But four of Clemson's goals are still on the table.
The ACC Atlantic Division championship.
The State championship.
The ACC championship.
A win in the Orange Bowl.
That was the message Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney sent to his
team before they left Bobby Dodd Stadium.
"We didn't get it done, but let's don't lose sight of the big picture
here," Swinney said. "This is a team that's right in the middle of the
league, in our division. We've got to win this next game so we can clinch
"That's what I'm looking forward to. That's a big deal, a really big deal.
To be able to do that two out of three years is a great opportunity for us
to take another step as a program."
"We turned the ball over four times. I don't know if we turned the ball
over four times all year long. Those things right there, I don't care who
you play. You turn the football over that many times, it's going to be
hard to win." - Chad Morris
"Turnovers get you beat, whether you play here, play at home, wherever you
play." - Swinney
"We knew that we were going to have limited possessions, and we needed to
take advantage of our possessions on the offensive side of the ball. And
that's another thing that we didn't do tonight." - Dwayne
"We did not do the things that we have done well all year, and that is
taking care of the football. We had one of the best turnover margins in
the country." - Swinney
Run, Run, Run, Run...
"In a nutshell, what it was, we just physically got whipped. We got out
executed. From a defensive standpoint, we didn't play to our expectations
and what we demand, what we believe that we can do as a defensive team --
too many big plays. Too many opportunities to get off the field, and we
didn't take them." - Kevin Steele
"A lot of the things we saw, we knew what they play was. They just
out-played us. We've just got to be disciplined." - Malliciah
"Obviously, the quarterback scramble, [they] worked that. They were
scrambling to run, obviously. It wasn't a call. The receivers were
blocking down field two or three times, on that play. It looked like it
had been coached up. They did a great job with it." -
"They're a well coached football team. We all know that. They lined up and
physically whipped us." - Steele
Missed No. 23
"That's the hidden value that Ellington has, in the pass protection on the
offensive side of the ball. We definitely did [miss him]." -
"I think he's as good a player as there is in this league. I would say
it's probably a big factor [that he was out]. You've got one of the best
players in the conference that's not out there." - Swinney
"I think everybody saw the same thing I saw. It was huge not having Andre.
I thought the young guys did a decent job, a good job in some areas...any
time you lose a top tier running back like Andre, it's tough." -
"He wasn't there, but you can't worry about that. You've got to play. The
next guy's got to play. The next guy's got to do their job." -
Much needed rest...
"It's a great time to recharge. We have three more games to go, so we'll
be ready for that." - Goodman
"It's at a great time. Give Andre Ellington some time to get healed. Give
my toe some time to get healed. Give all the other guys with bumps and
bruises that have been playing through them a lot of time to heal. It's a
chance to get away from football for a couple of days, to refresh and to
reboot." - Allen
"We've gone 12-straight weeks. The open date's come at a good time. We've
got a lot of guys need to get well, mentally and physically. It's been a
grind." - Swinney
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