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Virginia Tech quotebook

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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000

COACH FRANK BEAMER: "Miami is legit. They are a very good team. We didn't make many great plays against a good defensive team, and we needed to do that to hang in there. There are no excuses. In football, you go with what you have. Last year, they lost their quarterback (Kenny Kelly) and had to go with their backup (Ken Dorsey). That's football."

QUARTERBACK MICHAEL VICK: "I felt like I could go out there and do something. I wanted to give it a try. ... I was feeling some pain. But sometimes pain goes away the longer you play."

QUARTERBACK DAVE MEYER: "It's tough when you're down 21-0 early to the No. 3 team in the country. We didn't win the field-position game and got no breaks until the third quarter. Miami is a great team, and we hope they represent the Big East well."

RUNNING BACK LEE SUGGS: "We just couldn't get into the flow because of their defense. They kept changing up their defensive looks on us. It was hard to get a rhythm. In other games we could get off to fast starts and put points on the board. We just didn't execute like we could have. It just goes like that some days."

DEFENSIVE BACK CORY BIRD: "Santana Moss got open. He's a good receiver. They caught us in some coverages and they took advantage of us. When you put him out there in one-on-one coverage, he can beat you, like he did today. That's really all there is to say."

LINEBACKER NICK SORENSEN: "Miami played so well, who knows what would have happened if Michael was healthy. Who knows what will happen with the bowls? We have two games left. If we go out and play well and win, we can put ourselves in position to go to a good bowl game."

WIDE RECEIVER ANDRE DAVIS: "I'm hurting a little bit with my high ankle sprain. I'm doing all I can to come back. I'm trying not to rush it. I'm trying to be real smart about it. It's still a pretty bad high ankle sprain. I took some medication before the game. I was feeling good until I took a hit. I knew when the pain came back that quickly after I took the pain medication that it wasn't able to go."

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