Post-game Dabo Swinney comments

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney talks about Saturday's 35-30 win over No. 11 Florida State.


Overall thoughts:
"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 believe."

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 getting better."

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 today."

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." Top Stories