UNC-Clemson: John Bunting

Opening Remarks:

There's not much to say, except that we have two ball games left. Today is a game I really thought we'd win--but I think that way all the time, anyway.

We didn't make enough plays to get it done. We had a chance. A few big plays in the first half--against our defense, a couple against our offense--I'm not going to get into players or officials. We were aggressive.

There are some good things that happened that are better than the previous two weeks. That's a very, very small silver lining, but that's what I'm going to grasp on to and hold on to.

When I took this football program over, I knew it wouldn't be easy. I also didn't know it would be this hard. At the same time, I've met challenges before in my life. I said this would be a big one this year. Right now, it's very frustrating to me, and I'm sure it's frustrating to all the folks who support Carolina. I'm asking them to be patient and help me help this football program and this football team. I thank them all for their support.

You had the ball late in the first half with a chance to score, down 14-9. You don't, they do.

We didn't move the ball. We were in the two-minute drill. And we are executing the two-minute drill every week. I thought we'd move it, go down, and score. I felt good about that. Then they complete a jump ball down there, and it's a reversal of fortunes.

We need to go out and start the second half with a great defensive stand, and we kind of just give it to them--penalties, big plays, and now we're down. Now it's a tough ball game--a really tough ball game. What was a close ball game has turned in to a tough one, and we have to make some big plays.

You can talk about the young defense, but there are some young players on the offensive line too. They are now under duress. You get them in that situation, defensive players--I've been on that side--where you pin your ears back and go after the quarterback. It makes it a different ball game.

How does it feel not to win a game at home this season?

It's about as tough as it gets. It's really bad. It's a bad feeling. I don't know how to describe it any worse than that. I don't know how to come up with a word that's worse than the worst there's ever been, that I've ever felt.

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