O'Brien: "We Have To Help Too"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met with the media today to wrap-up the BC loss and break down Clemson.

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"I wouldn't have said it after the first series of the game, but after that series I think they played well enough to win. We didn't score enough points and that is what it came down to on Saturday."

"A bizarre game. In the fourth quarter we had 23 plays and they really had only one series."

"We just couldn't get the ball in the endzone when we needed to get it in. The defense certainly did what they had to do in the second half."

"They are going to have to really be good this week against [Clemson's] explosive offense. We have to get to work on them."

"It's the most explosive. They have players at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end, all that can beat you with the ball in their hands. I think that is what sets them apart from any other offense. Any other offense might have a guy or two, but not at four different positions or more where if they touch the ball they can go all the way."

"We've got to win this game. You can't win two unless you win one. We dug ourselves a big hole again. We found a way out of it before, we're going to have to find a way to get out of this one."

"I think this is a huge challenge, but we just went through a pretty challenging part of the season where we were on the road three out of four weeks."

"We've got to find a way. We get to come back home. A good crowd, good day, 3:30 in the afternoon. Go win a football game."

"I was upset [at halftime on Saturday], but at the same time you have to have a plan on how you are going to succeed. You just can't be mad and expect them... they didn't listen to me all week up until the game. If you're thinking in 15 minutes at halftime you're going to get their attention... the best thing to do was give them a plan of how we were going to get back in it and win the football game. We just didn't make plays. I think we did what we had to do, we just didn't make a play to win the game."

"They backed up and played a 3-5-3 against us most of the whole second half... weren't going to let us make a big play and made us throw the ball in front of them. The tight ends were able to work the middle of the field... but at the same time we got down there twice in the fourth quarter but weren't able to get in the endzone. That's still the story... all we had to do was get one in. We didn't do it."

"I agree with you, and I don't have an answer for [why Mike Glennon's passes get batted down]. We've talked about it and we're looking at it. I think one of the things that is a strength is he is oblivious to the rush and throws the ball. The other thing is some of the passes prior to this week were under routes inside that if a defensive guy gets his hands up he'll have a chance to knock it down because of the structure of the throw he has to make. The one on Saturday we were supposed to knock the end down and we don't knock him down."

"No, he just threw it inside... a bad throw. He threw the ball well all day and just made one bad throw. That was the one. If he throws it outside you either have a touchdown or on the two-yard line, there is nothing but green grass outside."

"We were running a post-corner and had the corner turned, but he threw it back inside... we'll learn from it and move on."

"It's college football. It happens to everybody. We did our best to try and not let it happen to us."

"You've got to learn how to win after you beat Carolina. You've got to do that. That is part of growing up as a program. It's a sign of immaturity, a sign of inexperience, whatever you want to say. That is a problem we have to work on."

"Beating Carolina is really important here, but it isn't the end-all of the season. We have to be able to take that next step as a program."

"I think, talking Sunday there were a couple of coaches that felt there were some things going on. A lot of it was outside of this building. You're not the worst and you're not the best. We're not a great football team. We're a team that has to play extremely well all the time and at the top of our game to beat a good football team."

"These guys didn't understand that going to Boston College, it didn't matter what their record was, they were going to be a good football team that day because we were coming."

"It better be inspiring. We're in a ditch. We found our way out before and we have to find a way to get out now."

"We lost a football game, but we still have attainable goals."

"We have to. A lot of yards, a lot of possession time again, but not a lot of rewards."

"He completed 70%. How are you not confident if you complete 70% of your passes? I think what happens is you go through the year and people see how you make plays and make sure they take that away from you."

"You have to be able to do other things, and that comes back to us.. in the X/O department to get the ball in the endzone. We have to help too. We're all in this together."

"They weren't going to let any of our speed guys. They rolled to the speed all day long."

"I don't think I've ever seen a freshman in this league have such an impact [Sammy Watkins has] had since I've been coaching in the league. He's certainly explosive and dynamic. He's fun to watch. I don't think I'll like watching him on Saturday, but watching him play, he's an exciting guy."

"We wanted [R.J. Mattes] to play if he was healthy... he couldn't practice all week. He said he warmed up and felt good, but playing on that turf with a bad ankle is not a good thing to do if you're not 100%."

"At halftime, he said he could play, we threw him out there and he started holding his own so we stayed with it. Overgaard was much better after starting nine games at right tackle."

"No, I don't think they are frustrated. That's their job. They've got to outplay the other defense. The other defense only gave up 10 points. They should have only given up seven then."


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