Clemson vs Wofford post-game press conference

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Overall thoughts:

“First off, I can’t give enough credit to Coach Ayers and his team. I knew
this would be a tough, four quarter game and it was. We made some big
mistakes on defense that led to three touchdowns for them. Bottom line –
we found a way to win. It’s the second week in a row that we’ve won the
second half. Wofford didn’t score a touchdown in the second half. The
defense stepped up and the offense finished the game. We have to improve
on some things and we have to get better fast in some places. It’s good to
get this win and get to 2-0.”

On playing freshmen:

“We made mistakes and guys have to grow up. Today was another learning
experience. We have to do better against the option. We got burned on
fourth down against the option and the guy ran forever. If you’re going to
cover the quarterback, you can’t move to the outside and try to cover the
pitch. Things like that have to change. Bottom line – we’re never mad at a
win. We’ve played better in games that we’ve lost. We will get better.”

On Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS So. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 230
Hampton, VA

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“I thought Tajh played outstanding today. He made a great decision on
third down when he threw a great pass to Nuke (DeAndre) Hopkins. That was
a huge play for us. He knew all the right plays to make today. He also
made plays with his legs and has improved since last week. He had a steady
game. We had some drops in the first quarter that hurt him a little, but
he was efficient overall. He had an excellent day. He took care of the
ball and he made some big throws. I’m proud of how he ran the offense

On pace of the game:

“We really controlled the pace of the game today and that helped us. We
got them tired. In the second half, we really had a good tempo going and
we were able to milk the clock at the end of the game and win the game on

On offensive line:

“We were able to rush the ball ok today and that was good. We didn’t pass
protect well and that was disappointing. Tajh reacted well when the line
didn’t help him and he made some good decisions.”

On Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Jr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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“It was good to see him play a physical game today. Wofford the defending
Southern Conference champion and they played us all the way to the end. I
really wanted to rest him today, but Wofford played us so tough, we had to
play him. He had a very solid day and that’s very positive for us.”

Wofford Head Coach Mike Ayers

Overall thoughts:

“I was proud of my kids. I was proud of our team the way that they just
fought their tails off. They didn’t give up. Even when we had bad field
position sometimes, we were able to overcome. Defensively, we tackled some
great backs today. I don’t know about anyone else, but those guys there
are pretty hard to tackle. I thought we did an unbelievable job of not
allowing them to hit that crease and go.”

On his team’s defensive performance:

“We made some mistakes. But overall, I thought the game plan was
outstanding for what they did. We had some situations where coverage was
great, and we had some situations where we didn’t get the check. But
that’s going to happen early in the year, especially with the type of
pressure they put on you with the athleticism and size and the pace of the
game. They have a hurry-up offense, and I thought our guys withstood the

On coming close to the upset:

“Sometimes, you make a play and sometimes you don’t. They had some studs
on defense. I was pleased with the way that we played. Am I pleased with
losing? No. I told our guys at halftime that I wasn’t happy with them. We
were in a situation where we should have been ahead by a couple of

On how his team built confidence:

“I don’t think we’ve ever quit a game. We knew coming in what to expect.
You never know what you’re going to get playing. But when we started out
on a positive note, it was like throwing a match on a can of gasoline. We
were on fire, and we kept that fire for four quarters.”

On the steady flow of his offense:

“We don’t ask much of our offense. If we get four yards, we throw a party.
A lot of guys want that forty or fifty, but we’re patient. We’ll take what
you give us.”

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