Quote book: ‘Noles on big win over NC State

Quarterback Alex Hornibrook: “There were a lot of different things that happened in that game and I was just proud of the way the team finished (Saturday) and we were able to separate a little bit, help (it) not be a one possession game there at the end.” 

Hornibrook on when he learned he was going to start:  “All week I was just preparing. I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I was just preparing like I was going to be the starter. Before the game they told me that I’ll be playing.” 

Tamorrion Terry on Hornibrook: “What impressed me so much was he never stopped; he never gave up. He kept getting sacked, but kept everybody going and to keep our heads up. We believe in him and he got the job done.” 

FSU defensive tackle Cory Durden on improvement the last three weeks: “The Virginia game really showed us the type of defense that we could be. Everybody’s been playing with confidence and playing together. No one is being a selfish player, and no one is getting mad when other teammates make plays.” 

Junior linebacker Leonard Warner III on Amari Gainer’s performance:  “Amari Gainer is a hustler. It was good to see it pay off for him. You see him do it in practice and now you know he’s going to do it every time. I know he’s going to be good.” 

FSU coach Willie Taggart: “Great win for our football team. Had a good feeling about this game going into the week. Our guys had by far our best week of practice this entire year this past week. Thought our guys came really locked in to practicing and understanding what we’re doing and did a good job executing in practice through the week, and thought it paid off for us tonight.”

NC State coach Dave Doeren on using Bailey Hockman: “We put him (Bailey) in earlier than we had planned. Matt (McKay) was not doing what I thought Matt was going to do. It was obvious. He was off. At this point we don’t have time to wait anymore. Love him to death. He’s a great young man. It’s one thing when you are not completing the ball down the field, it’s another when you are not completing it underneath. He just didn’t give us what we needed tonight and I thought Bailey came in, like I said, and competed. Devin did the same.” 

Doeren on defensive line pressure: “They (Florida State) weren’t throwing the ball immediately like some of the teams we were playing. Ball State just gets it out so fast. So, we had a little more time. Obviously at times, the coverage was closer to the receivers to where our D-Line and our pass rushers had a chance. The D-Line played well particularly in the first half – I thought they played really, really well. It’s just hard once you are down by three possessions, at that point it was difficult because they were max protecting and coming off of the run game.

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