Dabo Swinney said Clemson fans who are searching for a definitive answer to the meaning of ‘All In' can look to Thursday's loss at Georgia Tech.
Down a quick 24-0, Clemson responded with 27 unanswered points before losing 30-27. Despite the loss, Swinney knew he was he pleased walking off the field. During Sunday night's teleconference, Swinney said watching the film on Friday was reassuring.
"They showed a lot of poise and toughness to come from behind…(were) in position to win it on the road against a good team," he said, "and that's not something that happens very often.
"I think that's a good sign."
There were plenty of good things for Swinney to take from both sides of the ball on Thursday night.
Offensively, it was the three touchdown passes from Kyle Parker, 100 yards receiving from Jacoby Ford, C.J. Spiller's second highest single-game all-purpose output and a 53-yard field goal from Richard Jackson (who was named special teams Player of the Week).
Pleased with 80 percent of the starters on the offensive line, Swinney said he really liked how the offense's front played.
"Offensively I'm proud of them because every time we got the ball in the second half, with the exception of when they called the holding call at the end of the game," he said.
One major adjustment on Thursday included the movement of Chris Hairston from left tackle to right tackle for Cory Lambert. Hairston is back over to left tackle and Landon Walker will start in place of Lambert on Saturday against Boston College.
On defense, there were seven three and outs on defense, a 27 percent completion percentage for Georgia Tech, one defensive touchdown and containing Jonathan Dwyer to 66 yards rushing.
"We saw the defense stand up and take a pretty good offense and a tough offense to prepare for," Swinney said.
The Clemson defense will finally matchup against an offense that allows the Tigers to have more a normal, base look. Whether Boston College plays red-shirt freshman Justin Tuggle or 25-year-old true freshman Dave Shinskie, Swinney is happy to the defense will finally get a chance to "do what they've been coached to do."
"Regardless of who they have at quarterback we'll be able to play Clemson defense this week," Swinney said.
He's not discounting Boston College's wins against Northeastern and Kent State.
"It's going to be a very physical game…they usually don't make a lot of mistakes," Swinney said.
With an offense that showed it can come from behind and a defense that can buckle down and make stops Swinney believes the team is much better now than they were at this time last week.
"I really believe that we're a better team today than we were last week. I really do. I think we're a football team that is close and a football team that cares about each other."
No playing time for Willy Korn against Georgia Tech was a result of the 24-0 deficit just over one quarter into the game.
"We made the decision right there to leave the best in there and see if we can get back into this thing and overcome some of these critical mistakes we made in the first quarter. We were able to do that," Swinney said. "That was really what was behind that decision. That was at a lot of positions."
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