It’s a great win. I know that lot of guys are disappointed that wrote us off, but we got a chance to play again next week. Like I said, earlier, just let us finish the season before you do our tombstone. I’m really proud of our guys. I couldn’t be prouder.
I tell you they’ve got a really, really good football team. Brandon Thompson is a heck of a football player, the defensive tackle. We had a hard time blocking him so we just kind of started reading him.
On why the team played so differently than it had the past two weeks:
We played with some emotion and some intensity and we played better. They’re 18 to 21 year olds. Like I said, we’ve got a young football team. I keep telling people who don’t want to listen. Coach (Dabo) Swinney and I were talking about it before the game. We’ve got a bunch of sophomores and redshirt freshmen playing on the line of scrimmage most of the time and sometimes they’ve played better than the others. We just executed better.
We started out the first two drives kind of like we played the two weeks on offense, but we settled down. We made some plays.
On Tevin Washington’s interception:
They were rolling the secondary down really hard there because they knew we were going to run the ball, so we thought we might could get a cheap one on the play action. We didn’t execute very well and they picked it off but Jemea (Thomas) saved us with a great play on the very next play.
On play of the defense:
We kept them off the scoreboard. I thought we played really good in the first half and then the second half, we got just enough. They went down and scored really fast (to open the second half), it looked like they were coming back down again to score and they got the fumble (forced by Thomas in the third quarter).
We knocked the ball loose, we took a little bit of time. And we played the way we needed to play. I was looking at the time of possession and it was 39 to 21. When you do that, you’ve got a chance to win. We did a nice job of not giving up big plays defensively. like I said, kept ‘em out of the end zone for the most part.
On the execution of the game plan:
I thought the game went pretty much the way we wanted, except for the fumble on the goal line. I like said, if we get that in there, it’s 38-10 and they’ve got a real uphill battle to come back. But 31’s more than 17.
On impact of Tevin Washington’s play:
I think he’ll get his confidence back. I said all along, it wasn’t all Tevin he’ got to have some help. Tonight we got help from different guys. We made plays. The first long run he had on the option, he made a nice cut inside, but the second one on the quarterback draw, they put some guys on the ground. That was some pretty good blocking.
He made some great plays. Jemea Thomas loves to play football. he’s a really good player. we’ve got to get him on the field because he makes plays. I think tonight was a great example of that. He had some huge plays.
On T.J. Barnes‘ having a good game:
He sure did. It was good to see T.J. He made a couple nice plays on run plays. We played with like I said, with the kind of effort and intensity you’ve got to play with.
On if he knew the team would play like this:
I knew we weren’t going to quit. Unlike some people, I knew we wouldn’t quit.
On how Tech can play so well when it’s counted out:
I don’t know. Give the players the credit. They’re the guys who did it. It wasn’t me. they bowed their neck and they played.