Nov. 19, 2005
Clemson at No. 19/21 South Carolina
Head coach Steve Spurrier Post-Game Quotes
"We had more yards than usual. But they made a lot of third downs. That was probably the difference in them getting the touchdown."
"We didn't score when we got down there. They made a touchdown, and we didn't."
"We played well. We didn't play our best. We played OK."
"In a close game, some of those misfires can come back and cost you."
"Give Clemson credit. They played hard."
On interception: "We were trying to throw it in the back of the end zone to Sidney Rice. Blake tried to throw it leaning backwards, which is a no-no."
"They zoned up, and we tried to run. We should have tried to run more, but when we did, we didn't go far."
"They made a ton of third and eights and third and 10s. We forced two punts all game, but we played pretty good defense. We just couldn't get them off the field."
"13-9 would have been a good score for us. I figured we would have scored a touchdown."
"We don't play good defense, and you've got to play zone on third and 10. We coach it well, but the players don't see the ball well. It's been a sore point all year. It's hurt us all year. But not scoring in the red zone has hurt also."
"We've been making plays most of the year, but didn't make that one."
"It's been a wonderful year. I told the guys to be proud of the year. To finish 7-4 is a wonderful year. Be proud of it."
"We don't have anything to complain about. We will get ready for the bowl game."
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden Post-Game Quotes
"We knew it was going to be a hard game coming in. Trying to catch South Carolina like we did, new guy in town, winning five games in a row, playing at home on senior night. They are a well-coached team and we knew it would be hard. I am very pleased with our win."
On second half opening drive:
"Yeah we had a lull in the second quarter and South Carolina had a lot to do with that lull. They are a good football team. They won five conference games and finished second in their division. They are well coached and a very good team. In the second half we looked better than we did in the first. We knew they were going to insert safeties in the running game and they got numbers. We had to just create blocking schemes to give us the best advantage to try and run the ball."
On the first and 35 drive:
On winning four straight and eight of the last nine:
Na'Shan Goddard, Offense
(On hand shake pre-game): "It was nice to shake hands, but guys had their mean face on -their game face.
"It was a real close game and it just didn't go our way. People thought we would be 4-6 or 3-7 coming into this game so we turned a lot of heads this year. Things just didn't go our way tonight. We didn't get the ball to bounce our way.
(On the 1st and 35): "It was tough. We thought we had them, but it didn't go our way. The defense played great tonight. They did their job all night long and to lose after a five game run like that hurts. It really hurts. But we have to put it behind us now and get ready for a bowl."
Fred Bennett, Defense
(On the pre-game hand shake): "It's a good thing. It shows the fans, the whole nation that it's a new year. I know a lot of Clemson players, they are good people. I am glad we did that.
(On the bowl game): "We will go to a bowl game this year, my first time in my three years here. We will have some fun, but we are going there to win the game. Wherever we go, that's fine with me."
Mike Davis, Offense
Johnathan Joseph, Defense
Tyrone Nix, Co-Defensive Coordinator
Chris Hampton, Defense
"The players are disappointed in the lockerroom. They aren't really down, but we are disappointed because we know we missed an opportunity. We are disappointing, we are hurting."
Blake Mitchell, Offense
Sidney Rice, Offense
(On choosing Carolina over Clemson when recruited): "At one point I wanted to go to Clemson, but they backed down. I then chose to go to South Carolina."
Clemson Player Quotes
RS-Senior QB Charlie Whitehurst:
On his rough start:
On expecting to win this rivalry game:
"You come into this game feeling like you can win it, no matter where we play it, and I'm sure they feel the same way. No matter what the records are you know it's going to come down to the end, and it did tonight."
Freshman RB James Davis:
On the rivalry:
On the strategy when USC went up 9-6:
RS-Senior WR Curtis Baham:
On the 1st and 35 in the fourth quarter:
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