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Post-Game Quotes

Sept. 3, 2006

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Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt

"You are obviously trying to start the season off on a strong note with a win against a good opponent. It was probably the most pleasing thing that we had so many players contribute."

"I felt like going into the game, I told the players about senior leadership on this team. We went in there at halftime after the turnover where they scored and I don't know what would have happened a year ago. The seniors on team, we gave them all game balls. They are a special group of guys. They kept this thing together and came out and responded and made big plays."

"57 total yards of rushing defense allowed - I know this, that you have no chance if you don't run the ball and stop the run. Our play action game was good and our run defense was good."

"How you respond at halftime is a direct reflection on the seniors. I gave them all the credit. They refused to be beat today."

"LaRod Stephens-Howling should be fine. It was an ankle injury, but he should be fine."

"We're obviously a faster team. It makes up for a lot of mistakes that happen. We've increased our team speed at almost every position, from last year."

"It's a start and we build from here. We have a short week with Cincinnati next and that's where our focus will be starting bright and early tomorrow. That was different from where we ended up last year. It's a good start. It sure beats last year."

Pitt Quarterback Tyler Palko

"I can't tell you how good this feels just to get a win. We forgot what it felt like to win at home."

"This offense isn't based on one guy, it's based on a system and it's about playing the system and making the plays we need to make."

Pitt Cornerback Darrelle Revis

"You don't ever want to come into a season down. You don't want to come in 0-1. Right now this gives us a lot of momentum."

Pitt Linebacker Clint Session

"Right now I can't even say how I played just because of the (team) win. I can't even think of my individual performance. I'm just so proud of the win."



"Going off a 5-6 record, we came out and tried to prove it to all of the doubters. It turned out really well tonight. We expected to go out and play a great game but we didn't know we were going to play that well."

Virginia Head Coach Al Groh

Opening remarks:
"We're very disappointed. Embarrassed. To allow four one-play touchdowns makes it impossible for our offense to overcome. Pitt's star players played like stars tonight, we did not have any stars."

On this game showing the status of the Virginia football team:
"There is no aberration in competition. It is what it is."

On the play of the offensive line:
"For us to have been effective, we needed to block better."

On quarterback Christian Olsen's interceptions:
"That was just a poor play by Virginia."

On quarterback Christian Olsen's first start:
"I won't make any excuses. We have to be strong down the middle and we weren't. (Tyler) Palko and (H.B.) Blades stand strong over the ball. Clearly Blades and Palko play like guys that have been out there a long time. Palko made a big difference in the game."

On his evaluation of the pass rush:
"It was alright. We are going to continue to have problems when we have so many third down and 5's (yards) and don't complete them. We would get some chances but get sacked, or not complete the play."

On regaining focus after tonight's loss:
"We need to get back on track right away. If you're a competitor, you're ready to come back after a loss right away."

On an overall evaluation of the game:
"In reality, some players were decent. Overall, the run defense was decent. I was not pleased about their (Pitt's offense) success using the draw play."

Virginia Nose Tackle Allen Billyk

On overall evaluation of the game:
"It was sort of a freaky game with all those one-play touchdowns. Hats off to them (Pitt) though because they played well."

On the second half:
"I thought we were starting to do better, we tightened up a little bit but then freaky plays started to happen with all those one-play touchdowns."

Virginia Quarterback Christian Olsen

On an overall evaluation of the game:
"We didn't come out and make good plays, Pitt did."

On coming back after tonight's loss:
"We'll need to re-access where we are and come back and practice hard. The game didn't go our way but we can't dwell on it. We're disappointed we weren't able to make plays."

Virginia Tailback Jason Snelling

On the effort:
"It doesn't matter if I'm pleased with the effort or not. The effort doesn't matter, it's whether we win or lose. We didn't get it done. We need to focus on making big plays and we didn't do that tonight."

On the challenges the offensive line faced:
"Pitt's defense played fast and aggressive. It wasn't anything we did or didn't do, they were just faster and more aggressive than we were tonight."

On the opening game:
"We needed to be more aggressive. We needed to make the big plays, which is something we didn't do."


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