In Dabo's Words: 'This is going to be big-boy football'

On Sammy Watkins: 'It was like he just shot out of a cannon. It was a thing of beauty'

Dabo Swinney yells instructions at his team in the second half

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Dabo Swinney yells instructions at his team in the second half

In Dabo's Words...

“We responded and our defense made some great stops and forced some turnovers. We've been a very good third-down defensive team, and a good red-zone defensive team...More players got some time on the field. We have been making improvements and can apply what we learned, but we are 3-0 and that’s right where we want to be.”

On the return of Sammy Watkins and his rushing touchdown: “It was like he just shot out of a cannon. It was a thing of beauty. He is a special player and it doesn’t take long to find him on the field. He is electric.”

On Clemson's defensive improvement: "We were very charitable in the first half, but at the end of the day we only gave up one touchdown. Furman's first drive was the most frustrating because they didn't do anything we hadn't practiced. But the guys rallied and we started getting stops. But if you bust, teams are going to make you pay. We've given up two touchdowns on absolute, complete busts, and we've got to get that corrected."

On Clemson's fan support: “It was a great environment to play in today. You turn on TV, and at lot of places you see a lot of empty seats when teams play (FCS) opponents. To have a record crowd for this type of game is just awesome."

On the play of quarterback Tajh Boyd: “He looks like an experienced quarterback...He got a lot of playing time last year...The season starts tomorrow. We can’t be looking in our rearview mirror. It’s all about the next game - and we have a long way to go.”

On other players who stood out Saturday: “Rashard Hall played well, and Tony Steward wanted to play and brought energy to the field. We can grow from there. Jaron Brown was clutch in the ball game. He kept drives going and opened up scoring opportunities.”

On Clemson's punters: "Not many teams have two punters that can boot it over 60 yards. (Bradley) Pinion is only a freshman, and it will be so good to have him around. We could take 40-yard plays all day long.”

On Furman quarterback Reese Hannon: "He's a good player, and a Clemson kid - from a Clemson family. I know he was thrilled to play in Death Valley. He's a winner - a young player who came into a tough environment and scrapped his tail off the whole game."

On next week’s game at Florida State: “This is going to be big boy football. It’s a tough place to go and win. This is an important week for us, and we need to play our best game of the season. It’s a big challenge, but I look forward to it."

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sportsfan writes:

You Played Furman. You allowed them to stay close in the first half. There are no excuses in this poor showing. Furman missed two field goals in the first half. one member of the clemson coaching staff makes more money than the entire staff at Furman. You cannot even win by what the experts say you should win by. Your players cannot even put their own helmets on. Florida State is gonna beat you like a drum. They beat Wake by 52. Its gonna be orange bowl all over again. The defense is awful and will be exposed. #33 is the slowest LB clemson has ever had. Furman had LBs with more talent.

MoncksTater writes:

in response to sportsfan:

You Played Furman. You allowed them to stay close in the first half. There are no excuses in this poor showing. Furman missed two field goals in the first half. one member of the clemson coaching staff makes more money than the entire staff at Furman. You cannot even win by what the experts say you should win by. Your players cannot even put their own helmets on. Florida State is gonna beat you like a drum. They beat Wake by 52. Its gonna be orange bowl all over again. The defense is awful and will be exposed. #33 is the slowest LB clemson has ever had. Furman had LBs with more talent.

When Clemson wins next week ... will you be back trolling here and admitting your'e a tool ? People like you remind me of how blessed I was to have parents that cared enough to teach me humility .

sportsfan writes:

Sure.

iptaytiger writes:

Its funny how trolls can get on a message board and run their mouth, but would never step foot in a stadium with 80'000 fans and talk trash.

You're so brave!!

TrevorT writes:

Yeah sure. 41-7. It was a real nail biter against Furman. You seem to know math about as well as football. True, our D can improve, but there's no reason to think that isn't happening. GO TIGERS, and go real sports fans who don't have to troll to get their jollies.

Bigorangecat writes:

in response to sportsfan:

You Played Furman. You allowed them to stay close in the first half. There are no excuses in this poor showing. Furman missed two field goals in the first half. one member of the clemson coaching staff makes more money than the entire staff at Furman. You cannot even win by what the experts say you should win by. Your players cannot even put their own helmets on. Florida State is gonna beat you like a drum. They beat Wake by 52. Its gonna be orange bowl all over again. The defense is awful and will be exposed. #33 is the slowest LB clemson has ever had. Furman had LBs with more talent.

I predict that Clemson will play much better against Florida State. Clemson got Furman's best effort and only played the starters for 3 quarters and still routed Furman. Next week, Clemson will be the team that is "up for the game" whereas, yesterday, Furman was jacked up.

sportsfan writes:

You have a better chance of walking through the jungle with pork chop under garments on than beating Florida State at Florida State.

Tigerforlife writes:

I am not sure why everyone is all about FSU. Yes, they look good this year, but we are still the reigning champs and are no slouch. FSU hasn't won the ACC championship since 2005. Not a player on their team knows what it takes to be a champion. We are reigning champs and have been there two of the last three years. In recent history the Clemson vs. FSU game has gone to the home team. The last team to win at the others team's field was Clemson in 2006. Yes, our defense is going to have to have their best game, but I still don't think they can stop our offense. Going to be a shoot-out. Good guys will prevail in the end. Go Tigers!

TrevorT writes:

If sportsfan is in fact a gamecock fan, I hope he'll let us know what message boards he uses. It would be so nice to stay in touch. Maybe during the week after the LSU game for example. Just a thought.

kellytown writes:

in response to TrevorT:

If sportsfan is in fact a gamecock fan, I hope he'll let us know what message boards he uses. It would be so nice to stay in touch. Maybe during the week after the LSU game for example. Just a thought.

Hey TrevorT, I don't think that you will have to wait until LSU I believe that Missouri will take out the coots. That will be the fall of the chickens!!!

TrevorT writes:

I'm not talking about trolling, just a special message to one guy who deserves it. But you are right, that's not what true fans are about. Thanks for the reminder.

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