Clemson 43 Troy 19 Quoteboard

CLEMSON - The first half may not have earned many style points, but Dabo Swinney and company are happy to walk away from the season opener against Troy with a win.

Clemson trailed Troy 16-13 at halftime.

The Tigers ran 30 plays for 121 yards. Fifty-nine of those yards were on the first two plays from scrimmage, a 26-yard run by Andre Ellington and a 33-yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd to Sammy Watkins.

Five punts and 0 for 8 on third-down.

Not only did Troy lead on the scoreboard, the Trojans ran more plays (35) and had more plays (195).

Boo's echoed through Death Valley as the teams left for the field at the end of the half.

"I didn't hear it," Swinney said. "I don't need them to boo to let me know we stunk it up. It was pretty obvious we didn't play very well in the first half."

Loosen up a little bit...
"We kind of forced things. I think we tried to do that a lot in the first half. It was just something we all had to learn from, and take from that experience." - Boyd

"It was just the fact that the guys hadn't been together. It's the first game. New offensive coordinator and the whole bit. We couldn't get into a rhythm. I couldn't get into a rhythm as a play caller. They couldn't get into a rhythm as players. We'd get a couple of good plays and then a bad." - Chad Morris

"We played a lot of people early. There was some hesitation there from the younger guys. It wasn't that they were messing up or doing the wrong thing, they didn't play as fast as they're going to need to play. They settled down and started to." - Kevin Steele

The fabulous freshmen...
"Sammy Watkins, I think the most yards, most catches in school history by a freshman, in his first game. He showed up early. He's a special player. I think the game ball's got to go to Brad Scott. He recruited Sammy Watkins, Mike Bellamy and Martavis Bryant. All three of those guys were big for us today." - Swinney

"I saw it coming. I knew how electric those guys would be. You've definitely got some guys that can make some plays. That's what you want to have. I was excited to see they had success." - Morris

"We [freshmen] have bought into the system. After I got on the field, I blocked everything out and played loose." - Watkins

"Sammy and Mike add a different dimension. They're only going to get better the more they see the field. You saw Martavis and his capabilities." - Boyd

"The freshmen stepped up big today. The freshmen were great today. I know those guys...I know they had fun today." - Stephone Anthony

Third-down: Troy 7 of 18, Clemson 5 of 16...
"The thing that jumps out and says we better get better and we better get better in a hurry -- we're not real effective on third-down. In fact, we were poor on third-down. We tried to hit there on 30 percent. I think we were closer to 45 percent. I don't know for sure, but I'd make a guess at that." - Steele

"You saw Tajh slip down one time and it was kind of like, 'Where do we go from here?' Finally, we hit one and we were ready to roll. That was good to see." - Morris

The youth movement...
"We played 70 players. Twenty-four of them were freshmen. Twelve redshirt freshmen, 12 true freshmen. It's the most true freshmen that Clemson has every played in a single game. The previous was 11, against Furman, in 2006." - Tim Bourret

The status of Rashard Hall
"Rashard, I think, is going to be OK. I think he just had a sprain. He was moving around, walking pretty good. It was his knee. I think he's going to be alright." - Swinney


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