"I think our backs were against the wall with Boston College and they're probably still there. We knew going in that we had four games left, all of them really good football teams.
"I'm glad we made enough plays this past Saturday to win but I think we have to play a little bit better this Saturday at Carter Finley (Stadium)."
On facing NC State after its loss to Virginia on Saturday:
"I think in this league, everybody is good. Everybody has good players and you can't take anybody for granted from week to week. I'm not surprised that Virginia won that football game. I think Virginia is a really good football team. They've got a lot of good players and I think it just proves that every week you got to play. More veteran players know that, and I think sometimes young guys take teams for granted.
"Probably NC State was a little surprised with Virginia but they won't be without motivation this Saturday. I know going into their place, they're going to be spitting nails and ready to play football again. We're going to have to play great to have a chance."
On what to expect from NC State on Saturday:
"I think we're pretty well along in our seasons right now, so I don't think either team is going to reinvent the wheel. We're going to do what we've been doing and try to do it a little bit better, I think."
On the rivalry with an in-state team:
"A lot of our kids have played against their kids in high school and some of them have been teammates with their kids in high school, so I think anytime you have familiarity with them on a personnel standpoint, it makes it a rivalry.
"We know they're a really good football team. These guys beat Florida State. If you beat Florida State, you're a heck of a football team. We know what they're capable of, we know they're going to take their best shot and hopefully our guys will continue to be motivated. We have to have great effort out of our guys for the next three weeks."
On playing well both on offense and defense:
"Throughout the season you have ups and downs and the key is to, if you have a bad week, you have to be able to bounce back.If you have a good week, you have to keep your feet on the ground and keep playing good. That's our kind of football. If you play good defense it means you're finding a way to create some turnovers."
"Offensively, our first thought is to take care of the football, but you have to score points against the teams we're playing against. If you're not able to score a few points, it's going to be hard to win."