Clemson vs South Carolina: Post-game Quotes and Interviews

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Clemson vs. South Carolina– November 27, 2010

Post-Game Quotes

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney

Overall Thoughts:

“This was a very disappointing game. We didn’t play smart. South Carolina
is a very good team and you can’t give a good team easy points like we did
with the interception and penalties. I am just very disappointed in how we
played, I can’t put it any other way. You have to give credit to USC and
how they played.”

On inserting Tajh Boyd:

“I’m proud of him. This was great experience for him to draw on. He had
some really good throws and ran the ball well. He is a talented young

On the play of his defense:

“Last year we allowed USC about 200 rushing yards. Tonight we only gave up
97 rushing yards. I’m proud of how our guys played up front, especially
Jenkins and Thompson.”

On the disappointment of the season:

“This was a very disappointing season. To lose to USC is very
unacceptable. Our future is bright, but it’s awful dark right now. Part of
being a leader is to look at the positives, and we have a good future
ahead. We have a great young football team coming back next year.”

Clemson vs. South Carolina

Post-Game Coaches’ Quotes

South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier

On his team’s inability to establish the run:

“Kevin Steele had an excellent plan. We couldn’t run the ball on those
guys. We tried a little bit of everything. The only way we could move it
was throwing it.”

On the impact of Spencer Lanning:

“Our kicker/punter, Spencer Lanning, was sensational. If you’re going to
win any kind of championship, you have to have a good kicker. We’ve got a
super kicker in Spencer Lanning. He got a game ball.”

On next week’s SEC Championship showdown with Auburn:

“Next week is one of the biggest games that our team has ever played.
We’re looking forward to it. We’ve got a bunch of guys that like going on
big stages. It was a big stage here tonight, and it was a big stage down
in Florida. But the really big stage is down in Atlanta.”

On the interception return for a touchdown:

“Our defense was really playing well. Antonio was in position. Sometimes,
he drops those, but he caught that one. All of our guys are catching them
now. Earlier in the year, we had some opportunities we didn’t take
advantage of. But Antonio Allen has turned into a really good strong

On recovering from Clemson’s opening touchdown drive:

“Well, Florida ran the opening kickoff back, too. It was sort of
interesting that we came back and got a field goal (against Florida). Sure
enough, tonight, after they scored, we put together a semi-drive and
Spencer made a 46-yarder. That got us back in the ball game.”

Clemson vs. South Carolina

Post-Game Clemson Player Quotes

Quarterback Tajh Boyd

“It was definitely a great experience for me to play tonight. We have a
very young team and a lot to look forward to in the future.

“I’m from Virginia and I’m just starting to understand how intense this
rivalry is. It’s something big and special for the fans. You definitely
want to win it for those people out there. We are just going to do
whatever we can to get it for them next year.

“I was a little surprised to get the call. I felt like I didn’t have a lot
of opportunities and a lot of reps this season so this really helped me
out a lot. It was really a confidence booster. We have a lot to look
forward to with this young team. We have a bowl game coming up and we have
to help the seniors go out victorious.

“I always want the best for Kyle (Parker). I wish he could have finished
his last game here, but I think everything happens for a reason. Hopefully
this will lead to some good things.”

Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins

“Things just didn’t go our way today. We called plays and they just didn’t
click. South Carolina didn’t really do anything different after that
touchdown, but we just didn’t have guys step up and make plays.

“We have a lot of seniors on this team and it’s really quiet in that
locker room. Guys know that we could have come out and gotten this win but
we didn’t.

“We thought we could come back. A couple of their touchdowns came off of
luck plays. We gave them the ball and gave them opportunities to score. We
tried to keep our attitudes positive on the sidelines. You never want to
give up in a rivalry game.”

Defensive End Da’Quan Bowers

“They executed when they needed to and they got the job done. You can’t
take anything away from those guys. I thought we had a decent game. We
could have made a few more plays, but overall I thought the defensive
effort was great. We will come in on Monday and we’ll critique everything
and see what we can do better.

“It’s always frustrating when teams take you out of the game. I was
disappointed with not breaking the sack record, but I had bigger things to
worry about. I would have taken the win either way. Hopefully I’ll get it
during the bowl game.”

Dabo Swinney post-game press conference (WMA Format)

QB Tajh Boyd (WMA Format)

Landon Walker (WMA Format)

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