UVA Head Coach Mike London Talks Win over Yellow Jackets

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- Virginia head coach Mike London and the Cavaliers move to 2-2 in the ACC after beating Georgia Tech on Saturday. London talks about the win and where the 'Hoos stand in the video above.

Virginia head coach Mike London talked to the media after UVA's 27-21 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Full video above, a few quotes  below. 

On the feeling in the Virginia locker room after the win:
“There are a lot of elated guys in that locker room. It’s great when you can play a close game against a tough opponent and come out on the winning end. We did some good things out there today, but we also did things that didn’t work to our advantage. Again, we found a way to win a tight game in the end. I’m happy for the players in that locker room that went through that because it shows that you can overcome things and not have that ‘here we go again’ mentality.”

On the performance of Matt Johns:
“It’s all about improvement. The thing about Matt is that he doesn’t let the highs get him too high or the lows get him too low. He responds to the challenge. He was on the sideline encouraging his teammates and the players rallied around him. Georgia Tech did a good job on that interception dropping a lineman and the lineman made a play. I thought Matt bounced back well from that. He used his feet a little more to extend drives and he played within himself. I love Matt Johns as a quarterback and as a leader for this team. We’re all going to have to play better to do things that are going to help us continue along this path. There’s a maturity Matt has that resonates with these guys and they’ll follow him.”

On stopping Georgia Tech’s rushing attack:
“The defensive coaches did a great job game-planning to this specific style of play. Kelvin Rainey played an outside linebacker position and we switched Micah Kiser and Zach Bradshaw there. Micah was an outside linebacker today and Zach was backed off the ball a bit as a middle linebacker. We played some different techniques up front which allowed us to cause some issues and some confusion in terms of the quarterback’s reads. They’ve been running that offense for a long time and they’ve probably seen every defense known to mankind. But I thought we did a really good job today of doing some things to hit the quarterback and take out their leading rusher. It was a culmination of effort, game plan and execution.”

On controlling the line of scrimmage and time of possession:
“I thought that was key because they are a ‘grind it out’ style of offense. One thing they’ve shown more this year is that they’re willing to throw the ball. We wanted to make sure that when we had the ball, we wanted to create opportunities for us to take time off the clock and score points. We got down to the one-yard line a few times but had to settle for field goals. We’ll need to work on red zone offense moving forward.”

On the offense mixing up the play calls on the opening drive:
“We started off well in the first quarter last game with some different looks and wrinkles. We wanted to mix up the formations and drive the ball to give us an opportunity to get on the board first.”

On pressuring quarterback Justin Thomas on defense:
“There were some times where we got after him and made him move his feet. There were a couple times where he was running and throwing off his back foot and they resulted in some incomplete passes. A lot of our success on third and fourth down situations was due to us dialing it up on defense. We wanted to make sure we put pressure in his face. I thought we did a good job hitting him and making him run. I think that was a large part of the defensive plan we had today.”

On the feeling on the sidelines during Georgia Tech’s final drive:
“It’s always important to show a level of calm and composure. Everybody knows I’m a very energetic and passionate guy but sometimes I can do better in times like that. That’s one thing I wanted to show. I wanted to project a level of confidence and calmness and the guys responded with their play toward the end of the game.”


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