Former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who won a quarterback at Baylor, called Clemson’s attack “old-fashioned” on ESPN, but Swinnie didn’t claim it.
“The criticism is justified because of where we are now,” Swinnie said. “That’s what we show. The way we did, you’ll get criticism, comments and stuff like that, and what do you know? Hey, it’s Clemson It comes with the territory because of its expectations and standards, and who we are, we don’t meet it. It’s very easy. “
Swinnie hoped that a rugged defenseman who didn’t give up touchdown until Saturday could carry Clemson until the attack yelled. However, as the game progressed, North Carolina State University (3-1) passed through the locks, leaving the offensive futile gassing the defense. It didn’t help that two Clemson defensive powerhouses, linebacker James Skullski (shoulder) and defensive tackle Bryan Bresee (knee), removed their shoulder pads by the end of the game. (During overtime, Clemson’s freshman tailback Will Shipley was helped by the changing room with an apparent left knee injury.)
In fact, Clemson was lucky just to work overtime.
North Carolina kicker Christopher Dan missed two slow field goals, 51 and 39 yards. The latter won in the last play of the regulation.
When his last kick went a long way to the left, Clemson’s sidelines erupted and he was confident that they would take full advantage of another opportunity. And when Wiagareley found Ross free to clear in the end zone to lead Clemson by 21-14, Swinnie quartered into a helmet when he came to the sideline for a well-done job. I hit the back.
“C’mon D” Someone shouted from a bystander. “One stop.”
It was something they couldn’t control. Turner committed a defensive hold and gave Wolfpack a 3 ball. And on the third goal, quarterback Devin Really found slot receiver Sayre Thomas wide open in the end zone after running through the traffic.
Swinnie and other coaches have begged authorities to throw a flag of offensive interference, saying it was an illegal pick play. But their cry was half-hearted. Perhaps even a visitor’s bystander was unaware of a play that mimicked Clemson’s national title when Pick released Hunter Renfrow to win the winning pass.
But that was almost five years ago, and it’s one of the many signs that Clemson changed on Saturday night.