South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier:
"“We were very fortunate again. It seems like when we play Clemson, they don’t play very well. We did what we needed to do, I guess, to make more plays than they did. There were a lot of penalties in this game.
"I’m really, really proud of our defense. That’s one of the best offenses in the country, and we held them down fairly well, to 17 points. Offensively, we did what we sort of needed to do as far as playing sort of ugly. We ran for nothing and nothing and nothing and nothing, but we kept that clock churning away. We hit a ball or two here or there, and we got a penalty here or there.
"We made a lot of mistakes in the game, but fortunately, our defense was good in that second half. When we hit Bruce (Ellington) back there, we were trying to hit the tight end and there were three guys on him. That was a key play in the game. As it turned out, our defense was really good. I feel fortunate. This team has some excellent leaders, guys that really went out and played. We’re obviously pretty happy to come out of here with a victory.”
On the team’s quarterback situation: “(Dylan Thompson) played pretty well. He missed a few here and there, but he hit a few here and there. He was ready to play. He wanted to play. Connor has not been able to practice all week, and he really needed to rest that foot if he could. So, he should be ready for the bowl game, wherever we go. Connor should be the guy ready to go.”
On Jadeveon Clowney: “Yeah, Jadeveon got a game ball. Of course, we gave one to all of the seniors who played here. Jadeveon, we stood him up, we moved him around a little bit, and hopefully got a one-on-one. We’ve got him for one more year, and we’re going to shake his hand and thank him for everything he’s done for South Carolina.”
On his team’s ball control game plan in the second half: “We were hoping that it would be that kind of game. I don’t know how many plays they had in the second half. We didn’t have a lot of yards in our 86, but we had a lot of clock. That’s what we hoped would happen. I didn’t know it would happen, but we were fortunate.”
On Thompson’s ability as a runner: “The quarterback draw just kept coming out, didn’t it? It came out twice. Dylan made a beautiful run on one that was called back for holding. The next one, he got down to about the five- or six-yard line. It took us three plays to get that one in. It just worked out. Clemson’s a really good team. We just made a bunch of third downs. It was probably a difference in the game.”