Nov. 25, 2007
Head Coach Steve Spurrier
"In the end, they put a drive together, they came up (with a good play) on third-and-18. We couldn't stop them. That's the way it happened."
On his run call on third and four with under three minutes remaining
"Our punt coverage was excellent. We had a couple of good first and second downs there. But unfortunately, on third-and-18, they hit a 12- or 13-yarder and converted on fourth-and-five. And they hit another one down there. We weren't quite good enough to stop them."
On the punt blocks
"Fans are super. We're not going to beat them two in a row, because we couldn't stop third-and-18. That's how close a game it was. If we would've made a couple of first downs there at the end, offensively if we could have stayed on the field, but we weren't good enough to do it. We'll see what happens next.
"Blake played pretty well. Opening play, our right guard decided he didn't want to block the defensive tackle. That's got to be some kind of record on the first play of your last two home games go for a turnover.
"We had our chances. Our defense did a lot better. We put them in some bad positions."
On whether he thought about icing the kicker
"If we would've stopped third-and-18, we would've won. If we could have got some punts off. We were fortunate. They moved it up and down the field on us all night. Give those guys credit. That's the way it happened. Two times straight at Williams-Brice (versus Clemson), we had a lead in the fourth quarter and couldn't hold it.
"We're just not real good, and we're not coached real well, which is my fault.
"There may be a way we can get a bowl bid. I was proud of our guys and the way they scrapped and clawed. We didn't make enough plays to win the game.
"We maxed out our scoring. We didn't get down there and mess up. When you get just 52 plays, 21 points isn't too bad."
On the fumble
"We're building. We're trying to build it up so we will be stronger next year. We have to stop the run game somehow, or we're always going to struggle. If we don't stop the run here, it's going to be a long fall. We've got to do something. We couldn't run up and down the field on Clemson. We got hit behind the line many a time tonight."
WR Dion Lecorn
On mood in the locker room
On the fumble
P/PK Ryan Succop
On the blocked punts
"It's tough to lose a game like this. The seniors played their hearts out. You don't want to see them go out like that. It'll give us some motivation for the off-season to do better next year."
"We played our hearts out. We gave all we had. We were down early and defense stepped up and helped. We were fortunate enough to make plays and score touchdowns. We could have done a lot of things better than we did, though.
"We started out on the season decent. What happened, happened. We came out tonight and gave it our best shot, but we fell short. Everything I had was on the field, I played as hard as I could.
"It's tough. It could possibly be the last game I play here. You always want to go out with a win, but it doesn't always happen that way. I personally had some great times here."
TB Cory Boyd
"We went out and played the best game that we felt we could play. Certain things did not go our way. It's sad to see it go this way."
"It is a heartbreaker loss. I had hoped that we would finish it out. Hopefully we will next year. I am coming back."
DE Eric Norwood
"We had a much better effort, a team effort. We tried to overcome the turnovers, but we didn't come away with a win. That's tough. It hurts. It is the past and there is nothing we can do about it now. We did give them the chance to win with some of our mistakes, but we also had the chance to win."
Defensive Coordinator Tyrone Nix
"We have to make plays. We have to rise to the occasion to make a play. We didn't do it. Clemson did. We tried to get on the kids to go out there and play hard with effort. We played much better. We showed we can improve. We have to make plays. We have to be play makers."
Head Coach Tommy Bowden
On the similarity to last year's finale
On Cullen Harper's season
On the USC-Clemson rivalry
On a chance to get 10 wins
On Aaron Kelly
On missed opportunities
On the best team Clemson has defeated this season
WR Aaron Kelly
On Buchholz's kick
On redemption from Boston College game
QB Cullen Harper
On Aaron Kelly
On coming back at the end
RB James Davis
On feelings of a blowout early
On Buchholz's kick
On being 2-1 in the USC-Clemson rivalry
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