Seven years in the making Dabos Clemson ready to w

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Seven years in the making Dabos Clemson ready to w

CLEMSON, S.C. Dabo Swinney is still bitter about Clemsons lo s to Florida State last season, because the Tigers pre sed when they didnt have to, and it cost them. A botched snap at the goal line. A blown coverage by a redshirt freshman. Two mi sed field goals.Its one thing if you mi s three-pointers, Swinney said. We mi sed layups.CLEMSON-FSU: | But one year later, Kyle Connor Jersey the Tigers converted those easy buckets in the second half and walked out of Death Valley a winner over the Seminoles. Its further proof that, seven years in the making, Dabos Clemson is ready for something special, and they're doing it as he intended notperfect, but always with the belief that they'll find a way toget it done, then finding it.Ive always said, if we can be in that top 15, kind of hang in that area, and just stay committed to the right things, then sooner or later well have that special season, Swinney said. And its been that Connor Hellebuyck Jersey kind of year so far.Clemsons 23-13 win over the Seminoles at Memorial Stadium was far from pretty, and Swinney was the first one to admit that. His defense gave up a 75-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game and his star quarterback, Deshaun Watson, was out of rhythm for the first two quarters.When it had to, Clemson buckled down and played like Dabo coaches and acts confident yet even-keel, realistic yet ambitious, critical yet caring, far from perfect but willing to admit that hes not. In playing that way, the Tigers clinched the ACC Atlantic for the first time since 2011and should stay No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings.Clemsons win ends Florida States three-game winning streak against the Tigers and three-year ACC Mark Scheifele Jersey title run.The defense led the charge, shutting down Florida State running backDalvin Cook following that early touchdown. Leading 16-13, the Tigers stopped Cook on fourth-and-1 from their own 40 with 6:17 to play. After Watson led a 60-yard touchdowndrive one with two third-down conversions of at least six yards to extend the lead to 23-13, Ben Boulware stripped Travis Rudolph on FSU's next drive to seal it.Junior tight end Jordan Leggett, who caught six balls for 101 yards Saturday, remembered last year, too, and felt some of the same things Saturday he admitted the Tigers and Watson were frustrated in the first half Ben Chiarot Jersey , trailing 10-6. But his teammates, with that patented Dabo swagger, in the second halftook it to a Florida State team thats had its number during the last three seasons.Im just really proud of the way we overcame adversity in the first half and came out swinging in the second, he said.Swinneys never been afraid to come out swinging. Last month, when a perceived better team loses a game its not supposed to lose and made astaunch defense of his program, which is 51-11 over the last four seasons and hasnt lost to an unranked opponent since 2011.Ive never gone into a season thinking, yeah, 8-4 is about what were gonna be, said Swinney, who took over as interim head coach in 2008 and was named head coach le s than two months later. Not me. Every year, and maybe thats a fault of mine, I dont know. Ive never thought that way.Just like Swinney, Clemson knows its not perfect, yet has a supreme level of confidence. A national title is there for the taking after unseating Florida State as the ACC's king. And the Tigers will have to work for it, just like Swinney Jack Roslovic Jersey did once a walk-on at Alabama, he takes little for granted.I wouldn't have it any other way," linebacker B.J. Goodson said. "They weren't going to come in, lie down and give us that division title. It was a hard-fought, great experience that I'm ble sed to be a part of."
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