Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson:
“Wow, what a game. I thought that both teams played really hard. Hats off to North Carolina. I think their kids came out hard and really battled.
“The first half looked like nobody was going to stop anybody, and then in the second half the dreaded turnovers kind of reared their head and we were fortunate we got some points off of them. It wasn’t always pretty, and we made some bad mistakes. I’m proud of our guys for competing. They played hard and they played like they wanted to win.
“Anytime you win I’m happy. It’s hard to win. Anybody that takes winning for granted isn’t very smart because it’s hard to win. I don’t think in my three years here we’ve ever had any easy wins. They’re all hard.”
Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith, on his touchdown:
“We got the A-back on the corner and the receiver on the safety and it was green grass from there. It was pretty shocking. Just like practice. But you want to go into a game expecting some plays to go like that. Coach wants us to feel that it’s going to open up because he wants us to hit it 90 miles an hour and go.”
North Carolina coach Butch Davis:
“(Georgia Tech) is a tough team to play against, not only from a talent standpoint, but from a schematic standpoint. There’s a certain formula that you have to have to try to beat Georgia Tech. You go into the ballgame knowing that you’re just going to have a limited number of possessions during the course of the game just because of the scheme and the style that they play, and a couple of things happened our way that we would have liked to have capitalized on. You’ve got to get some fourth-down stops, because they historically have gone for it on fourth down multiple times over the last three seasons and when you get those, it’s almost like a turnover because there’s not going to be a field position switch, you’re going to be able to take the ball over at that point in time. Certainly one of the biggest was having a 24-17 lead. You get a stop, you get the ball, now if you can go down and make it more than a one-score ballgame it really enhances your opportunity to kind of make them play left-handed a little bit. It takes the ball out of the fullback some of the time, it makes them have to run the ball a little bit more, do some things they don’t like to do. As long as they’re staying in that comfort zone of a tie ballgame, slightly behind, a little bit of a lead, they can continue to operate business as usual.”
Georgia Tech B-back Anthony Allen, on concentration inherent in 20-play drives:
“I understand discipline. Coach stresses being in shape in practice and in camp. And when you get on a long drive like that, you have to be disciplined, work on ball security and work on doing the right things to avoid mental errors.”
Allen on his runs:
“They had to play the pitch after Orwin broke that big run. They were flowing the Mike linebacker out there – and hard – to stop the pitch. They were slanting guys to take the quarterback, and that left it open for me.”
Roddy Jones, on the play of the A-backs:
“I think we hurt them on the perimeter enough to where they had to take it away. There are still some things that we need to correct, but it’s definitely improved from last week.”
Jones on why the time of possession advantage didn’t translate into a bigger lead:
“We definitely should have been up by more than six. We have to finish drives.”