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Swinney says No. 17 Clemson must look ahead

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CLEMSON, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

There's a long season ahead for No. 17 Clemson and Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says he's got to make sure his team's first loss of the year doesn't damage the next two months as well.

It's happened before at Clemson (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), Swinney knows. The defending ACC champions started 8-0 in 2011 before losing three of their last four regular season games.

So Swinney's on high alert this week as the Tigers try and bounce back from a 49-37 defeat to No. 4 Florida State when they head to Boston College. Clemson has lost two of its three games in Boston since the Eagles joined the ACC.

Swinney and his coaches are disappointed with Saturday's loss, yet eager to remind the Tigers there's plenty to play for.

While the team may have been disappointed with their loss, several players had a few firsts and set records.

Darrell Smith's reception on the fake field goal was the first of his career along with Spencer Benton's first career pass.

DeAndre Hopkins caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd on the Tigers' first drive of the game, the longest reception of his career.

And from an unusual statistic standpoint, it was Clemson's third straight trip to Tallahassee that a long snapper recovered a Florida State fumble, the only long snapper recoveries this century for the Tigers.

In 2010 Matt Skinner and in 2008 Charles Roediger both recovered Seminole fumbles on a punt return. During Saturday's game, Phillip Fajgenbaum recovered a Florida State punt fumble in the first half that led to Clemson's third touchdown of the game.

This week's kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. in Boston against the Eagles.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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