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Virginia vs. Florida State
Oct. 2, 2010
Player Quotes

Senior quarterback Christian Ponder
On the game:
“It was definitely big. We scored on the first drive, and I think that was big for us. I’d like to see us finish the second half better, but we started off really well and were able to get the momentum on our side.”

On the play of RB Jermaine Thomas:
“He’s huge. He’s doing really well. He was on fire today.”

On three-consecutive wins:
“We’re learning to play with success. We can’t forget what got us here-it’s the preparation and hard work that we go through every week. Obviously, we had a big road test that second week and didn’t do so well, but to come out like this today was huge. We were hungry and we knew we had to make a statement on the road. I’m happy it happened. We can learn from it, but we’ve got to have a short memory because we have another big road game next week.”

On the play of the FSU offensive line:
“I had all the time in the world. I took a few hits, but most of the time, they kept them off me. Obviously, they did a good job of opening up the run-lanes, and they’re playing really well.”

On the play of the FSU defense:
“It obviously keeps the pressure off us as the offense. It really keeps the momentum on our side. It kept the ball in our hands and kept giving us help to change the score.”

Junior running back Jermaine Thomas
On his big rushing performance:
“The offensive line came out and did a phenomenal job. I was getting a lot of good hooks on the stretches, and they were making a lot of good run blocks. I was reading my reads and was just gashing them and hitting them.”

On taking an early lead:
“It was fun. We just came out there with intensity. We just tried to go out there and play hard as a team, and we got the job done.”

On play of defense:
“It’s really important. Now we’ve got this game behind us knowing that we’re 2-1. We’ll take that with us in practices this week. Now we’re going to be focused on Miami and just having that energy coming off this game is really going to help feed us. We’re going to make sure we try to keep on doing the same thing and keep the same pattern going to prepare really well against Miami.”

On team’s improvement:
“From offense to defense, I feel like this is a better team and we’re really clicking. We’re going out there with that mentality to play nasty and we’re just giving a fuller effort. That’s all our coaches ask for.”

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