That’s a pretty good start a post-game press conference, especially for a game like the one on Thursday night. Clemson came out as 34-20 victors, but the game wasn’t in hand until the fourth quarter where the Tigers scored 14 unanswered points. It was just an oddity to watch, but Swinney was proud of his team for getting the win.
The worst part of the game was that Clemson shot itself in the foot twice by giving Wake Forest a short field. However, the Tigers were able to overcome the miscues.
The first half was easily the worse of the two, but in the second half the offensive line got the job done by protecting quarterback Cole Stoudt and opening up holes for the running backs. Swinney wanted to make sure they got their time in the lime light for their efforts Thursday.
The coach was so happy about the offensive that he could only muster a few words on it.
That’s not to say it wasn’t a good night for the defense though — it held Wake Forest to 119 total yards — but there was one play in the secondary that people will be talking about as defensive back Robert Smith was ejected for targeting for a hit on a Wake Forest receiver. Swinney defends the play and didn’t see anything but a good hit.
Smith will have to sit out the first half of the game against Georgia Tech next week because of the targeting rule and that game will be a nationally televised one on either ABC or ESPN.