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South Carolina Gamecocks at Clemson Tigers: Will Muschamp Postgame Press Conference

Muschamp talks about an ugly loss to Clemson

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Clemson Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

On what happened against Clemson and how the Gamecocks can move forward:

Well, not a whole lot to say. We got beat by a better football team, so it’s disappointing, especially the way we started the game. Give them credit, they’ve got a good team, in all three phases we got whipped. On the road recruiting tomorrow, that’s how we’ll change our program.

On the pass defense and why Carolina struggled:

[The Tigers] were very accurate. They made plays on the ball, protected well…We’ll go back and study what we did, see if we can’t do better.

On the fake punt and other aggressive plays:

We were trying to make a play, trying to create something, trying to get something to happen. We weren’t getting anything going offensively, defensively we were having a hard time. We were trying to steal a possession or two.

On calling a lot of passing plays:

We just felt like they were trying to outnumber us in the box and we had some one-on-one matchups outside and we were trying to take some shots. We were trying to stretch the field vertically but we didn’t have a lot of success.

On Jake Bentley’s knee and why he was out of the game:

He’s fine. There’s no structural damage. He had a hard time pushing off of it, coming out of half time he wanted to go but I did not feel good about putting him back in the game.

On Brandon McIlwain:

I thought he did a really nice job when he came in the game…he’s handled his situation extremely well as far as practicing and approaching things the right way mentally.

On whether he wants the team to flush the loss or to remember it:

No, we’ll sit on this for a while.