Less than 24 hours after No. 8 Clemson's thrilling come-from-behind win at ACC rival Maryland, head coach Dabo Swinney met with the media Sunday for his weekly teleconference.
Swinney said it was a game in which his team can learn a lot from, especially on defense.
"Defensively it was probably our worst game of the year," he said. "Obviously the quarterback created problems for us. It was some preparation thing because we didn't have a lot of film of him and what they would do with him."
C.J. Brown, making his first career start under center for the Terps, ran for 162 yards on 22 carries. He was also being utilized in a way the Tigers hadn't seen before.
"Give Maryland credit. They had an excellent plan. We did not do a good job in our rush lanes. They did a little bit of the zone read where they read the tackle and block the end.
"All of those things we can correct. We'll get a ton off this tape."
The Terps also did a good job with the tight end screen - scoring two touchdowns on two short passes that turned into long scoring plays.
Swinney said after watching the tape, the last play should have been penalized. Upon further review, Clemson's third year head coach appears to be right because the pass was beyond the line of scrimmage and there was illegal blocking taking place down field.
"We'll send that in for review," he said.
Offensively, Swinney said it the Tigers "played really well" after a slow start.
He also added, "They gained a lot of confidence by finding ways to win. Sometimes it's the defense having to hold people. This week it was the offense having to outscore them."
NO LOOKING AHEAD: With the release of the first BCS rankings tonight, Swinney was asked if he would address Clemson's position with his team.
"No. It's really irrelevant," he replied. "The only time I'm going to talk about the polls is when December comes around. We have to find a way to keep doing what we are doing - prepare for North Carolina and try to find a way to win this game.
"Whatever happens in the end will work itself out. There's a lot of football to be played by a lot of teams."
Clemson is expected to be ranked inside the top 10 when the poll is released Sunday evening.
THOUGHTS ON LATTIMORE: Swinney closed his teleconference Sunday by fielding a question about the season ending knee injury suffered by South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.
Lattimore went out in the second half of the Gamecocks' 14-12 win at Mississippi State Saturday and didn't return. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier revealed Sunday Lattimore has a ligament tear and will miss the rest of the season.
"It's sad," he said. "I hate to see players get hurt. He's a key part of what they do. Other guys will have to step up for them. They have other talented players. My thoughts and prayers go out to Marcus and his family.
"He's the type of young man that will do whatever the doctors and trainers tell him to do and he'll come back stronger than ever."
EXTRA POINTS: No major injuries were reported after Saturday's game. Tajh Boyd completed 11 of his last 12 passes against Maryland. ... Clemson remained at No. 8 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls released Sunday. ... Clemson faces North Carolina this weekend at noon in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN. The Tar Heels come in at 5-2 overall after losing 30-24 to Miami in Chapel Hill. Dabo said it's a, "tough physical North Carolina team that beat us last year."
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