Wilkins on blocked FG: "We needed a play"


by - Assoc. Editor -

Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins spoke to the media following Saturday's thrilling 24-17 overtime win against North Carolina State in Death Valley.

On blocking the field goal:

“Coach (Dan) Brooks always calls the field-goal blocks, and it was a good call on his part. It set us up perfectly, you had Dexter (Lawrence) and Carlos (Watkins) manhandling the guards inside, so I was able to take advantage of my guy one-on-one. I ripped inside and went up. I knew we needed a big play.”

On the fake punt:

“It was a lot of fun. It is always fun to be able to get the rock a little bit. They were prepared for it. They had everybody ready and sitting, so I had to bounce it a little bit more. It was meant to go a little more inside. I wanted to show off a little speed.”

On the missed field goal at the end of regulation:

“I ended up on the floor and I looked up and I saw it start to sail, then I closed my eyes and I couldn’t believe what was actually happening, so I just waited for the crowd to cheer. Then I knew they messed up because they gave us another chance. But hats off to NC State. They came in here and fought hard. It’s not easy coming into Death Valley, and they came in here and prepared and really gave us a challenge.”

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