Pregame elevator ride that nearly cost the Tigers most of their players…

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told reporters Saturday evening that 12 players missed the team’s pre-game meal. Though for good reason.

Said Swinney: “I said, ‘You gotta be kidding me. There’s no way (we have 12 guys miss the pre-game meal).’ All were trapped in an elevator, in between the first and second floors. It was (Antoine) McClain, (Chris) Hairston, (Tyler) Fowler, (Matt) Sanders, David Smith, Dwayne Allen, Chad Diehl, (Drew) Traylor … every big person on our team. 5,000 pounds. And they were trapped in there for almost 50 minutes.

“The fire department came. They had to break the door and hold it to where they could crawl out and jump down. There were standing ovations as they were coming out soaking wet. They were shaken up by it. I told them in there … this is about momentum. No fire alarm, no elevator, none of that could have stopped the momentum we’re building. They shook it off and we went back.”