Dabo Swinney was impressed with Florida State’s culture and character in Tallahassee on Saturday night.

Florida State found itself down by 20 points to Clemson in the 4th quarter, but the Noles did not give up.

Florida State scored a touchdown with 9:22 remaining to make it a 2-score game. Then, after getting a stop, the Seminoles scored again with 2:17 on the clock.

Clemson was able to get the ball back and ice the game with a first down, but it was still a valiant effort from Florida State.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney took time to appreciate FSU’s fight in the second half, even as the home crowd was heading for the exits.

“I told Mike, they had a lot of people that left, there were a lot of empty seats,” Swinney said. “People gave up. Them kids on that sideline didn’t give up. Them kids fought their butts off, they competed. And I think that is a compliment to coach [Norvell} and their staff and what they’re doing here at Florida State.

“Those guys have competed every snap, all year. That is a sign of a good culture. That is a sign of kids buying in. You’re down 20 in the fourth quarter and you could have easily hit the sideline. But those kids never quit. That is a real sign of what Mike has done and the character of their kids.”

Norvell seems to have Florida State headed in the right direction. Despite losing 3 straight games, the Noles have steadily been showing progress from where they have been since Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M.

Florida State’s 3 losses this season have all come to ranked to teams and by a combined 18 points. Defeats to NC State and Clemson were each by less than a touchdown.

FSU will be off in Week 8 before hosting Georgia Tech in Week 9.