After reviewing the tape from Clemson’s 51-14 loss at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles, head coach Dabo Swinney was blunt during his Sunday teleconference, saying the ‘Noles outplayed and out-coached his Tigers:
Florida State is a good football team, and definitely not one that you want to help. We gave up 24 points off turnovers and scored none, we had 12 possessions, got into Florida State territory nine times, and scored twice.
Florida State just outplayed us and out-coached us in every regard. Now we’ve just got to flush it and move on to Maryland. We had a great opportunity that we didn’t take advantage of. We never did anything to get our crowd behind us as we’d have liked. But we can’t let one game make or break our season (Orange and White).
Barring total meltdowns by all the other teams, Clemson’s embarrassing loss effectively eliminates them from national title contention. They’ll have to put the game behind them and move on, though, as they’ll face a Maryland team this upcoming Saturday likely smarting after being beat-down by Wake Forest.
[Source: Orange and White]