Larry Scott: Ga Tech Post-Game

Read on to see what coach Larry Scott was saying following Miami's big win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

On the Canes forcing three turnovers...
“You preach it all week against a team like this. This is a possession game when you play this team. Anytime you can get some takeaways or steal a possession or two, it’s definitely going to make the difference in the game, with the style of offense that they run. Hopefully you can put them in situations where they have to do things that they’re not very comfortable with, and we were able to do that today.”

On how important it was for the team to remain resilient after giving up a score on the first drive...
“In a way, we kind of needed that - maybe just to see what the response was going to be. There was never any waver- ing. The look in their eyes said, ‘okay we got it.’ We had a couple guys know what they missed, and they said, ‘I’ll fix it, it’s going to get fixed, that won’t happen again.’ That’s the kind of attitude and approach you want them to have to it. For the offense to come right back and say, ‘hey guys, we have your back, we’ll go answer, we’ll calm it down,’ and they did. It was one of those deals where you start to see them feed off of each other, and that’s what we’ve been preaching about - make it about each other and the commitment. You saw that start to show up a little bit today.”

On the wet weather conditions and lightning delay, and its impact on the game...
“You don’t think about it. You just play ball. You have to do things obviously to take care of the ball, you don’t want to put the ball in danger from that standpoint. But there are periods you go to in practice where it’s all run [plays]. That’s what it becomes in those conditions.”

On if he got any sense that the players were also playing for the coaching staff...
“I hope what they played for was pride and the commitment they made to each other. As far as playing for coaches, we’re all in this together. Our coaches had to coach with pride, they had to remember the commitment we made to these young people, and that’s what it’s all about. It might have been a statement brushed at the players’ commit- ment, but it was really everybody in the building. It’s a commitment we made to these young people.”

On the team’s seventh win ensuring Miami of a winning season...
“Through it all, anytime you can be in the winning side of anything, you’re obviously happy with it. You continue to teach and continue to grow, because we want to be so much better. We want to be better and we have to be better. But at the same time, through what we’ve been through, those are teachable moments [where] if you can still come out on that side of it, there’s definitely groundwork to continue to get better and grow from that. These types of things we need to make our ground floor, and get better from those things. It’s always good to win.”

On how the defense played against the triple option...
“In their offense, they’re going to hit a run. They’re going to get some yardage. That’s their style of play. That’s the option offense - you watch Navy, you watch Georgia Southern, they’re going to get plays. They’re going to hit plays. What you have to do is be able to reset yourself, get to the next play and have the next-play mentality, and under- stand that’s where some of their yardage is going to come from. At the end of the day, you have to contain it. If you can contain it and get them to turn the ball over, it’s always going to give you the opportunity to have some success. ”

On how the game changed when Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas left the game...
“It really doesn’t change. The quarterback they brought in, when you watch him on film, he’s just as capable. He has good feet, good hands, he makes good decisions. It didn’t change. We still had to play our style of game. Wanted to be physical, we wanted to tackle well. All that stuff still stayed in place.”

On the play call right before half that led to K Michael Badgley’s 57-yard field goal to end the half...
“You talk about a confident guy...sometimes you look at him like, “Badge, come on, are you serious?’ [laughs] He tapped me a couple times and he said, ‘I got it. I got it. I got it.’ Finally on the third time he did it I said, ‘okay, go do it.’ He does it in practice, and he gives you that confidence as a coach to say, at some point, you have to trust your players. You have to trust him. He works hard at it. It means a lot to him. He’s actually one of our leaders as a kicker, because of how tough and how confident he is...so just trust him, let him take a swing at it, and he hit it. “We were going to try and get points. The whole idea was we got the ball back with timeouts, so we’re going to try to get points. It just so happened at 57 yards, we said, ‘okay Badge, I’m going to give you your shot, but you better hit it.’”

On if Badgley will stop reminding him about making the field goal, which tied a Miami record...
“No. No. But I wouldn’t expect anything different. I hope the next time I see him, he’ll say the same thing. He’s not going to let it die, and I love that about him.”

On the role RB Mark Walton played, and whether even Walton knows his own ceiling...
“No. What he’s doing, he does a good job of preparing. For a young kid, for a freshman, he does a really good job of film study, being focused in meetings. He has a maturity level about him that’s really going to help propel him into the player that he’s going to end up being. It doesn’t surprise me. When the pressure’s on, he seems cool, which is what you like about him. He has something special. He does.”


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