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North Carolina versus Florida State postgame quotes

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009

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Chapel Hill, NC - Postgame quotes about the North Carolina versus Florida State football game.

North Carolina Head Coach Butch Davis
Obviously we're very disappointed in the outcome of the ballgame. It was a tough loss. I thought that our football team was very well prepared. I thought that the way we started the game was the way we had practiced for the last 10 days, the efficiency, the effectiveness, the things that we were doing, both offensively and defensively and special teams.

I thought our kids gave a great effort. I hate the way that it ended. The struggles that we had in the second half were not things that we were not anticipating - we talked all week long about Christian Ponder, how good of an athlete he was, his ability to throw the football - I guess he completed his last 16 passes n a row at the end of he ball game. The heartbreaking things sometimes are the things that you do to yourself, the penalties we incurred on some of the special teams that allowed our offense to have to start backed up. It's one of the worst things that can happen on kickoff returns is to get blocks in the back and holds and all of a sudden you're at the 10, now you're 90 yards away. The big pass play was another backbreaking thing. You give up a 98-yard pass play that probably is not going to happen if they've got to go 98 yards. We've got them in perfect position, backed up, we need to get a three-and-out and we're going to get the ball inside the 50 and we're doing some good things.

It was disappointing. I'm proud of our kids' effort. We've just got to bounce back and we've got to continue to build on the things that we did good tonight and continue to grow as a young football team and try to get better for the next one.

You never like to blame injuries for anything about the way that you played, but some things that we were able to do in the first half, we were not able to do ... Jordan Hemby got knocked out, now you lose your nickel and your dime package. Bruce Carter got nicked up and he wasn't able to play so some of the other packages that you've got and so all of a sudden new guys are thrust into roles that they haven't played very much, whether they kind of lose a little big of composure on the big stage and didn't play as well as we needed them to ...

A lot of things that you go through as a football program, you can't script this. You've got to go through games like the Notre Dame game where you win at the end of the game, you've got to go through the Connecticut game where you win at the end.

A lot of these lessons that you learn are bitter, they're painful, they're not fun to go through, but sometimes you have to go through.

North Carolina Player Quotes
Kevin Reddick, Fr., LB
On the change of the game in the second half:
It's just a bad feeling. Like I said, composure. I guess we got too happy when we were up 24 to six. We've just got to hold our composure and stay humble."

On the emotions of trying to stop Florida State's final touchdown:
You know you've got to make a play - somebody has to make a play. Everybody wanted to be the one to be out there to make the play. We needed communication. Everybody has to be on the same page.

E.J. Wilson, Sr., DE
On Florida State's second half play:
They really didn't change. They ran the same things that they were running in the first half. They might have made a few adjustments but it was still basically the same offense. They just came out, and they knew they couldn't run the ball so they started passing the ball and finding gaps in the secondary.

On playing the national Thursday night game:
We looked at this game as though it could have been the turning point in our season. But we lost, and we're not going to let this ruin our season. It's one loss. We're going to look at the tape and try to learn from it. We're just going to move on and just learn from the game.

Ed Barham, Jr., TE
On the team's confidence:
I thought everybody was composed. Everybody makes runs. Good teams make good runs; so we knew there would be a run [by Florida State]. But I don't think we weren't composed. I thought everybody was cool. We have been down against UConn. We have been down against ECU. I thought everybody was cool and calm. It was one big game and we tried to be cool and calm out there.

Kendric Burney, Jr. CB
On being 0-3 in the ACC and the remainder of the season:
It's either you stand up to the challenge or you back down. I definitely know that me and my teammates are going to stand up to the challenge. I refuse to lose. I hate losing. Everybody hates losing. But I will never let anybody on this team quit and I definitely am looking ready to next week.

Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden
Opening Comments:
I told the coaches and I also told the players at the half that's the worst half of football I can ever remember. I've been coaching 55 years. I couldn't believe how we could play so bad. Mistakes, penalties and fumbles, that was the two biggest things, but really it was worse. I told the coaches it was our fault as much as it was the players. But then they came back out in the second half, and then started off with a stinking penalty right there on the kickoff, but then they settled down and played like they are capable of playing. It's like I've said in the past, it's no different: you have to win the close games to have a good year. We finally won the fourth quarter. We've lost four fourth quarters. We finally won one tonight, so I'm proud of the boys for coming back.

On the third quarter interception followed by a 98-yard touchdown pass:
There's no doubt where it (the game) turned, is it? You know, we've had that happen to us this year. The game we lost to South Florida and to Boston College, we had first-and-three on the three, and they went 97 for a touchdown twice and (we) lost the game. That's a killer; it is a killer. We've been through it twice ourselves.

On the play of quarterback Christian Ponder
He's probably the most underrated in the country. Probably. We talk about the super three (Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy) up there, which they are, but this kid might ought to be sitting up there with them.On the openings in the Carolina secondary Florida State was able to exploit
I tell you, you'd have to give the credit to our offensive coordinator (Jimbo Fisher) who was calling all the darn plays. That last touchdown he hit on them, how do you know to call that? Except he knew how they was going to respond. There was some good stuff going on there. I wish I could claim it. But I can't.

North Carolina versus Florida State postgame quotes
FSU QB Christian Ponder.
photos by Gene Galin

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