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Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
Oct. 24, 2009
Virginia Coach Quotes

Virginia Head Coach Al Groh
On the loss:

“Very disappointed in the result, obviously. The players put a lot into the week. We knew we had to enhance the performance we turned in last week because we were playing the best team we’ve played. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that today.

On third down conversions:
“The game was a case of third downs. Clearly we did not make enough third downs today to do what’s necessary to stay out on the field. We allowed them too many conversions after we had experienced good plays on first and second downs. That was really a key thing.”

On Nate Collins playing nose tackle today:

“He was the ACC Player of the Week last year in this game, so it made good sense to put him back where he played last year in this game and clearly he confirmed that in his performance.”

On Georgia Tech’s offensive backfield:
“Dwyer, Nesbit and Thomas are clearly the engine that drives that train, and they are a powerful engine. They do a great job. We knew throughout the organization that it would be critical to not let those guys have the best of days.”

On the Cavaliers’ performance in the red zone:
“It was a performance issue. We had two instances where we just didn’t finish off the play. Had the plays been executed more cleanly, then there are two red zone conversions. We have to do a better job of converting.”

On missed opportunities:
“We had our chances. We got out-executed at the point of attack a couple of times and had a decent play on a third down that was well defended.”

On Virginia’s overall performance:
“As the old axiom goes, to win any game, two out of your three units (offense, defense and special teams) have to win the day. Against a team like this, probably all three units have to win the day. “

On Georgia Tech’s advantage in time of possession:
“That’s been the story of every team that’s played them. Last week, their opponent had the ball for just 22 minutes. It’s those three players – Thomas, Dwyer and Nesbit – who have done a remarkable job of making that the case.”

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