Clemson has been forced to listen to fan criticism, talk of bad coaching, poor players performances and prospects of a "one and done" for first year Head Coach, Dabo Swinney. Well now following a trouncing of Wake Forest 38-3 and a come Freon behind overtime victory against #10 Miami, 40-37, the Tigers state their claim to the best 4-3 team in the country. With games against Coastal Carolina, Florida State. NC State, Virginia and South Carolina and three of those games at home, Clemson sees the prospects of a 9-3 regular season finish as a reality and a recovery from the doldrums of mediocrity to a shot at the ACC title. The victory placed Clemson atop the ACC Atlantic Division, where it is in first place and owns the tiebreaker against Boston College. The season has been restored and the coaches may have an opportunity to relax from fan and media criticism for at least one week.
C. J. Spiller had another record setting day with 310 total yards, including a 90 yard touchdown kick off return in the late seconds of the first half and a 56 yard touchdown reception, his 18th and 19th career touchdowns of 50 yards or more. Kyle Parker also impressed viewers with 376 yards passing for the day. But it was the 26-yard touchdown to Jacoby Ford that became the biggest play on the final play of overtime to win the ball game and support the many upset predictions of faithful Clemson fans that will be most remembered on this day. Clemson snapped an eight game losing streak against ranked opponents in this "must win" encounter.
Everybody lets leave Coach Swinney alone and allow the season the play itself out, his enthusiasm and player connection is starting to pay dividends, getting this team back on track and able to make a run at the much allusive ACC conference title.
Coach Swinney was very prophetic and inspirational in his post game comments........."I don't think there's any turning back. ... I hope that this win can teach these kids that it ain't ever over till it's over, you have to appreciate the valleys because it's in those valleys that you grow and mature ... and find out who's all-in and who ain't. So that when you get on that mountain top, you know who hung in there with you. Only time will tell, but I will say this is a big shot in the arm." "We had to overcome a lot tonight - a lot - but I wouldn't take it any other way," Swinney said. http://clemsontigers.cstv.com/