Clemson's Dabo Swinney
“First of all, I just really want to compliment Maryland. Those guys played their tails off. It’s never easy up here, never has been. We won’t come up here for a while and don’t know when the next time will be, but this has been a tough place for Clemson for a long time. They played a heck of a ballgame.
"We knew it was going to be a four-quarter game, and it was. Good to get the win to get back on track. Get No. 7 and if you’re going to be a great program, you’ve got to win consistently on the road. With this win today, this is the longest road streak for us in 35 years at Clemson. Obviously that’s not easy to do. I’m just really proud of our guys for coming up here and taking care of business and handling a good team tonight.”
On the defense: “Obviously, we had some mistakes with turnovers. We were very fortunate because we got them back. We were plus one in the turnover margin. Hats off to our defense. When you put the ball down twice inside your own 20, and they only come away with six points; our defense responded. That was the thing in our game last week. We got outscored 24-0 off of turnovers, but tonight we got turnovers and scored. They got those two big ones and only got six points. Just really proud of our defense and how they responded. I thought they did a lot of good things.”
On Tahj Boyd: “I didn’t expect anything other for him to respond with a great game tonight. Got a little banged up, but he played through it. We had to run him a little bit late in the game and he was the difference for us down there in those tough situations. That’s who he is. It was just another great game, responding from one of his few bad ones in his career.
“He’d like to have that (interception) back. They blitzed us and he was a little quick pulling the trigger and kind of floated it out there, but outside of that, he didn’t make many mistakes tonight. He played a really, really good football game.
On if there was a hangover from last week’s game: “We had a great week. Sunday and Monday were really long days, but I thought our guys bounced back. We had a great practice Tuesday, great practice Wednesday, great practice Thursday. It’s hard to win, period, but especially up here. Everybody knows the history here, but our guys responded to every situation. If there was a hangover, when we had a couple lulls and this team wasn’t focused, it could have gone south in a hurry. But it didn’t and they responded… That’s what great teams do.”
On the Tigers' defense in holding the Terps after two second-half turnovers: "Our defense responded and our team responded. It's not easy to win, and it's not easy to go on the road and win. Everybody wants to win, and I thought Maryland really competed incredibly hard out there. But there's no question that the costly mistakes they made and them getting minimum points out of that was the difference in the game. That could have really hurt us. But our defense went out and responded. We got a turnover and then held them to a field goal.
"And our offense responded, as well. We moved the ball up and down the field all game. We came away with four field goals, and I felt we could have really put the game away a whole lot earlier if we'd have converted some of those field goals into touchdowns. But Cat-man did his job. When you're kicking field goals and moving the ball like we were, it kind of plays into their favor. They can hang around, and they were trying to play slow-down all night long.
On Clemson's rushing attack: "At the end of the day, we came up with some huge, huge plays. I'm really proud of how we ran the football. This team was giving up only 120 yards a game rushing, so nobody had really run the ball on them effectively. To finish with 247 yards rushing was big.
"I thought Tajh had a great night. He came back played tremendous. Sammy Watkins set a school record (with 14 receptions) and Rod McDowell was awesome. Martavis Bryant had some big plays for us.
"Defensively, the fumble caused by (Bashaud Breeland) and the sack-fumble by (Vic Beasley) were the two big momentum plays that we needed to get control of the ball game.
"It was a four-quarter game, and I was proud of the way our guys fought back. I tell them that if you're going to be a great team, you have to win on the road. With this win, this is our longest road winning streak in 35 years. Obviously, that's not an easy thing to do.
"Maryland's leaving and going to the Big Ten, and we're glad to be able to get this win up here."