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“You have to congratulate State for the win today. I thought we got off to a very good start. People have been doing an awful lot of things over the last couple of weeks defensively to put pressure on our offense, and I thought our offense had a good start. They put points on the board, scored and moved the ball about as effectively as we have moved it in the last three or four weeks.
"You just can't give up big plays. Big plays are the back breakers. It builds confidence and it keeps the momentum going in a different direction. Some of the big plays they got today certainly was a tribute to their ability to throw the football and isolate guys. They made some plays."
On quarterback T.J. Yates:
“I thought he bounced back today and had one of his better games all season. He was able to move around well in the pocket and created some plays when he was forced out. Some of our big plays were results of T.J. rolling out of the pocket and making something happen.”
On scoring three touchdowns in the first half:
“We thought we had a really good game plan going into today. Our coaches did a great job, I thought, of looking at game film this week and getting our guys prepared. The first half we were able to execute really well.”
On NC State quarterback Russell Wilson:
“He’s just an athlete. His ability to throw the football really showed today. We did a good job of keeping him from running. But he is so good at making big plays and when he is able to do that, those are the kind that are back-breakers.”
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Do you feel like this team left some points on the field?
"I just feel like we missed some opportunities, with the holding calls twice in the red zone and fumbling in the end zone. I feel like if we had those points it would be a different outcome."
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On the defensive mistakes:
"We tried to go for a swipe and misjudge it just a little bit, and boom -- big play. It's things like that. They've got scholarships, too. That's how I've got to look at it. We were kind of flustered sometimes with the calls that we were getting on that one drive, and everybody lost their composure. Next thing you know, boom -- another touchdown. It's hard, especially in a rivalry game, to keep your composure sometimes."
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On the miscues:
"It was a total team effort of not playing smart. Defensively, we had a lot of penalties. Offensively, we had a lot of penalties with holding calls and personal fouls. We've just got to play smarter."
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On the loss:
"N.C. State, our cross-town rivals, they came out and they wanted it more and they played better football than we did. This could possibly be the last time that I get to play against them, so it's definitely hard and demoralizing for me."