Orange Bowl Reaction: Rivera & Fine

KANSAS TIGHT END DEREK FINE ON IF HE THOUGHT HIS TEAM COULD ACHIEVE WHAT IT HAS THIS SEASON

Absolutely. I knew that we had a special team going into this year. I knew that we had special players. It was just a matter of putting it together. You could tell that we really had the team cohesion that we needed in the summer. That's when it really came together. We set those goals for a reason. We knew we could get there.On if the win silences the team's doubters heading into this game This (win) verifies it. Virginia Tech is a very good football team. They were No. 3 in the nation and ACC champions. They didn't get here because of a fluke reason. We came out and played a really good game against them. I think any (doubts) about this program, these players, these coaches and what is going on here, is all gone. This is a BCS game. This is a national stage. We came out and we won. For us, the scoreboard says it all.

KANSAS LINEBACKER MIKE RIVERS ON THE WIN

This feels so good. It's been a long time since winter conditioning started. This is one of the best feelings I've had in a long time. I'm just glad we won this game and are Orange Bowl champions. This feels awesome. On how the win validates what his team had accomplished heading into this game (This win) shows the strength of the Big 12. It show the strength of Kansas. We went out there and we played some Jayhawk football. We showed them what we had and we laid it to them. We are just happy to win the game. On the Kansas linebackers We always heard about (Virginia Techs) linebackers and didn't hear about us. It feels good. The LBs went out there and tore it up. We performed really well together and we're definitely a force to be reckoned with.


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