Clemson's Dabo Swinney
"I'm really proud of our guys for how they've responded this week. We've had a really good couple of days and just refocusing, getting dialed in on what we've got to do to play better football and give ourselves a chance to win another game.
"We've got a huge challenge this week with Maryland, 5 2, undefeated at home. It's their homecoming. They're coming off a tough loss just like us, and any time you're a great competitor like they are and the guys on this team, you want to get back out there and try to get back on the right side of things and play better.
"I know it'll be a hard fought game. Defensively they're doing a great job. They run the ball well. They have had some really, really tough injuries, so there's a little bit of unknown from that standpoint because they've got some new guys that are going to be big factors for them.
"Very impressed with them on special teams. Their kicker has been outstanding. Their return game has been excellent. It's a tough place to go and play, and again, for us it's about trying to get back and get back on track and correct a lot of the mistakes that we had from this past weekend."
On his message to his team this week coming off the loss to FSU: "It's really the same message that it would have been had we won the game. It's all about Maryland. It's the biggest game of the year. If you win, it's obviously a little different, but if you come off a difficult loss, you just refocus them on, OK, here's what happened and here's why it happened, here's the things that we control. For us, we really focus on our plan to win every week.
"Going into that ballgame we had outscored our opponents 56 0 off of turnovers. So that's why we're 6 0. And then we go into this game and we get outscored 24 0 off of turnovers. You can't beat bad football teams that way, much less a great team like Florida State.
"So it's disappointing because we just really didn't feel like we even gave ourselves a chance to compete like we wanted to and we know we can. But that's football. Sometimes you go out there, and we had a great week of practice, great prep, and next thing you know the put the ball on the ground a couple times and you start pressing and you're playing a great team and they respond with great energy. They don't make many mistakes, and you get your tail whipped.
"But you move on. It's the biggest game of the season is this week. This is what we control, and at the end of the day there's still a lot out there for this football team. So you point those things out. You really come together from a leadership standpoint. Everybody take accountability, and then you go back to practice. That's what we've done, and that's what this team has done really for the last couple of years. That's why we've had the success that we've had and the consistency that we've had, because they've responded, whether we've had a big win or we've had a really, really tough loss. We're 17-3 in the last 20 games, and those three losses were all painful. But they responded.
"Last year we probably played our worst game of the year against South Carolina. It was a huge game, and we probably would have been in a BCS bowl had we won that game. We had a lot of our key guys didn't play very well; we turned it over; we had a tough night, and for 30 days we had to listen to how bad we were. Well, they responded in the bowl game. Same thing last year; we had a tough loss on the road at Florida State, and they responded at Boston College. That's what this football team's personality has been, and I don't expect anything different."
On his advice for N.C. State coach Dave Doeren, whose Wolfpack plays FSU: "Hey, I've got my own problems. I've got enough problems right now. But you're going to have to play a complete football game. You don't have a lot of room for error if you're going to beat Florida State. That's the biggest thing."
Maryland's Randy Edsall
"We're looking forward to Saturday, and we know we've got a tremendous challenge with Clemson - outstanding personnel, very well coached. We're looking forward to playing on Saturday."
On Maryland's success at home: "We've played better here at home. You're always more comfortable at home. We've had great support here, and hopefully we can continue that. You're in your own locker room, your own surroundings. We're 3 0 here and Baltimore the one game, so I think we've played well so far here at home."
On what Maryland needs to do to slow Clemson's offense: "They're very talented. Tajh Boyd is very good and Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant and Adam Humphries, really good wide receivers, Roderick McDowell is a really good running back, and they're athletic up front. They present a big time challenge for you, and the thing is they have a number of playmakers that can hurt you, so you have to make sure that you do enough to allow each one of those guys not to make big plays against you."
On his wide receivers in the absence of Stefon Diggs and Deon Long: "We've been practicing guys throughout the season, but now what has to happen is Levern Jacobs and Amba Etta, they've got to step up. Those two young men will get the opportunities now with Deon and Stephon being out. Both those guys have played this year. They've made some catches. Levern made a big catch last week and had some really good catches in the games so far this year. Again, it's time for them to take advantage of their opportunity and step up and make plays for us and do all the things that we would expect. I think they're up to the challenge."
On Clemson's Tajh Boyd: "He's a really good quarterback, really good leader. He throws the ball extremely well, gets the ball to his playmakers, doesn't make a lot of mistakes, and is somebody that we have a tremendous amount of respect for."
On losing his top two receivers in the same game: "I've experienced a lot of things in the last couple of years that I haven't experienced when it comes to injuries. It's unfortunate because both those guys are good guys and good players. To see that happen, one almost right after the other in that game in very similar situations, it's tough. But they'll rehab and they'll be better when they come back, and like I said, we're disappointed that it happened to them, but we have to move forward, and now Levern and Amba have to step up and play as good or better than they were. That's the motto that we have. That's the mindset we have. Hopefully they'll do that for us."