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"It was a sound defeat. We didn't play well, and you have to give Georgia Tech a tremendous amount of credit. Time of possession was totally lopsided. The most telling thing when you play this type of offense, you can't turn the ball over more than the other team. Third-down efficiency was totally disastrous; we were 1-of-11, they were 10-of-19. They did a tremendous job executing their offense, and they kept our defense on the field.
"Our defense, for an awfully long time, hung in and hung in. At halftime, the score was 10-0, and we missed a field goal that could have made it 10-3. You can't miss those. That's two times we've missed short chip shot field goals. We've got to make those. If it's inside 40 yards, we've got to be 100 percent.
"We didn't play very well. We didn't tackle as well as we did a year ago. They did an outstanding job. You've got to give Georgia Tech credit."
One of the players mentioned there might have been some lack of intensity but had no explanation. Did you notice that?
"I didn't notice any lack of intensity. I only noticed lack of execution. We just didn't play as well as we needed to."
As sharp as Yates was last week, this week he was throwing balls low, behind guys. Did he just not get into a rhythm?
"He never did. Early on balls were behind guys, they were short of guys. Then you start to press a little, you try to make a throw. We did a poor job offensively on 1st-and-10. Our effectiveness on offense on 1st-and-10 was disastrous. It seemed like every possession we had second down and 9, 10, 11. Then, ultimately, it was third down and long, and that's no recipe to play well offensively. We've got to do a much better job on first down."
How much did the early field position situation hurt getting into that rhythm?
"When you look at Georgia Tech and watch all the games they play, you know that field position is potentially going to be tough - the time of possession, the number of possessions. We talked to the defense and said we've got to get some stops. A year ago, we got some stops, and we got some turnovers. All of those things contributed dramatically to our ability to win the game, and we scored points and took them out of their element. This offense is extraordinarily difficult to stop. When they've got a lead, every phase of that offense is still viable."
On having 17 rushing yards on 18 carries:
"Terrible. We just didn't do a very good job, and sometimes we just got taken out of it. We got in a little bit of a rhythm there late in the second half. We started running the ball a little, we made some first downs, but it never manifested itself into anything consistent. We've got to take a long look at how we block the schemes and do we run in the right holes. We've got to take a long look at ourselves."
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On his first interception:
“I definitely forced the ball down field. I didn’t see that safety. I thought that he had come up, but they were back in coverage pretty deep. It was just a bad read and a bad throw.”
On the long snap fumble that resulted in a touchdown:
“This place is a lot louder than we thought. We went to some silent cadences and it was just a miscommunication between me and Cam [Holland]. I’ve got to do a better job of getting on the ball.”
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Did Georgia Tech’s opening drive of the second half affect the defense’s psyche on the sideline?
“I guess you can say that. It went back and forth. They were running the ball and were able to pick up first downs. They just grinded and had 4th-and-1s and 3rd-and-2s and worked on the clock, but I don’t think it messed with the sideline that much.”
Did you see anything new from this offense from last year or from your film study?
Not really. You just have to give it to them. They came out ready to play and it showed.”
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What was different from last week offensively?
“I don’t really know. They just executed their game plan better than us. We weren’t sticking to the way we played last week. I don’t know.”
Is this one of those stomach-punch games?
“It definitely is. It’s one of those things – it’s like a wake-up call. I guarantee that this week we’re going to come back and be ready to practice and get after it a little bit.”
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On Georgia Tech’s success on the ground:
They had a great perimeter game. We couldn’t stay up on our feet. They did a lot of cutting and stuff like that. We’re supposed to get 11 guys to the ball carrier and we weren’t tackling well at all.”
Is this a big step back and if so, how do you respond?
“I feel like we’ve got to get hungry. We’ve got to get hungry and go out this week in practice and play harder.”