Dabo Swinney FSU postgame press conference

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Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney
Overall thoughts:
“This was very disappointing. When you’re going against a team as good as Florida State, you don’t have very much room for error. We fumbled in the beginning, had a busted play, fumbled again and before you know it, it’s 17-0. When you spot a team that good 17 points, it’s a huge uphill challenge. We never could swing the momentum back in our favor and turnovers were a huge part of that. You can’t win when you play like that. We had too many penalties and we just didn’t play smart. This was a huge missed opportunity for our team.

“Florida State is a heck of a football team. I wish we had played better and that’s no one’s fault but mine. We’re going to find out what we’re made of going forward. We have to put this behind us and move on. When Monday morning rolls around, Maryland is going to be the biggest game of the year. The character and leadership of this team has to come through and we have to be who we know we are. Our guys will respond.”

On Tajh Boyd and team leadership:
“We have a lot of leaders on this team. Everything comes easy when it’s going great and everyone’s patting you on the back, but you run into a buzz saw like we did tonight, that’s when the leadership shows through. Our leaders will respond. We have a long way to go to get to 7-1. There’s still a lot to play for. There are five games left in the season and if we get back on track, anything can happen. We have to fix our mistakes.”

On Florida State:
“Florida State might be the best team in the nation. We knew they were good coming in. You don’t have a lot of room for error against a team like that. You can’t make the mistakes that we made unless they’re making them too, and they didn’t. Once they got up 17-0, the way the game was called was changed on both sides. They took advantage on all of our mistakes. They might be the best team in the country.”

On guys playing hard:
“We’re going to go back and look at the film. It’s never as good as it seems, but also never as bad as it seems. There will be some good things to take away from this. There are guys who played well, but overall we have to play better. Adam Humphries had a really great punt return and Spencer Shuey played his heart out. Guys like Shuey are hard to come by. He is one of those guys that really gives you everything he has, all the time.”

On the game atmosphere:
“Our fans are amazing and the atmosphere tonight was amazing, but we never gave our fans a chance to get into the game. The students who stayed were awesome in the fourth quarter. It was great to see them still there cheering on our guys. That was awesome and we really appreciate the support.”

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