Post-Game Quotes

Sept. 11, 2010

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Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson

On the loss: “I thought their kids played hard. They made some plays and we didn’t make any plays. We left too many points on the field, had a chance to score, didn’t get them. Their kid made some plays. Number 15 (Daymond Patterson) made some unbelievable plays.”

On the Georgia Tech defense: “There were a lot of missed tackles. We didn’t have a lot of guys getting off blocks. You know we should have scored more than 28 anyway. Nobody played good enough to win.”

On KU’s performance versus Georgia Tech’s performance: “I think they played well. It didn’t surprise me. We’ve got to go back and I’ve got to do a better job of getting our guys ready to play. Clearly, they think it’s a walk in the park sometimes. I think you have to get Kansas credit. They played hard and I’m not going to take anything away from them.”

On KU’s rushing game: “They ran the ball well. It started with mostly draws and they did a good job protecting the quarterback. We didn’t do a very good job protecting the passer.”

On Georgia Tech’s passing game versus KU’s defense: “When the other team fires the corner about every play, you probably should be able to throw one and complete it.”

On KU’s upset win: “It’s good for them and bad for us, that’s usually what happens. One team’s happy and one team’s not.”

Georgia Tech junior inside linebacker Kyle Jackson

On the big plays: “There were times that the offense would make a big play, and then defense would come out and couldn’t get a stop. Then there were other times when defense would make a big stop, and the offense couldn’t get a score. It’s just one of those things that worked both ways.”

On the interception: “It was nice. It was one of those plays where we came off of the formation recognition. They were in a formation that we knew that the play was likely to happen. So I was able to be in position to either make the tackle or get the pick.”

Georgia Tech junior outside linebacker Steven Sylvester

On the up-tempo Kansas offense: “It was defiantly something that caught us off guard. We’d seen it on game film, but it’s nothing like game speed. You can’t prepare for that during practice. So you have to come out and adjust on the fly.”

Georgia Tech senior center Sean Bedford

On the Kansas defense: “I don’t think they did that much out of the ordinary. They were squeezing the tackle pretty hard. The linebackers did a good job flying over the top. All in all, they outplayed us and outhustled us today.”

On the intensity of the Jayhawks: “We knew coming in that this was a team that didn’t play to their potential last week. We knew they were going to be fired up and ready to go, and if we gave them an inch they’d take a mile.”

Georgia Tech senior quarterback Joshua Nesbit

On the lack of intensity: “Overall we just didn’t show up to play. We just got to show up to the next game.”

On the dropped passes: “At first, I was getting frustrated, but I realized I have to have a short memory and just forget this play. Then I’d move on to the next play.”

On defending the option: “They were just getting to the ball. We just didn’t have a chance to get going.”

On practicing for North Carolina: “Just working on the little things, and just going over all of our plays. We need to work on throwing the ball.”

On the loss: “I take every loss the same way. It just hurts, but we need to have a short memory and move on.”

Kansas Head Coach Turner Gill:

On the Win: “I would say we were playing for the whole Jayhawk nation. It’s great for our staff, great for our players, great for our alumni and great for our student body. We appreciate all of their support that they gave us today during the game. It gave us energy. It’s like I told the fans, we need all of them to come to our games and give us that energy like they did today.”

“We’ll enjoy this one for about 24 hours and then we have to get ready to go for the next one because we have an even shorter week as we get prepared for Southern Miss.”

On turning things around: “I can’t speak enough about our staff, and that’s really the core of this football program. I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to bring in the people that I was able to bring in here. These guys have been through all of the up’s and down’s of life, through football and they understand how to teach. I brought in people into this staff who knew how to teach and knew how to build a relationship with young men so they know how to handle the prosperity and the adversity that comes their way. That is what football is all about and what life is all about.”

On the performance of the KU defense: “Coach (Carl)Torbush did an excellent job, no doubt about it. Torbush and (Vic) Shealey, those two have seen this offense before. Coach Torbush coached against them when he was at Mississippi State. So I think that those things gave confidence to our players and that’s the key thing; our players buying into what we’re teaching them. Once they really get it into their hearts and their minds, then they can go out and go play. That’s what we talked about, playing fast, playing physical and play with a lot of energy and effort.”

On thinking James Sims could have a 100 yd. true freshman game: “I knew he had the potential to do that. I wish it were up to the offensive line and defensive line. I challenged those two groups of people because they were the ones who were going to help us to win this football game. They did fairly well in this game so hats off to all of those guys, receivers, blockers and everyone else too.”

On proving something today: “No, I didn’t prove anything. It’s just one ball game. We’re here to be successful over a long period of time, many years. One game doesn’t define our program, two games doesn’t define our program. We’re trying to do something over a long period of time and we’re just trying to move forward.”

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