UNC-FSU: Postgame Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Butch Davis and various Tar Heels, who spoke to the media following the 30-27 loss to Florida State on Thursday.

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Opening remarks:
"Obviously we're very disappointed in the outcome of the ballgame. It was a tough loss. I thought that our football team was very well prepared. I thought that the way we started the game was the way we had practiced for the last 10 days, the efficiency, the effectiveness, the things that we were doing, both offensively and defensively and special teams.

"I thought our kids gave a great effort. I hate the way that it ended. The struggles that we had in the second half were not things that we were not anticipating - we talked all week long about Christian Ponder, how good of an athlete he was, his ability to throw the football - I guess he completed his last 16 passes n a row at the end of he ball game.

"The heartbreaking things sometimes are the things that you do to yourself, the penalties we incurred on some of the special teams that allowed our offense to have to start backed up. It's one of the worst things that can happen on kickoff returns is to get blocks in the back and holds and all of a sudden you're at the 10, now you're 90 yards away. The big pass play was another backbreaking thing.

"You give up a 98-yard pass play that probably is not going to happen if they've got to go 98 yards. We've got them in perfect position, backed up, we need to get a three-and-out and we're going to get the ball inside the 50 and we're doing some good things."

"It was disappointing. I'm proud of our kids' effort. We've just got to bounce back and we've got to continue to build on the things that we did good tonight and continue to grow as a young football team and try to get better for the next one.

On the lack of composure down the stretch:
"You never like to blame injuries for anything about the way that you played, but some things that we were able to do in the first half, we were not able to do ... Jordan Hemby got knocked out, now you lose your nickel and your dime package. Bruce Carter got nicked up and he wasn't able to play so some of the other packages that you've got and so all of a sudden new guys are thrust into roles that they haven't played very much, whether they kind of lose a little big of composure on the big stage and didn't play as well as we needed them to ...

"A lot of things that you go through as a football program, you can't script this. You've got to go through games like the Notre Dame game where you win at the end of the game, you've got to go through the Connecticut game where you win at the end.

"A lot of these lessons that you learn are bitter, they're painful, they're not fun to go through, but sometimes you have to go through.


On Florida State's second half play:
"They really didn't change. They ran the same things that they were running in the first half. They might have made a few adjustments but it was still basically the same offense. They just came out, and they knew they couldn't run the ball so they started passing the ball and finding gaps in the secondary."

On playing the national Thursday night game:
"We looked at this game as though it could have been the turning point in our season. But we lost, and we're not going to let this ruin our season. It's one loss. We're going to look at the tape and try to learn from it. We're just going to move on and just learn from the game."


On being 0-3 in the ACC and the remainder of the season:
"It's either you stand up to the challenge or you back down. I definitely know that me and my teammates are going to stand up to the challenge. I refuse to lose. I hate losing. Everybody hates losing. But I will never let anybody on this team quit and I definitely am looking ready to next week."


On the loss:
"The defense did a great job in the first half. We've just got to play four quarters. We let this one slip away."

On dealing with the loss:
"We've just got to keep fighting. We've got a tough game next week against a great opponent. We've just got to get back in here and get back to work."


Can you turn this into a positive?
"Always. We can build on it. Looking at it offensively, we played good. We moved the ball like we knew we could. Things that you can learn from a loss are just like the things that you can learn from a win."

On not capitalizing down the stretch:
"You've just got to finish. That's all it comes down to."

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