O'Brien: State Has Put Loss Behind Them

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against Boston College.

Tom O'Brien

"It's the first time we've suffered defeat and were very dejected after the game in the locker room. There are some things we have to address this week on the practice field to get corrected after last week's game."

"They understand that each week is a different challenge, and they couldn't let a victory affect what they did in a week of preparation, and they can't let a loss affect them this week as we prepare for Boston College."

"They were fine yesterday. It doesn't stay with them long. Youth is a wonderful thing. They forget things fast."

"Certainly the defense from the middle of the third quarter on. We made too many fundamental mistakes in the defense, whether it be lineups or blitzes, being in the right gaps."

"We didn't tackle well at all there. Shades of last year... if we get them on the ground a couple of times it makes a difference in that ballgame. We had shots and couldn't do it."

"Those are things we have to go back and make sure we cover and get better at. The kids in the secondary, they are not freshmen anymore, they are sophomores but it's still better to be juniors and seniors than it is to be sophomores."

"I thought [David Amerson] did really well. You can see his athletic ability, and it's really important to him. Early in the year when he made the blow at the Cincinnati game, it was a big pass play, the game must have been replayed late that night on TV because Mike Reed said he texted him at 2:00 in the morning and said, 'I just saw the play again. It will never happen again.'

"It's really important to the kid, and with his ability and will to learn the game he will get better each and every time he plays."

"I think their offense is their offense. Gary Tranquil has been around, I coached a long time with him too."

"It's still going to be hand the ball to #2, Harris, and get the big line in front to block for him."

"He's going to have his passing game, and he's got to find the right guy to execute what he wants to do in the passing game."

"He spent all preseason at boundary corner. He was there."

"It tells you that you're making strides and you've got a chance to be a good football team, but to be a good one you've got to prove it against a team like that."

"It was a tough way to lose the game. You have to get to the point, if you're going to be a good football team, to win games like that at the end against anybody."

"[Luke Kuechley] doesn't get blocked and he doesn't stay blocked. He slips more blocks than I think any linebacker we've seen in a long time. He's got that innate ability to understand angles, and he always seems to be in the right spot making plays."

"I think it fades as time goes on. Frank and I are really good friends, and Billy McGovern, but I think there are seven players there playing for them that we recruited that play for them now. A lot of it has turned over. Having gone from Navy to Virginia and then Virginia to BC and then to here, you play each other, but the longer time goes the less your ties to programs because of the players."

"I've never beaten a lot of people. You've just got to keep working. It's going to happen someday. Hopefully it's going to be this Saturday."

"We have to get back to not turning the ball over on offense."

"We gave up another touchdown on special teams... that's two in five games. You go maybe three years without giving up two touchdown returns for touchdowns, and we've done it twice in five games."

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