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Quote book: Durden says FSU defense will get better

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FSU coach Willie Taggart on the road ahead: “We have nine more ballgames. This one hurts. Everything we want to accomplish is still ahead of us. We got to be so much better if we’re going to accomplish those things. We’re still right there. We’re 1-3. We got nine ballgames. We know we got to play much better if we want to have a chance to win those ballgames. But they’re there in front of us. So fall apart or anything, there’s no need for that. We still have nine ballgames, still early in the season. We got to play better. We got to go take care of business.”

FSU defensive tackle Cory Durden: “We’re going to win games. We’re going to be a good football game. At the end of the day, our defense, we have to be able to count on our defense and that’s what’s going to happen. We’re going to get better as a defense and we’re going to shut people down.”

FSU quarterback James Blackman on the last play: “It was a great play call. It was executed. Everyone tried their hardest to execute the play. Cam (Akers) made a great effort trying to get it to that endzone. He was going to fight his hardest.”

Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall on the last Florida State play: “I expected them to run the play and our defense and staff did a really nice job. They have no timeouts so I expected them to run the play. They’re an up-tempo team anyway and our defense and staff did a nice job of getting the call in. The player [Cam Akers] that had the ball for them is a phenomenal football player. It was a wild and hard-fought and effort-filled and physical finish to a game that basically looked like that the whole time. I wouldn’t question at all what they did. That’s a tempo team. That was a normal play to a very good football player and they thought they could win.”

Mendenhall on Bryce Perkins in the second half: “How do you stop him? We’re not growing the program at the rate we’re growing it without Bryce Perkins. He plays within the system really well and he plays outside the system really well, and we need both. He’s exemplary. I’m so lucky he’s here and we’re so lucky he’s here, not only by how he plays but who he is. Without him, we don’t win.”

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  1. Jerry Kutz Reply

    I think this quote sums up a lot of football games especially those outside the top 5.

    Mendenhall on Bryce Perkins in the second half: “How do you stop him? We’re not growing the program at the rate we’re growing it without Bryce Perkins. He plays within the system really well and he plays outside the system really well, and we need both. He’s exemplary. I’m so lucky he’s here and we’re so lucky he’s here, not only by how he plays but who he is. Without him, we don’t win.”

    I’m curious to see how many of Perkins 295 passing yards came after he had broken contain to extend a play or even when FSU’s defense had the play defended, he seemed to be able to keep it alive until a receiver came open underneath. I bet it was 150 of his yards.

    “Without him, we don’t win.”
    He truly was the difference in the game.

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