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"They are a great football team. They've got good players, they've got good athletes. They played very well. One thing I found out a little bit about our football team tonight was a little bit about our character. When you're pressed and things are good early and all of a sudden the tide starts to turn, do you fight back? Do you go out there? I will tell you that every single kid on our football team – every single time they took the field, regardless of whether we were up by ten or down by ten, it didn't make any difference, they were going out there to compete."
On Brandon Tate:
"He's a very good athlete… I think it was important for our football team to understand that coming into season people really truly are going to focus so much on [Hakeem] Nicks as a wide receiver. It was critical for Tate and Brooks Foster and some of those guys to step up… Brandon certainly is electrifying. He gave us a great chance to get back into the game and I am very proud of the way he played."
"I'm very pleased with T.J. He's going to make mistakes. Our coaching staff clearly has an understanding that he is a young kid. This is his second football game in his college life. I think he has shown the ability to make plays and he will grow and get better. Our whole football team – the number of freshmen that are playing, the number of red-shirt freshman to get out there and play – they're going to make mistakes and they are going to be painful mistakes.
"But they are going to get better. They only chance we have to grow as a football team is for the young guys to keep playing, to keep getting better. There's nobody who is an old, experienced veteran. Every game we've got left is a chance for us to get better as a football program."
"You have to learn not to look at the scorecard. It's so insignificant. You play until the game is over. You learn to compete. You learn to go out and give effort. Some things are totally out of our control. We can't control the other team. We can't control the weather. W can control our effort. We have to do a better job at executing as a football team. We'll continue to grow as a football team."
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On the defensive front failing to get adequate pressure on Pinkney:
"I think our front four did a good job. We just had some mental lapses in the game, you know. A couple of mental errors that cost us a couple of key first downs."
On what this game showed him about this team:
"It tells us that we've got a lot of fight. We didn't give up – we could have easily given up. That shows a lot about our character."
On defending a running quarterback like Pinkney:
"It's not too difficult. You just have to focus in and play your responsibility – that's all you have to do. It happened to me once, so it's not like it's just my teammates. It happened to me also."
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On how the offense performed:
"I thought we played pretty good, we just hit a slump there… We got it going again there at the end, but we need to do it all game long next time."
On the fumbled snap:
"It was loud out there. Those fans out there are crazy, and it's really hard to hear, even with a person right in front of you. It was really loud out there."
On if the running game is holding the offense back:
"No, I don't think so. We just need to go out and take our big shots down the field with our athletes and our wide receivers, but we definitely want to try to continue to grow on that a lot more."
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On the team's performance:
"We played very hard. We just made mental mistakes tonight and I think that cost us in the end."
On not putting more pressure on Pinkney:
"We thought we could get to him with a four-man rush, and obviously, sometimes we didn't do that. I think the defensive line, as a unit, we've got to get into film tomorrow and critique every rush that we did tonight. Their offensive line played a [heck] of a game, the quarterback made plays with his feet, and like I said, we just made mental mistakes."