Saturday night Dabo Swinney audio

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney talks about Saturday's 43-19 win over Troy.


Overall thoughts on the game:
"This was a good win for us. We accomplished our first goal. We had a lot of adversity in the first half, but I'm so proud of our guys for coming out and finishing the game. There was no panic at halftime and we came out strong in the second half. That's why it's a four quarter game. We had adversity early, but we came out and executed. We have to improve as the season goes on, but our objective is to win. We're looking at this as a good win."

On play of the offense:
"We played lots of guys. We definitely didn't have the first half we wanted. Tajh (Boyd) had a bad first half, but he settled down and had a good second half. Dwayne (Allen) really sparked us in the third quarter. I think Brad Scott deserves the game ball for recruiting Mike Bellamy, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins. These freshmen are so fast. We want to use them to wear people down. They're a fun bunch to watch."

On new offensive system:
"We have to play games to really understand the offense. There were a lot of unknowns between Troy and our new system and we really just needed to play a game. The second half was a thing of beauty. Troy is a championship team; they have five Sun Belt Championships under their belt. I told the guys at halftime that the only way to beat them was to knock them out of our house, and we did a good job to knock them out in the second half."

On freshmen and reserves:
"We have a lot of new faces and we played them early. Carlton Lewis is a reserve guy that we're counting on to step up and make plays, and he did that today. No one tackled great today, starters or reserves. We have to improve on that. But as a whole, we played great in the second half."

On atmosphere:
"There's nothing like being at home. The fans were not happy with our performance in the first half, but we came out in the second half and got them back in the game. We did not have a great first half. We have a chance to be a good team with experience. We're going to be a good team with experience."

On special teams:
"Our special teams were outstanding today; hats off to Coach Pearman for that. Chandler Catanzaro is nine of his last ten field goals dating back to last year and tied a school record for field goals made of 40+ yards in a game. Spencer Benton kicked well; we downed a punt on the one yard-line; we have to keep getting that from special teams."

On preparation for Wofford:
"The only way this prepares us for Wofford is that since that game is also at 3:30, we'll be prepared for the heat. Other than that, there are no similarities between Troy and Wofford. Game experience is the biggest thing to take away from today. We have so many freshmen and game experience is so helpful for them. We're excited to get back to work on Monday and get prepared for next week." Top Stories