In Dabo's Words: 'It was just a great team performance...our OL was tremendous'

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney reacts after wide recevier Matavis Bryant scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tajh Boyd in the second quarter at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney reacts after wide recevier Matavis Bryant scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tajh Boyd in the second quarter at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday.

In Dabo's Words...

"It was just a great team performance. I'm just proud of our guys for continuing to respond and continuing to try to get better and play to our standard - trying to be the best we can be.

"To finish with our fourth road win for just the second time in 15 years is a real positive. Offensively, we made some huge plays - it just goes on and on with a lot of individual records.

"Our offensive line was tremendous.

"Defensively, a couple of big plays hurt us in the first half, but then boy, they got some turnovers and got nothing off them, and we held them to three points in the second half and 86 yards rushing, and how about four sacks. That's the second week in a row - nine sacks in two weeks.

"I'm proud of our team. We're 8-1 with 21 days left and are looking forward to getting back in the valley. Our fans were unbelievable - what a great crowd we had up here tonight. I mean, half the stadium was Clemson.

"It's a big win, and for these guys to stay focused and try to win each day that's in front of them, is really a good attribute."

On Clemson taking command of the game early: "That's sort of been our mentality - it's about Clemson and how we play, our effort and our toughness, all of those things that we control. They've bought into that mentality, that we have everything we need, if we bring great energy and great focus, and just keep going on to the next play.

"That's two weeks in a row that we've been on the road, and we've played to our capabilities. We've not gotten caught up in any external factors, and haven't let anything affect our performance."

"This was a dominant performance and I am proud of our team. A big key was the fact that our defense stopped Duke after we turned the ball over. Our defense really showed up after we turned the ball over. I was disappointed in the two plays we gave up in the first half, but overall they played well.

"We felt if they were going to play man coverage in the secondary, we could be successful like we were against Wake Forest...Tajh was terrific in the first half and Nuk continues to set records.

"Overall we continue to respond and play as a team. It feels great to get a 4th win away from home...It was great to get some action with the second team on both sides of the ball. Zac Brooks really played well when he got the opportunity."

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