Georgia Tech 31, Virginia 17: What they said

“I was disappointed in the way we played. Clearly, as coaches, we need to do a better job getting ready to play. We could not get off the field on defense, and on offense were abysmal on third down.” — Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.

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“I was tired of watching it, and once again, the way that they lined up, coupled with the way we had should have resulted in a gimme play, and we couldn’t execute.” — Johnson on the failed fourth-and-1 play in the third quarter.

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“I thought we had turned a corner. We’d been playing better offensively and we got all of our guys back today. Maybe we need to play ther other guys.” — Johnson.

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“Good for him, happy for our seniors to be able to go out winning the game. That’s what I said in the locker room. And again, any time you win, you have to be happy. It’s hard to win. But we made enough plays, enough turnovers, a couple overthrows, pick them off and the last return for the touchdown sealed the game.” — Johnson.

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“For a team to take that risk, there was a sense of desperation on their side, trying to separate. To have the ball on the 29 and not have points, certainly (was a missed opportunity). To win close games against good teams, those things have to happen.” — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall.

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“He wins those one-on-one matchups. He finds a way to do it and get open. I’m not complaining. It’s helping me out.” — Tech quarterback Justin Thomas on A-back Clinton Lynch, who caught a 54-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

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“I took it all in. I tried to take it a step at a time. Definitely feel it when you know it’s your last time playing in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Running out behind The Wreck. It’s a bittersweet feeling.” — Senior defensive lineman Patrick Gamble, one of 16 players who played their final games at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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“It’s always good to score on defense. Unlike Corey (Griffin), I have a little shiftiness. It felt good to get back in the end zone.” — Tech safety Lance Austin, who scored on a 24-yard interception return.

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“That’s something in my archive that I don’t bring out often.” — Tech safety Corey Griffin, who used a spin move after an interception in the third quarter.

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“Only thing I saw was all white. I saw Ricky (Jeune) and Justin (Thomas) in front of me so I knew to follow them.” — Tech A-back Qua Searcy on his 60-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

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