Only pure will power will prevent a tough triple-overtime loss to Miami from lingering. But that's no easy task. Just look at what happened last year.
Following Clemson's heartbreaking 28-24 last-second loss to Georgia Tech in 2004, the Tigers went over a month before winning their next game.
All told, Clemson lost three straight games after losing to the Yellow Jackets.
"We came out on the short end of the stick in that game and we were like, what's next?" Clemson linebacker David Dunham said Monday. "We can't be that way about this loss. It's a tough loss and two good teams fought and somebody had to lose and unfortunately it was us."
However, Dunham, a senior, admitted the last 48 hours have been difficult on him and a few others.
"Personally, I think, it was really hard for me to shed because that's my last time playing against Miami," Dunham said. "For the seniors, it's a little more difficult to shed than it is for Antonio (Clay) or Anthony (Waters), who has another shot at Miami. It makes it a little harder for us because we know that's our last shot.
"On the other hand, we can't think that it's our last shot. The seniors have to be the ones who start looking at Boston College and being like we need to get ready for this game, also. We can't look at this game and let it linger around like the Georgia Tech loss did last year."
Dunham may have a point. Waters, a junior, said he's ready to take on Boston College. He's already moved past the loss to the Hurricanes.
"We've just got to let it go, it's over with now, Miami won," he said. "We just need to work on the little things that we did wrong to help us get better. We had more than a few opportunities, so everybody should be pretty anxious to get back on the practice field and make themselves better."
But unlike last season, the players have experience to draw upon and they don't have to play their next game on the road. These two things should make it easier to rebound.
"It's tough to put it past you because we had plenty of opportunities to pull it out, but it didn't work out that way," Waters said. "Everybody pretty much knows what's at stake: go ahead and get over it or it's going to carry over if you don't get over it. …
"It does help playing at home. It's always good playing at home, especially after a loss when you can pretty much get everybody back behind you."
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