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Al Golden Postgame Press Conference

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On how he explains the result...



"We got beat from top to bottom. They outplayed us, they outcoached us. I just told the team, that’s completely my responsibility for not getting them ready to play. They just beat us soundly, in every facet of the game, period."



On the problems Clemson’s defensive front presented...



"We knew going in how strong they were. We didn’t run the ball effectively, and we didn’t protect well enough –we got one quarterback knocked out, and the other one knocked around. What we thought they were going in the game – deep, strong, physical – and they outplayed us."



On if he sensed any lack of readiness amongst the players...



"No. Absolutely not. I thought they really invested, I thought they had a great week. They practiced really well. We got beat from the start by a really good football team and we didn’t answer. There was nothing in the week... I check with the staff every day, I check with the leadership. There was none of that. We’re not that kind of team, where we cannot be on edge, and compete, and be focused and be ready to go. I thought we had a really good week. We just got beat soundly by this team."



On if the team had the fight he was looking for in the second half...



"I think there are a lot of guys that fought. The biggest thing for our guys, as I just told them, we have a five-game playoff now. They’re all divisional games. We have to move on. This was terrible. We cannot let it beat us tomorrow, or the next day, or next week. We have to move on quickly."



On the penalty yardage incurred by his team...

"It’s my responsibility. We’re still getting the 15-yard variety. Just inexcusable. Intolerable. Most of them are selfish in nature. We helped them. We helped a really good football team today."

On the status of QB Brad Kaaya for next week’s game against Duke – Kaaya was hurt in the second quarter and did not return...

"I don’t know. The good news is, he and Rashawn [Scott] are good, in terms of health and everything. But it’s too early to evaluate where they’re at for next week."



On if there is any way for his team to ignore the outside pressure next week...



"We’ll see how mentally tough we are. We’ll see how close we are. We’ve played one division opponent. There’s a lot of football left in our division, and that’s where our focus needs to be. Our focus doesn’t need to be on the outside. We need to fix the things we need to fix and move forward quickly. That’s my responsibility."



On if he is worried about his status as head coach at Miami...



"I am not. I’m focused on coaching the team, going to work every day and doing the things we need to do to get ready for Duke."



On if he spoke with Athletics Director Blake James after the game...



"I haven’t talked to anybody. I just talked to our team and some staff members, just reflecting on stats and some of those things."



On if he anticipates any changes being made to his coaching staff...



"What we need to do is get ready for Duke. As I’ve said, we’ve played one division game. We need to go out and play well against Duke."



On how the team needs to improve...


"We have to play better. We have to coach better, we have to execute better. We can’t have penalties. We have to get our minds right for Duke quickly. We will. They’re fighters. They’ll stay together. They’ll fight. We’ll go to work tonight on it and get them ready to play a good Duke team on the road."