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"It's good to win. I told the players in the locker room that for as the coach, the best barometer for how you're going to play is how you practice. I thought our kids were very much aware of the potential things Georgia Southern could do. We knew they'd throw a tremendous amount of jailbreak screens, bubble screens. They tried to manipulate the box.
"One of the things that helped us tonight was the defensive line's ability to hold the run, which allows you to cheat the box, get more people out of the box to help on throws. They didn't have much success throwing the football. The throws that they completed were for minimal or short gains.
"I liked the way our offense started the ball game, taking the football, driving the length of the field, scoring the first points. It was a good momentum builder for the offense. They were certainly opportunistic with the defense creating turnovers and scoring points, it really helped the offense with some good field position.
"I thought that Shaun and Ryan ran the ball very hard. It was good to get what we consider our starting offensive linemen back in the game, to get Jonathan Cooper back in the game and Kyle Jolly together, it will be good to watch the film to find out just how good they did play. We pulled a lot of those guys at halftime. We didn't want to push the envelope, it would have been really, really foolish on our part to get them more reps.
"I don't like the way we played in the second half. Particularly, I thought we were sloppy and ineffective offensively. I told those kids in the locker room, `We want you to play.' There's nothing greater that I like than getting the guys that are on the second and third team some opportunities, because you don't get many of those, and when you go in you've got to play and play effectively. I didn't think we were very efficient from an offensive perspective once we started making some liberal substitutions.”
On the turnovers:
"I think our players would tell you that we really watched a lot of film. They had a great idea of schematically what (GSU) was going to do. That's the only way you're going to play with confidence and feel like you are well-prepared. I think our defense felt like they were going to play well because they really, truly understand, conceptually, what Georgia Southern was trying to do. It allows you to take some liberties.
"Bruce knew instantly on the jailbreak screen exactly what was coming. You don't see interceptions by linebackers on those plays unless you have great anticipation and you know that the play has a chance to happen… They made plays, they created turnovers and that's a huge advantage.
"That's the story of the game. You guys have heard me say for two and a half years that the team that gets and makes the most turnovers has the best chance to win, and tonight we got six of them."
On offense scoring early:
"I've got to believe it gave them some confidence. One of the goals we have in every game is to be as efficient on first and 10 and have some success. Success doesn't mean we have to make 5, 10, 20, 15 yards, it's just making positive plays, staying out of those third and 10s and 11s and 13s that just makes it difficult for everybody. It's a positive step, but I still want to take a look at the film and see if we did some of the things that I think we did. The only way that an offense can grow is to have the same guys playing together week after week after week after week."
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On the win:
"Did all the things right today to get the win...got a lot of points on the board, it was fun sitting up there third quarter, fourth quarter watching other guys get some good work."
On building confidence:
"It does a lot, we knew we could run the ball, pass the ball, we knew we could do it...to just kind of get some confidence back, get us going into the bye week, going into Florida State."
On simplifying things:
"Going back to our base runs, base protections, cutting it down a little bit. Not doing so many protections calls or audible and stuff like that. Do our base thing and focus on that during the week and perfect, so come game time we can run it to perfection."
On the injuries and the bye week:
"Everyone is definitely going to use this bye week to heal up, try to take a little break, let our minds heal, our bodies heal. We were down for a little bit but I think this team is really looking for it. It will help tremendously, Florida State is a great opponent, fast and physical, we are going to need all the time we can have to prepare."
On having a short field:
"You get the ball at the 20 yard line, going out there playing with a lead, Bruce, Quan both took one back to the house. Gives you so much confidence of offense... you've got time, you can take your time, go through things work out different stuff."
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On re-injuring his ankle against East Carolina:
"In the ECU game, I was feeling pretty good. They weren't going to start me because I hadn't practiced completely all week long. But they put me in and we got the offense rolling and I was feeling good and then I got that same ankle fallen on again. That was the most frustrating thing."
On getting healthy in the bye week:
"We're also hoping that maybe Lowell Dyer can get his injury -- maybe get well enough so that he can come in and help. Cam is doing a great job at center, but Lowell is just a fifth-year senior and has knowledge that [can help] us do well."
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On the defense getting turnovers:
"We try to do that every week but it hasn't been happening, but this week it happened. So we are going to try to continue to do this every week...everybody wants to do it, everybody wants a piece of the action."
On the win:
"It was a real big win, we needed this win, the last two weeks have been kind of rough for us."
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On coming back in the ACC:
"We've got more ACC games, we have to jump right back in the schedule, and this game really helped us get back from our little slump. Two ACC losses and we got this win so we just have to build off this one."
On the offense's confidence:
"We put points on the board, the offensive line feels like we are doing a good job running the ball, so it's a confidence booster knowing that we can run the ball. It was a good confidence booster, we put up a lot of points, it's going to boost our offensive line, we are running the ball, passing the ball pretty good."