In Dabo's Words: 'The little things won the game for us. Our effort and intensity was awesome'

Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Clemson's Brent Venables during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

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Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Clemson's Brent Venables during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Clemson's Dabo Swinney

“This was a great win. This was a gutsy win. The character and toughness that our guys showed tonight was something special. We were ready to go. We knew this was going to be a slug-fest for four quarters.

"Georgia is a great team. We stood them up in the trenches when we needed to, we got stops when we needed to and we ran the ball when we needed to. We made too many mistakes, but we overcame them. This really was a gutsy win.

“The little things won the game for us. Our effort and intensity was awesome. This was a good start to the season. We accomplished our first goal – win the opener. We need to get better.

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"I’m proud of this team and our fans. This was a magical day. The energy all day was incredible and it was capped off by a special night. We’re going to celebrate this win today and refocus tomorrow. Our goal is to get better by next week”

On the Tigers' ‘do your job’ mentality: “This was a team win. Everybody did their job and did it well. We got big stops when we needed them and we got the big plays when we needed them. Roderick McDowell was awesome. He got those big runs when we needed them. We were not consistent in the first half, but Tajh (Boyd) came out and looked like a veteran. He made huge plays.

"Martavis Bryant did not have a great game, but he had the catch of the night when he caught the onside kick. We won the turnover margin and that’s how you win. Your offense and defense have to complement each other. This was a huge opening game that had a lot of pressure to play perfectly. We didn’t do that, but we did find a way to win.”

On Spencer Shuey’s play: “Spencer Shuey leaves everything he has on the field. He played awesome. He’s physical and he came up with some huge hits. He’s a workhorse on defense and that’s what you need.”

On game atmosphere: “The game-winning touchdown was scored by #81 (Stanton Seckinger). This was just a special night for Clemson. I’m happy for Coach (Danny) Ford to finally be inducted into the Ring of Honor. It was awesome to see all of our former players back tonight, too. That is Clemson. This was just an awesome night.”

On play of Georgia: “I don’t want to play them again. They are a team that really makes you slug it out. Aaron Murray consistently makes plays. We finally got to him in the second half and wore them down in the trenches, which worked to our advantage. I also have a lot of respect for (Todd) Gurley and (Keith) Marshall, but I’m proud of our guys.”

Georgia's Mark Richt

Thoughts on the game: “Clemson is a very good football team. They did what they had to do to win the football game. Tajh (Boyd) had a good game and Sammy did his thing. The touchdown Watkins (Sammy) had was a great job of breaking the tackle and taking it to the house. Both teams played a great game and had bright moments. At least we got it down to where we had a shot at an onside kick. We weren’t able to get it and lost the game.”

On Todd Gurley: “I thought Gurley played a great game and ran the ball hard. Unfortunately he strained his quad and wasn’t as effective as he was at the beginning of the game. He came back later in the game and was able to do a little bit more of what Todd is capable of.”

On Clemson’s environment: “The atmosphere is tremendous, but we go to a lot of stadiums that have that type of atmosphere and we are used to it.”

On Georgia's penalties: “There were some penalties that hurt us, and some penalties that helped us. I thought we were able to overcome most of them. I thought the officials did a pretty good job.”

On Aaron Murray: “Overall, I thought he played pretty well. The fumble he had really hurt us; we have to hold on to the ball. The pick, those are going to happen and they were just in a good scheme and their backside defensive end dropped into coverage. As he let the ball loose he just did not see that defensive end drop back into coverage.”

On the tough road schedule: “I am not one to cry about schedules, and I am fine with the way our schedule is.”

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Comments » 5

kimpots writes:

Well. "toot toot" for old dabo

rsb8931#286014 writes:

Coach Richt's candor and honesty is refreshing. He didn't make excuses or cry foul. The one thing he said that I disagree with him to a degree is when he said they are use to environments like this. No coach, you won't see anything like you saw in Clemson, SC this past Saturday night ever again in your life. No school, no where, no time will have what Clemson had last night up there in Death Valley and the town and campus of Clemson University.

clemvol writes:

Step one complete. Now onto step two, S.C. state bulldogs. Just like any team you play beat this one like you are suppose to....badly, don't let up. Side note: See, the sec is just like everybody else not giants. Go Tigers

TrevorT writes:

In Georgia's defense, how could they win when they are all on their period at the same time?
Those cramps are a killer! Sorry, but that was just a joke. I was sorry to see a program I respect resort to something like that.

33dtb writes:

Power Line '89

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