For the fourth time this season the Tigers came up just short on the road. As the clock ran out Florida State hit a 55 yard field goal to lift Florida State to a 16-13 victory.
“Give Florida State credit. They made some big plays in the second half to give themselves a chance to win there at the end of the game. They made some big plays and had some timeouts and made a long kick. You have to tip your hat to them; they found a way to win. It’s awfully disappointing to move the ball the way we did up and down the field and not get the win,” said Swinney.
The Clemson defense played outstanding, only giving up one touchdown. At the half the Noles only had three first downs. Clemson outgained Florida State 391 to 307 and had 25 first downs to Florida State’s 16.
The Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 26 yard run by Jamie Harper. Florida State and Clemson both added a field goal before the half. Clemson led 10-3 at the half.
Once again the Tigers missed two field goal opportunities and had two turnovers as they drove for scores. One field goal was blocked and the other was the fault of the holder who called for the ball before Catanzaro was ready to kick.
“We did a lot of good things tonight, but once again we had too many missed opportunities. That’s pretty much the story of the game. I’m extremely proud of our team’s effort. We had some tremendous individual efforts on both sides of the ball, but we had some critical miscues at critical times that cost us. We’ve got to move on and try to get bowl-eligible next week. We’ve got a game on the road and we have to try to get bowl-eligible and finish up strong at home. This one will test us, but I have a lot of faith, and faith is believing when you don’t understand why certain things happen. We’ll have to rely on that in the coming days,” said Swinney.
Early in the fourth quarter the Tigers had 2nd and 7 at the 11 and tried a fade route to DeAndre Hopkins. The true freshman slipped on the play and the ball was intercepted.
The Tigers gave it their all for four quarters. This loss will be a hard one to forget.
“It breaks your heart to not see them win,” said Swinney.
Dabo hopes the Clemson fans won’t give up on this team as they continue to leave it all on the field.
“I hope Clemson will continue to support this team. I hope they will rally around this team. They leave their heart on the field every game,” said Swinney.
Clemson dominated the game on the stat sheet, but couldn’t put the Noles away when they had chances to build on the lead.
When Dabo was asked if Clemson was the better team tonight, he responded, “no question”.
The Tigers fell to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the ACC after the loss.