Clemson's Dabo Swinney
“This was very disappointing. Then you’re going against a team as good as Florida State, you don’t have very much room for error. We fumbled in the beginning, had a busted play, fumbled again and before you know it, it’s 17-0. When you spot a team that good 17 points, it’s a huge uphill challenge.
"We never could swing the momentum back in our favor and turnovers were a huge part of that. You can’t win when you play like that. We had too many penalties and we just didn’t play smart.This was a huge missed opportunity for our team.
"Florida State is a heck of a football team. I wish we had played better and that’s no one’s fault but mine. We’re going to find out what we’re made of going forward. We have to put this behind us and move on. When Monday morning rolls around, Maryland is going to be the biggest game of the year. The character and leadership of this team has to come through and we have to be who we know we are. Our guys will respond.”
On Tajh Boyd and the Tigers' leadership: “We have a lot of leaders on this team. Everything comes easy when it’s going great and everyone’s patting you on the back, but you run into a buzz saw like we did tonight, that’s when the leadership shows through. Our leaders will respond. We have a long way to go to get to 7-1. There’s still a lot to play for. There are five games left in the season and if we get back on track, anything can happen. We have to fix our mistakes.”
On Florida State: “Florida State might be the best team in the nation. We knew they were good coming in. You don’t have a lot of room for error against a team like that. You can’t make the mistakes that we made unless they’re making them too, and they didn’t. Once they got up 17-0, the way the game was called was changed on both sides. They took advantage on all of our mistakes. They might be the best team in the country.”
On guys playing hard: “We’re going to go back and look at the film. It’s never as good as it seems, but also never as bad as it seems. There will be some good things to take away from this. There are guys who played well, but overall we have to play better. Adam Humphries had a really great punt return and Spencer Shuey played his heart out. Guys like Shuey are hard to come by. He is one of those guys that really gives you everything he has, all the time.”
On the game atmosphere: “Our fans are amazing and the atmosphere tonight was amazing, but we never gave our fans a chance to get into the game. The students who stayed were awesome in the fourth quarter. It was great to see them still there cheering on our guys. That was awesome and we really appreciate the support.”
Florida State's Jimbo Fisher
On the playing environment: “Tonight was an amazing environment. This is a tremendous place to play. It’s one of the great places in college football. It was a tremendous atmosphere with GameDay being here, I thought our kids handled that very well. I thought that was one of the keys in all phases.
"I’m very proud with the way our team handled this game. I thought both the offensive and defensive lines did a great job controlling the lines of scrimmages, allowing our skill guys to function because of pressure. I thought our coaches did a great job getting these guys ready to play and our players played very well. Our players care about each other and played together like a team tonight.”
On FSU's early scores off Clemson turnovers: “Especially on the road, you get confidence, the young guys get confidence and you don’t take out the crowd, but you can make it manageable. It was very critical and our guys feed off each other and we talked about handling momentum when on the road and once you get it you try and ride it and we were able to get that momentum and kept riding it.”
On his team’s confidence: “They’re mature, they’re growing, they’re getting older, they understand the moments. You have to go through things and play in different environments and atmospheres. These guys love each other. This group is a very tight group of guys. They really care about each other. These coaches do a good job with these guys, showing a lot of care, they coach them hard to do those things.
"They don’t worry about style. Style isn’t important to them, substance is what matters. They understand the power of preparation and they feel prepared. I love coaching this football team.”
On Jameis Winston’s performance: “I’m very proud of him. The guy is a competitor. He steps up in the moment, but we played will around him. The interception was our fault. The headset went out. We signaled the route to the receiver and they ran the double move. The coach who signaled to Winston signaled for the single move. We had to throw away the headset. That could have cost you the ballgame. It cost us a huge turnover in the game. He didn’t make that mistake, but he handled it well.”