Dabo Swinney shared his thoughts on Clemson’s road win at Florida State and what lies ahead for his club via conference call, Sunday. After holding off the Seminoles 34-28, the Tigers (7-0, 5-0) will now turn their attention to this week’s showdown against undefeated Syracuse (6-0, 3-0). Swinney praised the way quarterback DJ Uiagalelei managed the game (65% passing, no turnovers) and the offensive execution on 3rd down (10 of 18). But Swinney took issue with the way the defense finished the game, losing its edge and allowing the Noles to close within six points in the final minutes.
Clemson’s fourth conference road victory sets up a clash of two unbeaten teams, with the winner getting the inside track in the Atlantic Division race. This weekend’s matchup against Syracuse marks the first time two teams of 6-0 or better will square off at Death Valley. Kickoff from Clemson is set for noon, Saturday.
Key comments from Dabo Swinney
- There were issues tackling, Saturday (not moving feet, not wrapping up, poor angles/technique) … Not a good night tackling but it’s correctable
- Biggest disappointment was the way the defense finished. Thought defense played well overall, especially DE Myles Murphy, but wants to see better execution on 3rd down
- Injury news: Matthew Maloney tore his ACL at FSU (was starting on three Special Teams units), but overall team is healthy for this time of year
- Swinney was pleased that Clemson was the only ranked team to pick up a road win, Saturday (1 out of 9)
- Swinney points out that showdown with Syracuse is first time two teams 6-0 or better are squaring off in the Valley. It’s an early kick, so “tape your ankles and grab a biscuit.”