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Virginia vs. North Carolina
Oct. 16, 2010
Virginia Player Quotes

Senior running back Keith Payne:
On Virginia:
“It’s not about how we played. It’s about how we executed. We all played hard so playing wasn’t an issue. I really can’t say if this is the worst we have executed. It is the way it is. We just have to bounce back from it. We can’t sit here and talk about what happened, what should have happened, how badly we played. We just have to bounce back.”

On running for 107 yards:
“I’m not even thinking about that right now. I’m thinking about how we have to win some games. We will win some games. We are going to fight and Coach London is going to get some wins under his belt. We have to fight back.”

On whether the team will use this loss as motivation:
“We don’t talk negatively. We talk positively. We’re going to go back out there next week and play well. We want to play everyday. We have to keep our heads up. That is the way it is going to be around here.”

Junior cornerback Chase Minnifield:
On North Carolina’s passing game:
“They didn’t do anything we didn’t expect. There was just a lot of miscommunication in the secondary. There are some things that we need to clear up because obviously when you have miscommunications in the secondary, they get big plays.”

Sophomore offensive tackle Oday Aboushi:
On the next step moving forward:
“We are going to get back to work tomorrow and Sunday. We are going to look at the film and see what we did wrong. Obviously there were mistakes made so we are going to have to get back to work and make sure that we get better as a team.”

On the frustration of getting to the red zone and not scoring:
“It’s definitely frustrating to be in the red zone as many times as we were and not convert whether it be a field goal or a touchdown. It’s definitely frustrating. We have to look at what we did wrong and correct what we did wrong.”

On Coach London’s passion:
“Coach London is all in. He put all his chips on the table. He put it all in for us and we’re going to do the same for him. He gave a lot of second chances and put us in positions where we can do well and we are going to do the same for him. Like I said, we are one big family. We are there for each other, we love each other and that’s all there is to it.”

Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Ross Metheny
On his first drive in the third quarter:
“You always look for those opportunities. We started fast and got down towards the goal line, Keith [Payne] had a couple great runs. Unfortunately, we didn’t stick it in for the rest of the game.”

On whether failing to score was a missed opportunity:
“You never want to throw an interception. I thought we executed well to get down there, you just have to finish. We’ll watch the tapes and learn from those and get better.”

On the quarterback situation:
“It’s not in my interest, that’s a coaches decision. I have the most respect for Marc [Verica] and I have learned so much from him.”

Freshman Quarterback Michael Rocco
On his interception in the red zone:
“I made a bad throw. Quarterbacks should know that you can’t throw the ball across your body and that’s what I did. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t. I have to move on and learn from it.”

On whether he would be ready if given the start at quarterback:
“I’m always looking for the opportunity, whether it’s on the sideline watching and getting better or on the field playing. Whatever Coach London thinks is best I’m ready to do.”

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