Syracuse coach Scott Shafer
On the emergence of Orange QB Terrel Hunt: "First and foremost, I think he's got to approach it the same way he has the last couple of weeks. I've been impressed with his pocket presence, and he needs to understand he's played well. If he stays within the realm of the offense and the coaching that he's got from Coach Lester, who's done a great job with him.
"He needs to continue to throw the ball to the guys who are open. Last week he threw to 11 different guys. I think that's what helped this offense move forward. We don't want him to press, and we don't want him to turn into anything more than a quarterback trying to be productive in this offensive system. As long as he does that, we'll have a shot."
On the importance of the Syracuse running game: "You never know until you go in there and fight with people. In particular, (Clemson's) defense is very good. They're a very good, very talented defense. We'll have our hands full. I like our running backs, and offensive line continues to get better. I still believe, if we run the ball, we can play with everybody. Hopefully, we'll go forward as we progress through this conference."
On SU's first ACC game: "We've got the ACC coming in here. We've got the No.3 team in the country. They've got a Heisman Trophy candidate. And I challenge the students to come out and make it a mess out there for them. Make it the loudest the Loud House has been in years, and see if they can't be the 12th man that's the difference in the game, because they can be. They have been in the past.
"They were the difference last year when we beat Louisville when they were No.9 in the country. They were the difference the year before when Geno (Smith) came in here with West Virginia. That crowd got so loud they couldn't make their djustments. And I guarantee you that helped us get a couple of extra sacks.
"So I think that our students and our community are taking the challenge on, and my message to them is come out here and show the ACC that the Dome is one hell of a hard place to play in when we're running around and playing football the way we're supposed to play it. Our student body and our community are getting loud. That's the goal. Hopefully, we can meet that objective."
On the key to winning: "Well, number one objective is to score one more point or more than Clemson. Number two is try to get in the way and see if we can't trip up their offense a little bit. You know, there's a lot to it, but try to attack their tendencies and try not to let their best players beat you."