Dwyer: "We knew we could do better"

After winning the Coastal Division of the ACC with a convincing win over Duke, Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer talks about how all the hard work in the summer paid off in achieving their goal of winning the division. This and other comments from Jon in his post-game interview.

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What a response by the team after falling behind 10-0?

"Yeah, I guess no one was awake yet. Twelve o'clock games we're not used to. Everybody started stepping up and playing to the best of their abilities. I think we played probably one of our best this season."

The defense answered the bell after the early touchdown?

"I think the defense stepped up big. We had big plays from Ben Anderson today. He had two sacks. The defense played real well and we had a big play from Orwin Smith on special teams. Once we saw those big plays, we kept following that and using that as a driving force for us."

Is Orwin going to catch a lot of grief for getting tackled at the two?

"He caught grief when we were running down the field (laughter). I told him he should have scored and he took grief especially from Cord (Howard). They're from Phenix City, Alabama so he was all over Orwin."

When do you start thinking about Georgia?

"Now! We're going to use this as a celebration and watch other teams play today and enjoy the win. We'll start focusing on Georgia next week even though it's going to be a bye week. I know Coach Johnson is going to try and get ahead on that."

Were you more excited than Richard Watson after his touchdown run?

"Of course, seeing a player that has been patient all year and telling him each week that he's going to get a chance. When you see one of your teammate's score, especially one that plays your position, I'm just as excited as him. He probably didn't know what to do when he scored his first college touchdown."

When did the team buy into Coach Johnson's goal of going to Tampa?

"Since morning workouts. After what happened last year, we put it in our mind that we were not going to settle for just anything. We knew what we did last year was somewhat special, but we knew we could do better. It all started from spring practice and morning runs. All this work is going to pay off for us in the long run."

Do you think the team came out a little tight?

"You could say that. I think they came out fired up. It opened our eyes that we had to turn it up and just play our game and not try to do too much and just do what we're supposed to do."

Is the team looking forward to a few days off?

"Yes. After going ten straight games of playing ball, who doesn't want a break off? We're just excited that we won the Coastal and we'll have some days off to recover."

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