Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney held his weekly Sunday teleconference where he reviewed the win over NC State, gave the latest injury updates and more.
First of all it was just a really hard fought game on both sides. I am really proud of our team for being resilient and overcoming some mistakes and finding a way to win. It is tough to go on the road and win, especially against a team that is playing with a lot of confidence and was undefeated going into the game as well.
It was a good, good win. It was a great game for us to learn and grow from. We made a lot of mistakes, especially offensively that are very correctable. I am encouraged by that and that we were still able to win the game.
We did a lot of good things as far as being able to put pressure on the quarterback. Defensively we did a really good job on third down. Offensively we did a really good job on third down. We continue to do a good job with the turnover margin. Some of the disappointing things were our execution on offense of some of the simplest things we have. But all very correctable and we had mistakes in all areas.
I was pleased with Catanzaro again. His ability to put it between the pipes in critical situations is a real difference maker for our team. It was a great night for him becoming the all-time scoring leader here.
I am looking forward to getting back to practice to see if we can get to 4-0 somehow this week.
Players of the Game
Defense – Vic Beasley
Offense – Tyler Shatley
Special Teams – Chandler Catanzaro
As far as injuries I think most people probably know about Kellen at this point. It was just another tough break for us from an injury standpoint. He is a very talented player that I think was going to emerge as we continue to go through the season. So we will lose another great player there.
We are very fortunate that Carlos Watkins was okay. He was in a very serious car wreck last night. It was a very scary situation for him. Fortunately he is okay. Hopefully he will be back here tomorrow. But there was a fatality as part of the crash and he was not the driver. Carlos was the passenger in the car. It is a really, really tough situation for him right now.
Hopefully he will be back, maybe tomorrow, and we will put our arms around him and help him get through this deal.
Other than that injury wise I think we are in pretty good shape.
Question – How is Carlos injured? Did you have a chance to talk to him and how is he doing?
Swinney: I have talked to him. I talked to him this morning. He thinks he is fine. They checked him out pretty well. The biggest thing was he was compressed in the car in his chest area for over two hours before they could get him out of the car. They kept him last night for observation. He was doing pretty good this morning from an injury standpoint. He is very fortunate. He is very, very fortunate.
Question – Are you surprised the offense has stumbled at times this year because of how many veterans they have?
Swinney: We have done a lot of good things. Listen Tajh Boyd there was a certain point in the game where he turned it on and played great down the stretch. It wasn’t just Tajh. It was a comedy of errors. We had mistakes at critical times by all positions. We would have a critical mistake up front or a critical mistake by the quarterback or the receiver. It was on probably the simplest things we do. We just have to teach and learn. The good news is we were still able to win the game. We know we are much more capable than that. We were still 10-19 on third down.
That is football. It was 12 days since we played. Our first group didn’t have as much continuity as we would have liked.