Tears of joy

CLEMSON - Tears of joy streamed down Jacoby Ford's face soon after he crossed the goal line for the go-ahead score in Saturday's 40-37 overtime win at Miami.

"It was just such an emotional end to the game," he said. "I couldn't really stop them--well I did stop them eventually, but not at that moment when my whole team came and grabbed me. You can just hear everybody running at you and it's one of the best feelings you can have."

Ford noticed the safety cheating to the outside on a flag route he ran earlier in the game. After checking in with Coach Dabo Swinney and getting a second opinion from offensive coordinator Billy Napier in the box, Ford got the OK to make it an option route. If the safety was cheating over on the flag route again, the post route was the other option.

Sure enough, the post route was on. The rest, as they say, is history.

"There's no play (in my career) that will ever come close to that one on Saturday," Ford said.

Sure there was a plenty of excitement in beating a top 10 team. The Tigers expected to do so. Ford and his teammates expect to win each game, week in and week out.

Just like they expected to beat Miami and other six teams on they've played this year, Clemson expects to beat Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

"You have expect to win. If you don't, you definitely don't need to be on that plane to go (to Miami)," he said. "If you have any doubt in your mind, you definitely don't need to put that orange on, or that white or that purple."

In the first couple years Ford donned those colors, he probably wouldn't have volunteered what he saw from the secondary. Ford admitted that he would had to of been asked what he was seeing before making a point to the coaches.

"Probably just me being a senior and being a leader on the team, I went to them and told them what I was seeing," he said.

Taking nothing away from his current wide receiver coach, Ford credits Swinney for much of the knowledge he's gained for the receiver position.

"He really taught me a lot about how to be a receiver and how to read coverages," Ford said. "That's one thing he did help me out with a lot. I just used to run around out there and not know what I was doing."

With Coastal Carolina coming up this weekend, he's sounding off on the Chanticleers like with respect and not looking ahead to next week's game against Florida State.

"This game here is probably the biggest game of the season," Ford said, "we're treating every game like that."


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