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Swinney qualifie la victoire de Clemson de « match le plus étrange »

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said it was "incredibly frustrating" to see his No. 9 Tigers repeatedly squander opportunities against a Duke team that hadn't toppled a top-10 program since 1989.

Clemson Tigers Suffer Devastating Loss to Duke

Monday night was a night of disappointment for the Clemson Tigers as they suffered a shocking 28-7 loss to the Duke Blue Devils. The Tigers, ranked ninth in the preseason poll, were expected to easily defeat a Duke team that hadn’t beaten a top-10 program since 1989. However, Clemson’s performance in the red zone proved to be their downfall, with two blocked field goals and two fumbles resulting in missed scoring opportunities. Head coach Dabo Swinney described the game as the « strangest » he had ever been a part of.

Red Zone Woes and Mental Mistakes

Clemson dominated in terms of first downs and yardage, but their inability to convert in the red zone cost them the game. The team’s woeful performance inside the 20-yard line was a stark contrast to their previous success in this area. Quarterback Cade Klubnik, making his second career start for Clemson, showed promise with 209 passing yards and 34 rushing yards. However, a crucial turnover on downs in the fourth quarter sealed the Tigers’ fate. Swinney acknowledged that mental mistakes and missed opportunities were the reasons for their defeat.

A Message of Resilience and Redemption

Despite the devastating loss, both Swinney and Klubnik expressed their determination to bounce back and prove their critics wrong. Swinney emphasized that this loss does not change his expectations for the team and believes there is still plenty of opportunity for success. Klubnik drew inspiration from Clemson’s past experiences, citing their loss to Pittsburgh in 2016 followed by a national championship win. The team remains focused on their goal of playing in 15 games and finishing with a strong record.

Keywords: Clemson Tigers, Duke Blue Devils, red zone, mental mistakes, resilience, redemption, Dabo Swinney, Cade Klubnik, college football

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