UNC-VT: Postgame Quotes & Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes interviews with head coach Everett Withers, Tydreke Powell, Dwight Jones and Ryan Houston, who spoke to the media following UNC's loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Listen to Audio (2:54)

Opening comments:
"Obviously a tough loss. Give a lot of credit to Virginia Tech. A good football team. I thought we battled with them most of the ball game. You can't turn the ball over going in. Those are plays that you've got to have. When you get in the red zone, you've got to be able to score. You can't give up a 3rd-and-18. There are always a handful of plays in a ball game any time you're playing a good football team…

"I still think we've got a good football team, but we've got to be able to master some of those plays. Some of those four or five plays, we've got to be able to make them and we didn't make them tonight. Hats off the Virginia Tech. I think we can continue to get better from this game and be ready to play next week."

On why UNC did not use as many shifts and motions on offense:
"Virginia Tech's not going to move unless they're blitzing a lot. They play whip and buck and those guys stay on their sides for the most part. We did get them to shift some with us early in the game, but they're going to line up and play. Our objective tonight was just to line up and be able to run the football [and] keep the football. We accomplished that; we just didn't get enough points in running the football tonight."

On Houston fumble on the 5-yard-line:
"I think any time you fumble the ball going in it's a momentum-shifter, for any team, pop warner or professional. You don't want to fumble going in."

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Is it frustrating to not capitalize when you're five yards away from 14-0?
"Yeah, it's always frustrating not to take the opportunity to go up on a great team like Virginia Tech. It's always frustrating."

On the first play of the game:
"On my side, the guard tried to cut and on the other side Sylvester just beat his man and we just got up field and recovered the fumble."

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On VT's adjustments in defending him after a fast start:
"No, they were still doing the same thing. I don't know; I guess when Gio went down, it changed the whole momentum of the offense, really."

Any concern of a letdown after the N.C. State loss?
"No, not at all. Not in my thoughts. We had a real good week of practice with lots of energy. The guys have been acting normal, upbeat. Nobody was down. We knew this week we had a big game against Virginia Tech and we were looking forward to it. We fought hard, but we weren't able to pull the victory out today."

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On losing Gio Bernard:
"It hurt us tremendously. Gio is a phenomenal back. He can break the big ones and we needed some tonight. We definitely needed him in the second half to get it rolling."

Was there any concern about the team coming out flat after the N.C. State loss?
"Not at all. We kind of fueled it up. That was a big loss for us and we had a bye week after that, so we licked our wounds and started getting ready to prepare for a good Virginia Tech team."

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