UNC-UVa: Al Groh Press Conference

UNC-UVa: Al Groh Press Conference

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia football coach Al Groh was pleased with how his team overcame a 21-0 halftime deficit to defeat North Carolina, 37-27, at Scott Stadium on Saturday. Here is some of what Groh had to say after his team's sixth consecutive victory.

On the comeback

At the heart of the comeback is that these players really believe - they really believe in each other. The coaches believe in the players and the players believe in the coaches. Without that, at the half, that's all we had. We didn't have any performance to speak of. We didn't have anything to take good feelings from.

On the kickoff return for a touchdown

We needed something to give us a spark. We needed some stars in the second half. Thatw as part of raising out game. Some guys had to be willing, whenever the opportunity presented itself, to become the star. (Marquis) Weeks was fortunate enough to have been carrying the ball for the team. He did a marvelous job on (the return).

At halftime

I was mad at halftime, but I was mad at myself. I didn't think I had a very good half. I wanted to get some things corrected and go out and have a better half. Players execute physically, but there are some things coaches have to execute too.

How special is this comeback?

I've never been associated with a team that has been more remarkable than this one.


Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He hosts a late afternoon radio show on ESPN Radio, WMFD AM630 in Wilmington and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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