“Tough game between us and them. Give Dave (Doeren) and his staff credit for the job that they did today. We were fortunate. Our guys made a few more plays and we outlasted them. We created a lot of adversity for ourselves throughout the game. I thought our defense did an outstanding job making them kick field goals throughout the day and kept us in this game all the way through. We made a game changing play in special teams finally. We stopped a fake punt down there and went in and scored after that so that was huge for us. Probably would’ve liked to have finished off a couple of more red zone chances down there with the offense but overall a pretty good game.”
Where do you think the defense has come the farthest over these past few weeks?
“We haven’t given up the big play. The big touchdown plays, the long ones that early in the season we gave up too many of those and it hurt us. We were playing solid all the way through other than a few big plays. I think we’ve gotten better at stopping those explosive plays.”
How close were you to putting in a third quarterback due to the injuries suffered by both Marquise Williams and Bryn Renner?
“Each one of them they were out for a bit and they said they could come back. [Renner] came back in and played and obviously [Williams] came back in and played but we had the next one ready. We’re always ready for that. If we’ve got to go four or five we’ll put somebody out there.”
Does a game like this show the type of resiliency your team possesses?
“We had talked about going into this game about what was going to happen and it happened. Whether we went up or down, there were going to be a lot of ups and downs in the game. It’s typical of this game. We knew it didn’t matter if we went up or we went down. I wanted them to just play it the same way with the same emotion, the same enthusiasm and the same energy. You watch our guys when we were down 10 there in the beginning and weren’t playing very well but nobody was down. They just kept playing.”
Comments on the small margin of error moving forward throughout the rest of the season:
“Oh yeah, we’ve got a small margin of error. As long as we don’t worry about it, don’t let it get us down and not let one play affect the next play then we’ll be okay. Those guys kept fighting today and they made it happen.”
Comments on Lucas Crowley taking snaps at center today:
“Crowley is a true freshman and we feel like he’s going to be a pretty good one for us. He’s helping us.”
Is this a significant win for your team being able to win back-to-back games against N.C. State?
“All we were worried about was one and that was this one. It has nothing to do with last year. I think it means something to come over here and win in their stadium. That’s pretty big. They had a great crowd and were into the game the entire game but our guys kept fighting. It’s just another step for our program in this state.”
Is your team closer to playing the way you expect them to play in your system?
“I see some growth but we’ve got a long way to go before we get to where we want to be. We still have way too many penalties. I mean way too many mental mistakes. But what they did was they overcame them and just kept playing and they didn’t let it bother them. We had way too many mistakes today. I can’t wait to see the film.”
Does you team take pride in this being their “state”?
“This team and this University and all of our fans take a lot of pride in that, a tremendous amount of pride in that. As far as I know, it’s always been the Tar Heel state and always will be.”
What was the explanation the officials offered you on the Jabari Price targeting penalty?
“I was angry because I thought they missed the block in the back on Tre (Boston) right in front of it. Every time they showed it on the film that’s what I was upset about. The upsetting thing about the targeting and I’m going to give the officials credit. That’s a tough deal for them. When in doubt throw the flag and the 15 yards count no matter what.
"I don’t think it’s fair to the officials. I really don’t. it’s a bang bang play and they’re trying to protect the defenseless player and they don’t know. They really don’t know. It happens so quickly. You’ve got to look at it on film five times to find out if it really is helmet to helmet and was he targeting or not. In this case, Jabari didn’t so he was able to stay in the game but you still have the 15-yard penalty. It is what it is. Hopefully we’ll get that corrected this year.”
Comments on freshmen production:
“You see Bug Howard had a big game for us. Brian Walker comes in and gets an interception and played a bunch. Mikey Bart still played a bunch in this game. (T.J.) Logan got his first touchdown of his college career. These freshmen are getting more and more reps and that just means the future is brighter. Every rep they get is a new experience for them. They feel more comfortable out there and now they’re making plays. They’re not just out there. They’re making plays so that’s a good thing for us.”
What were your thoughts on Ryan Switzer’s touchdown pass?
“How about that? A touchdown pass from Switzer. I forgot about that one. Y’all didn’t know he could play quarterback. Maybe he was the one we were going with the next time.”