© St. Petersburg Times, published October 13, 2002
Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett:
"Everyone stepped up. The offensive line played their hearts out. The running backs were great. Chris Rix stepped up big. The big question was what would (UM quarterback Ken) Dorsey do if we hit him. Last year the only time we touched him was after the game, but we touched him today and plenty. It wasn't just one, it was everybody. That shows their offensive line ain't all that."
Dockett on the possibility of playing Miami again:
"I hope we have a rematch. I don't hope that the 'Canes lose because we lost to them but I would give anything to get a rematch. I'm a Virginia Tech fan right now. The way it usually goes, if the Big East champ doesn't play for the national championship they usually end up in the Orange Bowl with the ACC champ. If they come back around again it will be a dream come true."
Defensive end Alonzo Jackson:
"I feel like we earned this win today. They know we did. I thought (the kick) was good. I can't believe what happened, we beat them boys up and down the field."
Punter and field-goal holder Chance Gwaltney on the missed field goal:
"After he kicked it I knew (it wouldn't be good). When you've done this a thousand times like we have you know as soon as it happens."
Team chaplain Clint Purvis on distraught kicker Xavier Beitia:
"He's a young, young kid. He's not calloused; he's just a fresh kid. He just looks at things like it's Christmas morning."
Beitia on his mind-set before he attempted the last-second field goal:
"I was thinking, just make the kick, just make the kick. The same thing that always goes through my head. Was it a bad snap or a bad hold? I don't know, it was a blur."
Coach Bobby Bowden on the last play:
"I thought we won the ballgame. When (Beitia) kicked it, I'm thinking if it's long enough we're going to win it. I saw it was long enough and I thought we had won it. From the sideline you can't really tell if the ball goes through (the uprights) or not."