Clemson coach Dabo Swinney met with reporters on Saturday afternoon after the Tigers’ 27-21 win over Syracuse.

Swinney covered a lot of ground, including his decision to bench DJ Uiagalelei and his thoughts on Cade Klubnik moving forward.

Swinney was sure to clear up any potential QB controversy by insisting that Uiagalelei is still Clemson’s starting quarterback moving forward.

“Sometimes Steph Curry goes 2-for-25,” Swinney said in his walk-off interview with ABC. “We just needed a change. DJ’s our quarterback … you can write that right now, DJ’s our guy. But how about Cade Klubnik coming in there and leading these guys?”

After Klubnik came into the game, he led Clemson on a trio of scoring drives that ultimately proved to be the difference in the contest.

Swinney said Uiagalelei handled the decision well and was supportive of Klubnik throughout the game.

“He was awesome,” Swinney said. “He was an incredible leader. He was super supportive. Obviously, that’s a tough situation when you have a moment like that. But he was awesome.”

Clemson’s comeback victory makes the Tigers 8-0 on the season. It also gives Clemson a commanding lead in the ACC Atlantic division. It now has victories over its top competitors for the division title: Wake Forest, NC State, Florida State and the Orange.

Syracuse didn’t make it easy, though — a common theme in recent years. This was the fourth game between these programs in the last six years that was decided by six points or less.

Swinney joked with reports that Clemson might need to “sacrifice a billy goat” the next time it plays the Orange.

“I guess we have to sacrifice a billy goat or something next time we play Syracuse,” Swinney said. “Crazy stuff happens when we play these dudes.”

One reason this game was close was the absence of linebacker Barrett Carter.

Carter had been a starter in each of Clemson’s previous 7 games this season, but missed this contest due to a concussion. After the game, Swinney said Carter is expected to be back after the bye week.

Clemson is off in Week 9 but will face Notre Dame in South Bend in Week 10.