After last year's 56-7 win over USC, the Tigers knew the Carolina players were going to come into the 115th meeting looking for redemption which would add some spice to an already intense rivalry.
"We knew they were going to come out firing," said Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
"They had been going all year saying 'Never again' and all that too. We knew they were going to come out strong and hyped But we knew if we played But we knew if we played to our standard, they couldn't be matched. We knew we just had to come out and be us and play like we know how to play."
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables recalled the lessons learned from the Syracuse game when the Orange beat the Tigers 27-24 on that Friday night earlier this year in the Carrier Dome. Last season, Clemson embarrassed Syracuse in Death Valley 54-0. Venables hoped history would not repeat itself.
"When you had what happened a year ago, that group, they were bruised," Venables said.
"When that happens, you usually come out swinging. You saw what happened to us against Syracuse. That's the psyche in sports that I love. Sometimes those things are undervalued. But, you let those things fuel you the right way, can work to your benefit. But again, the courage that our guys had to prepare, to come in here with the toughness on a hostile and emotional night, to have poise and to be detailed, it was a big deal. Those are the things it takes to go on the road and win."
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