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Will have Dabo and interviews posted in the next couple hours for those of you still awake.

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CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 7 Clemson football team picked up its 300th
all-time win in Death Valley on Saturday, defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow
Jackets by a score of 24-10. With the win, Clemson improved to 7-1 overall
and 5-1 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech fell to 4-3 on the year and 3-2 in
conference play.

Offensively, the Tigers were led in both rushing and passing by quarterback
Kelly Bryant, who ran for 67 yards on 12 carries and threw for 207 yards
and two touchdowns on 22 completions. The Clemson defense, who held the
Yellow Jackets to negative passing yardage until late in the fourth
quarter, totaled 11 tackles for loss by eight different players.

The Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game
after Van Smith recovered a Georgia Tech fumble on the Yellow Jackets’
first drive, and Bryant connected with Deon Cain for a 38-yard score two
plays later. Georgia Tech cut into the Tigers’ lead with five minutes
remaining in the first quarter on a 25-yard Brenton King field goal, set up
by a KirVonte Benson 65-yard run earlier in the drive. Milan Richard hauled
in a 20-yard touchdown pass three minutes later to put the Tigers up 14-3.

Clemson scored the only points of the second quarter with just over three
minutes left in the half when Travis Etienne punched in the endzone from
two yards out, and the Tigers took a 21-3 lead into the break.

An Alex Spence 29-yard field goal made up the only points of the third
quarter, and a TaQuon Marshall 22-yard touchdown run with just under five
minutes left in the game rounded out the scoring.

Clemson goes on the road for a matchup with the No. 14 NC State Wolfpack at
Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. next Saturday.


  • Clemson won its 300th game in Death Valley, improving to 300-102-7 all-time at the venue, dating back to 1942.
  • Clemson improved to 38-3 in its last 41 games, dating back to 2014.
  • Clemson improved to 27-1 in its last 28 games and 44-3 in its last 47 home games.
  • Clemson improved to 22-2 in its last 24 contests versus ACC teams.
  • Clemson improved to 14-1 in night games over the course of the last two years. Only four of those 14 wins have been at home.
  • Clemson improved to 50-2 in its last 52 games against unranked opponents.
  • With the Clemson win, the all-time tally in the series between Clemson and Georgia Tech became 51-30-2 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
  • Clemson won its third straight versus Georgia Tech.
  • Clemson improved to 14-6 at home against Georgia Tech.
  • With the Clemson win, the home team in the series between Clemson and Georgia Tech improved to 8-1 in the last nine contests. Clemson has won five in a row at Memorial Stadium when taking on Georgia Tech.
  • Clemson improved to 19-17 against Georgia Tech since the Yellow Jackets joined the ACC in 1983.
  • Coming off of a loss, the Tigers avoided losing two in a row, improving their program record of 79 consecutive games without suffering back-to-back losses. The Tigers improved to 68-11 in those 79 games.
  • Clemson won its 56th game of the past five years, which is tied for the second-most of any program in that stretch.
  • Clemson won its 99th game of the past 10 years, which is tied for the fourth-most of any program in that stretch.
  • Clemson improved to 83-21 in the 2010s. That .798 winning percentage is the best of any decade in program history.
  • Clemson’s senior class improved to 26-4 in ACC regular season games, with the 26 wins serving as the third-most ACC wins for any senior class in program history. The .867 winning percentage is the third-best in program history.
  • Eight different Tigers collected Clemson’s 11 tackles for loss.
  • Clemson gave up seven or fewer points through the first three quarters for the sixth time this season.
  • The Clemson defense gave up just three third-down conversions, its fewest given up this season.


  • Head coach Dabo Swinney improved to 6-5 overall versus Georgia Tech and 5-1 against the Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium.
  • Swinney improved to 62-17 overall against ACC opponents, which includes a 59-16 mark in the regular season.
  • Swinney won his 96th game as the head coach of the Tigers, tying him with Danny Ford for the second-most wins by any Clemson head coach in program history.
  • Quarterback Kelly Bryant threw a career-high two touchdown passes.
  • Wide receiver Deon Cain hauled in a reception for the 31st consecutive game. Cain also reached the 100-catch mark for his career on the night.
  • Tight end Milan Richard hauled in his first career touchdown reception on a 20-yard pass in the first quarter.
  • Linebacker Tre Lamar amassed 11 tackles and two sacks, both career highs.



On the victory:

“The fun’s in the winning. I’m really proud of our team. Everything is about how you respond. Good teams respond, and great teams respond like we did. I can’t tell you how proud of I am of our team and our staff. We were better tonight than we probably have been at any point this season.”

On bouncing back after a loss:

“We’re a very young football team. So, as a coach, you always have to reteach on how and why we do things. But they came out ready to go.”

