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Hurricanes coach Al Golden after the Wake Forest win: "Now we can breathe and move forward."

Here are the postgame quotes from UM coach Al Golden after Saturday's 24-21 come-from-behind win over Wake Forest.
On an eventful week leading up to Saturday’s game... 
“Clearly emotional. I’m not going to lie to you. Just an emotional week. Now we can breathe and move forward. I was more worried than ever this week, just because nobody was really talking about Wake. Everybody was talking about the NCAA and obviously future scheduling. I just tried to keep them going all week. I was hoping we would have enough in the tank, just because of how emotional it was to have that ordeal over. We didn’t really address it, but you guys gave it ample play, and I’m sure they were listening to you guys all week. I’m just glad we had a chance to come out here and find a way to win.”

On the distractions of the week taking a toll on his team...
“Again, I give Wake Forest a lot of credit. It sounds like you’re downplaying the effort the Wake Forest kids and coaches did. I think they did a great job. That’s one of the best coaches around - period. It wasn’t like we were sloppy with the football. We just didn’t convert when we needed to convert, we didn’t stop them enough on third down. But we finished. We’re learning how to finish, and that’s something I’m really proud of – the mental toughness. I was just worried about how much we had in the tank. I can sit up here and say we were focused all week. I promise you I have never worked harder in my life the last 72 hours to get them focused for a game. Obviously we have a chance to regroup tonight and move forward.”

On the stress related to NCAA investigation closure as it relates to on-field performance...
“I was looking for the Athletic Director [Blake James] Tuesday morning. To me, they’re all one-game deals. The other ones, we had a lot of turnovers and in many respects we were fortunate to be in that position. I didn’t feel that way about this one – we weren’t sloppy with the football. They made some plays, we didn’t make some plays. Give them a lot of credit - they played tough. Our kids responded. At midnight tonight, this one is over. There is no carry-over. We all know who we’re playing next week, and it’s time to get ready for that.”

On the performance of sophomore running back Duke Johnson...
“Man, oh man. He ran with a purpose and an anger that we haven’t seen from him. His stiff arm was awesome all day. He ran with his pads down, protected the ball. He was clearly on a mission. How about his conditioning? What tremendous conditioning. He gets knocked out of the game last week, and this week he is lowering the pads all day, second and third effort...what can you say about the effort that he gave? Was he at 35 yards or something at the half? It wasn’t much more than that. That’s a heck of a
second half, and certainly heck of a fourth quarter.”

On his concerns about slow starts...
“It’s all a concern. It’s just one big [concern]. They’re all just one-game weeks. They’re just one-game seasons. Every game is its own chess board, and you have to make adjustments. I thought we made adjustments, but obviously we were disappointed in the tackling on the long play. I thought the defensive staff and defense made adjustments. It was a long period before they scored after they scored early in the game. We certainly found some surfaces to run the ball on late in the game, so I was proud of that. We all know what this week is about coming up. We’ll regroup here tonight, tomorrow get healed up and get ready to go. I don’t think there will be any carry-over.”

On the performance of senior quarterback Stephen Morris...
“I thought he did a good job with protecting the football. I thought he did a good job with his decisions. To be honest with you, this is the best he has looked physically. Is there an element in that still? No. We’re blessed to have a 12 o’clock game, it’s not like we’re on the road and we’re going to get back at 2 o’clock or 3 o’clock in the morning. And we really don’t have to practice him again until Tuesday. I’m really hoping that will be the last little 10 percent or whatever we need to get him over the hump. He came out of it good, came out of it healthy. Obviously another two-minute drive at the end of the game speaks a lot about his leadership and the belief they have in him. I think we’ll make progress here over the next 72 hours with him.

“He’s had to alter his mechanics, I don’t think there is any question. We have to get him back to center, and we will. I thought he was better. He threw a great long ball to Stacy [Coley] – not the one he made the magnificent catch on, but the other – that was a ball he could have down with. There were a lot of throws he did make. I really believe and I’m hopeful that he’ll make that last little step this week. I really believe he’ll do that over the next 72 hours.”

