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Pitt vs. FIU Postgame Quotes




Oct. 2, 2010

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Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt

“We were happy to get the win. The team gave the effort that was needed to win the game.”

“When you watched Florida International and who they played and how close the games have been against Rutgers, Texas A&M and Maryland, we knew they had good players. Their quarterback is a heck of a player.”

“The running game with Ray Graham was as good of an effort as I have ever seen by an individual. I thought that was great for him. We knew we have two good tailbacks, but Dion Lewis was banged up all week in practice. He was ready to play, but was held out intentionally. We will be fortunate to be able to use them next week against Notre Dame.”

“We shoot ourselves in the foot in too many ways. We were one of the least penalized teams in the country a year ago at this time. Now, with 10 penalties today, it’s unacceptable.”

“Running the ball was the number one thing I think we came out of the game feeling good about.”

“I thought our defensive line did as good a job as anybody, without blitzing, of putting pressure on the quarterback and getting him on the ground.”

“Dan Hutchins continues to do a great job with the field goals and punting. We had a couple of good kick returns and punt returns today, so I thought we made progress in the special teams area.”

“Tino Sunseri had a great week of practice. Today, he played smart, protected the ball and didn’t turn it over.”

“Overall it was a good win, but we’ve got work to do.”

Pitt Running Back Ray Graham

“I found out today that I would be starting. We all knew Dion (Lewis) was banged up a little bit this week, so I just came in prepared to do whatever I had to do to help this team.”

“I thought our offensive line came out and did a good job like they always do. They came out with some fire and we did what we needed to do.”

On the third and 13 play in the third quarter:

“I was supposed to get out, but I saw someone blitzing and I heard Tino yell my name. I just tried to get out and get open. From there, I just tried to do whatever I could to get the first down.”

On the 79-yard touchdown run:

“Coach just told me to keep pressing. I got to the line and I almost stumbled, but the offensive line did a great job in creating the holes. I probably could have made that mistake and still made the play because of the time they gave me.”

“I would have liked to break the record, but I was satisfied with the win and to get back on the right track after the Miami game. That’s really what I was satisfied with.”

Pitt Quarterback Tino Sunseri

“When we came into the season, we knew we had two great running backs. We wanted to come out and establish the run and I think we did that today. The offensive line did a great job giving Ray all kinds of holes.”

“Any time you can have a run game like we did today; it helps as a quarterback, because it opens up the play-action pass and allows me to get some good looks at our receivers.”

“When you’re a young guy, you have to go in under the fire and learn a lot of things. I learned last week what I needed to do on and off the field. I wanted to come out today and give my team the best chance to win.”

“Any time you can get the win, it helps in preparation for the next week. Our guys will have a more positive vibe when we break down film tomorrow and we’ll carry the momentum in getting ready for Notre Dame next week.”

Pitt Linebacker Max Gruder

“I felt like I have improved in my new role and I will continue to improve with more time and experience.”

“After I had to fill in for Dan (Mason) last week when he got injured, I gradually became more and more comfortable being out there at middle linebacker. Throughout the game today, I felt the same way.”

FIU Head Coach Mario Cristobal

“Pitt is a good football team. I believe that they got better as the game went on. They blocked better and they are a physical team up front. Their offensive line won the battle; they were very physical there, making us miss a tackle or two. As the game went on they wore us down.”

On the play of Pitt running back Ray Graham:

“We watched film on him last week and when (Ray) was at 100 yard mark, we believed that he was going to get the bulk of the carries in the fourth quarter. He’s a good ball player that we were able to control when were moving the ball in the first half. In the second half we weren’t doing that as much and we didn’t have the ball. They wore us down.”

On the play of Quarterback Wes Carroll:

“Without seeing film, this was his best game with his ability to maintain rhythm against good defenses. We’ve showed improvement and we need to continue to get better. The depth is not where we need it and Pitt does have that kind of depth, but we can find a way to get where we need to be.”

On having another fourth quarter let down:

“I wouldn’t necessarily call it a let down because that sounds like our players quit fighting, but they have depth. There is plenty to be proud of here but nothing to settle on and the good thing about our guys is that they have the hunger for conference play. We can take the positive things from playing a BCS team and fix the negative things and get better. Some things we need to fix in order to play with the teams in our conference that have had successes against BCS teams. I’ve got to give credit to our players.”

FIU Running Back Darrian Mallary

On the loss:

“We were executing early and up until the fourth quarter. We just needed to finish.”

On why the progress slowed in the fourth quarter:

“We didn’t make the plays and it comes down to execution.”

On the season ahead:

“It’s a whole new season for us. We’re 0-0 and we need to go into the Sun Belt Conference and execute because we have the talent to do so.”

FIU Free Safety Jonath Cyprien

On Pitt’s play:

“They did a lot of running down hill and there were a few miscues on those big runs. Good teams capitalize on your mistakes.”

On the season ahead:

“We just have to look ahead. Our leaders need to step up and we’re now 0-0. Twenty-five percent of the season is now finished and we have a lot to look forward to.”