Postgame Quotes

Oct. 24, 2010

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Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson

On his team’s mistakes:
“I was frustrated because we’d move the ball, but then we’d kill ourselves. We would pitch it on the ground or turn somebody loose. It was just kind of a myriad of things. It wasn’t one guy or one situation. It was just one of those things. We didn’t play well enough to win, and they did.”

On Clemson’s toughness:
“They’re a physical football team. Those defensive linemen are going to play in the NFL. They whacked us around. You’ve got seniors whacking around freshmen and sophomores. That’s what happened.”

On the special teams plays:
“(The fake punt) was something we worked on and felt like was there. It gave us a little jolt, but we didn’t get anything out of it. We thought we had a chance to block a punt. I think when we look at the tape, we’ll see that we did. I think they turned two guys loose. When you turn your head and close your eyes, you run into the kicker.”

On the Clemson running game:
“That kid, Andre Ellington, is a really good running back. The other kid, Jamie Harper, ran really hard too. They ran the ball better on us than they have on anybody in a while. I’m sure some of it was them blocking us and some of it was us getting in the wrong gaps and missing some tackles.”

On his feelings about his team’s performance:
“It’s never as good or bad as it seems. We’ll look at the tape and see that it’s the same thing this time. You have to give them some credit too. They’ve got some good players, they played well, and they didn’t turn the ball over. They ran the ball and controlled the clock a little bit. To start out, we were our own worst enemy. I’m not sure we played any different than we’ve played all year, just probably against a little better competition.”

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