"It's a little frustrating because you look at the game and we dominated. We feel like the better team. We knew if we'd play them again, we'd beat them convincingly.
"Going in, we knew if we could come together as a team we could beat them. After they scored first, we still stuck together and kept encouraging each other. Once we scored and answered their touchdown, we knew we were going to give them a game.
"Their front seven, the whole game, had a look in their eye like they were scared. They wouldn't look us in the eye when we walked up to the line. They'd keep their heads down, we were feeding off that.
"They said they'd rotate and they did but they looked more tired than we did. So many times, we'd look over there and they were the ones with their hands on their knees and breathing hard. The score shows that they won, but I think deep down inside they know who played the better game. That's life.
"I agreed with it (play call), 21 seconds is plenty of time. I didn't know they were allowed to lay there and drag around there like that. I thought they'd throw a flag or something. I was about to pick him (UM player) up and push him over there. I didn't know they were allowed to do that. They say it was almost one of the big blunders of clock management, I heard them say that. But we still got the kick off and wedidn't make it. That's what it comes down to.
"The only difference between us and Miami -- we've got the same amount of talent and even in some positions we think we're more talented than them -- but it's all just that they were playing with confidence and playing as a team, that's why they were doing so good. That's what we talked about all week, no matter what happens in the game we were going to be on each other's side.
"That's what we did. It's the first time in two years we felt like a team, maybe in three years. I don't think in 2000 we played in a team, we just out-talented people.
"A lot of the guys have so much ability but have no confidence. We could see that all year long. They come off the field with their heads down and not believing in themselves. It's like, 'You guys have the same ability. You could have gone to Miami if you wanted to.'
"We had a meeting and told everybody we're going out as a team tomorrow. We told anybody if they had any problems with anyone to stand up right now and get it out so we could go out and not have any grudges towards one another. Be a unit. That's what we did and it showed.
"The main thing we saw lacking confidence was our defensive backs. As the game started, I think they were still kind of lacking confidence. As the game went on, you could just tell they were getting more and more. Somebody told me as they watched the game on TV, the beginning of the game a receiver would catch the ball and you wouldn't see any garnet and gold around them. Towards the end of the game, they were just swarming them. As the game wore on, you could see them getting more and more confidence. If we can just keep that going the rest of the year, I don't see anybody beating us.
"Me and Todd Williams (called team meeting on Friday). Stanford Samuels got up and told the defensive backs he loved them. He told them he was going to go out and play. God gave youthat ability. To not believe in your ability is kind of like not trusting in God.
"That whole issue is over. The way Rix played, no one should ever doubt him again. He didn't have a miraculous game, only had 100 yards, but that wasn't our game plan. The game plan was to run the ball. He made the passes when he had to.
"People hanging all over him and Talman caught the ball and I don't know how he caught the ball -- I thought after that we are going to win the game. He said Talman didn't even know the play. He didn't think Talman even got the signal. When the ball was snapped, Talman just kind of, 'What' and ran down the field.
"After I saw him (four captains met with X-man), I was really happy. He was taking it really bad. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes, just being so young and he felt so much. He said he wasn't nervous when he went out there to kick out. He told us he felt like he ruined our chances at a national title, ruined the whole season. I was like, 'We ruined our chance at a national title against Louisville.' If we don't lose against Louisville, even if we miss that kick we still have a shot.
"I'd take a 50-yard kick with him to win the game. It's just one of those things. It must be a curse down in Miami. We have total confidence in him. When they bring the field-goal team on the field, we just say, 'that's three points' and don't even watch him.
For a second there, it looked good.