Post-Game Q&A: Jacory Harris

Read on to see what quarterback Jacory Harris was saying following Miami's 34-16 win over Duke on Saturday.

On what provided the spark in the second half …
"What really turned around everything was something that happened in the tunnel. Duke was cheering, signing songs like they had this game won. That right there lit a flame inside my soul. I was like `Man, I can't let this happen.' So I started to loosen up, have fun – the second half we came out, did what we had to do."

On running back Damien Berry
"The guy's been working hard, just doing everything he needs to do to get better. He works hard in practice, so it shows in the game. He established the run game, threatened the safeties. The safeties had to come down and respect the run now, and that kind of opened up everything in the second half."

On his hand…
"I just got a real bad thumb injury. With my adrenaline running, I'll be okay. I've got to get a better grip with my four fingers or something….get bigger hands. I have to deliver for this team. They're behind me, and as long as they're backing me up, I have to keep grinding."

On getting used to having his hand taped…
"Really this week I haven't practiced that much. Throughout this week it's been little aches, but I knew in this game I would just have to fight it out. I started off a little shaky…couldn't really feel the ball. I was throwing just sidearm, just wasn't being me. Then I loosened up and had fun in the second half."

On linebacker Darryl Sharpton's return …
"I told Sharpton he needs to come play wide receiver because that was a good catch. I've never seen a linebacker with that much concentration and with a quarterback drilling it in there and him catching it all hands and showing his 3.9 speed in the 40. He showed a little speed down there, out-running the offensive linemen."

On what this win means for the program, given that Miami now has eight wins, the most since 2005 …
"It doesn't mean anything until we win it all. We have to finish this season out with a bang…have to keep on moving forward and doing things to get better because it'll be a bust if you lose your last two games with the remarkable season we've had this year. We've had a couple of ups and downs this year, but at the same time we've fought through a lot of things to make it where we've made it right now."

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