In Dabo's Words: 'Today was a great day to develop the entire team'

'Yesterday’s touchdowns don’t count today. I thought the team was in control was the start. They had the mindset to make a statement'

Darius Robinson, left, and Martin Jenkins both scored touchdowns on interception returns against S.C. State in the first half of their game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson

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Darius Robinson, left, and Martin Jenkins both scored touchdowns on interception returns against S.C. State in the first half of their game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson

Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney

On the depth of his team and overall defensive performance: “Today was a great day to develop the entire team. I thought we had good focus where everyone played well and did their job. I thought the second group was ready. I told them no matter what, they’d be going in the third series…and they responded. They were able to flex their muscles and show the depth we have. Overall, we took care of business and outside of two plays, we had a very good defensive and special teams performance.”

On the play of Cole Stoudt: “Cole came in and played great. We weren’t planning on using him as early as we did, but he was just awesome.”

On the play of his defensive backs: “Both Darius (Robinson) and Martin (Jenkins) have fought through some adversity, so it was good to see them get rewarded. The interception by Jenkins was good by itself, but that was a heck of a run after the catch.

“It was good to see the young guys get some playing time. Now we have some tape that we can learn a lot from.”

On the fans at today’s game: “I just want to thank the fans, they were great and had good energy. It was just awesome to see that support.”

On starting ACC play at NC State on Sept. 19: “They’ll challenge us. We definitely need to perform better than we did two years ago when we went up there. Our next goal is to win the division.”

Playing the week after a big game: “Yesterday’s touchdowns don’t count today. I thought the team was in control was the start. They had the mindset to make a statement, especially coming off an emotional win vs. UGA.”

S.C. State Coach Buddy Pough

"The key to the game was up front. We wanted to run the ball, but we couldn't block Clemson. When we tried to pass the ball, their rush was too difficult to overcome. Overall, we just got blocked and had too many three-and-outs.

"We couldn't pick up the pressure from their blitzes. We hit two big plays, but we weren't consistent offensively.

"Overall, you have to give credit to Clemson's defensive line. They are very well coached. Today was a good learning experience for our team. Playing a team of this caliber will get us ready for the rest of the season. Give credit to Clemson - they're an outstanding team."

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Bleedsorange writes:

Buddy I will say this if your team played like this last week you would be one and one, you're a classy dude. May be first compliment I've ever given an opposing coach.

Clemorange writes:

I've been to and will be at every home game this year and I have been for as long as I can remember and this is the first time walking out of the stadium that I felt honored to of played another team. SC state was just awesome. We snapped the ball 95 times and a didnt see any faux injuries. In fact I saw one SC state player get hurt, fall three times trying to get off the field, the forth time he picked himself up and hopped on one leg all the way off the field and then carted off to the locker room on the gator. Hats off to the 2nd of three bulldog teams we will face this year! Go Tigers!

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