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Nov. 16, 2013

Pitt vs. North Carolina
Nov. 16, 2013

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Paul Chryst

Opening comments:

“Certainly give North Carolina credit. They beat us. They made more plays than we did. Obviously, we didn’t do a very good job in the first half. We didn’t get it done.”

On the punt coverage:

“We knew Ryan Switzer was a good returner.  I think we had enough levels of coverage to stop long returns. We tried to spread the net, but it wasn’t much of a net. They made plays and obviously we didn’t. We talked about intentionally kicking it out of bounds, but that’s a double-edged sword.”

On using a deep line-up today:

“I appreciate all the guys that had to step up and step in today. We need everyone. We’ve got to learn the lessons from this game and we’ve got to go forward.”

On Tom Savage playing through his injury:

“He was hurt before the half. We went through the x-rays and everything.  He warmed up and felt good. I appreciate that he is a warrior. I appreciate what he does. I love the way he plays. He’s pretty even keeled and obviously competitive. He lays it all out there. Tom doesn’t seem to be a different guy when things are going well or when he’s struggling.”

On evaluating whether Tom Savage could play the second half:

“We wanted to make sure he was good and he wasn’t just saying yes and going through the channels. The last guy you want to talk to about an injury is the player. Let’s find how he was doing. He felt good. We didn’t want to add any added risk to Tom. We felt pretty confident about that. Once you get all that information, you ask him and he tells you he’s good and he goes.”

On the performance of James Conner:

“He’s earning his keep. He ran hard. He’s got some things still going on. We were a little bit inconsistent running the ball, but it wasn’t his fault.”

On whether the team showed signs of complacency in the first half:

“I don’t know necessarily if complacency was an issue. I think it was more due to the big turnover after we had a first down in the red zone. I think that had as much to do with it as being complacent. I don’t think we didn’t care about it. They made more plays and we didn’t.”

On North Carolina’s defense sacking Tom Savage multiple times:

“They beat us. We threw more times than last week. They’ve got good players and they beat us.”


Quoting Safety Ray Vinopal

On if the team felt confident that they could come from behind and win:

“Absolutely. I think that’s a big part of this team; there’s no quit in the locker room at all. All of these guys went out knowing we can win at any time. You’re always going to be in every ball game when you have guys that just keep at it. Obviously after last week we had some confidence. This week we started slowly and just didn’t get the job done.”

On who took charge at halftime in the lockerroom:

“It was a group decision. You just had to look up at the scoreboard and nobody had to tell us that we weren’t getting the job done heading into halftime. It was really just execution: The plans were good; we just came out slow and weren’t executing. The only difference in the second half was guys were dialed in and started executing.”

On his play where he forced the fumble:

“I was just going for the tackle, and he happened to have the ball right out in front of his body. So I figured I might as well go for it.”


Quoting freshman tailback James Conner

On what clicked for the offense in the second half:

“We were tired of feeling sorry for ourselves. We came out thinking this is an important game and we want to become bowl eligible.”

On what went wrong in the first half:

“North Carolina just made plays. They are a good team. We just didn’t fight.”

On if it’s tough to keep going after today’s loss: 

“No it’s not tough to get back up. We lost to Florida State and then came back against New Mexico. We still have two more games left. We have Syracuse and Miami.”

Quoting senior strong safety Jason Hendricks:

On UNC returning two punts for touchdowns:

 “It hurts. We had the momentum on our sides and thought we were going to make a comeback. The returner made plays and they did a good job blocking us.”

On what the defense did differently in the second half:

“We just brought the emotion we had from the Notre Dame game. We started off flat in the first half. We rallied guys together at halftime.  We had to make the decision of whether we were going to fold or come back with attitude.  We decided to come back with attitude but we fell short.

Pitt vs. North Carolina Post Game Quotes

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