Virginia vs. North Carolina Postgame Notes

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Oct. 20, 2006

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Virginia Head Coach Al Groh:

"That looked a little bit more like Cavalier football is supposed to look like. The coaches did an excellent job preparing our team in the short week."

"They have a lot to feel positive about. We are starting to look like we've always felt this team could look like."

"This is the best we've played. But, we still see things out there that need to get fixed so we can get better."

On Cedric Peerman's Third Down Rush for 19 yards
"It was really a critical time because we going to have to kick the ball back and not have very good field position. It's really one of those key plays that gets lost in the stats but certainly helps determine the outcome."

On Jameel Sewell
"There were some rocky times out there. Some key issues with play calling in the huddle the way we wanted it called. But, as he has done in all circumstances, he stayed positive and kept his poise."

On Jason Snelling
"Teams that can really run the ball need somebody who does more than just carry the ball. We call it having a running back who can carry the flag for the team and Jason did that for us tonight. He wasn't the only who did it, but some of those runs he made were some warrior runs. He really did, I thought, carry the flag and set the tone."

On the defensive performance
"I want to make sure I don't go too far with paying the defense credit for what they did to get their second ACC shutout of the year. Certainly, they are continuing to step up and meet some challenges. I thought those three take-aways were key tonight. Each one of them was a pretty significant play."

"One of the medals that you get in coaching is not about anyone else's acknowledgement of what you've done or anything like that. The only ones that count the most is to be able to stand in the lockeroom after a team has accomplished something and the brotherhood and collective pride they have in what they've accomplished. They certainly had that about them tonight and it was gratifying to see."

On Chris Cook
"Chris does this kind of stuff in practice. He has a way of having the ball end up in his hands. That was a really competitive play. He had to go in there and get that one. That was about ability, but it was also about preparation."

Virginia Players

Virginia Freshman Quarterback Jameel Sewell

Thoughts on the game:
"Great job all around by the whole team. The defense definitely shut them out. We did what we had to do in terms of running the ball."

On the rushing touchdown:
"We practiced that all week during practice and we ran the same way today. When the backer turned his back on me, I just ran in right behind him."

On easy yards today:
"Yards are definitely easy to come by when we run the way we did today. Also, the blockers played well today. We only gave up one sack and that was just a miscommunication. We adjusted, came back and capitalized."

Virginia Junior Kicker/Punter Chris Gould

On his overall performance:
"It was pretty good tonight, I kind of did it all. It helped that Ryan [Weigand] could kick the other punts, it helped me concentrate on kicking field goals. It helped to get some early kicks there to help the team out, and then they were able to score touchdowns in the second half."

On what 3 for 3 on field goals does for him:
"It really builds a lot of confidence, I mean I got one short one and two intermediate ones, which is where I have struggled this year, with the intermediate to long kicks. It gives me confidence going into next week."

On Coach Groh's decision to punt from the 35 yard line in the first half:
"It was definitely best for the team, we wanted to pin them down, especially with what happened last week with Maryland, seeing how fast they came back after missing a 50 yard field goal. Maybe if we need the points next week I'd like to try one."

Virginia Junior Defensive End Chris Long

On what a shutout means to the team:
"It means a great deal. Anytime you win, you want to be critical of your own performance, and there are things we are going to be able to take from that. But its good to shut somebody out, and that's what we want to do more around here. We're building a defense, and we're excited about it."

On UNC's quarterback change:
"It didn't change the way we approached the game. We knew he was a fast guy, he was athletic and made people miss, including myself. We had to swarm him, and so we did."

How this affects the team's confidence:
"I don't think our confidence has gone up, this is just simply what we thought we could do, and we were just ready to show people what we could do. There is no better stage than on a Thursday night on ESPN."

Virginia Senior Running Back Jason Snelling

On his career day:
"I'm happy about it, but I didn't even really know until they told me about it. I am more happy we got the win and that our offense is clicking. The offensive line, I just have to take my hat off to them, they did a heck of a job tonight."

