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Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor says FSU had too much speed: “I think the thing that comes to mind with Florida State’s speed is that when you complete some of those passes in the open field that you expect to get some yards on, and we ended up not getting many yards. When we watch the video, we’ll also feel like that on some of the runs, even their interior and their front played fast. Sometimes when we had good angles on them or good position, they got off blocks. That showed to me that if we didn’t get north and south with the ball fast, they showed up.”

 

Mike London disappointed: “I’m disappointed for our players, [and] I’m disappointed for the fans. That wasn’t the type of effort that is indicative to the type of team that I think we have here.”

“That’s the No. 1 team in the country in sacks, and we added to their stats today. Tremendous effort by their defensive ends to speed rush and get on the edge. We have to look at how we are going to protect the quarterback and how we’re going to do things in order for him to get the ball down the field.”

 

Dabo Swinney disappointed with 6 turnovers: "We had a lot of turnovers and inconsistency throughout the game. You just can't win without good ball security, especially with six turnovers. It was a disappointing loss. We dug ourselves into a hole in the first quarter with our defensive mistakes. This was a tough game, because in the past we've been taking care of the football very well and then today we didn't do that.

 

Randy Shannon talks about 30-21 win over Clemson: "Both teams had some big plays in the game. Both teams had bone-headed missed tackles and turnovers. It was just one of those games where I thought our guys really stayed focused and played hard and didn't stress. Defensively, they really showed a lot of poise in the second half." 

 

Ralph Friedgen says 21-16 win over Duke wasn’t pretty: "It wasn't pretty. But a win is a win. I told our team you have to win some when you're not working on all cylinders, biorhythms are not right you just have to reach down and find a way to win. I think that's what we did tonight. I think Duke is a very good offensive football team and I thought they played very well on defense tonight. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dave Cutcliffe and I knew that team would be ready to play.”

 

Jimbo Fisher starting to feel good about his team: "They're learning to focus; they're learning to prepare. They're understanding that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - they're learning they can't just say `now I build my momentum on Friday night.' They're learning how to come to the game to compete. It's part of maturing and it's a great thing to see."

"The offense ate the ball and kept them off the field. The defense got some three-and-outs. They played together. That's what we keep saying: offense, defense. Here's what you've got to understand. Defense is getting three-and-outs, offense is taking six minute drives, which keeps an offense out of whack for the other team."

 

Paul Johnson relieved after 23-20 win over Wake Forest: "Wow. The best thing I can say is that our guys competed right until the end. The kept fighting and fighting. We didn't look good for a long time. The execution wasn't very good and crisp on offense, but we just hung in there and found a way to win. They had a nice drive to get down there in field goal range. We got them stopped and give our quarterback credit, he made some plays and kept the thing alive. You have to be proud of the way that they fought and competed, but Lord knows we have a lot of work to do."

 

Jim Grobe used a good bit of “I-formation” against GA Tech: "I thought going under center was going to be good for our quarterbacks. I thought we needed to take some pressure off them. With Tanner down, we didn't know who would be at quarterback so we gave reps to all three of them during the week. We felt one way we could take pressure off those guys is to go under center. We did some good things out of the I. That probably needs to be us a little bit more in the gun and under center some."

 

David Cutcliffe says Duke is looking forward to new season after BYE week: "After looking at the [Maryland] tape it was frustrating to watch. [We] are doing so many things better as you look at the entire ballgame.  There was just a breakdown on a couple turnovers, [a] couple of plays defensively, an untimely penalty on a late hit on a quarterback that was costly and then not running the ball hardly at all in the second half after running it fairly well.

“[The team] was spent emotionally and physically but not down, not a true down. They were frustrated more than down. They knew they had played well enough to win had they just played a few more plays better than we did.”

“We have got seven big ball games left. That is an awesome feeling to go in to start a new season and literally our seasons are one game at a time right now."

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