Clemson coach Dabo Swinney expressed a lot of happiness about his team’s performance in yesterday’s win over Maryland which kept the Tigers in the top ten and kept alive their slim hopes for the ACC Atlantic Division title. After losing big at home to Florida State the week before, Swinney presented his players with tennis balls marked with tiger paws during the week as a symbol of bouncing back. He feels like they did just that with a big offensive game and, except for a few breakdowns, a solid defensive performance.
Here are some of Swinney’s key points:
- Only had six missed tackles, a season low.
- Excited about how they were able to rush the ball and had .551 yards on 98 plays. “That’s a good day at the office but we left a lot out there.”
- Offensive line did a real good job, first time to have a 160 yard rusher and 160 yard receiver in same game.
- No new injuries and not expecting anybody new to miss the game at Virginia.
- Good to still be a top ten football team tying a team record with 10 straight weeks in the top ten.
- Blanks and Anthony were staring at the QB on the early big pass play for TD by Maryland and that’s why the defense broke down.
- Boyd is OK after dinging up his knee, just a little sore.
- Was frustrated last night by the field goals but encouraged after watching film today by way team overcame mistakes to win.
- Brooks is sore today and they think he has just a bruise and should be able to go on Saturday.