Oct. 29, 2011
HEAD COACH Jimbo Fisher
Opening Statement: "I'm proud of our team; great effort to be able to win by 34 points against a quality opponent in North Carolina State. To get a shutout was tremendous by our defense. The whole first half the way we played as a football team, we came out very focused and energetic and capitalized on opportunities and made big plays in all three phases. We won the football game; still have a lot of room for improvement. We are making some strides but we have to get ready quick. We have to put this one behind us because we have a five day turnaround."
On showing the voters if they should be back in the Top 25: "Hopefully people start to take notice but if they don't, they don't. We are worried about us. We have to continue to play well, do well and do the things we do and whatever is written and voted is done. We can control is how we play and that is what our focus is on."
On forcing turnovers: "It felt great. To get a couple balls to bounce up and went our way. They happen like that. You just have to keep playing hard and sound football and making the smart play and eventually those things will come your way."
On EJ Manuel pitching the option: "He's got a knack for it. He can get down the field and run it and put pressure on it. He's got a natural knack for it and if you don't hit him, he can run. It's another dimension that we have which we have to use."
On Lonnie Pryor's run: "Man, what a run inside. We knew in the red zone that we wanted to be physical and we were planning it and we kept giving him the ball inside he broke two or three tackles. I can't wait to see it on film because it looked really good."
On if this is the best EJ Manuel has played: "Yeah. Because this is the most consistent starts he's had. I don't think there is any doubt but it's not all him. I think it's how they're playing around him and how they're doing things that he's able to make plays."
QB EJ Manuel On the importance of a fast start "They're extremely important. We try to have all three facets of our team playing well from offense, defense to special teams and it was huge to start out early."
On the option calls "I think Coach Fisher trusts me to make the correct decision and I make sure to take care of the ball, I was able to get rid of it and Devonta Freeman made a great move that got him the touchdown."
On receivers stepping up with Rashad Greene still sidelined "I don't think there's a whole lot of slack, all of those guys can make big plays. We obviously want to get Rashad Greene back and he should be back this week but everyone's doing a great job for us stepping up."
WR Bert Reed On the game plan and execution "We just executed. The offensive line did a great job stepping up and giving us time and EJ did a great job making plays. When we execute our passing game, we don't really hurt ourselves and can move the ball efficiently."
On being back to full strength "It feels good to hit the bursts a little bit. It's good to know I've got that extra gear back."
RB Jermaine Thomas On the defense getting the shutout "They played great. We were talking about it during the week and how we haven't had a shutout in a long time and they were able to go out there and get it."
On getting out to a big lead "We've been trying to get out of our slump, trying to be more explosive in the first half and coming back in the second and maintaining that intensity."
LB Vince Williams On the shutout "It's always amazing when you can get a shutout, it's really what you strive for when you go into a game, and you don't want the offense to give up any points but when you can actually have a shutout it's amazing"
On the defense forcing three turnovers today "It was really good because we have just been emphasizing forcing turnovers and who knew that we would come up big like we did today"
CB Xavier Rhodes On not giving up really any big plays and wrapping up on the tackles "We've had to work on tackling and wrapping up instead of throwing our shoulders at them which was happening a lot at the beginning of the season."
On getting his first interception of the season "It was great. Our coach just keeps stressing turnovers and we've just been working on stripping the ball and interceptions and just really anything that you can think of we have been working on and our hard work came out this week for sure,"
NC STATE HEAD COACH TOM O'BRIEN
Opening Statement That was a good football team we played today and we didn't play very well and when you don't play well against a team of this caliber it ends up the way it ended up today. Certainly we have to learn from this and get back on the practice field and get ready to play the month of November."
How effective was Florida State's defensive front? "They play a lot guys - they probably played 12 guys. They stay after you, they're quick; we didn't give our quarterback enough time to throw, we didn't protect him well enough and it got to him a little bit I think. It's a learning experience for him and he will be better because of this as we go down the road."
Was Mike Glennon holding the ball too long? "I think we were covered. A couple of times - Danny (Bible, offensive coordinator) said we weren't open. They guy he's (Glennon) is looking at is stuck at the line of scrimmage or nit where he can make the catch. The other thing is, against these guys, you have got to try and rush the ball a little better. I mean, 36 yards - I guess their sacks figured in there - but if you can't run the ball and let them pass rush against you all day you are in trouble."
How good is EJ Manuel? "He's a special player. He's been the difference in their team. When he went down they had problems. He's back and that's what I said - the last couple of weeks they are back to being the top 10 football team they were. That one second down and forever and we got him stopped and I don't know how he gets out of three of four tackles and makes a first down. He's a special guy."
How do you put this game behind you?
"You have to. It's the same thing as I said to them in the locker room: You had a heck of a win last week and you were all excited. Well, as good as that win was as bad as this loss is. You have to be able to forget about. We have got to tackle; we didn't tackle well - we could have gotten off the field. You have got to protect the quarterback and you have got to catch the ball and make plays when you've got a chance. Pre snap penalties got us, too. The five yard penalty before the field goal that we botched anyway but even if he botches it ... five yards ... that's a 10-3 game. So, a lot of things to take but a lot of that was young guys playing their first time against a defense like that."