QUOTEBOARD: Clemson 45 BC 31

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - On paper, the numbers might look good, but Chad Morris thought there was plenty of meat left on the bone at Alumni Stadium.

Clemson ticked off 84 plays for a total of 576 yards in the 45-31 win over Boston College on Saturday.

That's supposed to be good, right?

"It seemed like we weren't in sync, at times -- I didn't feel it," Morris said. "As a play caller, I just don't know if we were kind of lulled, at times…you've got to look at those numbers -- anybody in the country would be happy with those numbers."

The quarterback, Tajh Boyd, completed 28 of 38 passes for 367 yards for three touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries and scored on a 6-yard run.

DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 11 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown while Andre Ellington ran for 132 yards and a score.

But the second-year offensive coordinator wanted more.

"That's the coach in me," Morris said. "There's a lot of stuff we can still do to get better. By all means we're happy with this win, happy with the numbers we put up. There's so much more that you could have had."

He added, "This offensive football team, we've yet to play our best football game."

Bouncing back…

"This was a difficult challenge for us. Obviously, this has been a tough place for Clemson to win. This is only our second ever, just a tough place to come in and win, for whatever reason. I'm proud of our guys. I'm proud of them for bouncing back. Coming off an emotional loss last week, they were ready to play." - Dabo Swinney

"Big game for us, especially a road game. We get a chance to play at home five out of the next seven games. Winning on the road is crucial to being a championship team." - Boyd

"We knew that we had to rebuild up front…we needed a better start. Everybody was talking about Florida State [how] we didn't stop the run. We stopped the run [versus B.C.]. They had 51 rushing yards. We just had a fresh start, new week." - DeShawn Williams

"We approached this game knowing we were facing adversity. I saw the guys on our defense step up and they were getting tired of people talking about the game last week." - Ellington

Performance on defense…

"When you're not doing thing structurally that you're supposed to do, it's not stunning to me. It will happen." - Brent Venables

"I cannot say enough about our defense down the stretch in the second half, just huge. Creating turnovers -- got some key stops." - Swinney

"It's embarrassing. I'm embarrassed about it. I'm not embarrassed about our guys. They fight, compete, they invest during the week. For whatever reason, we have this tendency to kind of freak out." - Venables

"[B.C.] is a big offensive line, like 6-6, 6-7. We controlled the line of scrimmage, got back there for TFLs. That gave us a lot of confidence going into Georgia Tech, facing that option. We've just got to get ready for next week." - Williams

Record day for Hopkins…

"Nuk Hopkins set a school record -- 197 yards. Really, not much else you can say. He's just a phenomenal player." - Swinney

"That's just one of my goals. I have to thank the coaches for getting the ball in my hands and giving me a chance to make plays out there." - Hopkins

"Nuk had a real good game. I found out in the locker room that he set a record…I'm proud for him, Tajh and those guys. That young man continues to show up and play, as a lot of them do." - Morris


"To get back, 10 of 16 and for them to be 5 of 17 -- that's huge, because you're getting stops." - Swinney

"That's pretty good right there when you convert [10-16]. You look back, there are a couple of other opportunities you had to convert, but you just didn't do it." - Morris

"It's OK. We could be better. I remember some particular ones where we should be -- good for us." - Venables

Fourth-down decision…

"Up by two touchdowns on the road and we needed an inch -- an inch, with about seven minutes to go…just knock them out, be done with it. One inch, we haven't had a hard time getting an inch all night." - Swinney

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