Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"


by - Senior Writer -
Discuss on TigerBoard   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed
Christian Wilkins celebrates his blocked FG.
Christian Wilkins celebrates his blocked FG.

CLEMSON - Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney knows his team is fortunate, but he also says he has a team that just knows how to win.

Third-ranked Clemson defeated North Carolina St. 24-17 in overtime last Saturday, and they have this week off before traveling to Florida St. on October 29th. Kickoff in that game is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ABC.

Clemson turned it over four times against the Wolfpack and had to survive a missed field goal as time ran out in regulation to beat State, but Swinney told the media on Monday’s teleconference that his team isn’t lucky, they just know to win.

“What a ballgame on Saturday. We enjoyed watching the tape. A lot of good things on tape and obviously some mistakes and things that are very correctable, things we can improve on fundamentally,” Swinney said. “A great win. I'm proud of our never-quit attitude. We were fortunate to win the game with the critical mistakes that we had, but we still won.

"These guys, they know how to win. We're 15-2 in our last 17 games decided by seven points or less. That's special. Most people quit, they pout but these guys never quit playing. They have an absolute belief that they will win. That's pretty dang special. 15-2 ain't getting lucky. That's a mentality. That's toughness. I can't tell you how proud I am of those guys. I appreciate who they are and their will to win. I think we need to focus on the positive here and how these guys have hung in there. “I'm proud of our staff, too. They're a bunch of good people here who believe in each other and believe in what we do and that's special to be a part of.”

Swinney said he was proud of the defense even though State had success running the football.

“Defensively, we only gave up one touchdown. They were able to stay within their game plan despite what was going on with us offensively,” he said. “We had four sacks and eight tackles for loss, along with two interceptions. They ran the ball better than we would have liked for them to. Some areas we will improve on going forward. At the end of the day it's about points and we gave up 10 defensively. Biggest disappointment was the last six minutes of the game and the long drive for the field goal. Christian Wilkins just continues to play very well. It was also good to get Austin Bryant back in there.”

The four turnovers marred what could have been a special day for the offense.

“Offensively it's one of the best games we've had to be honest with you. If you know what you're looking at and what we're asking our guys to do, we had one three-and-out, but we just left a lot of points out there,” Swinney said. “We had four opportunities in the red zone where we got zero points. Three of those were inside of the 5-yard line. That game could have been in hand but we didn't finish. We had three turnovers in the red zone, two inside of the 5-yard line. We had long drives leading up to those opportunities, too. That was disappointing. But again at the end of the day we had just two punts, gave up just a couple of sacks, one of which was on Deshaun (Watson). The turnovers were the major problem. We had some technical things, too, but the rhythm of what we were trying to do, I really liked it. We just had some crazy situations.”

Swinney said the turnovers were the “story of the game.”

“We've got to get some things corrected. We'll go back to work, work on fundamentals, keep swinging. It's about what is front of us,” Swinney said. “At the end of the day we're 7-0, we're in control of our destiny in this division, we have played a tough schedule and that will continue. I'm proud of our guys. Special teams, we had three touchbacks, zero returns, we faked a punt that was executed well, we blocked a field goal, so we were excellent there. But again, the story of the day was turnovers. And we'll get that corrected. That's why we've had a couple of close ballgames. We just need to do a better job of taking care of the ball. I have no doubt we'll get that turned around. We have the makings of being a great team. We just need to execute better in a few areas.”

OTHER NOTES

Players of the game

“Players of the game were Mitch Hyatt, Marcus Edmond, Carlos Watkins and Christian Wilkins on special teams.”

Injuries

“Injury-wise, Van Smith had some soreness in his butt area, then Wayne Gallman was really good yesterday and again this morning. We'll hold him out of practice this week as he goes through (concussion) protocol. Everybody else will be in practice this week. We'll get Tremayne Anchrum back in practice today as well.”

Will Adrian Baker play at FSU?

“I don't know. We'll see. I think he's ready to go. Now he's got to get back into the competition and see if he can earn some time.”

The play of Jake Fruhmmorgen

“He played well, just like I thought he would. He bounced back and had a heck of a game. I know it's frustrating sometimes but we had 495 yards and four turnovers. The guys played pretty dang good up front. We threw the ball for 378 yards. We had 75% completion. A lot of positives and Fruhmorgen was one of them. He played a really good game.”

How is Hunter Renfrow?

“He's good. He'll be back in practice today.”

What is your level of concern with Ray-Ray McCloud and the dropped punts?

“We'll go back to work. I believe in Ray-Ray 100 percent. We'll go back to work. We'll continue to roll with him. There are some fundamental things he has to learn from, but the turnover that he had was critical up in Boston. Fortunate that he got back on the ball the other day. We just need to rebuild his confidence this week.”

