Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is curt often in wins, a coach that can't help but dwell on the plays that fell short of his unit's perfection.
The Tigers held a record-setting South Carolina offense to its second-lowest yard output of the season (318), but surrendered 10 third down conversions and 18 points off of turnovers (half of the total for the whole season going in).
Venables breaks down a sour end to better year for the Tiger 'D'....
Tigers don't execute
Tigers tried 'everything': Going into a game like this against a team like that, you have to take away what they do best. We did a poor job of doing that. It was the same thing a year ago. They played good on third down and the quarterback continually made plays with his legs. You don't take away what they do best - this is a good team and you have no chance. We tried everything. It obviously didn't go like we wanted it to. We rushed four, rushed five, rushed six - spied him and they continued to get through on designed plays and scramble plays.
Why were South Carolina's runs so effective: Blocking us. What do you mean? Putting a hat on a hat. When they went left - they pushed us left. When they went right, they pushed us right. It's pretty simple - execution and blocking 101.
Gamecocks able to run with QB: It all goes hand-in-hand. (Shaw)'s a part of the run game every bit as much as Davis is. If you want to be effective, you can't (stop) one without the other. Guy was throwing the ball all over the lot too so if you're in coverage you have guys you're responsible for. We have to do a better job execution-wise. We can't sit out there in zero coverage the whole game and play like it's the option.
USC wide receiver Pharoh Cooper's 26-yard touchdown pass: You know why that happened? It's because they were effective in the run game. That sets up the playaction. We got nosy and being aggressive and they slip a guy out of the backfield. It's because we're not doing a good enough job at stopping what they're doing.
Venables proud of the defense: Our guys fought hard tonight. I'm proud of our guys and they fought hard. We didn't coach them good enough and didn't play good enough at times. In a game like this, you can't make the kind of critical mistakes we did and again they out-executed us at real critical times. Those things are a part of the game and our job is stop them and react and respond in the right way and we didn't do a good enough job.