Shortly after 8th ranked Clemson’s 56-45 win over Maryland a Gatorade soaked Dabo Swinney walked into the media room and declared it was just another day at the office. It was if your run of the mill college football game features over 100 points, over 1000 yards of total offense, a defensive score, a kickoff return for a score and an 18 point come from behind road win for Swinney’s Tigers. Yep, just a routine victory.
In years past Clemson has seen its share of problems against the so-called lesser teams of the ACC, Maryland included. When the Tigers fell behind early there were a lot of people wondering aloud if this team was going to continue that trend Saturday night. Swinney wasn’t one of those people.
“I’m sure there are a lot of people disappointed that we didn’t just, you know quit,” Swinney said. “But that’s not what we are about. That’s not what this team is about. It’s not what Clemson is about. It’s not always going to be pretty.”
The 18 point comeback is the second biggest in Clemson history. The largest was 28 points at Virginia in 1992. The Tigers rallied from 14 down to beat Auburn earlier this season.
Clemson is 7-0 and will play host to North Carolina at noon next week on ESPN. The Tar Heels lost at home to Miami Saturday.