In Dabo's Words: 'I just want to apologize to our fan base, our seniors, to everyone'

'This loss really hurt; we just didn't do what we needed to do tonight'

South Carolina's Kenny Miles carries the ball against Clemson.

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South Carolina's Kenny Miles carries the ball against Clemson.

In Dabo's Words...

“We couldn’t get the ball in the third period. We just couldn’t stop them on third down. The third quarter was huge. We had too many penalties, too many turnovers and South Carolina did a great job of controlling the ball.

“We got off to a good start scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter but they just started to control the ball after that. Give them credit, they did a great job. Their ability to put pressure on Tajh (Boyd) was a key. Give credit to South Carolina.

"They disrupted our rhythm. We only got two plays in the third quarter, and their 86 plays to our 59 was huge. Tonight was very disappointing. We played with great effort, but that third quarter drive was critical.

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"The fun is in the winning, and we just didn't do what we needed tonight. We dropped a lot of passes and interceptions, and their third-down conversions killed us. We just couldn't get in an offensive rhythm.

"I just want to apologize to our fan base, to our seniors, to everyone. I really appreciate the environment that these fans have created these past few seasons. This loss really hurts."

On South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson: "We couldn't disrupt him. He threw the ball incredibly well. He was the difference in the game. We just couldn't turn the momentum. They made just enough plays and ran the ball just enough to keep us off balance."

On the end of the game: "Penalties, and the third-and-19 play (a 20-yard South Carolina gain) - it was just poor on our part. Their time of possession was unbelievable...It was just a bad team effort."

On Xavier Brewer's play: "Brewer dropped a couple of interceptions, but he kept playing. After that interception in the end zone, we felt like we could reclaim the lead, but they made some big plays to keep us off balance. We just couldn't turn the table."

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TigerNE writes:

Sorry isn't enough. The offense only showed how badly they wanted the win in the 1Q. Boyd throwing interceptions was just more of the same from last year. Dropping balls. The defense at least played above their skill and held them to 27. It felt like it could have been a 31-27 game but the offense just looked uninspired. But the coaches own a huge piece of this too. Why didn't we go for no huddle and try to change the tempo at some point? Even just try it???

putter2 writes:

Skill players didn't come to play and play calling suffers again.

pmelvin writes:

We were badly outcoached and thought we were better than we are. The defense disrupted the pass catching, sightlines for the receivers and pass throwing lanes. That is a very well coached defense...better than our offense even. Our defense is very weak. They played hard, but the USC offense is nothing to brag about and they controlled the ball relentlessly. We have a long way to go and this conference is a huge negative to real achievement.

teeman89 writes:

Boyd was too slow in his decisions and never rolled out away from Clowney. Offensive play took too long to develop down field. Thus causing a lot of sacks. They should have been more quick passes out into the flats to Sammy Watkins to off set Clowney's pass rush. Defensively the players played their best of the whole season tonight. They wasn't going to shut out the Gamecocks but they kept it a one possession game for the most part. However, the D-Coordinator blew it big time in his poor calls at crucial junction of the game. The 3rd Qtr with it 3rd and 16 yards to go for the Gamecocks. He decides to rush only 3 players and drop 8 players back in coverages. This give USC's QB time to pick up apart and score a touchdown instead of forcing them into a FG attempt. Then with game on the line, 3rd and 19 to go for the Gamecock and already in FG position. Our D-Coordinator calls a bone headed call of having our middle linebacker #46 twist from the middle of field over to the leftside in order to blitz the QB. #46 got caught up in traffic and never made it to sack the QB. Meanwhile USC's back up QB cleverly ran straight the middle in the exact area where #46 vacated for 20 yards and a first down. At that point in the game, all the Tigers needed to do is force the USC to a FG attempt and the Tigers would have had over 4 minutes left to drive down field to score the game winning points. I bet you Spruirrer already told the QB not throw the ball in middle of the field but just wait and look for a running lane or throw the ball out of bounds to set for the FG attempt. We got our coached badly on those two defensive plays. Our offensive coordinator didn't roll Boyd away from Clowney and didn't throw enough of quick passes to the recievers.

Tiger79 writes:

We proved we are a good team against weak competitors, winning the games we should and losing to any quality or ranked opponents. We were out coached on BOTH sides of the ball. I saw little or no leadership on the field from our upperclassman, no adjustments at the half. Boyd took himself out of any Heisman talks with a very poor performance, thought the offensive play calling was pathetic at best. All that skill and no idea what to do with it, as long as we have our current staff, I guess this what we as fans will come to expect on the big games. As ALL the media says Clemson once again pulled a Clemson.

tw30241 writes:

WTH Offense!!! Boyd just looked lost past the 1Q, and kept zeroing in on certain players. Defensively, we s#$% more on our lack of execution than anything. Poor tackling rears its ugly head, lack of maintaining positioning and taking angles to make the play, dropped interceptions....We could have taken the game from South Carolina, but failed....We need to get some high quality DL and DBs for this next recruiting class. #veryfrustratedfan

Kimarie56 writes:

I watched the same game as you guys but I guess I have a different take! Our offense was flat, just plain flat! There was no energy in them past the 1st quarter! It wasn't that their defense was better, we just didn't come to play! Nuk dropping balls that have been no brainers for him all season is not caliber playing... Sammy couldn't stay on his feet & Tajh was playing too safe! They were in their heads too much & not mentally on the field! As far as I'm concerned, for what it is worth, our defensive line played their fannies off!! Look at how long they were on the field & they never gave up! What killed us was the passing attack by Carolina... Sorry guys, but we just do not have a secondary to be able to stop the pass & Superior knew this going in (and yes I meant to spell his name that way!). We can all sit in the comfort of our homes & armchair quarterback & coach but the bottom line is the team that wanted it the most is the team that won! Historically, that has always been the case between us & them! It matters not how seasons are, this has always been a season within a season & will remain so as long as we play! It will always come down to who wants it worse & they obviously did! I love my Tigers, remain proud of them & will not pretend I know more than the men on the sidelines! Bottom line is they have taken us farther than we could have hoped to be but the Clemson Nation is never satisfied nor should we settle but I do thank them for an exciting season & hope to have many more!! Onward to post season play! Let's finish strong!!

