“First of all, I want to congratulate Duke and their staff on a win in a hard fought game. Disappointed for our seniors that played in Kenan and the Tar Pit for the last time and that we didn’t get to send them out the right way. We didn’t play well enough to win a football game. There’s a lot of things you can look at in this game that we didn’t do and we didn’t accomplish. That’s the reason you don’t win a football game.”
Did you think the sense of urgency was there in that last drive?
“Yeah. We had two minutes and two timeouts. We weren’t worried about the clock. That wasn’t going to be an issue for us. It was going to be making sure we picked up first downs. The last play of the game he’s going to hit him for a big gain and he gets hit, so we had what we wanted in the coverage and had the guy wide open. We didn’t make the play.”
Comments on Duke’s ability to convert third downs against the Tar Heels:
“We weren’t making any plays on defense. If they’re converting third downs then we didn’t get to the quarterback and they did a great job in protection and receivers were getting open. That was a problem for us throughout the day especially in the first half.”
Comments on playing Cutcliffe’s Duke team this season:
“You know they’re going to be sound. They’re going to be sound. When you have nine penalties and you miss a field goal and you drop a touchdown pass and you drop two interceptions then they’re going to win the football game. That’s what happened today. Give them credit.”
What was Duke’s defense able to do to slow down Marquise Williams’s success in the passing game?
“It really wasn’t anything coverage wise. He just didn’t have it today. He wasn’t as sharp as he had been.”
Does the fact that the team has a bowl game ahead salvage the tough feeling after a loss today?
“Well it will tomorrow. Today you’re awfully disappointed for these seniors and this football team that we didn’t play better. But yes, we’ll be extremely happy that we’ve got another game and we have an opportunity to wash this taste out of our mouth and finish the year the way we want to finish it.”
What do you credit the discipline related penalties to?
“The first one, the guy lost his head. He got beat in coverage and then made it worse. The second one, I don’t know. I didn’t see the thing. I just saw it on the screen. I don’t know what happened there. There was no whistle on the play. I’m not sure the offensive lineman knew when the play was over with but it doesn’t matter.”
What happened on the kick return touchdown for the Blue Devils?
“I don’t know. Nobody touched him. I know that. The kicker was the safety and wasn’t there quick enough to be able to make a play. I’m going to say we probably didn’t get off of blocks because I think they were singled up over there on that side. We probably did a poor job at a couple of spots over there but I didn’t get to see it firsthand.”
Does this loss take away from the five game win streak your team was on prior to this game?
“Sure it does. It’s a loss. Instead of being six in a row, it’s five in a row so yeah it takes away from it. It leaves a bad taste in the guy’s mouths right now especially for the seniors. We’ll rebound. This is a resilient football team. We’re not going to end this season today so we’ll rebound and we’ll prepare for whoever we’re going to play in the bowl game. I think we’ll play much better.”