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Dabo Swinney Has Brutally Honest Reaction To Clemson's Win

A closeup of Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The No. 1 team in the country barely survived today's game at North Carolina this afternoon, as Clemson topped the Tar Heels by one point.

Clemson held on against North Carolina, 21-20, when the Tar Heels' game-winning two-point conversion came up short.

The Tigers struggled on offense for much of the game, with the Tar Heels having success getting to quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was brutally honest with his assessment of the game following the win.

"This was a game that we were very fortunate to win, but we're going to have games like this," Swinney said.

"I thought they outplayed us."

It was a wild finish, with North Carolina head coach Mack Brown opting to go for two following the late touchdown.

The decision was a strong one, though the play call was questionable, as the Tar Heels tried a triple option to the right side of the field. Clemson's defense sniffed it out with ease.

Clemson improved to 5-0 on the season with the win, while North Carolina dropped to 2-3 in Year 1 of the Mack Brown era.