How do you emphasize ball security before FSU

“Go back to work. We can state the obvious all we want. If it were one thing or one guy, that's one thing. But we've had everything, though. The pick-six was on Deshaun (Watson). It was a poor play. And their guy made a great play. Then we had the fumble where Tyshon (Dye) had a chance to go in there, their guy got it out and made a play. We'll go back and do some fundamental stuff, some of the drill work that we do, points of pressure, etc. That's all we can do. It's one of those cycles that we have been through. We can coach the fundamentals, we continue to log balls in jeopardy, continue to emphasize it which we always do. We've just had a rash of some funky things that are disappointing. At the same time, though, there is a lot of good. It's unfortunate that it's cost us some points. We just need to get back in the batter's box.”

Rate this Story:
57 votes

Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
Discuss on TigerBoard   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed
Post your comments!
Subject (Replies: 56) Author
spacer New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
TigerNet News
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
74TIGER
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
fuzzyduck
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
Exsitu®
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
tigerthree
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
gotigrz
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
CUALUM75
spacer Well, if a receiver was wide open in the EZ on the last play
joeyb®
spacer YES, We were LUCKY... It was OUT of our hands!
marklee
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
widhorse
spacer We never seemed to be very "lucky" before the Dabo era.
apextiger®
spacer Re: We never seemed to be very "lucky" before the Dabo era.
dcondrey
spacer Re: We never seemed to be very "lucky" before the Dabo era.
tigernation2000
spacer Re: We never seemed to be very "lucky" before the Dabo era.
tigerinaiken®
spacer thats cute and all. I wonder if all that "know how"
jonnyboy
spacer In short? YES
rdwebbii
spacer We are exceptional at making kickers miss***
CLEMPZENtygurs®
spacer It was Not All Luck
jajtiger
spacer It's a bit of both
flyslyw
spacer Re: It's a bit of both
mabman2004
spacer Re: It's a bit of both
gotigrz
spacer Perhaps, but a team that "knows how to win" also does...
kbtiger®
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
Yoncejc
spacer 4 turnovers, and they miss a chip shot FG= a little luck but
Wando Tiger
spacer 3 missed FGs is lucky***
CM Shack
spacer One was blocked, I'd say that one was earned.
TigerCC
spacer Re: 3 missed FGs is lucky***
gotigrz
spacer # 18 would have blocked that last one - nuff said and all
tigeron®
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
Clemson_
spacer Game Winning Field Goal Missed Is Pure Luck Coach.***
Xander5000
spacer Re: Game Winning Field Goal Missed Is Pure Luck Coach.***
gotigrz
spacer Re: Game Winning Field Goal Missed Is Pure Luck Coach.***
tigerinaiken®
spacer A Game Winning Kick stands on its own merit...Lucky.
marklee
spacer signed Auburn and Cam Newton***
tigertrain®
spacer I wish they knew how to hold on to the football, then win !***
argonaut1992®
spacer #### I love William but I hate when he says #### like this
CLEMPZENtygurs®
spacer AMEN!
marklee
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
RealTyga864
spacer Sorry Dabo, but that was luck.
BentZero
spacer They didn't outcoach or outplay us. That's nonsense.***
TopTigerHomey
spacer They looked better than we did...particularly in first half.
marklee
spacer after the vicious targeting against Gallman - "fumble" and
tigeron®
spacer Completely disagree
TopTigerHomey
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
04CU07
spacer Nice cover for your players
silvavocati
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
tigernation2000
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
M2
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
tigernation2000
spacer YEAH, Wilkins can be the "Freezer".
marklee
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
CUALUM75
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
W8kbrder
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
Jim_Class_Gyros
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says team not lucky: "They know how to win"
Tiger Boom®
spacer You can't say that missed field goal
Tiggity®
spacer Re: You can't say that missed field goal
64Tiger®
spacer Re:^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Tazger®
spacer Agreed: NOT Lucky
jfman960
WATCH: Deshaun Watson hype video "Doubted"
WATCH: Deshaun Watson hype video "Doubted"
Fox Sports analyst thinks Deshaun Watson could 'change the sport' of football
Fox Sports analyst thinks Deshaun Watson could 'change the sport' of football
For Trayvon Mullen, knowledge leads to championships
For Trayvon Mullen, knowledge leads to championships
WATCH: Behind the scenes with Clemson Football
WATCH: Behind the scenes with Clemson Football
WATCH: Dabo comes from 17 lengths behind to win.... a horse race
WATCH: Dabo comes from 17 lengths behind to win.... a horse race
Tigers to give "punch-drunk" freshmen the weekend off as Furman prep begins
Tigers to give "punch-drunk" freshmen the weekend off as Furman prep begins
WATCH: Former Clemson WR's diving TD grab
WATCH: Former Clemson WR's diving TD grab
WATCH: Clemson WR commit catch, run for TD in big night
WATCH: Clemson WR commit catch, run for TD in big night
Swinney says Bryant "had his best day" in Thursday's full scrimmage
Swinney says Bryant "had his best day" in Thursday's full scrimmage
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest