WATCH: Dabo Swinney on 'unbelievable day' at Florida State
|Saturday, October 27, 2018, 5:21 PM-|
No. 2 Clemson throttled Florida State in Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday for a fourth-straight win in the series.
Swinney talks about the accomplishment for his seniors to be the first to win four in a row over Florida State. He also breaks down a third-straight ACC game where his Tigers played the entire ACC travel roster (72 players), as well as a "ho-hum" record-breaking day from his freshman QB in Trevor Lawrence.
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“Unbelievable day. This is my 16th game versus the Noles, so I have an unbelievable
amount of respect for this program. This is one of the greatest programs in college
football history. I have been in a lot of really, really sad locker rooms coming down
here, so this was a special day. I’m really proud of our guys; this is an awesome
accomplishment for our seniors. This is something they really wanted to do. The just
wanted to find a way to win the game and be that first ACC senior class to go 4-0 on
these guys. They were able to accomplish that. I’m really proud of them for that. It’s
an unbelievable moment.
“I thought our defense set the tempo for the day right out of the gate with a couple of
three and outs. We missed a couple of plays early – we had a touchdown on the first
series – we just overthrew it. It took us about a quarter to really settle in. That’s a
really good defensive front; really good. I thought in the second quarter we just kind
of took off. Again, the defense set the tempo.
“I thought our special teams, outside of one play, were awesome. I don’t think they
had any return yards – punt return yards. Our kickoff coverage was tremendous. We
pinned them deep, flipped the field. Our kick return – big play – several big plays on
punt return. Amari Rodgers was awesome. B.T. (Potter) had his first field goal.
“The defense with five sacks, I think they had negative 21 yards rushing. We wanted
to make them one-dimensional, take the run away we were able to do that. That led
to us being able to pin our ears back, bring some pressure on the quarterback and
disrupt their timing. We got a couple of turnovers, we really should have had another
one with K’Von (Wallace). Defensively, we were awesome. Five sacks.
“Offensively, I think that’s the most points ever scored here by any team. Ever.
Tremendous job. They are top-10 against the run, so we knew we were going to have
to make some one-on-one type plays. And we did. Trevor Lawrence was awesome.
348 yards, four touchdowns. We had this guy here named Deshaun Watson, who was
a pretty good player, and he (Lawrence) broke his records for yards and touchdowns
and just kind of ho-hum doing it. It’s amazing. He throws a back shoulder touchdown
on the three-yard line; it’s a run call, but he just confident like that. He’s confident.
There’s great chemistry with him and those receivers. Just really proud of him.
“We didn’t have any sacks. (Brian) Burns – those ends are special. They hit us a few
times be we had no sacks. Trevor did a great job of getting rid of the ball and buying
some time. Our (offensive) line did a great job with the protection. To have no sacks
against that bunch – that’s a tall order. I’m really proud of how we managed that.
We did enough in the run game. I thought ET (Travis Etienne) got going a little bit.
We took him out; he really didn’t play hardly any in the second half.
“That’s just kind of where we were there. A lot of good stuff. Chase (Brice) came in
and continued to play well. I’m just proud of our guys. A tremendous performance.
We’ll enjoy tonight and then re-focus on Monday and get ready for another division
opponent in Louisville.”