Tigers face quick turnaround

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Clemson football team faces a quick turnaround to compete for an ACC title next weekend against No. 7 Georgia Tech.

After a disappointing 34-17 loss to South Carolina on Saturday, Clemson must quickly "turn the page" to next week's re-match versus Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship.

Though his disappointment with the loss was apparent, Brandon Maye was ready to get past the loss.

"That's how it's always been this year, even when we've won--just go to the next page," he said. "We're playing Georgia Tech next week for the title. You can't help but get up, flip the page and win the championship."

Kyle Parker admitted that he showed up to Williams-Brice assuming Clemson just had to put the pads on, take the field and they'd be riding back up with a ninth win.

"Football is a game that will really humble you…they played better than us today and they deserved to win," he said.

Though goal three was not achieved on Saturday-winning the state championship- goal four awaits next Saturday when Clemson travels to Tampa. Earlier this season, Georgia Tech knocked off Clemson 30-27 before a Thursday night national television audience.

This time, the Tigers look to even the score and earn a birth in the Orange Bowl.

"I think we have a lot to play for and a lot left in this season," Parker said.

The biggest disappointment for him is losing a rivalry game that's taken very seriously by his supporters in orange and purple.

"We wanted to win it for our fans and we didn't do that. We wanted to win because it's a big rival, but they came out and gave it to us today," Parker said.

After giving up 223 yards rushing to South Carolina with the run-happy Yellow Jackets on tap for next week, coach Dabo Swinney doesn't want the struggles from one week will ruin the next.

"We've played solid on defense all year. We didn't play particularly well today, but we've played solid all year," he said. "We can't let one game affect our mindset. We've got to refocus on (Georgia Tech)."

Swinney believes it's his players that will allow for Clemson to move on.

"We have good players that have a lot of pride. They take a lot of pride in what they do," he said.

C.J. Spiller didn't expect to finish his career versus South Carolina with a 2-2 record. He said the Gamecocks played like they wanted to win more.

"We've got to come out with more energy," he said. "I don't think our energy on the sideline was where it's been all year long.

"We've got to go back and do those things that we were doing on our winning streak."

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