Clemson players' postgame quotes

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd

Clemson players speak after their 27-17 loss to South Carolina.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, on not scoring in the second quarter:

"I don't think it affected us. I just don't think we got into as much of a groove as we wanted to. We just did not take advantage of some opportunities we had. Give credit to those guys. Those guys played outstanding on the other side of the ball but we just did not do what we need to do on the offensive side."

On the second half:

"We only ran 19 plays in the second half; it just makes it take much more important, crucial, to take advantage of those opportunities that you do have. We will learn a lesson here, a life lesson as well. We just have to come back and get ready for this bowl."

Clemson center Dalton Freeman, on the loss:

"It is actually very disappointing. Not just losing this one, but losing four in a row to them. But you have to give them all the credit. They had us for hte past four years. They have out played us."

On the play of South Carolina:

"It's not even really them, it's us. We're just not playing our style of football. It's turning the ball over, not stopping them on third odwn. It's us, it's not them."

On South Carolina's defense:

"They have a great front. We weren't able to get in a rhythm. I think they had the ball 90% of the second half. It was very hard to get into a rhythm and get things going. Then we got down, and they just pinned their ears back and rushed the quarterback, so it was tough. Our offense is built a lot on being able to get into a rhythm and we were not able to do that."

Clemson cornerback Xavier Brewer, on the sack and interception:

"It just worked out perfectly. With the sack, I just came free and was able to make the play on the back side. And on the pick, we had a lot of great pressure so he was just trying to lob it up out of the back of the end zone. I was able to just go up and get it."

"I definitely thought it was the spark we needed, but we definitely had some missed opportunities. I should have had two other interceptions that could have changed the game. That I am looking back on and am still disappointed."

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