WATCH: ESPN postgame interview with Swinney
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"It's never easy to win first of all," Swinney said during his postgame interview. "It's a game of performance not a game of supposed to. You got to play. I didn't think we played very well on defense in the second half. I am disappointed in that. They were able to scheme us up a little bit and get us a man short and gap short and made some plays. Give them credit. I thought Syracuse played their tails off. We are going to get everybody's best shot and we know that. I'm really proud of our offense. I don't know what we ended up with yards-wise, but we made some big plays down the stretch. Really, outside of a couple turnovers this game is not as close. Got to give Syracuse credit. They were able to keep the ball a little bit. They had a 97-yard drive on us. Nobody has done that on us all year long. You give those guys credit. Great game. Fun to get the win up here. At the end of the day, it's the 10th win for us for the 5th year in a row. And that is the first time ever for Clemson football. We are just trying to get better each and every year and each and every week and the best is yet to come for us."
"It's a four quarter game," Swinney said. "We talk about that all the time. It is never easy. There are things that happen in football - penalties, turnovers, other great plays about the opponent. But tonight we were able to get it done. That last drive there was big time."