FB: Virginia Player Quotes - Miami at Virginia Postgame

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Virginia vs. Miami
Oct. 30, 2010
Virginia Player Quotes

Senior quarterback Marc Verica:
On the win over Miami:
"It's the most dramatic win since I've been here. I can't tell you how excited we are right now, we laid it all on the line today. I could not be happier for Coach London, he's a guy who sticks with us and supports us no matter what. It's a special win."

On the offensive game plan:
"We needed to be physical at the line of scrimmage. We expected them to play aggressive man-to-man coverage so we did some things to help the receivers get open. Also the running game today was tremendous, everybody played really physical."

On the game clinching third-down conversion:
"It looked like it was some kind of zone combo coverage and the corner had jumped the flash. There was a nice window there for Kris [Burd] on a 12-yard curl. I made the throw, the line did a great job of holding up, and Kris made the catch. That's about as big as a third-\ down that I've seen on a final drive."

Junior linebacker Darnell Carter:
On the defensive effort:
"We did a lot of scouting on them and we played with a lot of energy today. We just wanted a little respect, so we played with a lot of hunger."

On Miami's fourth-quarter offensive scores:
"They were just passing a little more and we left some of the receivers open, but we never gave up and got the victory."

On being able to capitalize on Miami's turnovers:
"We knew we needed to make them commit some turnovers. Going into halftime it gave us a lot more confidence, it definitely helped out a lot."

Junior safety Corey Mosley
On the win:
"It was a big win for us. Coming into the game we talked a lot about respect, and it was not going to be given to us so we had to take it. That was the mindset we had on the field. Everyone on the team knows what we are capable of, and we just have to show everyone else. I think people saw a little bit of that today.

"We will keep working and use this win as fuel."

On the importance of the win for the Virginia football program:
"Any time you can win a big game people are going to be interested. This win is good for our program because it will bring us a little more attention. We appreciate everyone who has stuck with us through thick and thin."

On the game changing when Miami quarterback Jacory Harris was injured:
"We knew Jacory Harris would be a threat, but their backup quarterback came in and played pretty well."

On a school record-tying five interceptions by the Virginia secondary:
"As a secondary unit we are very competitive, so I was just trying to be like my comrade [fellow defensive back] Chase [Minnifield] on the field. Rodney [McLeod] also had a nice interception out there. We are very close to one another, and we are capable of great things on the field."

Junior corner Chase Minnifield
On the win:
"This is the big win that we have been looking for. It is a signature win, and we will continue to work hard to improve."

On the importance of the win for the Virginia football program:
"It is a very big win in that sense. This is a big win for the community and for the fans. This win helps us recruit, and it is great to get a win on the national stage. We needed the win and we worked hard for it. One thing no one can say is that we did not work hard this week."

On a school record-tying five interceptions by the Virginia secondary:
"This is the game we have been waiting for as a secondary. We always talk about changing the game [by causing turnovers], and winning the game. We had a few playmakers in the secondary today."

"It is a big-time accomplishment, and we will just continue to try and make big plays. We have a lot of playmakers, and today it showed."

On Miami's late fourth quarter comeback:
"We all kept our heads up and kept fighting. Like we have said since the beginning of the year, we will keep fighting no matter what the circumstances are."

On the game changing when Miami quarterback Jacory Harris was injured:
"We had not seen any tape on the other quarterbacks so we did not really know what their attributes were, but they were pretty good. The third quarterback they brought in [Stephen Morris] is going to be a good player."

"I'm sure to lose him was disappointing to their offense, but we feel that as a defense we can play ‘on the fly.'"

On gaining confidence moving into the tail end of the season:
"This win gives us confidence and adds to the confidence we gained after the Eastern Michigan game. We look at each game as a new season, and as for the second half of the season we are 2-0. We will keep practicing hard and doing what we have been doing. Hopefully we can continue to get these results."

Senior defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce
On the play in which Miami quarterback was injured:
"We were in a base defense, and I think the guard tried to pull away. The tackle tried to come down [to block] me, and I just tried to get a good push. The tackle could not pick me up so I basically came free to hit him [Jacory Harris]."

On the win:
"This is a big win for us because it is our first ACC win. Every win you can get is the biggest win of the season, and we just try to take one game at a time."

On the importance of the win for the Virginia football program:
"It helps every aspect of our program, but the thing I am most happy about is getting Coach London his first ACC win."

On Miami's late fourth quarter comeback:
"I think that when we were up by so much we might have relaxed too much, but we stepped back up and the offense got some big first downs."

On gaining confidence moving into the tail end of the season:
"We are excited for the rest of the season, and we know that when we play our best we can be one of the best teams out there. We have confidence in ourselves."