On the defensive letdown against Virginia:
We had too many balls on the perimeter on us. We didn’t set the edge well enough. We just have to keep playing. It was a tight game and their defense was doing well. In a game like that where the other defense is playing well and keeping it tight you have to find a way to outplay them. You can’t freelance and keep doing what you do. I saw a lot of good things but we fell short.
On the one-handed catch by the Virginia receiver:
We had the route defended. We had a guy high and low. Their guy made a great play. We will learn from it. They made a good play and we didn’t execute. That was with four minutes left before the half and really changed the game at that point.
On what else went wrong:
The other big thing was penalties. One on the field goal when we were offside and hit the kicker, and the other right after the pick. Virginia gets it on the 40 instead of the 25. We can’t do those things on the road in tight games.
On how the team stays motivated now:
it’s gotta come from the work they’ve put into the season. It’s a pride factor. It’s competition. It’s a chance to see how you end the year. That’s as big a distraction as you want to make it. Our guys have to be focused and put that behind you.
On guys he’s excited about looking into the future:
Brad Kaaya. We want to see Stacy come around, perform like he did last year. Joe Yearby, I thought he had a couple good runs last game. Gus Edwards will help us. Malcolm, you’d like to see make plays. Standish. There’s a bunch.