In Dabo's Words: 'I saw our defense grow up right before our eyes in the second half'

'This is one of those wins that after the season you'll look back and see that this was good for us'

Clemson defensive back Travis Blanks tackles Boston College Eagles running back Andre Williams in the first quarter.

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Clemson defensive back Travis Blanks tackles Boston College Eagles running back Andre Williams in the first quarter.

In Dabo's Words...

On Tajh Boyd's leadership and performance: "(The third-down run for a first down) was a huge, huge play in the game. He was mad about a mistake he had made earlier on an interception, and I think that gave him a little bit of a spark. Buddy, he came back...he just willed us to a first down, and then we went on and got a score. That was a huge, huge play for us.

"And it wasn't just that run - it was several runs. He had 60 yards, and we need that from him."

On the Tigers' toughness and response to a difficult road game: "First of all, if we're going to be a good team, we've got to win on the road. For whatever reason, this has been a very difficult place for Clemson. To be able to get our second win ever up here, that's huge.

"I think it speaks volumes for our players. We've had two situations this year - first that emotional win over Auburn, and you're wondering if we can show some maturity as a team and not have any type of letdown and continue to play to our standard, and we did. This was a similar situation in a different circumstance, where's you're coming off an emotional loss on a big road trip, and you've got to pick yourself up, with a lot of things going on. And now you have to go all the way up to Boston and take care of business. It was good to see our guys respond and refocus and play well.

"We had to handle a lot of adversity in this game. But there were a ton of positives."

On the play of Clemson's defense: "I just can't say enough about our defense and the way I saw our defense grow up right before our eyes in the second half. They got stops and created turnovers and they got a little pressure on the quarterback."

On the significance of the victory: "It was a great team effort by everybody. This is one of those wins that after the season you'll look back and see that this was good for us. I have no question that this was good for us tonight."

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TigerShore12 writes:

Anytime you give up 10 points in the 2nd half on the road, you're doing your job. From what I've seen, not many teams have had long drives on us. It's those HUGE mistakes by DB's where recievers are wide open that is hurting the defense. Once that can get cleaned up, maybe, just maybe, we can run the table the rest of the year.

4everAFanGOTIGERS writes:

in response to TigerShore12:

Anytime you give up 10 points in the 2nd half on the road, you're doing your job. From what I've seen, not many teams have had long drives on us. It's those HUGE mistakes by DB's where recievers are wide open that is hurting the defense. Once that can get cleaned up, maybe, just maybe, we can run the table the rest of the year.

Strongly agree my fellow TigerFan

lhaselden writes:

I would rather gamble and play agressive defense and if we give up an occasional chunkplay I am ok with that, our O will socre points but the opponents long drives get our O out of sync, and our D tired and their D is rested.
If we play agressive and get stops 50 % of the time, then I have confidence our O will score enough to win... Go for the interception go for the sack, the tackle for loss, let thier mistakes be for playing agressive, they are way too young to play tentative or in prevent chunk play mode, we did that last year and could not stop long drives nor chunk plays.. Go Tigers.

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