Clemson’s Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney gave “[a]ll the glory to God” when asked what 14-0 sounded like to him following Clemson’s 37-17 win over Oklahoma in the College Football Playoffs’ Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2015.
“It sounds like it’s been seven years, and it’s been a fun journey. God is good. All the glory to God. That’s all I can say. It’s been unbelievable.”
Below is a transcript of Dabo Swinney’s interview with an ESPN reporter following the Clemson victory:
ESPN Reporter: “Well, Dabo, what does 14-0 sound like to you?”
Coach Dabo Swinney: “It sounds like it’s been seven years, and it’s been a fun journey. God is good. All the glory to God. That’s all I can say. It’s been unbelievable.
“Been a long time. Never been on a 14-0 team, so it sounds good. But you know, our team has shown heart and guts all year long, and it’s amazing to me that, you know, I told them. You ain’t favored to win the damn game, but we ain’t no underdog.
“You know, and all that. Everybody out there, nobody believes in this team except these guys, and they just got a great heart. And it showed tonight.
“I thought we physically won in the trenches. That’s what this game is all about. It’s just beating the guy in front of you.
“And we got off to a good start. We just weren’t scoring in the red zone, and we got that fixed in the second half, defense rose up in the second half – man, what some huge plays, B.J., Ben Boulware.
“All I know is, we going to the natty. That’s all I know. We’re going to play somebody in Arizona, and God is good. And to God be the glory. That’s all I got to say."
ESPN Reporter: “I am going to ask you one more, though. You went into the locker room down at the half, coach, but you came right back out and scored. What did you say in the locker room at half time that got your team right?”
Coach Dabo Swinney: “Well, we just gotta clean a few things up. You know, we had like five drives in a row into the red zone and we weren’t getting touchdowns.
“So, we just needed to clean a few things up. I was really disappointed that we didn’t make a couple of the competitive plays. So, we made those competitive plays. Just a tremendous second half, but, you know, the thing for us is anytime we take a – we’re 51-0 when we take a lead in the fourth quarter. So I said, ‘Let’s go win the third quarter, because we know what happens in the fourth quarter.' And that’s exactly the way it went.”