Tigers Look Towards Texas A&M

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden talks about yesterday's game against Georgia Tech, and looks forward to this weekend's game against Texas A&M in this report.

* Looking Back to Saturday. Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Sunday afternoon after watching the film of Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech, that as many as eight or nine plays could have changed the outcome of the game.

"Just one play, just one tackle on third down in the second half runs 40 seconds off the clock. Just one. The offense had a chance to win it. The defense had a chance to win it, and the special teams. When you watch it, you see all of those things like that," said Bowden.

When asked if was toughest loss of his career, Bowden said, "Wake was pretty tough (last year). Wake was tough but it was over early. I say early, I mean third quarter."

* Anything Positive? Even with a devastating loss, there were several positives from Saturday's game, including the overall improvement in the ground game. Nevertheless, Bowden said he feels like that the fact that his team hasn't quit during the first two games is one of the main things the coaching staff can take out of two close games early in the season.

"One thing I can say about this team is that in two games we haven't quit, we haven't come close to quitting. We played two close games. Two sixty-minute games. The team will not quit and this team will fight you. That's a pretty good characteristic to have in a team this early in the season."

* Welcome Relief? The Tigers will go on the road for the first time this week when the team travels to College Station, TX to face Texas A&M. According to Bowden, the change of scenery could be good.

"It's a good change of pace for them," said Bowden. "Sure we'll miss our home field crowd and they are a tremendous asset to us. They'll miss the home field crowd. A&M has a great environment. Just to break the monotony, but I think these kids enjoy getting out and seeing a pretty good environment."

The last time the Tigers played in College Station was 1974. Clemson lost to #20 Texas A&m that year 24-0.

* Geoff Rigsby Update. After the bad snap in the closing seconds of Saturday night's loss, there has been natural concern about long snapper Geoff Rigsby.

"I'm sure a bunch of guys went to bed, hurt. Geoff's got a lot of pride. He's probably been 14 straight games, maybe more, with good snaps. This happens in the NFL, and it happened to him, and I'll try to make sure he understands that.

"He'll hurt, just like some of the other guys. But he's going to encounter some rougher things in life as he gets older, said Bowden."

Bowden will continue to use Rigsby as the starter.

* Parting Shots. Bowden said that Kyle Browning and Reggie Merriweather will get increased snaps this week after the two players ran for the longest two runs by a running back since Tommy Bowden has been at Clemson, but that Yusef is technically still the starter because he's the senior...Bowden also said Charlie Whitehurst played "good" but can improve...True freshman Barry Richardson played 12 snaps against Georgia Tech...Bowden said that Yusef Kelly made the first down on the Tigers' last offensive possession, but he didn't have the ball at the time. (Kelly recovered his own fumble).

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