Post-Game Quotes – Outstanding Defensive Player of the Game

College Football Playoff Semifinal
at the Allstate Sugar Bowl

January 1, 2021 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
No. 3 Ohio State def. No. 2 Clemson, 49-28

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Ohio State LB Tuf Borland:

On the difference in feeling from last year to this year…
“Obviously last year was difficult. Flash forward a year later to have this game go as it did it obviously feels great. With everything this team has been through this last 10 months or so, I’m just so happy for this group of guys.”

On how the defense was able to adjust and contain the Clemson offense after a tough start…
“Look, we knew Clemson was one of the best offenses in the country. We couldn’t get down on ourselves, we couldn’t lose confidence in what we were doing. These guys throughout this whole process, I think it shows the character of this group. To bounce back like that, stick with it and continue to play. Good things happened.”

On the conversations in the huddle on the field when Clemson was having offensive success during the game…
“Just stay at it. Clemson is going to get yards on anyone in the country. Look, they’ve got two of the best players in the country on offense. They’ve got talent all over the place. So they’re going to get their yards. What we couldn’t do was give up touchdowns in the red zone. Obviously, they put up some points, but the whole team played complimentary football for the most part. Again, I’m super happy for this group of guys. I’m really proud and looking forward to next week.”

On the confidence of being able to shut down Clemson’s offense in the game…
“I think throughout the whole year, we’ve always had confidence in ourselves. Some weeks we’ve put out a better outlook than other weeks. But again the character of this group of guys staying confident and sticking together and we got the win.”

On the lessons they took from playing Clemson last year and applying it to this year, specifically in stopping the Clemson rushing attack…
“I think that plays a role in it. Generally going into each game each week we have a good idea of how people like to attack our defenses in the run. Obviously, we struggled last year with the quarterback run and gave up some big plays there. So that something we really took from it and learned from that.”

On the play of Justin Fields in the game against Clemson…
“Justin is an unbelievable player. Each week with him at QB you have a good chance to win. I can’t say enough good things about him, and can’t say enough good things about the entire offense. Like I said before we played complimentary football tonight. They were able to gain some yards on the ground, keep Clemson’s offense off the field and then we hit some big plays and we had some chances. So credit across the board and Justin is a huge part of that.”

On having to go up against the Ohio State rushing attack in practice and how it’s gotten better each week…
“Every day in practice it seems like the last month or two it’s picked up quite a bit. Tre’s looked awesome in practice. The offensive line has looked awesome in practice. Credit to those guys for going out there every day and focusing on their craft and getting better. The work they put in shows now.”

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