Head Coach Dabo Swinney
game was exactly like you would want to script it. We had an almost
flawless first half, and I'm happy to see our seniors on the field.
fact that we had sellout crowds against both SC State and The Citadel is one of
our biggest accomplishments.
opening drive was the only one we didn't score, and our defense was flawless as
well. We played to our standard, not anything else."
sending out this group of seniors:
Christian got his first touchdown and (Chandler) Catanzaro is now the No. 2
scorer in the ACC. Sammy (Watkins) had a great start and Tajh (Boyd) was on the
told the seniors we have gotten 31 wins in not quite three seasons. We
are not done yet. We may be done at home, but we are not done."
the next game against South Carolina:
excited about USC week. We have a couple of injuries. We probably
lost Travis Blanks, who is a great leader on the team. Zac Brooks has
been battling a shoulder injury. We thought he would be able to finish
out the season, but it looks like he is going to need surgery.
have the biggest game of the year this week. For our seniors, they know
how important this game is. A win is definitely on the short list of
things they haven't done."
the play of Daniel Rodriguez and Military Appreciation Day:
was a special moment getting to see Daniel Rodriguez in the end zone. God
has a way of working it out, and it was great to see our own Purple Heart
recipient get a score.
have great respect for the Citadel and their program. We have a great
military background here at Clemson and no one does Military Appreciation Day
Tajh Boyd's impact on the program:
was emotional to have a curtain call for the seniors. I told the seniors
to leave Clemson better than when they got here. Tajh has made us an
elite program again. He embraced his role and enjoyed every second as the
quarterback at Clemson University. His vision was to leave his mark on
Clemson, and he has done that. How he has represented our university and
been an ambassador for Clemson is awesome."
Citadel Head Coach Kevin Higgins
was disappointed. I believe we could have played better. From an offensive
standpoint I wish we could have had some more first downs, and could have held
on to the ball. Their defensive scheme is the best we have gone against in our
four years running the triple option. The talent they have is something we have
not seen in a long time. Brent Venables did a great job with that scheme
against Georgia Tech, and he did a great job against us. Clemson has scored 50
plus points against a lot of people and we were hoping we could have gotten a
few more takeaways, but unfortunately we could not do that."
play of seniors on team:
is really a great group of seniors. They have changed much of the culture in
the football program. Now it becomes the younger guys' responsibility to carry
the torch and get the program over the hump. These seniors have left us some
great examples of how to do that and do it the right way."
field goals by Thomas Warren:
was nice to see Thomas make two field goals today. He walked on from Bishop
England High School, and it really is a great story. Unfortunately, you lose
the game and the season ends, but there are so many great stories in the locker
room that are missed often times. Thomas is a good story because he came as a
walk-on, earned a scholarship, and came back for a fifth year and did a nice
job for us."
we go through practice each week we have the scout team trying to simulate
their speed, but you just can't do that when we have guys running 4.8 and they
have guys running a 4.4. The speed they showed on the field is so much different
than what we saw in practice. It takes time to get adjusted and when you start
spreading guys out wide, they hit you up the middle with their other weapons.
The volume of plays they run also makes it very challenging to defend."
Clemson Player Quotes
will probably hit me when the season is actually over, but right now it's about
getting a win and getting ready for next week. I think that we did some
really good things, it was a very emotional game for some of the guys and I was
really proud of them. I don't think we could have handled the game better
than that, especially with it being your last home game."
bowing at midfield:
was spur of the moment. It was one of those deals when I was coming off
and thought, 'Might as well.' I'm very appreciative of the fans, they
have been very supportive throughout my time here, they've been a joy to be
around and it feels good to be appreciative as well."
the final hit he took:
I'm still feeling that one. I figured I was going to come out somewhere
around there, I knew I wasn't going to play much of the second half.
Again, I was trying to make the most of the opportunities while I was out
there. Again, coach told me we were going to call a time out, and you're
going to get a walk off. It was a special day, I had great people around
me, and a great supporting cast. It couldn't be a more positive game."
Receiver Sammy Watkins
team goals against South Carolina:
just want to play a good game and have good practices this week, just worry
about what we can control. Every year they play well and the past two
years they out-played us, they wanted it the most. This year we must
focus on eliminating our mistakes and have fun and play."
the pressure to win next Saturday:
is a lot of pressure with this game, but as players we can't worry about those
things. We must go out there like every game and have fun, because that's
what it's about. If we hold the ball and take care it we will be alright.
If we have three-and-outs or punt the ball that will be fine, but we can't have
any fumbles or interceptions."
this possibly being his last home game experience:
game is a good experience, just being with the guys every day in
practice. It's a great experience seeing how the seniors went out.
It's a great experience seeing those guys and the legacy they have left here,
one they will carry over to the next level."
scoring his first career touchdown:
couldn't have come at a more perfect time, being that it is senior day. Just
scoring a touchdown, it was awesome. Corey (Crawford), Grady (Jarrett) and
(Bashaud) Breeland did their jobs which allowed me to score."
playing option teams back to back:
been playing against Georgia Tech for four years, so it's nothing that's really
new. We were able to come out and execute. Today we knew that The Citadel would
come out and fight, but we were ready for it."
Back Darius Robinson
sad knowing that I've played my last game at Death Valley but at the same time
I'm excited for the guys that are still here. They'll carry on the great things
that we've done. I'm just ready to be a fan now."
the upcoming game against South Carolina:
definitely a big game. They're our rival and they're in our way to having the
best season that we possibly can. We want to win, so of course it's a big game
and we're looking forward to it. We're going to work really hard this week and
invest a lot of time into it. It's the most important game of the year right
the in-state rivalry:
definitely big. We know the fans are going to get on us pretty hard. There is
going to be a lot of talk and chatter during the game, so it comes down to knowing
what we need to do on the field and not get caught up in the other stuff."
what a win over the Gamecocks would mean:
never want to lose the game, but we're just worried about Clemson. We're not
worried about the other team; we just need to do what we do. I'm definitely
excited; we're going to be on the big stage again with everyone watching, so
it's going to be fun."