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“Immediate reflections after the game, just talking to players in the locker room there’s an awful lot that goes into winning games. Some of that is making a transition and trying to get a scope of what the other team is trying to do, especially a team that had an open date.
“You can’t underestimate what your assistant coaches do during possessions, because certainly East Carolina got off to a hot start. They were having a lot of success offensively [and] they were completely passes.
"One thing that you don’t get through film is you never get the tempo. You don’t get [how fast] they substitute [and] how fast they are at the line of scrimmage. You just get the formations. And they had us on our heels [early] and they did a really good job moving the football. I thought we made some adjustments that allowed our kids to get into the flow. [Our] kids started to understand how fast of a tempo they were playing with.
“Clearly, at the end of the ball game the real story is [our] ability to run the football for 263 yards and not turn the ball over offensively and create turnovers.
“I thought that in the second half our defense had a better of an idea of their route combinations and who they were going to and how they were going to utilize them. It allowed us to get into the throwing lanes [and] it allowed for some of the balls to get tipped up.
“Certainly Da’Norris Searcy’s interception was really very much needed at the time. It really kind of helped spur on our defense…
“I’m really proud of our kids and how hard they play, and every week it will continue to be a [new] challenge.”
On the offensive line:
“We had to kind of ride on their back, to be honest with you.
“We missed some plays in the passing game. I think T.J. [Yates] had a really good day throwing the ball. At one time… he was 12-of-14. He got off to a hot start, but we missed some throws that could have been big plays that could have swung field position and could have gone for touchdowns. We never really got into any rhythm in the first half and that was one of the things we talked about at halftime was we got to give our offensive line and running backs an opportunity to get into the flow of the game.
“We started to have some success. Certainly, two running backs for over 100 yards is the first time [that happened] since I’ve been the coach here and very much a welcome relief and needed today.”
On Da’Norris Searcy returning:
“Da’Norris is our number one returner on both punts and kickoffs... It was good to get Da’Norris back. He is confident, he’s poised, [and] he has been in some big games. It was very much a welcomed addition to our team.”
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On the offensive line wearing down ECU’s defense in the second half:
“Absolutely. At halftime we said we were going to stick to the game plan, and our game plan was to come in here and run the ball on them a whole lot. We just knew that could be a big strength for us coming into this game. At halftime we didn’t panic – we knew we were going to stick to it and keep grinding it.”
On the feeling among the team after bouncing back from an 0-2 start:
"We're pretty happy right now. We are getting guys back game-by-game. Da’Norris came in and showed why he should have been out there the whole time. These guys are excited and energetic and ready for [the next game."
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On getting to play for the first time in the 2010 season:
"[I had] tears of joy the whole pre-game. I was just out there crying and jumping around. I was just so glad to be back out there."
On the feeling of singing the alma mater with teammates after the game:
"[I was ] just so excited. Like I said, I told everybody I cried all last night at the hotel, just because I'm so happy to be back with everybody."
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On the difference between the first and second half for the defense:
“[We were] just settling down. We weren’t used to a fast-paced team like that. After a while we seen what was going on – they were running the same plays over and over.”
On playing against ECU’s offense:
“It was more a DB and WR game and an outside linebacker game… It was up to the outside guys – you had to get to the ball quick. You couldn’t really get your hands up [and] don’t get up the field and rush, because it was more of a sit and read.”
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On having Searcy back:
“It feels good. I think everybody fed off his energy. Coming out [during] pre-game he was live, he was hyped, [and] he was ready to get back in there. That’s one thing – he plays with emotion. And I’m an emotional player, so I definitely fed off that. And for him to make the plays that he did and to get him back on the return game and on the defense it helped our team out a lot.”
On the running game’s progression throughout the game:
“The way the way the o-line eventually started gelling, we actually started getting [the running game] rolling. I felt like we started off a little slow. We got it going eventually. The runs were there, like Johnny [White] busted a long one. They saw that we kept busting it. [We knew] eventually a long on was coming and we kept running the ball like we did.”