"There were distractions," FIU coach Butch Davis said. "But I really truly believe once we got to Birmingham, we realized the only thing we had any control over was how we would play in the game. The kids were excellent at compartmentalizing."
"In tough times, you find out who the good guys are, who's got grit, who's got determination," Davis said. "Reality sets in. We'll look at this film, you'll grow, you'll learn, you'll take it personal. Because the one thing about it is, that film won't lie. And we're going to get better, guys. I promise you, we're going to get better."