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“As I look at these stats, the only one that really matters is the six turnovers. You turn it over six times, you’re not going to beat anybody that’s any good. As I look at these stats, that’s the No. 1 thing that I see is six turnovers. When you do that against a good football team, you don’t give yourself a chance from the top. Six turnovers are really the bottom line.”
How long did that third quarter last for you on the sideline?
“I think it’s 15 minutes. I think that’s what it lasts.”
On the loss:
“I've seen it all in coaching. I thought we came out with a great mindset. We tried to play as hard as we could. Again, turnovers kill you. They take momentum away from you, they take energy out of you, they take emotion out of you. It kills you."
What makes Clemson so good on offense?
“They’ve got talent.”
On the continued prevalence of turnovers:
"It's very disappointing. Obviously I haven't done a good enough job of stressing that in practice. I have to go back and try to stress it even more."
On his message to the team:
"We just got together in there, and I told them we had 35 days left in the regular season and asked them how we're going to act on these next 35 days. We talked about it yesterday when we had 36 days, and we talked about it the day before that when we had 37 days. We talk about one day at a time."
On T.J. Thorpe's 100-yard kick return:
"We hope everybody responds in that fashion when they get pulled. If there's competition and you don't respond, I believe there's an issue. Evidently, he responded. Hopefully, he will be a better returner for it now in the future."
On the attacking nature of his team's passing game:
"We felt like we had a chance against those safeties. We thought that might be one of the weaker parts of their football team."
On the team's third down woes:
"When you fumble the ball or you turn it over, a lot of times you don't even get to third down. This team is a very good pass rushing team, so if you get behind and you have to catch up by throwing it, they are going to rush the passer well. That's hard in itself. That's what we try to do. We want to be ahead so we can rush the passer. If you don't get the game into manageable situations, they're going to rush the passer and make it really hard for you."
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Thoughts on the game:
“Just can’t turn the ball over. They’re a heck of a team. Give them any opportunities and they will take advantage of it. That’s what good teams do. They’re a very good team and you’ve got to give them all of the credit. We turned the ball over too much today.”
On the 3rd-and-1 play in the third quarter:
“I thought it was a great play call. Actually, looking back on it, I think we had our tight end running right down the middle wide open. I just wanted to give a deep shot to Jhay Boyd and he made a great rise and I threw the ball. In big-time games, you’ve got to connect on those big plays. It’s unfortunate, but you’ve got to push ahead.”
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On Clemson’s offense:
“They’ve got good receivers and a good quarterback. Some of those balls I was running to the ball and I’m thinking, ‘Okay, it’s overthrown.’ And the receivers ran right under it. You can’t ask our corners to do much more if we can’t get to the cornerback.”
Did Clemson’s up-tempo style pose a problem?
“You’ve just got to get a feel for what they’re doing; the rhythm and everything. Then you should be good. Sometimes they can catch you off-guard with play-action because you’re so worried about the screen, but you’ve just got to keep your eyes open and read your keys.”
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When did you learn that you wouldn’t be starting?
“I knew I wasn’t going to be starting on Tuesday, well, going into Wednesday’s practice. And, of course, the reason why is because I fumbled last week. That’s just with anybody. You’ve got to take care of the ball. That’s the main priority.”
Was the team shocked at Clemson’s third-quarter explosion?
“I think so. I think we were all taken aback by it a little bit. We all had intentions of coming out and fighting hard and turning the game around and, of course, winning the game.”