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#5 Clemson 34, Boston College 17: Clemson Postgame Quotables

Dabo Swinney and some of the Tigers spoke about their victory over BC.

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Dabo Swinney overall thoughts...

"This was a great win. Winning 14 games in a row at home is a big deal. I told our guys that they've been playing football here for 100+ years and there's never been a group that's won 14 in a row at home. I'm so proud of our guys. Boston College is a tough, physical, hard-nosed team. I loved our mentality. We dominated on defense in the first half, but we just missed on the offensive plays.

"We knew the style of play that they were throwing at us, but we just missed the opportunities. Thankfully, we settled down and lit it up in the second half

"Deshaun Watson threw for 420 yards, but we should have thrown for about 600 yards. It was good to see us stick with the plan and make the plays.

"Hats off to whole football team. This is now three weeks in a row with special teams being a big part of the game. Our defense was huge today again. We had nine different receivers catch a pass and Jordan Leggett tied the school record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch by a tight end. That record has been around for a long time, and it's great to see him having the success that he's having.

"Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott called a great game. Boston College came in here with the No.1 defense in the nation and we had 532 yards of offense. Hats off to our offensive staff, the offense and the whole team for getting it done."

Swinney on maintaining focus...

"We have a great coaching staff and excellent player leadership. We have guys that 'get it' and have bought in to the philosophy that we have in place. It's not just 'coach speak.' We enjoy every win, but on Monday, it's about what's in front of us.

"It's like it says in Proverbs...we fix our eyes straight ahead. Those guys in our locker room believe that we're the best team. It's about how we prepare. If we stay disciplined, we can line up and beat anybody. But we're not cocky. We know anyone can beat us.

"Our guys believe in the process. We talk about practicing and playing to a standard. The juniors and seniors on this team have had a lot of success, but they understand that the margin for error is small. If we lose, we'll lose because the team was just better than us. We don't want to lose because we're unfocused. I give credit to our staff, but a lot of the credit goes to the leaders on the team."

Deshaun Watson on taking shots downfield...

"We knew that we had some shots in the first half and didn't connect. I overshot some receivers, but in the second half, we connected and it opened up."

Watson on the BC defense...

"We knew they were the number one defense in the country for a reason. They started off strong and we started a little slow, but we picked it up and got a good win."

Watson on if this was the first time he felt connected with the younger players...

"I wouldn't say the first just depends on the situation of the game and what the play calls are and what the defense is doing against us."

Artavis Scott on Watson's tough first half...

"He knows we have his back and he just has to relax, and we just told him that we have your back. We are teammates, we have love for each other and we just tell him to relax and that we have this and it's going to come.

Scott on Watson's belief he overthrew him in the third quarter...

"No, I knew he wasn't going to overthrow me. It was there the whole time. I just knew if he threw it, I was going to get it."

Scott on putting up numbers against the #1-ranked defense...

"We know that when we put everything together, we are going to be scary. It is going to happen, and every week we are going to take what everyone gives us. It is going to come together."