UNC-Utah: John Bunting Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina coach John Bunting addressed the media following the Tar Heels' 31-17 win over Utah on Saturday at Kenan Stadium …

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"I'm really proud of these kids, and really excited about beating Utah, a good football team. I'm really excited about winning at home in front of our great fans. I'm really excited about winning two football games in a row. The kids played really, really hard. They played their hearts out for the second week in a row.

"Turnovers obviously were a big factor. That turns games around every single time it happens. They (our defense) kept playing hard. They never stopped believing. They kept playing the defense called and trying to move the ball on the ground. We weren't as good as we want to be; we know that. [Baker] came up with enough plays and the receivers made enough plays to help us win the ballgame. The Masons and the Holleys and Hamletts and Justin Phillips – those guys made some plays. We've got to work harder now to get this run game in the right direction.

"I'm really looking forward to enjoying this win and I'm going to enjoy it thoroughly.

"The defense started fast and played extremely hard and they did a terrific job for the most part. Utah, to their credit, came out with a different scheme in the second half and it took a while to get adjusted to that. We knew they were going to call some of those smash routes because the coverage is a little soft out there. But that's how you have to beat them. You have to make them throw over and over and over again to beat you.

"[Utah] is a difficult team to play against, but our kids did a terrific job of adjusting – a great job – of forcing some turnovers and a great job of harassing the quarterback.

"Our special teams played pretty doggone good today. We had one poor coverage. And after that, our coverage was pretty good. I'm really happy with that.

"[Brandon] Tate is special. He is a special young man. He's a special kid. We saw through training camp that he is fearless. He is confident and we started to develop a lot of confidence in him. He's going to be a lot of fun to see out here over the next few years."

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