Post-Game: Randy Shannon

The Hurricanes had a big win on Thursday night, defeating Georgia Tech by the score of 33-17. Read on to see what coach Randy Shannon was saying after the game.

Miami Head Coach Randy Shannon
Opening statement…
"Big win for us tonight and for these kids at the University of Miami. We were 0-4 vs. Georgia Tech the last four years. Our guys came out and played hard and did what we asked of them. They stayed within the game and after we scored a couple early touchdowns, we kept pounding the football and it was just a team effort. We got to give those guys credit and the rushing yards we held them to. We still have a lot of things to improve on but that's why you play games."

On the effect of the first drive touchdown…
"We knew in this game that Georgia Tech likes to start fast on offense. So it was big to hold them to a field goal. We knew that our defense would make a couple corrections and be fine. And then our offense came out and made a bunch of big plays, some big throws and catches. That gave us a lot of excitement and we knew that each side could feed off each other."

On Bosher's missed field goals…
"We need to get better, we're not a perfect football team. Those kicks could come in critical situations."

On being called underrated…
"I don't get into that sort of thing, we're just going to play football and that's it."

On the rush defense improving from last year…
"We're an older football team. These guys last year were either redshirt freshmen, sophomores or true freshmen. We also got Randy Phillips and Collin McCarthy back for this game."

On what he learned tonight that he did not know after Florida State…
"This team knows the importance of going out and competing. The first thing was responding against Florida State after being nine points down. The next thing was challenging them to respond. They came out and responded the way they needed to, but it started in practice. We didn't need to beg and plead for this team to stay focused. They were focused throughout the pregame for this game."

On the poise of Miami QB Jacory Harris
"He has confidence in this football team, the offensive line and receivers, and when you have confidence like he does, the sky is the limit. Without the offensive line doing what they did against a big pass rusher like [GT's Derrick] Morgan, we wouldn't have been successful."

On first-year Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple…
"Mark Whipple thinks he can score 100 points every time we go out there. He's done a great job of getting the offense to adopt his mentality. The offense believes that no matter what play is called, the play is going to work."

On this game being this biggest win since '02…
"Each game will be big from this game on. It was a big win for us."


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