Clemson coach Dabo Swinney
"We're one step closer to our goal, which is to be the best in the country. Ohio State, what a great football team. We knew it was going to be an incredibly hard fought game. Our goal was to get it to the fourth quarter. We felt like, if we could get it to the fourth quarter and have the lead or be close, then we could win it.
"It was a lot of fun, man. It was a lot of fun. That's the way it's supposed to be. You don't luck up and get to BCS games. You earn your way there. And you don't luck up and win them. You've got to earn it on the field.
"I'm proud of our guys, proud of our team, our staff. We had great preparation. Everybody was ready. Individuals don't win. Teams win. It was a great team win tonight against a great Ohio State team.
"This was an awesome week for us, just a tremendous week, great experience, and to cap it off with a win is huge.
"This was a special season for us. We started with a top ten team, and we finished with a top ten team. Our first BCS win, the first time in 118 years to have back to back 11 win seasons, first time since 1987 88 to finish in the top ten, because I can't imagine we're not going to finish in the top ten.
"Two years ago, it was probably unthinkable for a lot of people when I sat at this same podium, I guess, after that butt whipping that we took, that we would be 22 4 since that night. We talked that last trip that it wouldn't be 30 years before we got back. We're back, and we found a way to win.
"That was our motto all week, just find a way to win the game. We had enough mistakes to probably lose it, some critical errors, but our guys showed a lot of heart, and they got it done. So it's another tombstone going back to Clemson, and we're excited about that, but most of all, our seniors . I just can't say enough about them.
"Sammy's not a senior, but these two guys right here (Watkins and Tajh Boyd) are special. Five years ago I signed 12 guys, and I didn't have really much of a resume as a head coach. It wasn't very sexy to come to Clemson. But we had a plan, a vision, a hope, and a belief, and these guys believed, starting with this guy right here, Tajh Boyd.
"I sat in his house at his kitchen table in Virginia, and Ohio State, Jim Tressel was, I think, in the backyard waitng for me to leave. And I sat there, and I told him, I said, Tajh, here's the plan. If you'll believe in me, we'll change Clemson. We'll change it. It's not going to be easy. We've got a lot of work to do, but we will change Clemson.' To see this young man finish his career tonight with an exclamation point like he did and leave here as the winningest quarterback in the history of our school - he tied with Rodney Williams - there's not a more deserving guy out there, and he did it in three years as our starting quarterback. He's special.
"All these seniors, they changed Clemson. And how do you measure people or their legacy? How do they impact the people there? How do they impact the place that they were at? Our seniors changed this place. We didn't quite get to the top of the mountain like we wanted, but we can see it. Tonight we took another step forward, and I'm just so proud of these guys. They're the winningest senior class since 1991, and they have set a standard here that everybody will be measured up against as we continue to move forward.
"So thank you to all the Discover Orange Bowl folks for a great week. I'm just so happy and proud of our team to find a way to win the game.