Swinney: Open date couldn’t come at better time for #Clemson (AUDIO)

Will Shipley rushed for a career-high 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Saturday. (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Dabo Swinney met with the media via Zoom, Monday, as Clemson embarks on its first open date following an 8-0 start to the season. The Tigers are fresh off a 27-21 come-from-behind victory over Syracuse. Swinney was especially proud of the way Clemson battled back to overcome an 11-point deficit despite four turnovers. Swinney said, “I’m proud of them. It’s a battle-tested group that really likes each other. They just don’t quit.”

Swinney was specifically pleased with the defensive effort in the second half. The Clemson defense held Syracuse scoreless after halftime while limiting the Orange to 3 of 11 on third down and 291 total yards. “Hats off to the defense, they gave us a chance to win the game.”

The Tigers are relatively healthy, but the grind of playing five straight division games dating back to Wake Forest on Sept. 24th has taken a toll. Swinney said, “The open date couldn’t come at a better time for us … We’ve gone 12 straight weeks (dating back to camp). We’ve played six great, veteran quarterbacks. These are experienced, veteran guys. We’re getting everyone’s best shot.” Swinney and his staff can now turn their attention to Notre Dame (4-3). Undefeated overall and 6-0 in conference play, Clemson finds itself right in the thick of the College Football Playoff picture and in prime position to return to the ACC Championship Game after a one-year absence.

Kickoff between the Tigers and the Irish at Notre Dame Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5th.

Dabo Swinney conference call

(Audio courtesy of Clemson Sports Information)

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