"This was a great win. I'm so proud of our guys. They continue to show
heart. We're 4-0. That's where we want to be. Our guys have embraced this
tough schedule and really stepped up. Florida State is a good football
team. They have talented players. They were the Atlantic Division
champions until someone knocked them off, and we knocked them off today.
We still have a lot of work to do. We had to overcome a lot of mistakes
today. At Clemson, you're expected to win. This is what you want. We have
yet to play our best game and we're far from satisfied. We made enough
mistakes for three games today, and now we have to take this show on the
road. I'm so proud of our guys. They refuse to listen to negativity. They
On maturity of the team:
"Sammy Watkins is a guy we've watched grow up through four games. He's
hard to handle. That 62-yard touchdown he scored was just a well-executed
play. I'm very proud of our defense. We tried to put the nail in the
coffin when we went for it on fourth down in the fourth quarter, but I
have confidence in our defense. To win on defense is awesome. Florida
State was only 3-of-10 on third down, but two of those were huge plays. We
have got to improve. We overcame a lot of adversity and it was an awesome
day here. I can't thank our fans enough, again. It was so loud in Death
Valley today and it's hard for teams to come in here and get a win."
On play of Tajh Boyd:
"Tajh made a lot of mistakes today. That interception rattled him a
little, but he learned from that play. He's the first quarterback in
school history to have four straight games throwing three or more
touchdowns. He settled down a lot faster in this game than he has in
previous games. He made some huge throws on third down today. As a team,
we've been outstanding on third down. We were over 50% on third down
today. Tajh has a lot of poise in this offense and he's going to keep
On defensive play:
"We gave up some big plays today. Florida State is a good team with great
skill guys. This was a game of plays and we just made more than them
On control of season:
"We're supposed to be 4-0. We have to win at home, and that's what we've
done. We want to be a much better road team this year then we were last
year. We lost four road games last year by 17 points, but this is a
different team. Virginia Tech is going to be a hard place to play. We're
going to find out stuff about our team. We're still trying to play our
best game. Next Saturday is going to be won in the trenches."
Post-game Dabo Swinney comments
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