Clemson's Dabo Swinney
"It's obviously very disappointing, just a very painful loss. I thought our guys fought really hard. The first half we were very disappointed they were 8-for-11 on third downs. We had a couple turnovers, and they kept the ball 20 minutes to our 10 as a result. It was a one-score game at the half.
"I thought we played much better in the third quarter, kind of got the momentum back. At 17-17 in the fourth quarter, we had a chance to win the game, and we had critical mistakes. We really fought hard, but we didn't play smart. We had some critical penalties, but the story of the game is the turnovers.
"You can't turn the ball over and beat good teams. We had four turnovers in the fourth quarter. Four of our turnovers, two were in plus territory and two were on punt returns. So, that's the difference in the game, there's no question about it.
"Give all the credit to South Carolina, because they took care of the ball. Connor Shaw played tremendous, just tremendous. What a great football player he is. I have all the respect in the world for Connor Shaw. He's a great runner. There's a reason why they're undefeated at home and why he has never lost a game here at home. He is a tremendous competitor, and I have a lot of respect for him.
"Obviously, our locker room is hurting greatly and so is our fan base. This is a game that everyone wants, and it's nobody's responsibility but mine, period. We didn't get it done.
"Again, our guys played very hard, but we did not do the things that you have to do to win the game. You're not going to beat anybody. It's actually a miracle that with all the turnovers we had that it's a 17-17 game at the start of the fourth quarter. It got away from us with a couple of series there, and we could not get it back. Very disappointing, and it's one that we're going to have to live with for another year, and it hurts for everybody.
"The bragging rights stay with South Carolina, and they've earned it. I give them all the credit and congratulate their staff. We'll see what's next for us in the postseason. We missed a great opportunity tonight, but I love our team. I love everybody in that locker room, and I know that we all wanted to win, and we didn't get it done. It's been a very disappointing run against these guys, no doubt about it.
"It's been a very good season for us. We'll see what we have in the postseason and try and get our 11th win. That's what we have to do. We have to pick ourselves up. Again, our heart goes out to our players because I know how much they're hurting in that locker room. I love every one of them, and I appreciate every one of them. I wish the outcome had been different, but it's not."