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“I think that we got pressure, and it was really good. When (Deshaun) Watson went out, when he got hurt, the other guys aren’t as mobile, so it enabled us to kind of (play more aggressively). But we got good pressure with four today, too. That made it easier to play in the secondary, and the secondary made some huge plays.”

— Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on the pass rush

“Nothing much bothers them, whoever it is. We screwed up the kicking game there, where we bobbled the snap and missed a field goal. It doesn’t bother ’em. They just keep playing. Fumble the ball, they just keep playing. I’m as proud of that as I am of them playing football.”

— Johnson

“We played pretty good in the last game in the second half (against N.C. State), but it was really hard to gauge because we only played 12 snaps in the second half, but we carried it forward today, and today was the best we’ve played, definitely, bar none.”

— Johnson

“Same exact coverage, same exact route combination, pretty much same technique. Everything was pretty much the same except it was on the opponent’s sideline this time. Shoot, man, just thankful to get it.”

— Tech cornerback D.J. White comparing his interception Saturday with the one against Virginia Tech

“Those guys have gotten better as the season has gone on, too. Coming into it, everybody was talking, we’ve got so many first-year players on the front seven and how are we going to react. Those guys, they’ve done nothing but respond positively, work their butts off and have gotten better and make plays for us.”

— White on the defensive line

“It’s very difficult. It’s an uphill battle. That’s a formula for them, to keep the ball, move the ball and try to create some turnovers. They’ve gotten about 14 turnovers in their last (four) games. They’re going to win when that happens. They executed very well and took advantage of their opportunities.”

— Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on playing from behind against Tech

“We obviously had some tough injuries. I wish I could say why things happen. That’s life. That’s football, and we make no excuses. We’re responsible for how we play. Today, we nowhwere near deserved to win the game. I congratulate Georgia Tech for what they got done.”

— Swinney

“Defense is rolling right now. They’ve been working hard all year. It’s finally showing. All the work they’re putting in is finally paying off, so it’s a good thing.”

— Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter

“We knew coming in there might be some negative plays, but we had to just keep going because we had a lot of big plays also that hit. So we just had to keep grinding and keep taking the chances when they gave them to us, and I feel like we did that today.”

— Tech quarterback Justin Thomas

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