Will Shipley Credits Clemson Defense: ‘They Played a Hell of a Game’

CLEMSON- Will Shipley rushed for 97 yards, with 86 of those coming in a strong second half effort, as the Clemson Tigers squeaked out a 17-12 win over Wake Forest on Homecoming at Death Valley.

“At halftime we felt like we were not playing complimentary ball,” he said.

What We Heard

  • Shipley said the Tigers still have some work to do as they head into the bye week. “We still have some things to clean up but I am happy with the win.”
  • “It was fricking awesome; I absolutely love it. It brings a smile to my face,” Shipley said about his late TD run that put Clemson up 17-6.
  • We didn’t have much of an impact in the first half,” Shipley said of the running game. Coming out in the second half we knew we were going to have to step up and that is exactly what we did. I think it was around 170 (rushing yards) in the second half. That is what we do and that is what we expect to do.” Shipley said he and Phil Mafah both came out in the second half determined to make it easier on the defense.
  • Shipley pointed to “singular mistakes” on drives that are “momentum killers” when asked what it is that is holding the offense back. Whether it is a penalty, turnover, or something along those lines that set you back.
  • Shipley thought the offensive “really stepped up” in the second half.
  • “We just need to go one week at a time. That is all we can do,” Shipley said regarding the team’s mindset heading into the bye. We got a great schedule the last six games of the regular season.”
  • “No, not from me,” Shipley said when asked if there was a sense of frustration within the offense. “We are just trying to continue to get better. We know there is going to be hiccups and things not going our way. We are always going to get everybody’s best.”
  • “Defenses are always trying to do something different against us. Just being able to decipher that early on and make adjustments. Obviously, you want to be smoother, you want to help out the defense a ton more than we did today.”
  • Shipley took responsibility for the early fumble, “Just got to give him room to pull the football. I tend to want the ball and go. I didn’t really give him the opportunity (to pull it).”
  • “Continuing to be patient out there,” Shipley said when asked about what he can still improve on.
  • “I was in the locker room hugging all of them, including Coach Wes. They played a hell of a game,” he said about the defensive performance. “They deserve all the glory for what they did today.”
  • On his relationship with Mafah,” He’ll be my best friend for the rest of my life.”

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