On hearing from Athletic Director Blake James about the NCAA sanctions...
“Obviously he got done with the President and informed me, and then came down to address the team at 9:05 a.m. Obviously the kids were thrilled. That journey ended - but 10 minutes later you have to go prepare for Wake Forest. You want to talk about an emotional rollercoaster. For all of us, we didn’t talk about it all week. I know they’re excited about it now in there, thrilled that it’s over. We found a way to scratch and claw and win our seventh [game]. You can’t take any of the previous wins with you to Tallahassee next week. That’s over, we have to get better at the things we need to get better at, and we need some kids to step up.”

On the performance of Stacy Coley...
“He did a great job, and he makes really good decision. He’s doing a good job on his returns. He’s a very mature kid. When you sit in the meetings with Stacy, and they ask him questions, he has the right answers. He knows football. He studies it. Great start for him. Obviously a catch for the ages there. Tremendous catch.”

On if his team is prepared for media frenzy regarding Miami-Florida State rivalry...

“With all due respect, there has been more national exposure over the last 28 months than any of us can handle. If it’s about football, we’re all in. We’re all in.”

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Duke over VT, just shows you that EVERY game, especially conference games, you cannot OVERLOOK ANYONE. We will have our hands full in Tally, but I have a feeling we'll play our best game of the year.

Dom,

What did you see today that makes you think we are going to the bcs championship game. That was Wake Forest today and they almost took us down.

Dom, you're a true fan. I suspect you're under the influence of at least one substance, but you're a great fan.

Morris is the most overrated player in college football. They should start Ryan Williams next week instead of waiting until Miami loses a few games. Why should the entire team have to suffer because Morris is regressing?

the scariest thing i herd was the announcer saying OC coley told him he dummied down the offence for Morris in the 4th QTR last weak so he only had one or two reads. That sounds like the coordinator dont think Morris can cut it. I hope Morris can get it in gear next week or his NFL career is dead.

STYLES MAKE FiGHTS!

All the prognosticating based on who fared well against who doesn't matter. What UF was supposed to do against []_[]s but couldn't, doesn't matter. What Kirk says and what mascot Lee emulates doesn't matter. FSU spanked NCSt. and Clemson? Don't matter.

Next Sunday night two teams will play and the team that plays best that night will likely win. Talent is relatively equal. All u people that feel the need to predict a loss to cushion your own disappointment sound weak, and i bet you all said UF would rock []_[]s too.

Nobody gave the []_[] anything this year. We have been playing against ourselves and I have yet to see anyone beat []_[]s playing our best game as we beat UNC and WF at their best. They completely dictated those games and when push came to shove we executed and took it.

Do we have to play better? Of course! But we are undefeated for a reason and no team will blow []_[]s out if we bring it.

Jeff,

You can't force Williams to start his first game against FSU, you could shatter his confidence forever. If they didnt think Morris was the guy they shouldve hooked him weeks ago.

All we have to do is beat VT and the other ACC chumps we are MUCH more talented than. I hate losing; I hate losing to FSU. But, FSU is the one regular season game that we can lose and still have an AMAZING season. Beat every body else, which we should, and we'll get them neutral site in Charlotte. I'll take our chances.

Love this team; but have to play better.

GO CANES!!!

We need to throw the play book out the window, the only pass we should do is the bomb, I am not joking!!! WE should run run run run BOMB run run run run BOMB run run run run run run run run run BOMB. WHY U ASK cuz Morris is freaking horrible, THAT DUDE CANT DO NOTHING BUT A DEEP PASS....

Dom, as a Cane fan, I'm really really embarrassed that you are a fellow Cane fan.

Though every fan base has them, you are "that" guy for us Dom.You simply offer no objective contribution to this blog other than pure nonsensical town foolery. And to the others trying to figure out how we can get into the National Championship game with all the different scenarios by jumping up to #2, just stop. Your all just embarrassing yourselfs.

FSU, that's it. If we're able to get the ball with 2 mins. to go like we have the last two weeks against garbage teams with just a chance to tie the game ? That would be a win in my book.

Posted by: Mike B. | October 26, 2013 at 05:59 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^

That just might be the funnest post this season. Dom is embarrassing himself!

