“Obviously y’all just watched it. We lost a tough ball game. A ball game that we had a lot of opportunities to finish the game off and we didn’t get that done. We gotta go back tomorrow and evaluate the film and look at it. Make the corrections and get better. That’s what we’ve got to do.”
On the lack of offensive production in the second half:
“Some of it was shooting ourselves in the foot. We didn’t make every catch we needed to make. We didn’t make every throw we needed to make. We didn’t make every block we needed to make. They got more pressure on the quarterback and that was really disappointing.”
Do you think the called back 82-yard touchdown reception affected your team mentally?
“Well you hope not. That’s just part of the game. That’s adversity. We talk about adversity all the time. You got it right there. You’ve got to put it behind you and you’ve got to move on. If it is affecting us mentally then we’re doing a poor job dealing with the adversity.”
Comments on the lack of time of possession in the last 35 minutes of the game and the relationship between third-down successes for each team:
“We were poor, obviously, on our side. You go three and out or whatever we were. That’s pretty poor. They did a nice job of moving the chains on their side. When you get them in a situation like that, that’s what they’re best at. It’s three yards, four yards and moving the chains. You’ve got to give them credit there. I thought our defense played extremely hard throughout the entire game. Late in the game we started missing some tackles and that hurt us.”
Were the missed tackles late due to the defense getting worn down or just Georgia Tech earning tough yards down the stretch?
“That’s a good question. I don’t know the answer. I know this, I thought our staff put them in position to make plays. I thought guys were there. It was not like we didn’t have answers for what they were doing. We had guys where they were supposed to be. Then you just gotta make the tackle.”
With the way your team played in the first half, were you expecting to be up by more than six points heading into the break?
“Yeah, you would have liked to have been, but we weren’t. You really can’t worry about it. You either are or you aren’t. We weren’t so you just got to go get the energy level back going where it needed be in the second half like it was in the first half. Just keep playing and I just didn’t feel like we had that.”
How much did the weather play into your offensive scheme?
“None. It wasn’t like we made a call or changed a call because of the weather. We really pride ourselves that we’re going to do what we do no matter what the weather is. We don’t control it and we didn’t change anything. You’d have to tell me. I don’t remember if we put the ball on the ground offensively. I thought they took care of the ball pretty well.”
What’s the philosophy for attempting a two-point conversion for you team?
“If it’s there take it, and if it’s not, then don’t. Line back up and kick it. It was there and we didn’t execute. The guy was there. He was open. We just missed the ball. We’re not going to coach scared. We coach to win football games. We’re always going to be aggressive. You've just got to make the dang play. That’s all you have to do. It’s there. Take advantage of it.”
There was some success early running the ball, but it wavered once again throughout the game. What’s been the issue there thus far this season?
“Well, I mean, it’s a combination of things. It starts up front with the offensive line and your running backs. That’s where it is and blocking on the perimeter and doing all the little things. We’re not doing those things successfully. We have to be much better in that area as we’ve said each and every week. It’s becoming a trend.”
Is a loss tougher knowing the game was for the taking and it just didn’t fall your team’s way?
“I don’t know how to answer that. I don’t find anything easier in getting blown out. Every game that you lose you have opportunities to win. We did not take advantage of those opportunities so that is disappointing. Make sure you understand disappointing but not discouraging. Everything out there is correctable. We can play better. We can coach better. All the things and we’ve got to do that and get better in a hurry.”
Did you see Jon Heck’s hold on the touchdown pass to Ryan Switzer?
“No, I didn’t. It definitely was a hold. They called it.”
Did you consider challenging the spot down near the goal line on the third down play?
“I thought about it. I talked to the official. He said their guy’s looking at it, so I let it go.”
What were your thoughts about the Georgia Tech touchdown on the goal line?
“They said he broke the plane with the ball. Every single one of those things was close evidently and every one of them went their way. It is what it is. You don’t have any control over that. I’m sure those guys will look at it on film. I’m sure we’ll agree with their calls I would imagine.”
Were you happy with Eric Ebron’s performance in the first half knowing you wouldn’t have Jack Tabb?
“Yeah. Eric made a lot of plays for us today. Then they started changing up what they were doing coverage wise to kind of take it away from him. When that happens we’ve got to have people on the outside step up. He made a couple of catches there in that first half that were great catches. One thing about it, when you’re catching the ball across the middle you’re going to get the tar knocked out of you. It doesn’t bother him.”
On the penalties that Norkeithus Otis drew and whether or not his emotions need to be tamed a bit:
“I’m not going to temper anyone’s aggression, but we’re going to play smart. That’s the thing. We’re not going to be selfish in anything we do so we’re going to always play smart. We want him to be aggressive but we want him to be smart. There’s a difference. You can play smart and be aggressive.”