Tigers still in contention

CLEMSON - DeAndre McDaniel saw a lot of hurt amongst the Clemson football circle last week. Most of it came from the disappointing 24-21 loss at Maryland that dropped the Tiger's record to 2-3 (1-2 in ACC).

"Everybody was down at first. It hurt a lot of people. It hurt fans. It hurt friends. It hurt everybody. It hurt the coaches," he said. "We've got a bring smile back to Clemson. Everybody is down right now.

"We've got to turn this thing around to get everybody back on our side."

McDaniel, who was home in Tallahassee this past weekend for fall break, couldn't help but pay particular attention to the Florida State/Georgia Tech game. His house is "right down the road" from Doak Campbell Stadium—close enough, he said, to hear the band and the roar of the crowd.

Although the weather put a bit of a damper on the day's family cookout, McDaniel had no intention of leaving the TV until the game was over.

"I love watching close games come down to the wire. I pretty much thought Florida State was going to pull that one out anyway," he said.

The road to Tampa is still wide open with several key losses this weekend with several division rivals losing conference games.

Atlantic Division rivals finished the weekend with a 1-3 record. Along with Florida State's 49-44 loss, N.C. State was upset by Duke 49-28, Boston College lost big to Virginia Tech 48-14 and Wake Forest beat Maryland 42-32.

Rashard Hall said the Tiger's team goal of winning the ACC Championship is still on the table.

"As far as (opponents) winning and losing, I guess that just helps out," he said.

In first-place is Wake Forest (2-1), followed by Maryland (1-1) and Boston College (2-2), Clemson is fourth (1-2), N.C. State and Florida State are tied for last-place with records of 0-2 and 0-3, respectively.

Jamie Harper said no matter what the standings were, he believes it wouldn't change the approach Clemson is taking for the final seven games.

"The way Coach (Dabo) Swinney coaches, if we were 0-5 or 5-0 I think all the intensity would still be the same with the type of coach that he is," he said.

With a win on Saturday, Clemson could move into a tie for first-place with Wake Forest if N.C. State beats Boston College and Virginia beats Maryland.

"Everybody's heads up. We know what we can do and we're going to try to win this thing out and just take it game by game," McDaniel said.

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