Following a 56-7 win against South Carolina, Clemson running back Wayne Gallman and linebacker Ben Boulware are optimistic heading into the ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech.
Boulware, who led Clemson with seven tackles and two sacks against the Gamecocks, said he was satisfied with Saturday’s results.
“It was huge for us to kind of turn that rivalry around as a program and kind of just forget about how they had those five wins against us,” Boulware said. “I think the 2014 team got tired of that, the 2015 continued to get tired of it and I think the 2016 team completely shut it down. We’re not even worried about that anybody.”
Gallman was also asked about the on-the-field rivalry with South Carolina, including wide receiver Mike Williams’ third touchdown where he carried cornerback Jamarcus King on his back for seven yards into the end zone. Gallman said the touchdown looked effortless for Williams due to King’s small size.
“Man, it looked pretty easy,” Gallman said. “All that smack they were talking, I’m glad he did that. You know, Mike he’s about 225 and it seems like the DB looks like 180, so I know he squats more than that probably every day that we work out.”
For now, the players are focused on the upcoming ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech. Boulware, who said he started watching Virginia Tech’s film Sunday night, was impressed with what he saw.
“I think all across the board they’ve got great players. The quarterback is very versatile and similar to Deshaun, a little bigger,” Boulware said. “Some good backs, solid off the line. Their receivers are really good players, so I think it’s definitely a great matchup for us and we’re eager for that challenge.”
Clemson will face Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship at Camping World Stadium on Dec. 3.