WATCH: Swinney postgame press conference for Auburn


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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney spoke to the media following Clemson's exciting 14-6 win over Auburn on Saturday night.

On the hard-fought, defensive nature of the game:
“I feel like I’m back at Alabama in 1988 after that one. What a tough, gritty game. That’s such a reflection of the heart of our guys. You have to find ways to win games, especially early in the season, and I’m just really proud of our guys, particularly on defense. Hats off to those guys. 11 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Our defensive line controlled the game. Really, all three levels of the defense played well. I can’t say enough good things.”

On the overall performance of the team in the win:
“This is the type of game that you can really use to help your team grow when preparing for conference play. I can’t say enough about the way that Kelly Bryant performed. Hunter Renfrow, Ray-Ray McCloud and a lot of our playmakers were great. Special teams played well, too. It was just a great all-around performance.”

On the high number of players who entered the game for the Tigers:
“That’s something that we feel like is a strength of our team. We love our depth. And, actually, there were some other guys who we would’ve liked to have gotten into the game tonight. But just for guys who got the playing experience tonight, that’ll be great for their growth moving forward.”

On the fan support at Death Valley:
“I just appreciate the environment and the atmosphere that they helped create tonight. I know this was a low-scoring slobberknocker, but they stuck with us and helped create a good energy for us tonight.”

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