"We just played another hard-fought football game. Give Clemson credit. They have a really good and talented football team. They did a great job making plays when they had to. They made a lot of big plays. We were our own worst enemy a lot of times today, leaving them on the field by not getting off the field on third and long. They hit about three third and 12s. We did a good job on first and second downs, so it was very disappointing. Some of our young receivers played extremely well. Clint did an excellent job of managing the game and trying to bring us back. He had some nice plays. We're 2-2, and the off week probably comes at a good time for us to take a good, hard, deep look at ourselves. This can still be a very good football team, but it has to learn to stop doing the foolish things. It was in different spots than it was last week. It's my job as the head coach to get that fixed."
On the play of freshman quarterback Clint Trickett:
"Clint is a coach's son. He has been a gym rat. He has been around it his whole life and understands ball. Kids who have grown up around that handle it really well. There were a few plays he wishes he could have had back, but he stood in there and led."
On the difficulty of defending Clemson's offense:
"Clemson did a great job of keeping us off balance. They got to the edges, and they were able to run it enough inside to keep us off balance. The big thing was that they hit their big plays. They got the one-on-one matchups and beat our corners. They did a great job on offense."
On sophomore safety Lamarcus Joyner roughing the punter before halftime:
"I don't know how he didn't block the kick. He jumped over the kick. We really felt we could get a blocked punt today. We tried before the half there. I hope the kicker is okay. We didn't mean to hurt him. But he jumped over it, and he kicked it under him."
On how much this loss hurts compared to last week's loss to Oklahoma:
"It hurts because you wish you could have responded from adversity from a week ago. Like I told this team, I have been on championship teams that have lost two in a row. We still have a chance to be a very good football team. We have to coach them better. We have to get them into better position and get the details out of them."
John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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