The FSU QB looks like Chris Tucker..Can Chris Tucker do it against The U??
Heck Yeah Miami Style

I grew up in the 80's and love cocky u players, but Morris u sending a pic on twitter showing how u think u all that, MORRIS U CAN NOT BE COCKY ON TWITTER, KNOWING U CANT HIT THE BROAD SIDE OF A BARN....TAKE IT DOWN AND SHOW SOME PRIDE, PRIDE IS PUTTING YOUR HEAD DOWN, AND TELLING YOURSELF U HAVE TO GET BETTER>>>>U A JOKE

OKAY IT'S TAKEN ME ALL DAY TO GIVE MY OPINION AND I'VE READ ALL THE COMMENTS AND HERE IS MY TAKE!! 1. WE WON WE ARE 7-0 GOING INTO TALLY WITH NATIONAL TV GAME EXPOSURE,NO MORE NCAA OVER OUR HEADS GUYS WE HAVE ALREADY WON. 2.STOP BASHING MORRIS(YES HE DESERVES IT) THIS GUY HAS BEEN THRU THE UPS AND DOWNS DURING HIS 4 YEARS AND HE NEVER QUIT AND FOUGHT THRU ALL THE GOOD AND THE BAD, THIS IS WHY WHEN ITCOMES DOWN TO A GAME WINNING DRIVE HE DELIVERS BECAUSE HE'S BEEN THRU THE TOUGH ADVERSITY AND DOES NOT PANIC. 3. DON'T COUNT US OUT HISTORY SHOWS THAT WHEN BOTH TEAMS ARE UNDEFEATED ENTERING THE GAME AGAINST EACH OTHER WHETHER IN TALLY OR NOT WHO HAS WON MORE?? 4. WE CAN RUN THE FOOTBALL AND IF WE DO SUCCESSFULLY NEXT WEEK WE HAVE MORE THAN A SHOT. NOW WITH ALL THAT SAID WE LOSE AND I HOPE I AM WRONG AND HERE IS THE REASON ! COACH DUNNO!! I ADMIT IT'S THE DEFENSE THAT HAS HELPED US WIN AT LEAST 4 GAMES THIS YEAR BUT HIS SCHEME WILL NOT WORK VERSUS FLA ATHLETES!! TOO MUCH SPEED EVEN THE GATORS MOVED THE BALL AT WILL AND THE MIAMI TALENT WON THE GAME BY MAKING PLAYS WHEN IT COUNTED(RED ZONE). THE 3 MAN RUSH WILL NOT GET IT DONE AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE THIS KID(WINSTON)FEEL THE PRESSURE. IF NOT HE WILL EXPLODE AND WE WILL GET DOWN BY DOUBLE DIGITS. BUT BECAUSE THIS IS A RIVALRY THE PLAYERS WILL BE "JACKED UP" AND IT WILL COME DOWN TO COACHING!! AS FOR COACH COLEY HE HAS THEM(FSU) RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS THEM AND CAN NOW SHOW THEM SOME THINGS THEY HAVEN'T SEEN FROM US ALL YEAR AND HE KNOWS THE PERSONEL. FINAL SCORE FSU 30 CANES 27! DON'T WORRY!! ACC CHAMPIONSHIP CANES 34 FSU 24!

Hey TK MORRIS IS FREAKING HORRIBLE, AND IF U THINK MORRIS WON US THE LAST 2 GAMES U HAVE BEEN SMOKING JUST GOOD STUFF.....WISE UP BLIND MAN

Some good stuff...lol

I can read the pop up ad quite well,not the story very well. Guess I will try to fill in the blanks. It's about the revenue. Screw the content of the message.

Morris needs to play his A game no excuses, if he cant play Williams, FSU will eat Morris up to many bad passing decisions, if its a blowout by half play Williams for experience. Jimbo will be mad he dropped to number three by playing second team. Morris is just not here in his mind and cant scramble at all anymore, it makes a difference once in awhile, Miami will be a 24 point underdog.

FSU lit up their ACC doormat opponent from the get go and there was no doubt from the start who would win that game.
Baylor lit up their doormat opponent from the start and there was no doubt who would win that game.
Alabama lit up their doormat opponent from the get go, no doubt they would win.
Ohio State lit up their doormat opponent and left no doubt they would win.
Oregon lit up a top 20 opponent.

