Johnson owned what he thought was a mistake in his management of the game, not letting quarterback Matthew Jordan play a series earlier than he did to give Marshall a chance to settle himself. Jordan came in the game near the end of the third quarter and moved the ball before getting injured and leaving the game. By that point the score was 24-3 in Clemson’s favor.
Johnson also pointed out that Clemson has a superior defense that has controlled nearly all of its opponents. The Tigers have held every opponent besides Syracuse to 21 points or fewer, and six of eight have scored 17 or fewer.
“You’ve got to play good,” Johnson said. “We were talking (Monday), I was telling TaQuon, I’d love to play them again, and he would, too. But you don’t. You flush it and you move on. They won.”