In Dabo’s Words…
“I’ve been telling our guys all along that if they put it all together – offense, defense and special teams – it won’t be close. We did, and it wasn’t.
“I got this job three years and two days ago, and I’ve put everything I have into it, trying to do this for Clemson and for these players and coaches who work so hard. When you accomplish a goal, it’s a great thing. But we still have a long way to go. We ain’t done yet in building this program into what we want it to be.
“This is what it’s all about. You don’t quit. There are so many quitters out there. All these people that quit on us, they don’t deserve this. This is for the players and the coaches and for all the people who were all-in all the frickin’ time. I’m proud of those people. That’s what this one’s for.
“This team right here is young, and they’ve had some adversity…But they just keep on believing and listening to the right things, and they love each other. They have a lot of accountability, and they showed it here today. I kept telling them that as quick as it turned one way, it could turn back, and tonight it did. We got the turnovers, we took care of the ball, and we won the game. That’s been our formula all year.
“This was a great football team in Virginia Tech. This ties the record for the highest-ranked team we’ve ever beaten. The credit goes to the players because they got it done. These players deserve all the players.
“I’m just an old guy from Pelham, Alabama, and I’m just blessed to be here – that’s the bottom line. I’m a guy who was put in this position and I’m just thankful that I have coaches and players and administration that support me and believe. Every meeting I’ve had since the day I got this job, I take a sign in there and carry it with me that says ‘believe you can do it.’ Tonight they believed, and they’ve believed for three years. And now we’re going back to the Orange Bowl for the first time in 30 years – the 30-year anniversary of our 1981 national championship team. That team set the standard at Clemson. And tonight, we’re not quite where they were, but we’re going to go back and get a little taste of it.
“I just couldn’t be more proud of this group of guys.”