Clemson wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud redeemed himself after a first-quarter fumble which led to an Auburn field goal in the Tigers’ win over Auburn on Saturday night.
McCloud bounced back following the mistake to make a beautiful over-the-shoulder 29-yard catch in the second-quarter, setting up Kelly Bryant’s three-yard touchdown run a few plays later. That gave Clemson the lead for good, and then the Tampa, Fla., native made another one in the third quarter, this time a 33-yard pass from Bryant, that set up Bryant’ second touchdown of the night, a 27-yard touchdown run.
McCloud finished the game with six catches for 81 yards.
Question: Has Hurricane Irma been a distraction to you tonight with your family being there?
McCloud: “I called my grandparents before the game and I will probably call them after. It’s been a big deal for my city and the rest of Florida. I just have to keep them in my prayers and let God handle it.”
Question: What can you say about the way you bounced back after your fumble?
McCloud: “Mindset. Honestly it is all mindset. That’s part of football. It’s a 60-minute game and mistakes are going to happen. You just have to have that mentality like ‘next play, next play, next play!’ That’s just part of football.”
Question: How much confidence does it give you guys as an offense when you can go out there and make plays against a team like Auburn like you did tonight?
McCloud: “It just shows what type of team we have. We can do anything we want. We can put up 56, we can put up 14, that’s just how we are. We are going to win and that’s what makes this team so special because we find a way to win.”
Question: While you are having those meetings with your guys on the sideline, did you ever get to take a peak at what the defense is doing?
McCloud: “Yeah of course. We watch on the jumbotron. They brought the spark and that just kept me motivated tonight. They put up a fight so I have to fight for my teammates. That’s what you have to do. You just have to motivate each other. That’s what Coach says. Offense needs to compliment defense and defense needs to compliment offense.”
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