If you look at any ball game -- a good ball game, a close ball game – you have to look at the 5-6-7 plays in that ball game that make the difference. The turnover on the kickoff return was probably, early, the biggest thing that happened to us. It took a lot of steam out of us early, a lot of momentum, a lot of emotion out us. They scored the next play. The two fourth downs that we don't get were huge. Then the sack fumble on Bryn [Renner] was huge, so you start looking at four or five plays in the game and then you look at the rest of the tape and you go, ‘You know what – we played pretty good.' Other than five or six plays, you go, ‘Shoot, we played pretty good.'
"We need to start faster. We need to do that. I think the kids understand and we're just anxious for another opportunity."
On containing Lamar Miller:
"To be honest with you, they changed a little bit of their philosophy. They went to a pass first, run second philosophy in the first half and then changed it around in the second half, obviously. We had a really big emphasis and had our eyes on Lamar Miller. You have to credit guys that Sylvester Williams and Tydreke Powell and some of those guys up front because they did an awesome job of stopping the run. We've just got to do a better job of run-pass keys and taking care of those intermediate throws."
On Miami's ability to limit UNC's big-play opportunities:
"A big key in the game is that I think we had one explosive run and that run came from Erik Highsmith on a reverse. We had one pass down the field that was an explosive pass. That's what we thrive on. We want to run the ball, run the ball, run the ball and have an explosive play down the field. We weren't able to get that and I think that had a lot to do with what they were doing defensively. They were not going to let Dwight Jones get behind them. You could tell by the coverages. They rolled the coverages to Dwight a lot, so they weren't going to let that happen. They were going to try to get pressure on us with zone blitzes and that sort of thing to get the ball out of the quarterback's hands."
On Bryn Renner:
"He's done a really good job. I'm just impressed by his poise and his ability. He was banged up on Saturday. That ankle was bothering him and he didn't want out of the game. He's such a competitive young man and he's only going to get better each week and each season."
On Gio Bernard:
"What a special young man. I think his longest run may have been eight yards in the game. I think he carried it 27 times and he catches the ball well, all of those things. He's a complete back so we need to take care of him so that we have him for the long run."
On new athletic director Bubba Cunningham:
"I know a lot of people that do know him and I know this – he's a football guy. I think that's truly important for this university. Somebody that understands what it takes to play, to be competitive and to win on a big-time stage. I think he understands that. And I also think he understands what it takes with the Carolina community, what it's going to take to get everybody on the same page so that football is right in the midst of that and a part of that community,"
How do you prevent Cunningham's hire and his actions from becoming a distraction?
"We worry about what we can control. All we can control is lining up, playing football games and trying to win football games. That's all we talk about and that's all we worry about."
On the cheap shot on Dwight Jones:
"[The video] got turned into Miami and I actually talked to Coach [Al] Golden [on Wednesday] and he was hot mad. He was hot. He said, ‘Coach, we don't teach that - the young man, we're suspending him.' We talked a lot [on Wednesday] and then I got a call from Doug Rhoades, the director of officials, so there was a lot of conversation going on."
On the last-second play against Miami:
"We've got about three last-second plays. A lot has to do with what the coverage is, what the defense is playing and if we can get the ball to the end zone. If you guys noticed, Bryn Renner's really playing on two bad ankles and it was going to be hard for him to drop back, hitch and step up and throw the ball down the field. So our option was that if we were going to leave Bryn in the game, we were going to get the ball out of his hands and go with option No. 2, which is really a hook-and-lateral."
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