"Add another classic. That's what rivalry games bring out in you. Miami had a great team. They've got a heck of a team, and they played very well. Our kids battled, fought, scratched. Didn't always play well. We lost the field position early, couldn't get out of it but battled back and responded when we had to. Give Miami credit. In a rivalry game, two teams are going to go at it, and that's what happens in these games. There's craziness. I love the fight, the competitiveness for our kids to stay in the moment. Hey, we won another game against Miami, a very classy football team, and Al Golden does a great job with them. We're growing through the season. We aren't just learning, and that's what I'm the proudest of. We've got problems. We aren't perfect, but we are figuring out how to win and play in situations. But I'll tell you one thing: We're playing with a lot of heart. There's a lot of togetherness in that group, and I'm very proud of them."
On Greg Reid in the return game:
"Greg thinks every return is a touchdown. That's what makes him great. But he's also got to be smart in situations. Greg's mentality, I'm going to tell you something, I would rather say 'whoa' than 'giddy up' any day of the week."
On Miami's long drive that ended with Lamarcus Joyner's interception:
"That was huge. I tell our kids all the time, you can play well and play poorly and lose, and you can play very average and play situations well and win the football game, even though they played well. But the situation in the red zone, we were able to convert and get the turnover. We found a way to win the game, even when we weren't playing our best. A lot of it had to do with Miami. They did a nice job. When you start to become a good team you don't always play well, but you can figure out ways to scratch and claw and make plays at the right time to win the game. Hopefully, that's what we're starting to learn to do."
On whether being outgained and still winning was odd:
"I've outgained them and still lost, too, so I feel a lot better. The flow of that game was very weird. It was a different type of game, rivalry games for the most part. It wasn't just a fluid game from the field positions and the turnovers and the penalties and delays and returns. There wasn't rhythm to the game, but there were two teams out there scratching and clawing hard."
On forcing three Miami turnovers:
"We didn't have any. That's the key. We created turnovers, and we didn't turn it over on our side. Turnovers affect the game more than anything."
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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