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Senior linebacker Darnell Carter

On his missed interception:
“A missed opportunity, that’s all I can say. If it hits your hands, you have to catch it.”

On the penalties:
“It killed us. I know it was an emotional game, but you can’t win a ball game with 16 penalties”

On the overall performance:
“As a whole I think we need to be more focused. Sometimes we don’t use the proper technique and I think if we used proper technique and focused more we would do better.”

Sophomore linebacker Steve Greer
On the game in general:
“We came out and battled, they battled, and they had a couple more big plays than us.”

On the 16 penalties:
“Penalties always hurt and that’s something as a team that we are going to have to work on in order to help ourselves.”

On the rest of the season:
“We are family in this locker room, a bunch of brothers. These next two games are big for us and we are definitely looking to go in and get two big wins at Boston College and Virginia Tech.”

On playing well all four quarters:
“We had a good first few quarters, but we pride ourselves on playing well in the fourth quarter. We are going to have to work on that in practice and improve.”

Senior defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce
On the physical nature of the game:
“We were out there playing very physical. It felt like a very personal game, and guys were getting after each other a little bit.”

On the importance of the game:
“It was the most important game of the season in the sense that every game is the most important. We knew we needed this game and that we had to come out and be more physical than them [to win]. I think we are the better team, but unfortunately I don’t think the better team won today.”

On stopping big plays:
“That is the game of football. Big plays happen. We have to be able to come back the next series or play and make up for it.”

On finishing the season against Boston College and Virginia Tech:
“I think the biggest thing for us is to keep our heads high. I think some of the seniors have to pull along some of the younger guys because they have not been in this position before. We have to make them see that our season has not ended. We still have two games to play, and we are going to play those games very hard.”

Junior holder Jacob Hodges
On his touchdown pass on a fake field goal:
“We noticed on film the way their defense sets up in certain situations, and we knew we could take advantage of it. When we ran the [earlier] extra point play we noticed they were set up that way and that we would have it. It worked perfectly. Oday [Aboushi] had a great block, and Terence [Fells-Danzer] had a great run. It was a great play.”

On momentum gained from the play:
“It gives us a ton of momentum. It gets the players and fans excited. It also gives us a better opportunity for field goals later in the game.”

Junior wide receiver Kris Burd
On the game:
“Obviously it is not the outcome we were looking for, and we did not execute as well as we wanted to. The good thing is we still have two games to prepare to win.”

On the team committing 16 penalties:
“It is unacceptable. Penalties drain the energy of the team, and we will definitely have to address that this week.”

On play in the first three quarters:
“Any time the team is playing well is definitely a good thing to look back on. We just have to get back in the film room and get ready for next week.”

On preparing for the final two games:
“We will play to win. We can still finish 6-6, which is not the season we wanted, but we can finish on a positive note. It can really help build the foundation for the program.”

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