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Agony of Defeat


  by - Senior Writer - Wednesday, December 4, 2013 8:48 AM
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Tajh Boyd loses the ball in the 4th quarter against South Carolina. (TigerNet Staff)

Anyone who grew up in my era (I was a kid in the 70’s and a teen in the 80’s) remembers ABC’s Wild World of Sports intro.

The show came on Saturday afternoons, and my dad would hit his favorite recliner for whatever sport or sports happened to be featured that day. Heck, all of us could repeat the phrase as easily as we could anything we learned in school.

“Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport! The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat! The human drama of athletic competition!”

When the commentator reached the part about the agony of defeat, the first scene showed a ski jumper wiping out at the base of a jump, his skis windmilling through the air, followed by motorcycle crash.

Saturday underneath Williams-Brice Stadium, the scene of the ski jumper and the “agony of defeat” rang all too true for Clemson players and coaches who filed out of the locker room after listening to head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s postgame comments.

Swinney, obviously disappointed, was whisked away by Athletic Director Dan Radakovich for a few moments before heading into his postgame press conference. Defensive ends coach Marion HobbyMarion Hobby
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grabbed a Chick-fil-A sandwich bag, sat on a bench outside of the coaches dressing room, head hung in dejection.

Other coaches filed in and out of the locker room, players talked in hushed tones to friends and family with tears in their eyes, disappointment etched in their faces.

The agony of defeat is sometimes inescapable, and sometimes the agony of defeat is self-inflicted. Saturday night’s loss was self-inflicted, with six turnovers ruining any chance the Tigers had to win the game. Four came in the fourth quarter after Clemson had claimed a 17-17 tie.

The sad truth – Clemson beat Clemson Saturday night in Williams-Brice. Two turnovers in plus territory on special teams. Clemson’s offensive line was working over South Carolina’s defensive line, playing one of its best games of the season.

“I thought our offensive line played extremely well,” offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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told me after the game. “I thought they protected, they played hard and they allowed us to run the football. I was extremely pleased with the way they played.”

Clemson’s offense ran just 57 plays and still racked up 352 yards of offense, averaging over six yards per play. Imagine if the Tigers hadn’t turned the ball over six times. The defense, despite the third down conversions by Shaw, limited South Carolina to just 318 total yards of offense.

If someone would have told you before the game that the offensive line would play well, the Tigers would have averaged six yards per play and held South Carolina to just 318 yards, you would have predicted a Clemson win, right?

The win was there for the taking, and Clemson blew it with six turnovers. Quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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said it was disappointing to know that ending the streak was within Clemson’s grasp, but the self-inflicted wounds allowed the streak to continue.

“It’s pretty disappointing. You obviously can’t turn the ball over six times and win,” Boyd said.

Boyd said that was par for the course against the Gamecocks over the past few seasons.

“We just never really played a complete and clean game against these guys. Congrats to those guys, they did a great job of capitalizing on it,” Boyd said. “But again, I think we hurt ourselves for the most part when we play these guys. I think this game was a little bit different because we had the momentum heading into it. We tied the score, and then we couldn’t capitalize. It sucks, ultimately. But you can’t dwell on it. Clemson will beat South Carolina again. It’s just a matter of who will do it. We had the opportunities and just didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. We lose the turnover margin every year, and you just can’t do that. We lost the turnover margin. You wanna know what is really wrong? Go look at the turnover margin every year. That will tell the story. The ball was in our court and momentum was in our favor and we just didn’t finish it.”

The agony of defeat, all too real.


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AGONY OF DEFEAT! yes I am still in agony!!***
ragtop
Greetings from Columbia...
blackrivertiger®
Re: Greetings from Columbia...
MemphisCat®
I believe Dabo and Co. nedd to spend more time with the
ragtop
Feel for you brother...
wyletigr
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PawsPastor
Okay, I'll say it again...
blackrivertiger®
Go suck on your scratch Coot
ObiWan
Re: Front Page Story: Agony of Defeat
CUGRAD1980
Re: So you are a geography major
Thomas Sumter 2013
Still can't seem to win the SEC Championship....
kodibuddy
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Carolina Pride
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41rcook
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jroberts1972
I thought it was an awesome display when.....
41rcook
I would like for Coach Swinney to adopt Urban Meyer's
CUGRAD1980
Re: I would like for Coach Swinney to adopt Urban Meyer's
74TIGER
We were losing by 7 before the implosion. Unacceptable
CUGradFan06
Re: We were losing by 7 before the implosion. Unacceptable
CUGRAD1980
You know what happens when you fire 10 win coaches
kfast600
Re: You know what happens when you fire 10 win coaches
CUGradFan06
Re: You know what happens when you fire 10 win coaches
CUGRAD1980
Re: You know what happens when you fire 10 win coaches
kfast600
Re: You know what happens when you fire 10 win coaches
Mmed76
if you were born here, then that goes to the top of the list***
chewbb23
A-FREAK'N-MAN!
hufferbilly
Re: We were losing by 7 before the implosion. Unacceptable
LowcountryJerk
Re: We were losing by 7 before the implosion. Unacceptable
CUGRAD1980
You're wrong. The first 2 turnovers were the most costly
sgatiger
Re: You're wrong. The first 2 turnovers were the most costly
76clemson
Re: Thought Turnovers Reflected Coaching
Thomas Sumter 2013
Re: Thought Turnovers Reflected Coaching
CUGRAD1980
Re: Front Page Story: Agony of Defeat***
Hi Cotton Tigger
Danny Ford had more power
Hi Cotton Tigger
Re: Danny Ford had more power
Coot wizard
Ford's firing was the curse
hufferbilly
Actually, the four turnovers were after USC took the lead...
sclawyer
Peasants? Good response! That should solve the problem.***
gvegaspaw
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TotalTeeTiger®
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gotigers72
^^^ Yes! Thank you. Let Cole play at the OB.
TotalTeeTiger®
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MikeFSU76
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Big Tuna
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Big Tuna
Respect for players/coaches
tigerbart
Bad coaching & play by CU, but also 5 great steals by SCar
Razzmatazz
I thought the OL played ok. Much better
Lilnaitch
Keep this story front page til next year
rgby83®

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