Dabo discusses tough win

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney talks about Saturday's 35-27 win over Wofford.


Overall thoughts:
"First off, I can't give enough credit to Coach Ayers and his team. I knew this would be a tough, four quarter game and it was. We made some big mistakes on defense that led to three touchdowns for them. Bottom line – we found a way to win. It's the second week in a row that we've won the second half. Wofford didn't score a touchdown in the second half. The defense stepped up and the offense finished the game. We have to improve on some things and we have to get better fast in some places. It's good to get this win and get to 2-0."

On playing freshmen:
"We made mistakes and guys have to grow up. Today was another learning experience. We have to do better against the option. We got burned on fourth down against the option and the guy ran forever. If you're going to cover the quarterback, you can't move to the outside and try to cover the pitch. Things like that have to change. Bottom line – we're never mad at a win. We've played better in games that we've lost. We will get better."

On Tajh Boyd:
"I thought Tajh played outstanding today. He made a great decision on third down when he threw a great pass to Nuke (DeAndre) Hopkins. That was a huge play for us. He knew all the right plays to make today. He also made plays with his legs and has improved since last week. He had a steady game. We had some drops in the first quarter that hurt him a little, but he was efficient overall. He had an excellent day. He took care of the ball and he made some big throws. I'm proud of how he ran the offense today."

On pace of the game:
"We really controlled the pace of the game today and that helped us. We got them tired. In the second half, we really had a good tempo going and we were able to milk the clock at the end of the game and win the game on offense."

On offensive line:
"We were able to rush the ball ok today and that was good. We didn't pass protect well and that was disappointing. Tajh reacted well when the line didn't help him and he made some good decisions."

On Andre Ellington:
"It was good to see him play a physical game today. Wofford the defending Southern Conference champion and they played us all the way to the end. I really wanted to rest him today, but Wofford played us so tough, we had to play him. He had a very solid day and that's very positive for us."

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