On this game as a confidence booster:
"I think it gives us a lot of confidence. Last week we got off to a quick start with Maryland, but this week we carried it on. Now we are just going to keep on working."

His thoughts on settling for field goals in the first half:
"It's frustrating because we want to score seven points every time we have the ball. are just going to take our points though and keep it positive."

His words on the Cavalier defense:
"Oh, shoot, they've been great all year, and it's something I admire, seeing them work every day in practice and then into the game. I'm really proud of them, they stepped up and made big plays, and our offense could just help them out."


North Carolina Head Coach JOHN BUNTING:

On the loss:
"I can't put into words how disappointed that locker room is. They're a discouraged group of kids right now. I do everything I can to pick them up. Things that happen sometimes out there, we don't have an explanation for. We did some crazy things at times, we also did some good things. We ran the football a little bit sometimes. There were some plays to be made, and we didn't. We had some opportunities to do something special here tonight, going in at halftime down at that point 9-0. We gave them some yardage on that last drive before half, which was really disappointing. They had a third-and-long conversion. We just couldn't find a way to get more efficient with our passing game. That's where we are really, really hurting."

On Ronnie McGill's fumble in Virginia territory:
"What are you going to say? Ronnie McGill is one of the greatest kids I've known in my life. He's a tough kid, plays hard, and give Virginia credit for ripping the ball out. I couldn't see how it came out, but I know he was fighting for extra yards. And he's really got to take care of that football. Anytime in this game ... you have to take care of the football. You cannot lose that turnover march over and over like we're doing."

On Joe Dailey's lateral, which was ruled a fumble:
"That's what we thought, that's what my coaches were telling me up in the box: that was going to be overturned. But they called it as they saw it and, boy, it was a big play to start the second half -- very disappointing."

On preparations for Wake Forest:
"The players have a couple of days off, and I asked them to get their minds right and come back home and play Wake Forest and do something special there. I'd like it to come together for them. I'd love it to come together for our fans. But the players and coaches are going to have to work really, really hard."

On playing two quarterbacks in the future:
"There's a very good possibility of that. It's something I've been thinking about all season long. We'll decide, but it's something that's been on my mind for quite some time.

North Carolina Player Quotes

North Carolina Freshman Quarterback CAM SEXTON

On the offense tonight:
"We know we can run the ball efficiently, and we did that. We just didn't score, we couldn't put points on the board."

On the remainder of the season:
"We've been in that locker room too many times with the same speech. We've got five games left, and we've got one win. If I know it right, we need six games to be bowl eligible. So there is no reason we still can't be bowl eligible. We're not going to quit. We are not going to quit. We will not."

"It's just all about the feeling, sitting around and feeling the same way after these games it's tough. It's like always, it's a broken record. You've got to move on, move past it, and work past it. We're not done. We can get to a bowl. I really believe that."

North Carolina Senior Tight End JON HAMLETT

"It's just frustrating. I thought we'd go out there and play hard. It's just frustrating."

"We've got to keep playing together and stay together because it's about us. We're in this together; we can't point fingers; that will bring us apart. I don't think we are going to do that. Our senior class is going to make that happen. We've got to just keep playing and stay positive."

"You don't like to lose. It's what the game is about. Someone's going to win; someone's going to lose. We've just got to keep practicing and keep playing. We can't give up. We've got five games left; I've got five games left in college. There is a winner and a loser; it's just whatever you do with that, however you pick yourself up."

North Carolina Junior Quarterback JOE DAILEY

"We got talent. We need a lot more passion. And what we're going to need is opportunity."

"We need a chance and opportunity to highlight out talents."

"They generate a good pass rush. You got to have the right skills in order to pick that up. They've got some strong guys opening up front as well as well as backers. That's like having six backers at the line of scrimmage all the time. It's hard for a linemen to get out there and pick up a lot of those guys. But they did a good job for the most part. I think they gave them too many sacks. That's a lack of execution. We have the skill but we couldn't execute it."

"We have to pass the ball. Not to say that's a weakness but right now we got some really good guys back there that can make some things happen and we're failing to get them the ball."