Dabo Swinney Post-Game Press Conference

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney discusses Clemson's 41-10 victory over App State in Death Valley Saturday.

Overall thoughts:
“This is why they call it a team sport. Everyone has to do their part, and sometimes you might need a spark from somewhere else on the team, whether it’s special teams, offense, or defense. We had a couple of miscues on offense, but it was great to see us get a spark from Jayron (Kearse) and Carlos (Watkins) with his score, and then the offense just came alive. It was explosive, and quick. We had four touchdowns of 23 yards or more, and that’s a very frustrating thing for a defense when you can strike like that. They gave us opportunities to for big plays, and Deshaun (Watson) was just tremendous."

On backups’ performance:
“The biggest thing for us is that we were able to play a lot of guys this week. We have to get our backups better. We have to develop this team, and there’s an opportunity to do that. You have a little bit of growing pains when you’re trying to teach guys, and that’s the only way they’re going to get better by playing football. We were very fortunate we were able to play a lot of guys. We have a quick turnaround against Louisville, so I feel good about the guys we were able to rest a little, and that will pay off for us."

On defense’s second solid performance:
"A lot of good things defensively, with 10 tackles for loss and four forced turnovers. Winning the turnover margin was a big thing for us coming into this game. Special teams had a huge kick return, Andy (Teasdall) hit the ball well all day long. We have a lot of things we can learn from this, but we face a quick turnaround, so we’ll be back here tomorrow, put this one to bed, make the corrections, and move on to Louisville."

On solid fan turnout:
“I told our team this was a solid win. 41-10 against a team that’s got the fifth-longest winning streak in the country. It’s hard to win. It really is. This is a very solid win for us and something we can learn from. But our fans are a huge part of that. The energy, the emotion. They’re loud and on their feet when the defense is on the field. You just can’t help how that feeds you a little bit. Just really, really pleased with what we got done. Our first goal we’ve accomplished, we’ve gotten to 2-0, and our next goal is to win the division, and that what’s going to start when we travel to Louisville. Going to be a difficult challenge, but we’re looking forward to it."

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