What Clemson coaches said after dominating win over FSU


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Clemson coordinators Brent Venables, Tony Elliott, and Jeff Scott spoke to the media following their team's 45-14 blowout win over Florida State.

CLEMSON CO-OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR TONY ELLIOTT

On the game:

“We all were challenged over the last two weeks to come out and to get back to being who we are. We wanted to have an aggressive game plan. That’s when we have been at our best. The guys put in the work. They had a really, really great week of preparation. [I’m] really excited to get in and watch the film because obviously there were a lot of good things.”

On if the offense had anything to prove:

“I don’t think [we had anything to prove] to the outside, but I think all of us felt like we needed to prove to ourselves. It’s not just knowing it; we have to go be it. We feel like we’re the best offense in the country.”

On offensive performance:

“I think it was a good starting point for us, and hopefully we can continue to play well and continue to stack good performances on top of this.”

CLEMSON OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JEFF SCOTT

On the game:

“[I’m] really proud of the way our guys came out of the locker room. Any time you don’t play well, you’re always ready to go play again. To have an open week, to have two weeks to wait before you go out there, it was great to see our guys come out and really attack, be precise and execute and all the things that we want. I thought that was great momentum.”

On the quick start offensively:

“We just really wanted to send a message to our guys that we were ready to go out and attack, and we weren’t just going to sit back and wait and see how people were going to play us. We were going to attack, and that’s something Coach [Dabo] Swinney really challenged our offense with. ‘Hey, we’re going to go throw it up first play, and second play is going to be a halfback pass. Make it happen.’”

On Travis Etienne bouncing back:

“It was great. Travis is obviously a talented player, and [he’s] just trying to feel his way. Two weeks ago wasn’t his best outing, and again, every guy was challenged individually… It was great to see Travis go out and be the player we know he is.”

CLEMSON DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR BRENT VENABLES

On the game:

“I’m really pleased with [our guys]. They came out sharp, [had] great intensity, played with tremendous passion and great physical toughness. I really felt that the most physical team who can dominate the line of scrimmage would win the game. We put a lot of focus on [Cam Akers]. I felt like everything goes through him. Our guys accepted the challenge. I thought they came out and were on fire. It was fun to watch.”

On forcing four turnovers:

“It was great. We had a great streak going there for a while… We bounced back [after North Carolina] in a big way. Guys played with great effort being physical. Good things always happen playing with confidence. I thought guys were really in tune with the game plan where we played with great cohesion as a unit.”

On shutting down Florida State running back Cam Akers:

“It’s always a collective team effort. You’ve got to have good coverage. You’ve got to have great play up front, and you’ve got to be good in the second and third levels. Fitting things between our base coverages and alignments and fronts and pressures, our guys did a really good job of mixing it up. Our guys up front played really well, and that’s where it all starts.”

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