Morris talks Orange Bowl

MIAMI GARDENS - Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris met with reporters after Friday night's 40-35 win over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

The Tigers' hurry-up, no-huddle offense racked up 198 yards rushing, 378 yards passing and lit up the scoreboard with 40 points.

Tajh Boyd threw for 378 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 127 yards and a score. Sammy Watkins caught 16 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

Martavis Bryant caught three passes for 28 yards with two touchdowns. Roderick McDowell chipped in with 69 yards rushing and four catches for 32 yards.

On Boyd's turnovers
"Tajh made an impulse decision right there. Just get down, we get a first-down and we go and score. Those are the things that frustrate you. But, to be able to see Tajh pick himself back up, continue to make plays, especially in that second half, trailing coming into that third quarter. Our guys responded well and we were able to do some things, put some points on the board. We got a couple of turnovers. Just proud of the way our guys fought, all the way until the bitter end. We had a quarterback draw called. The last thing we told him, ‘Tajh, don't throw the football. It's yours all the way. You keep it. I want the ball in your hands.' He saw him wide-open, overthrew him. Hated that, but we don't make things easy."

On the team's resolve
"Our guys, they believe in the plan. They believed in what they had. They hadn't stopped us. They've got a really good football team, a play or two from playing in the National Championship, but we knew our guys were playing at a high level. We were executing our plan. All we had to do, I told Tajh, ‘You don't have to drive it reckless, just drive the bus. We have guys that are making plays. Just let them go make plays.'"

On Boyd's career
"You take tonight out -- he's done so much for this university. I've said it over and over and over. His legacy, if he never took another snap in tonight's game, he was unbelievable for this program and this university. The win tonight, to come in and win a big BCS game like he's done, in front of a grand stage, last game, now is tied for the all-time winningest record [for] a quarterback in Clemson history, unbelievable. What a great way to end his career. I'm proud of him. I'm going to miss him. Already miss him. But it's time. He's ready -- can't wait to watch the next part of his career."

On his advice to Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant
"The thing I would say, coach lets the seniors ride in first-class on airplanes, so they get a chance to ride in first-class on the way back."

On the wrinkles
"It's just things we've been working on. We had a month to prepare. We knew what we wanted to do. I knew how I wanted to attack them the first few days into it, but it was just being consistent and persistent, and not letting the amount of time we had overload what we wanted to do. I thought we did a really good job of that as an offensive staff, being simple and executing the plan. We had some wrinkles that we were going to show. We were going to put the ball in Tajh's hands and Sammy, and let those guys go to work."

On the advantages against the Ohio State D
"I didn't know til we got out here. On the opening drive, I felt like, OK, we've definitely got a speed advantage, but we still had to execute. Give them credit; they've got a very good football team, very good football team, very well coached, very well respected across the country. We knew, if we could get some guys loose underneath, it would set off some coverage, and we were able to get some things underneath." Top Stories