CHAPEL HILL -- UNC head coach Butch Davis says that his team's performance in its 45-24 victory over Boston College Saturday afternoon in Kenan Stadium was the Tar Heels' most complete effort in his two seasons at North Carolina, while Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski spent most of his press conference also praising the home team's effort.
NORTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH BUTCH DAVIS:
Certainly through last season's 12 games and this season's eight games, today was probably the most complete team game we have played. It was going to take a pretty balanced performance (to beat Boston College), and every single phase was going to have to step up and make some plays. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Boston College. They are a massive, powerful team up front. It's very difficult to move those guys. We felt like offensively we were going to have to have some success throwing the football, and defensively we had to play good pass defense.
(We had to do) all the things you have to do to win games---playing well on special teams, making some plays, putting pressure on the punter, winning the turnover ratio, getting some interceptions. I don't know what you can say about Trimane Goddard's and Kendric Burney's interceptions today. Those were just huge, huge plays. They flipped the field positions and gave us some cheap and easy points and made them play the game one-dimensionally. There is not one area where their performance wasn't important in the football game.
Thoughts about coming back from 10 points down in the first quarter:
This goes back to some of the things we do before the season starts. We've laid the foundation that games are not won or lost in the first three or four minutes. You have to persevere. It was unfortunate (to get off to such a bad start). Cam (Sexton) got sacked---we missed an audible on a (pass) protection---and the ball comes out and they run it in for a touchdown. But we never felt like we didn't have a grasp or a feeling of what we wanted to do. We needed guys to stay positive and keep chipping away, and our guys believed in that philosophy.
I'm not an English major. I think 'fantastic' would maybe describe it. He is one of the unique, special guys I have seen, that the bigger the moment---the bigger the stage---the better he plays. He is such a fierce warrior. He just catches the ball so well. He has got great concentration. There are a lot of guys who can catch the ball on the perimeter, but if you watch over his (Nicks') three-year career, there are balls that he has to catch where there are safeties and middle linebackers over the middle, and his run after the catch is extremely strong. He is just a very good football player.
Thoughts about the play of the other UNC receivers:
Brooks (Foster) stepped up today with seven catches. That was extremely important today. As Greg Little gets more familiar, we'll slowly grow back into being pretty dangerous with three wide receivers on the field. His (Foster's) block down the field that sprung the touchdown (by Nicks) was huge.
I hate that he felt like he got off to a bad start, because he can only do so much. All you can do is take the snap and throw---you can't protect as well. His pocket awareness is getting better every single week. Certainly the scramble that he completed to Brooks for the first down (in the first half) was a huge play. The huge, big play for the touchdown to Hakeem just showed great awareness, because he trusted the offensive line enough. He knew they (Boston College) were in a three-man rush, bought some time, stepped in there and threw the long touchdown pass. I just think that shows growth on his part.
BOSTON COLLEGE HEAD COACH JEFF JAGODZINSKI
North Carolina did a good job against us today. They played a good football game. We've got some things that, obviously, we need to work on. We can't turn the ball over---three interceptions today---and really two of them were for touchdowns. We just have to be smarter with the football. We'll come back, and I told my team, 'How are we going to react after this?' It's not going to be easy. It never is. It's just one of many.
Thoughts about UNC's late touchdown at the end of the first half:
It's always easy to second-guess yourself. We squib-kicked it, needed to get it past the fullback. They ended up getting good yardage on it. I thought we got the momentum back on our two-minute drill---took it back down (and scored)---and they got it back at halftime. We probably should have kicked it deep, but I didn't.
Thoughts about his team's execution:
It just comes down to execution. That's what it comes down to. It comes down to blocking, tackling. We didn't do a very good job tackling this week---in particular on the passing game. We had some miscommunications on the back end. We didn't do as good a job as we have done. You learn a lot more about your team from losing than winning. We'll see how we bounce back from this one. We have Clemson next week at home, and here we go.
Thoughts about Hakeem Nicks:
Very good player. He would be a good player on anyone's team. What did he have, 100-something yards? They used him well. They utilized their skills really well. Nicks is outstanding.
Thoughts about the ACC:
You're eligible every week. If you don't come and play your very best, you get a butt-whipping, and we have to come back from that.