On the defensive showing:

“Georgia Tech was third in the country with around 300 yard rushing per game coming into tonight, and we held them to under 200 yards. Our defense was awesome...guys did a great job.”

On the offensive performance:

“Offensively, we are at our best when we have good tempo and we’re attacking, and that was shown tonight. I’m really proud of Kelly Bryant. He came out firing from the first snap. We ran the ball effectively all night, getting over 200 yards rushing. We also did a great job of protecting our quarterback and gave up no sacks.”

On Clemson’s special teams:

“Alex Spence made a good kick, and Will Spiers had several great punts. The kicking coverage was solid all night, as well.”

On where Clemson stands at this point in the season:

“We’re right where we wanted to be coming into this season. It’s November, and we’re moving into the next phase of our journey. If we want something, we’re going to have to go and get it. And we’re one of the teams that has a chance, and that’s right where we wanted to be. I’m excited about having the opportunity to control our own destiny. It’s up to us to take advantage of it.”


Opening Statement:

“Clemson has a really good football team, and we didn’t play very well. That comes back to me. It starts with me. I thought we were ready to play, but clearly, we weren’t. We couldn’t win any one-on-one plays, any one-on-one blocks. We really struggled offensively. Defensively, we missed a ton of tackles and gave up some big plays to dig ourselves a hole. We actually played decently in the second half on defense, but we were so far behind it didn’t matter.”

On third-down offense:

“We were probably less than 20% on option reads. We missed a lot of reads. When we did get them right, it was like popcorn. Some of the stuff was just ridiculous. I can’t explain why we do some of the stuff we do here, but we do.”

On offensive execution:

“We got the thing going, then fumbled the ball. And, of course, like in years past...two plays, three plays later and it’s a touchdown and you’re digging out from behind.”

On Clemson’s defense:

“[Clemson lines] up the same way as Wake Forest, but with different players. There is no magical elixir about how you play. Everyone lines up the same. It’s called beating blocks. We got rattled a little bit, especially in the first half. Clemson ran KirVonte Benson down once or twice because he was so concerned about ball security in the open field, he slowed down a bit. They’re fast on defense. We’re not the only people they do that to.”

On the weather:

“We had a hard time the few times we actually tried to throw the ball. But they didn’t. I don’t think you can blame it on the weather. If we had played in the clear, sure. We would’ve played with a quick field, but they would have, too.”



On the feeling of scoring his first touchdown:
“I just wanted to catch the ball. I’m more worried about that than anything. I lined up just how we had practiced it, and my biggest thing was catching the ball. It felt like a long time coming.  I’m glad to get it.”

On sitting 15 days on a loss:

“It felt great. Sitting around doesn’t feel too good...we are on a schedule, and we don’t like to break it. A bye week is a break in the routine, which is good, but we want to get out there and keep playing. It was good to get back out there tonight.”

On looking back on the game film:

“We always look at the tape. I wish our coaches saw the rain and mud as an excuse, but we are always going to look at it. There will be things whether they are small or big that we need to continue to improve on.”


On bouncing back after a loss:  

“It feels great to be out there again. Especially after that Syracuse game, everyone had a bad taste in their mouth. We just wanted to show who we are and that every team makes mistakes, but great teams come out of it and make the most out of the situation.”

On the offense coming out loose tonight:

“We are not focused on the margin of error we have left in the season. We focus on us and we feel like going out there and completing plays like we do in practice will make us the best that we can be.”

On the attitude of practice following a loss:

“We definitely went back to square one. We had to refocus and really hone in on the little things. The little things are what get the job done. The fun is in the winning, and sometimes we take that for granted. After that loss, we got back to reality.”


On the difficulty of the last two weeks:

“It’s hard. We don’t lose a lot..to go up there and lose and have two weeks to sit around and think about it, but we needed it. I think that we’re definitely better. We came out here and played one of our best games of the year.”

On Clemson's continued defensive success over Georgia Tech:

“I think it comes from how we prepare for them. We prepare great each year whenever we play them. Our coaches do a good job with us...great planning to go out there and play plays and stop their offense.”


On playing in the rain:

“It was a blast. You could see it on everybody’s faces. It was a great time.”

On what he learned from Dorian O’Daniel and Denzel Johnson on facing Georgia Tech:
"I got to hear a lot about the little intricacies of their offense and how they dealt with it and what I could do, so they helped me a lot.”

On the confidence going into NC State after a win like this:

“I can say it keeps you going, and having this win underneath our belt after a loss like that really brings our confidence up.”

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Jeff Scott:

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Dorian O'Daniel:

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Austin Bryant:

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Tre Lamar:

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I'll have Kelly Bryant, Tony Elliott and several more players added by morning, guys. Stay tuned!

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Kelly Bryant:

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Milan Richard:

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