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Post-Game Quotes

Oct. 20, 2012

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Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson

Opening Statement:
It’s nice to be back on the right side of the scoreboard again. I thought we played well in the first half, but we lost a little focus in the second. Like I told the guys, 37 is more than 17, so we’ll take it and get ready for the next one.”

On the first half…
“I thought our guys fought hard, especially in the first half. They really came to play. My concern was that we needed to be more intense and focus on how to control things. I want them to be competitive and sometimes we just seem to lose our focus out there. I think one problem is the guys that aren’t dressing, and I’m going to take care of that. They need to learn they aren’t at a party on that sideline. They need to get into the game and they won’t be there anymore if they’re not.”

On any improvements on defense…
“I thought we left a lot out there. We played some more basic coverages, and defensively I thought everyone was more on the same page. We still need to work on it, and we have got to get better pressure on the QB especially.”

On the kicking game…
“Our kicking game was a mess. The problem right now is that we lost our holder, so that causes a lot of problems. I have to look at it and see what to do, but we left 10 points out there, and you have to make those kicks. We did enough on special teams to lose against a bigger team. It has been a while since we’ve been in a game with five punts and 1 for 9 on third downs.”

On the roughing the kick penalty…
“It sure didn’t hurt us to get that call. It was good to get a break like that.”

On the play of both quarterbacks Tevin Washington and Vad Lee…
“I think both of our quarterbacks did really well in the first half. Vad Lee practiced better this week and played well in the first half – in the second half not so well. Tevin Washington played really well and did a great job of leading the team down the field and scoring at the end of the game. As Vad comes along, he comes along. He has a lot of ability. It’s not the end of the world to have two quarterbacks who can play really well. As it continues to develop, I’ll keep evaluating and do what proves most successful for the team.”

Georgia Tech Players –

Tevin Washington

On the offense…
“It goes to the team’s efforts. I compliment the o-line and other guys around me. They helped make that happen.”

Does the 2-quarterback play get you out of a rhythm?
“I feel like it does get you out of a rhythm. When you’re going in and out of the game, that’s with any position though. Once you’re out there and in a rhythm and you’re pulled out of the game, you lose that rhythm as the flow of the game goes.”

Brandon Watts
Did you feel the defense was able to play faster?
“We were able to play faster. We lined up and had a couple of keys to read, do our assignments and run around. It was a whole lot simpler.”

Vad Lee
On playing today
“It was great. I feel like it was a great experience for me. Anytime I get in the game that’s experience. I’m just thankful to be in the game and that Coach Johnson trusts me to be in the game. Every time I get in I try to take advantage of it.”

Isaiah Johnson
On his interception
“These past two weeks have been much easier. There haven’t been a lot of checks. It hasn’t been as complicated as Al Groh’s defense. This defense allows us to really play. To line up, have fun, ball out and it’s on you. This defense this week has built up our confidence. That’s how you play fast. When you’re comfortable you play with confidence and if you mess up, it’s just on you.”

Quayshawn Nealy
Did Coach Groh’s position in the press box rather than on the field effect the defense?
“Just being able to not think about a lot of things. Just go out there and play. We didn’t have too many calls out there today. It was pretty basic and came down to the players. I felt like we played pretty good.”

Anthony Autry
On his first touchdown
“It was an OK accomplishment. I felt good, but I was ready to continue playing the game.”

Boston College Head Coach Frank Spaziani –

Opening Statement:
“Congratulations to Georgia Tech. They have some good players and are well coached. We made too many mistakes in certain situations and didn’t make enough plays to get it done.”

On the two touchdowns in the second half…
“It looked like we were getting some momentum there. It’s a similar scenario that’s happened in a couple of games. We dig ourselves a hole and work ourselves out of it a little bit. We roughed the kicker, which is inexcusable. We had couple of other incidences early on. The guys are fighting, but we’re just not getting it done.”

On not being able to stop Georgia Tech on defense in the first half…
“We played some things better, but to get a team like that in third down situations and then let them off the hook is not good. I think that third and 12, third and 14 is them playing left handed and you have to make some plays. There were no breakdowns. We just didn’t make many plays.”

On turning the season around…
“As the sand goes out of the hour glass, there are some games left. We’ve been competitive in certain situations. We’re not that far away, but we’re miles away. We have to get guys out there practicing, playing and making plays.”





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