Tigers Trying to Regroup

CLEMSON – Two days later, the bitter and heart-wrenching loss to Boston College is still fresh in the minds of the Clemson football team. Looks of disbelief and anguish were still painted on their faces Monday morning.

It's been so bad that James Davis refused to leave his apartment Saturday night and all day Sunday, or watch a replay of the game. He couldn't stomach it.

"I this one will stick with you for a long time, but you've got to learn to get over it and move on to the next game," said the junior tailback, who had 12 carries for only 10 yards against Boston College. "There are a lot of guys on the team that I know still have their head down. I haven't moved out the house. I have just come out the house ever since the game. …

"I've just been laying around watching TV and trying not to watch SportsCenter. I watched a couple of NFL games yesterday. That was about it."

Even thought Davis said this loss is going to linger for quite some time, he believes the team will be able to bounce back and not let the loss leave a hangover. He said the team has been through disappointing losses before and should know how to handle it.

"It's not like we haven't been in this position before," Davis said. "We're just in a situation where we have to move on. … You've just got to learn to get over it and just move on. It's one of the opportunities we had in our hands and it slipped away from us."

It might have been different for the players had Boston College been a much better team or had blown the Tigers out. But they all believe they're the better team and should be the ones in Jacksonville.

"I just knew we would be going to the ACC Championship," Davis said. "It was in my head, but I don't know about a lot of the other guys. But in my head, I pretty much thought we had the game in the books."

NO EXCUSES: Showing the quality person he is, junior wide receiver Aaron Kelly, who dropped the game-winning touchdown pass in the closing seconds, once again met with the media and stood strong.

"I've watched it in slow motion three or four different times and I can't even explain why I didn't come up with it," Kelly said Monday morning. "It's a play I think I should have made and I just didn't come down with it. No excuses. I just didn't make the play."

It's pretty ironic and quite a blow to Kelly, who has been one of the top two receivers in the ACC all season and who has broken some lofty school receiving records.

"Football can be a very humbling game," he said. "Sometimes you're on top, sometimes you're not. You always want to make that play. It's something that I'll think about for a while. But it's something you got to try and put in the back of your head and play strong so you don't let it affect the rest of your year."

Fellow receiver Tyler Grisham said there's not a whole lot that needs to be said to Kelly in terms of encouragement. He understands what Kelly is going through as well as anybody. "After something like that, you really don't want to talk to too many people," Grisham said. "I know how it is dropping a ball. He doesn't need encouragement. He knows he's a great player You're going to drop balls sometimes. … We wouldn't even be having a chance to play in the ACC Championship if it wasn't for him."

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