Locker Room Report: Tom O'Brien

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met the media following the loss to Clemson.

Tom O'Brien

"We got overwhelmed. We needed to control the line of scrimmage, and we couldn't. We couldn't get first downs or third down conversions. We couldn't stop them on their third downs. When you get beat, you get beat, and we got beat solidly."

"I'm a little surprised about our defense, but Clemson is a powerful football team, and they're much different from two years ago. They're running with more power and straight ahead. We couldn't tackle their running backs. When they're that powerful, you can't stop them."

"They wore us down and wore us out. We couldn't stop them."

"They dominated us at the line of scrimmage. That was the story of the game."

"It's hard to have positives when you get beat like this."

"We're not a very good football team. It's pretty obvious after today."

"They could have done whatever they wanted to do today."

"They were powerful and they were fast."

"[Harrison] has a knee, but I don't think it's anything permanent or long-term. We won't know until tomorrow."

"If we lost everybody else I guess he could have come back in."

"I thought he did a good job. We need to get better performance out of that position if we're going to be any good."

"The only way to get there is to go back and practice."

"We are who we are. They've been getting a little better. I think we took a step back today."

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