Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was fired up postgame about a “huge” win over no. 5 Georgia, where his offense put up 38 points and 467 yards. The game in his words…
Beating a second SEC top-10 team in a row: Well, it feels good to get a win tonight. I’m excited about this win and our guys worked extremely hard for it. Credit Georgia – they’re a good football team without a doubt. We knew that. We knew they would fight hard and very well coached. We felt like coming in we had to run the football to influence the passing game and we were able to do that tonight and that was the difference in the game.
Rod McDowell posts a breakout game: It’s his turn. Just as you see so many kids in our program that when their turn comes they excel. Two years ago, he was a wanting to transfer type of guy – he wasn’t sure if he wanted to be here getting very little playing time. To come out here and play like he did, I’m proud of him and he’ll be the first to tell you how key our offensive line was to running the football.
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Final drive and grinding out the clock for win: We burned four minutes off the clock and that was huge. Being able to run the football. I can’t say enough about Tajh Boyd. He played like a veteran quarterback should play. We had a lot of drops tonight that could have very easily added up to more scores and he never rattled and never shook and his ability to run the football made us successful.
Starting the season with a bang: It’s huge. It gives you momentum and that’s what you want. It’s what you work for. To come out with two heavyweights like you had tonight and our crowd was unbelievable. My hats off to our crowd. It was loud and exciting and it was electric from the time we got off the bus. We knew our crowd came to play and we weren’t going to let them down.
Sammy Watkins’ big night: I’ve been saying it all along that he’s faster than he’s ever been and he’s quicker than he’s been. He’s shed some pounds and is electric and I think you saw that tonight.
National implications of the win: It’s just one game, but it’s a big one game. We’ve got a big one next week and a big one after that. That’s all it is. I’m pretty sure 1-11 is not a good season. We just have to work on next week now, but going against an opponent like Georgia and hats off to them and coach Richt and what they stand for over there – it was a big win no doubt.
Sense going into the game: That’s hard to say. We knew they were ready. We knew Georgia would be ready. We practiced for 29 days essentially and they are too and they’re tired of watching film on us and we’re tired of watching film on them. Both teams were ready to play. And I think you saw that tonight. That’s what you ask for in a opener like this between two heavyweight teams. I was very proud of the way our guys responded tonight.
Clemson a national title contender?: The only thing I feel like right now is we’re coaching a 1-0 football team. We’re going to work hard to be 2-0 and that’s all. That’s so far down the road. Let’s worry about being 2-0 and then we’ll go from there. We’ve got a good football team there’s no doubt. We can continue to get better. I’ve said when coached high school football to in college that you see your biggest improvement as a football team from week one to week three.
Happy with tempo?: I was. At times we weren’t able to go at the tempo I wanted to go at we couldn’t get in a rhythm. When we got in a rhythm, we got rolling. Some of its playcalling – it’s me – you try to get in a rhythm and try to get going. I thought we executed and operated our tempo very well tonight.