In Dabo's Words: 'We won every quarter...the second half was a thing of beauty'

'The Valley was rocking, and it completely changed the feeling of the game'

The Clemson defense stops Georgia Tech on fourth and one in the first quarter

Photo by Mark Crammer

The Clemson defense stops Georgia Tech on fourth and one in the first quarter

In Dabo's Words...

"This was a huge win. It was a momentum win. It was a complete game, and we won every quarter - especially the fourth quarter. The second half was a thing of beauty.

"I'm proud of the team, and they keep improving every week. We just need to refocus and recommit, because our season starts with Virginia Tech.

"I can't say enough about the fans. They made a huge difference in the game. The Valley was rocking, and it completely changed the feeling of the game...

"Overall, it was a great team effort. We had our two longest drives of the season at the end of the game. It shows the heart of our players, especially the offensive line and everyone's commitment to winning."

On the play of Clemson's defense: "We did really well the whole game up front, but we struggled on the perimeter. We made the changes that were necessary and forced Georgia Tech to put drives together. In the first half, they made a lot of good plays, and we took that away from them in the second half."

On the play of DeAndre Hopkins: "When you're a great receiver and you fight for the ball, it's just amazing how the ball comes to you. DeAndre made huge play after huge play. He turned plays that didn't look like they were going anywhere and turned them into big gains."

On the Tigers' final drive: "On our 80-yard drive, we wanted to be rewarded. We're looking forward to the weekend off and come back to a rocking Death Valley in a couple of weeks against Virginia Tech."

On the two-point conversion play: "That was great...I know all the guys were excited to see us finally use it in a game. We've been practicing that play for the right opportunity to use it. Today happened to be that day."

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