UNC-CU: Postgame Interviews

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes interviews with head coach Butch Davis and players, who spoke to the media following UNC's 21-16 victory over Clemson on Saturday.

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Opening Statement:
"As I told the players in the locker room, there are a lot of ways to try to win football games. Some of them don't always look like the blueprint that you draw up sometimes. But the one common theme is when the kids compete and play hard all game long.

"We tried to be as fundamentally sound as we possibly could. We tried to make plays when they presented themselves. I know that there were some hit or miss at times. At times we moved the ball with some success, offensively. And then there were some times that we struggled.

"I told everybody -- I told the media, I told our players -- that [I thought] Clemson was the best football team that we played up to this date. They're a fast, athletic team. Their defense is very talented and it is hard to run the football...

"To be able to maintain possession for eight minutes on one of the drives at the end of the ball game... and five minutes at the end of the game and give it back to them with 20 seconds, those were critical. Just be able to make first downs and keep their offense on the sidelines...

"We were really concerned with their running game -- they had the leading rusher in the ACC... I thought our kids did a nice job of trying to stop the run.

"Kyle Parker, you can see his experience level and his ability to make plays outside the pocket. That was a hard fought game and I'm proud of the way our kids played."

On Johnny White:
"You can just see that kid is just running his heart out. It says lot about him. He just keeps pounding and pounding and pounding. And eventually he'll found a crease and find a crack, and bounce out the back door and make some really good runs."

On White's 51-yard pass play:
"It was really a more difficult catch because of the route and in the fact that he was looking back into [the sun]. And he made a very nice catch on a difficult throw."

On closing out games in the fourth quarter:
"We gained a little bit of confidence... Our kids started to understand last year in that last three or four minutes in the Virginia Tech game how important it is to finish and close in the last four or five minutes in a game. The better you can run the football, the better opportunity you have to do that.

"You have to give credit to the offensive line, tight ends and fullbacks because they're the guys that are in the trenches, they're the guys beating their nose against the wall and trying to create cracks. Certainly Johnny and Shaun (Draughn) have done a good job for us."


On Johnny White's performance:
"He's an extremely explosive player. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can run, he can take the hits, he's very, very good after the contact. And he came up huge for us."

On converting fourth downs:
"It was more [about the] circumstances. I guess Coach Davis has a lot of confidence in our play calls and the things we can do on fourth downs. It give the guys on offense a whole lot of confidence that he'll keep going for it."


On being the workhorse:
"We just got a little momentum going. The offensive line just started digging in and blocking their tails off. I just ran behind them."

On the impact of the win:
"It's just a weight lifted off our shoulders. It just didn't seem like anything would go our way the first two weeks where we were a drive away from winning both of those games and now finally things are changing and starting to go our way."


On the win:
"This win was really big. Our goal is to make it to the ACC Championship and this is just a step forward. We need to get prepared for next week and are just happy to have this win under our belt."

On the touchdown reception:
"I seen it coming. I tried to hit him and bounce in the end zone. But he hit me and bounced me in the end zone. I just tried to hold onto the ball. I expected it."

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