corderboy writes:

Can not remember the last time we played mean and nasty-like the hit on andre- come on this is supposed to be tiger football why do they bring an attitude every year and we look like cupcakes again next year it will be different tiger team at 10 and 0 so what

michtiger writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Sorry isn't enough. The offense only showed how badly they wanted the win in the 1Q. Boyd throwing interceptions was just more of the same from last year. Dropping balls. The defense at least played above their skill and held them to 27. It felt like it could have been a 31-27 game but the offense just looked uninspired. But the coaches own a huge piece of this too. Why didn't we go for no huddle and try to change the tempo at some point? Even just try it???

Amen. We never picked up the pace on O. Maybe Morris was afraid that if boyd could not read the d in a slower pace game he would be in deep at a faster pace. Happy feet again. Sure looks like the football world was correct about CU and FSU. Makes Fisher's and Dabo's complaints about BCS and Heisman look silly.

zilforreal writes:

If Clemson played in the SEC they would win 2 or 3 conference games.Clemson has good talent; just look at how many we put in the NFL most years. Dabo spends a lot of time talking a good game, but I don't think he believed Clemson would win this game. he was making excuses last week. Last year Shaw killed us running the ball and we made too many mistakes. I thought our effort was better last year. This year, we let the # 2 QB pass like a Heisman candidate. # 2 was a non factor and Morris was lost after the 1st Q.

TigerFan95 writes:

Enough apologies coach. And no more pie in the sky promises. What you should say is, "I will beat SC next year or I will no longer be the head football coach at Clemson University".

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to pmelvin:

We were badly outcoached and thought we were better than we are. The defense disrupted the pass catching, sightlines for the receivers and pass throwing lanes. That is a very well coached defense...better than our offense even. Our defense is very weak. They played hard, but the USC offense is nothing to brag about and they controlled the ball relentlessly. We have a long way to go and this conference is a huge negative to real achievement.

You've been badly outcoached in this game for 4 years. You realized this only just now? If you want to stop being out-coached.... get a better coach. It's that simple. These long-winded post-loss analyses that Clemson people come up with after a loss are all pointless. Open your wallet and hire a real head coach.

Lynx26 writes:

WE ARE NOT PHYSICAL at ALLLL!!!!!

*U cannot run deep routes and go 5-7 step drops when u cannot BLOCK up front. (Screens, draws, and crossing routes PLEASE)

* WhAt is our defensive identity?!?! sit back on our heels and let their offense dictate the game?? #CmonMan

* GET SAMMY INVOLVED-Wildcat or something. at least let him break a sweat. Too many vertical routes.

* South Carolina is physical team... and we cannot match their physicality at all. Whatever they wanted to do both offensively and defensively they did it with no problem!

* This game had me highly frustrated 17-3 after halftime! What adjustments were made?!

* We hit the weights for a reason... use your strength and grow a pair! No man should dominate you 90% of the snaps.

**** Our defense makes me sick at times... ZERO AGGRESSION!

----- STOP with the Pass Interference crap ----
Yes it they were terrible calls- but it showed we would've just punted the ball right back, why?

BECAUSE WE'RE SOFT! End of story!!

Texas A&M or LSU - GREAT smh. Two physical teams

33dtb writes:

Get an O-Line !!

All the shiny offensive skill players in the world can't get the ball up the field without an O-Line.

If the likes of CJ Spiller and Andre Ellington can't run BETWEEN the tackles for yardage, then maybe, just MAYBE we need to learn to BLOCK for them

A lot of QBs have more than 2.5 seconds to throw a pass. Gamecocks' QB had time to eat a sandwich back there for most of his passes.

But beyond not having any time, we NEVER know which Tajh Boyd is going to show up.

Freedom1 writes:

Maybe Clemson Football should hire the highest paid publicist in the nation to explain why a football team with the highest two paid coordinators cannot win an in state rivalry game in four years. Dabo's explanation kind of falls flat for 2012.

TigerFan95 writes:

Enough with the apologies Dabo. The only thing I want to hear coming out of your mouth is, "My team will beat SC in 2013 or I will no longer be the head football coach of Clemson University".

sanford42 writes:

You can have all the the flashly offenses that you want but as I have said for years give me the I-fomation with a good tail-back a smart quarter-back and a knock your head off defense and i can play with anyone in the country.

lhaselden writes:

2 offensive plays in the 3rd quarter.... wow... that is on the O and the D... have not seen that since Turbeville led auburn into columbia took second have kick off and scored on a 8 minute drive kicked and on side kick got it and scored again on a 7 minute drive... the gamecocks never touched the ball in the 3rd quarter....
The last time we had this many turnovers and 3 and outs the opposing team scored 70+
The previous week the Gamecocks played Wofford and Clowney rested. We played NCSt and had a record number of plays on D and O.

ironpmpr35#285397 writes:

in response to sanford42:

You can have all the the flashly offenses that you want but as I have said for years give me the I-fomation with a good tail-back a smart quarter-back and a knock your head off defense and i can play with anyone in the country.

I wish Clemson would do that instead of all the finessing they try to do.Clemson has got to getb stronger meaner and tougher!

TRUETIGER1 writes:

He is no where near as sorry as I am. An appology may work once. Will he be as sorry at 5,6,7? How many does it take?

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