Obviously, disappointed for our senior class to not get a win in their last home game and appreciate the fans that came out to support them. We've got a short week in front of us and we go play our rival in six days. So we are going to have to put it to bed and get better quick and do whatever we can to get some guys healthy and go up there and try to get bowl eligible and win our rivalry football game. We are going to have to put this one behind us very fast. We had a chance to win today and didn't obviously. Didn't make enough plays when we needed to. It was a hard fought first half for sure. Just didn't play well enough to win.
There is three different things. There is execution. To score, wherever you are at on the field, you have to be able to hit the open man, when we do hit the open man we have to be able to catch the football and it is fundamentals right there.
The clipping penalty was a tough call. I can't do anything about that. It's a line of scrimmage player that is allowed to block low and [the ref] saw it as an illegal block so that's his call.
The false start is a focus thing. That can't happen. A lot of the things we are talking about are fundamental things that we work on every day. We had zero penalties in the first half. In the second half we had a couple of killers that hurt us.
He's a great young man. He's a hard worker. He's a great teammate. He's tremendous in the community, with our families, with our kids. He's a guy that will always represent NC State the right way. As a player, he gives everything. He does. He hates missing practice. He shows up early for everything. He stays ;ate. He's a consummate type of player that you want to be around and model other players to. It has been a pleasure to coach Matt Dayes and I'll miss him greatly when he is gone.
Is there a way to accurately describe your frustration level at making the same mistakes?
On first half struggles of the offense:
In the first half we dropped five passes, which led to our inability to have success on third down. When you are in a drive and you call a play and it's protected and you throw it, you don't catch it that kills a situation where you might be going from a first and 10 to another first and 10 or a first and 10 to a second and two. All of those things add up. So those were five plays where we could have had positive momentum and didn't and those are all things that make third down difficult. A week ago we sat in here and talked about how great we were on third down. We caught the ball well and all those things tie together. It is just a function of executing and finishing drives, finishing plays and our guys are good enough to do that and have been. It hasn't been something we've done this year is drop passes like that so unfortunately we did that today and it hurt us -- in the first half in particular.
On what he says to team, especially with some fans calling for his dismissal:
I don't pay any attention to that. I told the guys that I am sorry for the seniors that we didn't win today and we have six days to prepare for our rival and we still have a chance to go to a bowl game and that's what we have to focus on.
On strength of Miami's offensive line and rotation of running backs:
I don't think its any harder than anyone else you play. It comes down to tackling, which I don't think we did as well as we have. Defending the run is all about gap integrity, tackling and playing fundamentally sound, and we did that at times and other times -- especially at the end -- we didn't.