UNC-UVa: Postgame Interviews

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes audio and quotes from head coach Butch Davis, T.J. Yates, Dwight Jones and Kevin Reddick, who spoke to the media following UNC's 44-10 victory over Virginia on Saturday.

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On breaking the streak:
"We did mention it [in the locker room]. We didn't mention it all week long. It's no big deal. We didn't mention Clemson and the score the last time we played Clemson. All of that doesn't really matter. But it does from the standpoint that when the game is over with, to put it in perspective. There are a lot of people that put on the blue helmet and put on that blue jersey that have come up here and got their heart broken. A lot of people are happy tonight."

On Zack Pianalto:
"He has a fracture of his fibula. No speculation, no idea. I think they took him here locally to get X-rays, but we'll get back and our doctors will take a look at it and we'll get some kind of timetable and we'll have something probably to tell you on Monday."

On Ryan Houston:
"It was good to get Ryan cleared of all allegations. It's a shame he missed the first six games of the season… There's been a discussion about the possibility [that] he might red-shirt and come back and play next year. With the tenuous health of this football team, who knows? It's hard to project… It's something that I'm going to discuss with his family and discuss with him when we get back."

On game philosophy:
"I think when you're scoring, you think you might dictate not only the tempo, but the style of which the game's played. We kept the pressure on [Virginia]. One of the things that you're always concerned about as a coach is when you get off to a big, explosive start like that. I've seen teams relax and let the other team get back into it.

"I was concerned at halftime -- they had scored right near the end of the half and you could see the momentum switching. They closed the gap and they leave the field with a positive attitude, feeling like they've done something good, and it was really critical for us to come back out and start good in the third quarter and reestablish a little bit of control of the game."

On ability to overcome off-field issues this season:
"We've got good kids-this is a good group of football players. They've got a lot of character, a lot of integrity. There's a lot of good leaders on this team. You can't say enough about this coaching staff -- Everett Withers has done an absolutely remarkable job given all of the things he's had to try to deal with. They just show up like junkyard dogs every week and bring their hard hat and go to work. But these kids -- there's leaders on this team that hold each other accountable."

On the offense:
"Clearly, this might be one of the biggest and most explosive offensive performances we've had."


On breaking the streak of road losses in Charlottesville:
"It feels good. We tried not to put much emphasis on it this week in practice, because we found ourselves doing that a little too much in years past. It kind of got us out of the funk a little bit. Once we got back in the locker room, we acknowledged it and it's a good thing for this program to get that out of the way."

On moving past the off-the-field issues:
"It's awesome. We've been through it all already. It seems like it happened so long ago, but we've finally got the guys that we know we're going to play with now. It doesn't seem like the roster's going to change too much anymore. Now that we've got some confidence and we know which guys are going to go out there, we can focus more on football."


On his career day:
"It felt good. I was in the zone from the beginning of the game, from when I first stepped on the field. There was a lot of adrenaline, and it felt good out there. I haven't felt like that since high school -- it was different. I felt like a beast out there on the field."

On the opening play of the game going for a touchdown:
"It's just a simple play to get the offense going and get that chemistry going. I was fortunate to just break a tackle and get by him. I got a nice block along the sideline and was fortunate to get through. My coach told me before this game that we needed that play, and fortunately, I just broke it. I knew it was going to be called.

"Once I turned the corner and just ran free, I knew no one was going to catch me. If you get a big play like that at the start of the game, from then on, I guess you're going to be really feeling it. I was fortunate to just go out there and score and just keep staying in rhythmn with the quarterback."


What was the key to the five interceptions?
"Stopping the run, possibly. We didn't do too much of that in the first half, but in the second half, we wanted to come out and stop the run and make them throw the ball."

On the defense forcing turnovers on three Virginia trips to the red zone:
"In the red zone, it's easier for them to turn the ball over because you don't have much room. But that was the strong point of our game -- the red zone. We had a couple of defensive stops in the red zone. We wanted to get the ball back. Don't let them score. Somebody make a play."

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