Shannon talks about the game

The Hurricanes defeated Wake Forest by the score of 16-10 this afternoon. Read on to see what head coach Randy Shannon was saying after the game.

Opening Statement

"This game against Wake Forest was a true test of adverse situations. I think the football team went through a tough situation playing against a tremendous football team like Wake Forest and coach Grobe coaching a team with the majority of juniors and seniors. It was tough today. I think our young guys did a lot of great things and our older guys also responded by making some great plays for us. Sam Shields on a third down situation came up with a tremendous play. And I thought in the second half defensively, we did a lot of great things. It was a tremendous effort on both sides of the football and on special teams.

On Wake Forest's opening drive...
"Wake Forest is usually a team, from what we have seen on film, that lines up with no backs, three wide receivers tight, motioning the fullback out or in the backfield, and a lot of different formations. I think coach Grobe did a good job of going back to what he believes in, which is playing solid defense and smash mouth football. And that's what he did today.

On the three examples of dangerous play calls (Reverse on the kick off, onside kick, last drive deep balls)...
"We have been working on that for a couple of weeks. We thought it was a good opportunity because they were squeezing from the back side heavily and they were making plays coming across our face. We thought that we would come out in the second half and open it up with a reverse. We had it, we shielded it and we got some yards on it. We have been working on the onside kick this week too, it was a play that we felt with their lineman we could take advantage of. We kicked it and it was there but we just didn't recover the fumble. The offense got a beat on what they were doing in the secondary, we noticed a couple of things by formations that they were trying to do to take advantage of us. So we attacked those things and came up with some successful plays.

On Marve looking good running the ball...
"He did, he looked like Jacory out there. He did a good job of executing our offense. We have two tough quarterbacks. They look frail but they really aren't. And they do a good job.

On who played well on defense...
"I really don't know, you have to watch the film before we evaluate that. I thought in the second half they responded with shutting down the run game better than in the first half. They did a tremendous job on third downs getting off the field.

On playing turnover free football...
"That's how you have to play against Wake Forest. They lead the league in turnovers and they have always been tremendous. We just had to make sure that we protected the ball, don't have any turnovers and get good field position. When they got the ball, coach Grobe was playing field position the whole game.

On Matt Bosher making kicks and then shanking a punt at the end..
"Well it wasn't all Bosher. We just have to go back to the drawing board and work on getting better protection.

On the penalty on the late hit on Sam Shields...
"I don't get into that stuff. I leave that to the officials.

On the offense protecting the lead and the ball...
"These guys are getting more mature offensively and they understand what we need to do with the ball. That was important for this offense, they were able to go in and manage the game. Our quarterbacks did a good job of managing the football game.

On the forced fumble by Ojomo..
"That was a big play in the game. That helped us in field position, excitement for the fans, and for this football team. You need a little bit of inspiration to get you going and that was a big play.


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