Following No. 2/2 Clemson Tigers’ drubbing of the then No. 17/14 Boston College Eagles, 27-7, in which Clemson clinched the ACC Atlantic Division title, head coach Dabo Swinney said the “Good Lord has blessed us.”
“Man, it’s incredible, you know,” stated Dabo Swinney. “First of all, I’ll say, 10 years ago, we got our first win here. And the Good Lord has blessed us over the last 10 years, blessed me. And all the glory to God.”
Clemson, 10-0, defeated Boston College and remained undefeated in conference at 7-0, while Boston College fell to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
The Clemson win came on the 10-year anniversary of Dabo Swinney’s “first win at Clemson,” noted ESPN’s Maria Taylor in the interview. In response to Taylor’s question about how he was “feeling” after the win, Swinney expounded upon his experience with that first Clemson team and how God has blessed him and his teams.
“I’m telling you, that group in ’08, who had the courage and will to win – and they couldn’t win a division – all they could do was win a game and try to leave Clemson in a better place,” said Swinney. “So, hey, I love all that class of 2008. We wouldn’t be here without you. Got a bunch of ’em here tonight, C.J. Spiller’s here with us.
“But to be here tonight and make history and win four division titles,” said Swinney, “it’s just, I’m just thankful to the Good Lord for giving me the opportunity to be here.”
Coach Swinney continued, “And these seniors – amazing. Amazing journey that they’ve been on and know that we’ve got a chance to go back to Charlotte now and play for another ACC championship. And I think they tied the senior record. So, we got senior day next week. It’s a special group.”
According to the Clemson Tiger website, the 2015 and 2016 “Coach of the Year” Dabo Swinney has had three consecutive 12-win seasons, three consecutive ACC championships, and is the “first coach in college football history to win a bowl game five consecutive years against teams coached by men who had already won a national championship.”