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Miami Quotebook

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 13, 2002

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma on whether he was stunned to see FSU lose by missing a field goal:

"I wasn't really thinking about it. I was just trying to block it. I tried to jump for it and kind of missed it to the right. I looked back and it went wide left and I was kind of happy about it. I think it's just us and FSU. We got something going on with that."

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Quarterback Ken Dorsey:

"I didn't even watch the field goal. Willis (McGahee, running back) was the one who told me they missed it. He was jumping up and down, screaming and hugging everyone."

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Dorsey on keeping his composure:

"My guys really helped me out today. I threw two costly interceptions and I take responsibility for that. These guys played their hearts out and I'm so proud of them."

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Coach Larry Coker on the ending:

"I knew they had a great kicker, and they made a great play that put them in field-goal range. They should've had the opportunity to kick the field goal."

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Coker on FSU's Greg Jones:

"I knew Greg Jones was a great back, but he is a step above the rest. He is a very strong, powerful running back and we couldn't tackle him."

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Center Brett Romberg on whether Miami deserved to win:

"Yeah, we made a lot more mistakes than Florida State made, but I know a lot us gave an effort that we never gave before and we worked harder than we ever worked before today. I kind of think we earned it. Some of us think we earned it."

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Coker on Miami's resiliency:

"We did what we had to do. We had some great opportunities but we did not make those plays, but we put ourselves in a great position to win the game. We were down 13 points and we came back."

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