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UNC Linebacker: It Felt Like We Were Out There All Day

Some interesting reaction from UNC linebacker Mark Paschal, who was on defense much of the day as Maryland controlled the ball for a remarkable 40 minutes:

“We had a great opportunity in front of us and we failed to capitalize. [Playing for the ACC title] is not completely out of the possibilities, but we had the situation we wanted with three weeks left and we knew we were in the driver’s seat. We just let it get away from us.”

“We have to play N.C. State at home next week and I guarantee you that not one player on this team is looking past them at home next weekend.”

(on Maryland’s game-winning drive)
“That’s where we got hurt. We played them right for the entire second half, but we just couldn’t get them off the field on that last drive. We haven’t been great on last drives this year. We held them to a field goal, which was somewhat of a positive, but we couldn’t turn it around on the other end.”

“We did not capitalize on a couple things. Third and long, we have got to get them off the field. Fourth and long, we have got to get them off the field. We had great opportunities. They completed a long pass they got a quarterback scramble for a first down, just little things like that. A great football team doesn’t make the mistakes we made tonight.”

(on being on the field for 40 minutes)
“It felt like we were out there all day. I don’t think fatigue was that big of a factor. By this time of year it starts getting cool and we are getting more and more conditioned. We just have to make more stops on defense and put our offense in better position to score.”

(on Maryland’s running game)
“They were trapping our defensive tackle, which is a look we have not seen. We tried to make corrections at the half, but it was hard to figure out and all get on the same page. That was the hardest thing that they had for us. It is a good football play and they ran it pretty well. Hopefully we won’t have to face that kind of offense again. That is the strange, tricky kind of running game they play.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 12:48 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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