Then there is the #7 ranked fraud UM who promptly fell behind their doormat opponent as usual. Struggled all game long with the game outcome undecided. Not until late in the 4th quarter were they able to pull away from a much weaker opponent and barely win by a measly 3 points. Just like last week.
But all the delusional homers say that Fraud UM will have no problem beating FSU.

Saw lots of empty orange seats at No Life Stadium. Guess "employee" day payouts did not work.
You won't read about FSU paying fans to go to their games, or any other respectable program.
For the VaTech game I suggest Golden Shalala sell the tickets for $1 and give a $100 stadium credit, free parking and a Duke Johnson jersey and then maybe you will get a little better attendance.
BTW VaTech turns out to be another typical ACC sorry team dropping a home game to Mighty Duke, they will be unranked by the time Fraud UM plays them. Your weak SOS just got a lot weaker. Get ready for the playoffs next year you will be watching from the outside until you schedule some better teams. Cowards.

FSU vs. UM = Outcome was never in doubt vs. Can't believe they actually won. Interesting match up.

Miami got screwed on 4 first down calls yesterday. The refs gave them first downs without any measurement whatsover. Golden needs to be on top of things. He should of challenged the spot on all 4 calls. They were not even close. I don't understand WHY one of the coaches in the pressbox does not have a television watching the replays. All he would have to do is relay down to Golden for the challenge. Coach needs to get with it. Could cost us a game down the line. Go Canes

Please delete the offensive and inane comments. Or block people who post them. They reflect poorly on the Herald and UM.

Those crying for a top rated qb don't follow recruiting very closely. Brad Kaaya is a beast. He will be coming in next season and competing for the starting spot. Big..Strong arm..poised but and more mobile than Morris.

canekiller, your sos is what? Can't be UFelons, or FSWho, or Ohio St, or anyone else in college football this year. Normally, UM has better sos. Yes, I agree we are overrated, but that is because so many are weak this year. So who is your mighty team? FSU. They rarely schedule anyone. Like the old canes say, anywhere, anytime. UM has lived that through the years, not many programs can say that. Most likely a turd fan, the CHICKEN GAYTURDS never schedule anyone but FSU. man-up, who's your team

The official attendance was over 66000. That is what the OB would have brought for a game like that. Nothing has changed in Miami, sell outs are for big games. Get over it, the crowd doesn't make a champion, the team does. It stinks not having the college stadium atmosphere, but you take what you can. 7-0, no-one would havesaid this was possible

HEY RICK CAN'T DO ANY SMOKING MY MAN MY JOB DOES TEST BUT I DO FILL THE BELLY WITH OTHER BEVERAGES BESIDES WATER AND KOOL AID AND THE WAY THE CANES HAVE BEEN PLAYING LATELY I MAY HAVE HAD A LITTLE TO MUCH. MY POINT IS THAT I FEEL OUR BEST CHANCE TO WIN IS WITH MORRIS AND YOU'RE RIGHT HE SUCKS RIGHT NOW BUT UNLESS HE GETS HURT ANY FURTHER WE CANNOT EVEN THINK ABOUT REPLACING HIM AND THROWING WILLIAMS IN THE FIRE UNLESS THE GAME IS A BLOWOUT. LIKE I SAID I THINK WE LOSE BUT THIS WILL BE A CLASSIC FSU/MIAMI GAME!! WHY? BECAUSE THE PLAYERS KNOW EACH OTHER AND THIS GAME IS PERSONAL FOR THEM.. IF WE ARE NOT "OUT COACHED" AND NOT ROBBED BY THE OFFICIALS EXPECT A CLOSE GAME LOSS FOLLOWED BY A 10 POINT REMATCH VICTORY. HOW YOU SAY? BECAUSE AFTER SATURDAY NIGHT THE COUNTRY WILL KNOW THAT THE CANES ARE GOOD AND THAT FSU ARE NOT THAT MUCH BETTER THAN THEY ARE. CANES WIN THE REST OF THERE GAMES FINISH 11-1 ACC COASTAL CHAMPS.

Dom:

To the haters, The 2002 Ohio State team kept beating teams by less than touchdowns, trailed in the 4th qtr, but kept winning. Made it to play 03 fiesta bowl loaded with NFL players, and the rest is history.

IF we are on, we can win........A W IS A W


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