Clemson players FSU postgame interviews

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Quarterback Tajh Boyd
On what went wrong tonight:
“Obviously, it was a disappointing loss and we did some uncharacteristic things which you can’t do against a team like that. We couldn’t bounce back and rebound like we thought we could. We just got to get back at it at practice.”

After all the hype how disappointing is this loss?
“It’s very disappointing. They’re a very good team, but we didn’t play up to our capabilities and that was the most disappointing thing.”

How would you characterize your play?
“I just didn’t perform the way I was capable. As a leader it’s my job to go out and lead and perform, and I just didn’t do that tonight. There were a couple moments that I would like to have back, but you just have to keep on working.”

Where’s the bar for the rest of the season?
“We still have a lot at stake and a lot to play for. Our main goal is to go out and win the next one. As disappointing as this is, you just have to let it go before it beats you twice.”

Defensive Tackle Grady Jarrett
On the play of Florida State’s offensive line:
“We just have to get better. We know we’re better than that. We just can’t let that happen.”

On the play of Jameis Winston:
“I think he was a really good player and he is only going to get better. I wish him the best.”

On if Florida State is a better team:
“They out executed us today and they were the better team tonight.”

On moving forward:
“It’s dead tonight. You have to end it tonight. The season starts tomorrow. This game won’t affect us going into next week. We’re going to learn from it and we’re going to get better from it.”

Defensive End Corey Crawford
On what Florida State did differently than what was planned:
“Tonight they just outplayed us. It wasn’t really that they did anything different, they just executed their plan to win better than we did.”

On if Clemson was shell shocked by Florida State’s success:
“Yes, it was. But from the jump, we gave them momentum. When they took the momentum, they kept it and I just tip my hat off to them because they played a very good game.”

On where Clemson goes next:
“We just move on. We move to the next opponent. We come in Monday morning and look at the film from today, learn from it and get ready for Maryland.”

On what is left this season:
“We still will try to win out the season and aim for a BCS Bowl. You never know what can happen. Anything can happen. Florida State could lose in a couple weeks or something like that. You just never know. We just have to keep playing and let other things take care of themselves.”

Running Back Roderick McDowell
How disappointing was this?
“It’s very disappointing but at the end of the day we still control our own destiny in terms of how far we go. We just have to continue to go out and play Clemson football and find our swagger back on offense.”

As a senior, what do you tell to the younger guys?
“We just have to keep leading. You know what, if we win out and go 11-1 we’ll still go to a BCS bowl and that’s my mindset. So we just have to keep executing on the little stuff.”

What do you do after an emotional loss like that?
“I just go to the next game. It’s on Maryland now. At the end of the day I just have to watch film and keep getting better.”

Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins
Disappointment after all of the hype…
“As a Clemson player it really hurts, but we still have more at stake. We have a lot of games left and the only thing we can do as leaders is to lead the young guys. We play Maryland next and that’s the biggest game for us. We just have to lift our heads up and keep playing.”

On lack of rhythm…
“We had some minor mistakes and didn’t play as a complete team and that hurt us. They executed better than us and they got the win.”

What’s the mentality now?
“It’s a long season and we still have a lot of things that we can accomplish. Anything can happen. There were a lot of top 10 teams that lost this week, so the only thing we can do is lift the young guys up and just try to win out.”

On FSU’s defense…
“They did a lot of things defensively which kept up from clicking on offense. We missed a lot of reads and didn’t have a good rhythm. We had two fumbles and doing that against a good caliber team will hurt you.”

Did the two fumbles suck the life out of you?
“If you make those kinds of mistakes against a great team, you won’t win. Those two turnovers really hurt us, but it was more than that. As an offense we never got clicking and we hurt ourselves.”

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