Virginia football head coach Mike London was proud of his team's effort and resliency on Saturday, after beating Syracuse 44-38 in triple overtime. London talked about the win in the video above, transcript below.
"It was a great effort by our football team. I'm proud of those guys. They showed some fight, resiliency and grit. You could use all of those types of words. We found a way to win a football game in the end where players made big plays. It's just good to see a positive thing happen for these guys. There are still things to correct, but at the same time this is something we haven't done in a long while. To see that type of effort culminate into a win like this is good for those kids and this program."
On coaching in a late-game comeback:
"All you can do is keep coaching and keep teaching and trying to keep a positive mindset. You have to keep emphasizing the things that can allow you to win. The total effort of everyone on this team led to a victory in the end. I don't think I've ever been involved in a triple overtime game like this. I'm very proud of the effort of those guys."
On Syracuse's facemask penalty that extended Virginia's game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter:
"I remember looking up and saying, `Thank you big guy. I appreciate that.' Sometimes things like that happen for you to sustain drives and sometimes you're on the other end. It was a play that kind of provided an impetus for the guys to say, `Let's go. We have an opportunity here.' The last few possessions were fun to watch, but at the same time you want to do things that allow you to end the game in regulation. But, I'm not going to take anything away from the effort those guys played with. They did a great job."
On Virginia's running game and specifically the offensive line:
"We're a bit of a running back by committee. We have a lot of guys that do a lot of different things for us. My hat goes off to Jack English in his first college start. I know he played about every snap out there. We tried to open up the defense with some jet sweeps and running the ball inside and that led to some big gains. Whether it was Daniel Hamm, Albert Reid or Smoke [Taquan] Mizzell, we did a good job later on establishing the run."
On how important a close win is for the Virginia players:
"We always say that you live by the psychology of results and things like that. Having a chance to win a game like that is something that can catapult you to the next level of believing, doing and achieving. The mindset has always been good, but now it's about winning games on the football field. Syracuse is a good football team and that quarterback is a very talented young man. We found a way to win and that's the most important thing we'll take from this."
On Jordan Ellis scoring the game-winning touchdown:
"Jordan is a big back. He had a big run earlier in the season where he broke some tackles. With Albert Reid banged up a bit, the next man up was Jordan. It seems like all the running backs add something to our offense. Jordan is kind of that short-yardage, goal-line package type of guy. We've found roles for our guys and they've embraced it. Nobody has an ego about who's getting the carries or the reps. We have guys that don't care who gets the credit. They just want to win."