good rhythm. We had two fumbles and
doing that against a good caliber team will hurt you."
the two fumbles suck the life out of you?
you make those kinds of mistakes against a great team, you won't win. Those two
turnovers really hurt us, but it was more than that. As an offense we never got
clicking and we hurt ourselves."
Back Roderick McDowell
disappointing was this?
very disappointing but at the end of the day we still control our own destiny
in terms of how far we go. We just have to continue to go out and play Clemson
football and find our swagger back on offense."
a senior, what do you tell to the younger guys?
just have to keep leading. You know what, if we win out and go 11-1 we'll still
go to a BCS bowl and that's my mindset. So we just have to keep executing on
the little stuff."
do you do after an emotional loss like that?
just go to the next game. It's on Maryland now. At the end of the day I just
have to watch film and keep getting better."
End Corey Crawford
what Florida State did differently than what was planned:
they just outplayed us. It wasn't really that they did anything different, they
just executed their plan to win better than we did."
if Clemson was shell shocked by Florida State's success:
it was. But from the jump, we gave them momentum. When they took the momentum,
they kept it and I just tip my hat off to them because they played a very good
where Clemson goes next:
just move on. We move to the next opponent. We come in Monday morning and look
at the film from today, learn from it and get ready for Maryland."
what is left this season:
still will try to win out the season and aim for a BCS Bowl. You never
know what can happen. Anything can happen. Florida State could lose in a couple
weeks or something like that. You just never know. We just have to keep playing
and let other things take care of themselves."
Tackle Grady Jarrett
the play of Florida State's offensive line:
just have to get better. We know we're better than that. We just can't let that
the play of Jameis Winston:
think he was a really good player and he is only going to get better. I wish
him the best."
if Florida State is a better team:
out executed us today and they were the better team tonight."
dead tonight. You have to end it tonight. The season starts tomorrow. This game
won't affect us going into next week. We're going to learn from it and we're
going to get better from it."