"I'm proud of our team. Great effort to be able to win by 34 points against a quality opponent in North Carolina State. To get a shutout was tremendous by our defense. The whole first half, the way we played as a football team, we came out very focused and energetic and capitalized on opportunities and made big plays in all three phases. We won the football game. Still have a lot of room for improvement. We are making some strides, but we have to get ready quick. We have to put this one behind us because we have a five-day turnaround."
On showing the voters if they should be back in the Top 25:
"Hopefully people start to take notice, but if they don't, they don't. We are worried about us. We have to continue to play well, do well and do the things we do, and whatever is written and voted is done. What we can control is how we play, and that is what our focus is on."
On finally forcing a few turnovers:
"It felt great, to get a couple balls to bounce up and went our way. They happen like that. You just have to keep playing hard and sound football and making the smart play, and eventually those things will come your way."
On E.J. Manuel pitching the option:
"He's got a knack for it. He can get down the field and run it and put pressure on it. He's got a natural knack for it, and if you don't hit him, he can run. It's another dimension that we have, which we have to use."
On Lonnie Pryor's touchdown run:
"Man, what a run inside. We knew in the red zone that we wanted to be physical, and we were planning it and we kept giving him the ball inside. He broke two or three tackles. I can't wait to see it on film because it looked really good."
On if this is the best Manuel has played:
"Yeah, because this is the most consistent starts he's had. I don't think there is any doubt, but it's not all him. I think it's how they're playing around him and how they're doing things that he's able to make plays."
John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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