|Swinney talks turnovers, the future of Chad Morris|
|by David Hood - Senior Writer - Sunday, December 1, 2013 6:15 PM||
Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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Swinney’s Tigers turned the ball over six times Saturday night against South Carolina, including four in a fourth quarter that saw the two teams tied at 17-17 when that quarter began. When it ended, South Carolina claimed a 31-17 victory.
“It’s a very frustrating and disappointing loss. Very proud of how our guys fought to overcome some obvious critical mistakes we had in the game,” Swinney said. “The real positive in this game is that our guys' effort was good, they played hard and we almost overcame the mistakes. There were just too many. It comes down to how we play. The turnovers - you just can't win with that many. We had critical penalties and a couple of fluke things. Just very disappointed with the finish. It's definitely not what we wanted.
Swinney said one positive was that the offensive line played one of its best games of the season.
"There were a lot of good things in the game. The o-line played probably its best game,” he said. “(Brandon) Thomas, (Tyler) Shatley and (Isaiah) Battle performed very well. Hot Rod, man, it was great to see us run the ball the way we did. Tajh played very well up until that turnover. He was fighting for extra yards there. That was a critical turnover because we were going down to tie it up. We got a stop but then we fumbled the punt return and that was the dagger.”
Clemson’s defensive line also held up well.
“Defensively I thought Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
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"Injury-wise we came out of it probably the best we've come out of a game this year.”
"We were ahead of where we were this time last year. We had 16 going into this game. We've been a good turnover-margin team, one of the best in the country. We just had a complete blowup in that area. I wish I could point to one thing. Sammy kind of floated the ball. Adam was open, but their guy came up from the backside and made a great play. The ball hit Martavis, and that's a tough break. Tajh, he's fihting for yards and the ball was out there. Same thing with Adam. For whatever reason those things have come in spurts. And it's very disappointing because those things change games. We win the turnover margin, we feel like we can win the game but we didn't give ourselves a chance in that regard."
On wanting to be in a BCS Bowl
“We absolutely want to be in the BCS. That's a no-brainer. I still think we're one of the best teams in the country. That's a fact. We've been one of the most consistent teams in the country. I wish we could win them all but there are only a couple of undefeated teams. We've had 10 turnovers in those two games. That's why y'all hear me talk about the turnover margin all the time. Yes, we want the best possible postseason we can get. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is great. But I think we should be in the BCS. We were in the top 10 for 14 weeks this year, which was a school record. I think our losses have been to two good teams, one of which is playing for the national title. We're a team that can play with anybody in the country. We'd love to be in the BCS and we think we deserve to be."
"Those are things as they arise that we always communicate on. I've had no communication with anyone about anything like that. If we have guys that have opportunities, if jobs come open, the biggest thing is communication and everyone being on the same page. We usually don't address that during the season."
Swinney ended by saying that no one has contacted him to talk to Morris at this point.
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