|Quotes from Saturday's 38-35 win over Georgia|
|by Nikki Steele - Staff Writer - Sunday, September 1, 2013 7:09 PM||
CLEMSON- The Clemson Tigers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 38-35 in a thrilling, high-octane game Saturday night in front of a sold out Death Valley.
Below are comments and reactions from Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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The Coaches Corner
"This was a great win. This was a gutsy win. The character and toughness that our guys showed tonight was something special. We were ready to go. We knew this was going to be a slug-fest for four quarters. Georgia is a great team. We stood them up in the trenches when we needed to, we got stops when we needed to and we ran the ball when we needed to. We made too many mistakes, but we overcame them. This really was a gutsy win.
"The little things won the game for us. Our effort and intensity was awesome. This was a good start to the season. We accomplished our first goal - win the opener. We need to get better. I'm proud of this team and our fans. This was a magical day. The energy all day was incredible and it was capped off by a special night. We're going to celebrate this win today and refocus tomorrow. Our goal is to get better by next week"
On the atmosphere in Death Valley
"The game-winning touchdown was scored by #81 (Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
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"Clemson is a very good football team. They did what they had to do to win the football game. Tajh (Boyd) had a good game and Sammy (Watkins) did his thing. The touchdown Watkins had was a great job of breaking the tackle and taking it to the house. Both teams played a great game and had bright moments. At least we got it down to where we had a shot at an onside kick. We weren't able to get it and lost the game."
On the start of the season
“We knew they were ready. We knew Georgia would be ready. We practiced for 29 days essentially and they are tired of watching film on us and we’re tired of watching film on them. Both teams were ready to play. And I think you saw that tonight. That’s what you ask for in an opener like this between two heavyweight teams. I was very proud of the way our guys responded tonight.”
“It’s his turn. Just as you see so many kids in our program that when their turn comes they excel. Two years ago, he was a wanting to transfer type of guy – he wasn’t sure if he wanted to be here getting very little playing time. To come out here and play like he did, I’m proud of him and he’ll be the first to tell you how key our offensive line was to running the football.”
On the defensive front stopping the run
“Numbers don’t show how the Tigers slowed the Georgia running game- yeah (we) absolutely (got Murray uncomfortable). Even in the run game, they popped a couple long runs, but other than that, I really thought our guys defended the run really well and it started upfront. Even on the second-long run, (Todd Gurley) stopped and started and we missed him at the second level. That’s what a great back will do and he got better as the game wore on, but our guys did well. Our guys upfront made the difference.”
On pressuring Murray
“The guys upfront won the game for us. At end of the day, they were disruptive enough. We didn’t miss tackles where they went on long runs. At the second level, we were making running backs start and stop. When Murray was not sacked, they were disruptive enough that the throws were off. Those guys came out and played at a high level.”
Quick Hits with the players
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray
On the challenges the Georgia offense faced
"Our biggest challenge was dealing with the crowd noise and penalties. We killed ourselves with penalties tonight. It's tough to convert third-and-long. Penalties are a big reason why we lost tonight."
On the atmosphere in Death Valley
"It was crazy. It was loud, which made communication tough. We expected that and we practiced for it, but it is tough to simulate an environment like this."
Clemson quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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On how it feels to take a knee in the victory formation
“That’s the sweetest play we have in our playbook – Ace Victory,” Boyd said. “It was a situation where we knew this game could go two ways. We knew it could be a really close game the whole way or it wouldn’t be close at all. I think this team is ready for any situation. I think we did a good job of handling adversity. “
On what the win over Georgia means
"I think it was a good win. Nothing that we didn't expect in the program, but I think it turned a lot of heads in college football. It was a very monumental win for this University, for this program, for the conference in general. I think we were the only non-conference team to beat two top-10 SEC teams in a row and all that good stuff is great, but just have to continue to keep working and keep our eyes on the prize. This is only the opener. We have 11 more games left. We just have to continue to work."
On the dropped passes by the wide receivers
"Overall, I think too many mistakes and too many drops. I think we were kind of psyched out a little bit because it was Georgia, and a big game and we just have to treat it like any other game. It still can hurt us losing another game. We just have to get better and work at it in practice. We just need to calm down and relax in the game. I think we kind of did it in the fourth quarter when we started making a lot of plays on the edge and blocking. It's a great accomplishment against Georgia."
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