Oct. 4, 2009
Final Stats |
Head Coach Gene Chizik
That was great. I love watching these guys come in from a win. That was our first win and our first SEC road win. At a place like this where no one has ever played here. It was just a great way to come in here and find different ways to win the game and it was awesome to see our kids faces after the win.
"There are not going to be any easy ones in the SEC. All of our SEC games are going to be tough. We have to be well-prepared and be prepared to win them in different ways. Tonight we found a different way to win the game.
"That kickoff return in the last five minutes was huge. For us to be able to continue down and eat some clock and then the field goal for Wes to ice the game was absolutely huge We are finding different ways to win.
"That's a great Tennessee defense. Time of possession was huge for us tonight. That was obvious. The offensive line came together. Our running backs Ben Tate, Onterrio and Eric Smith and those guys fought for some tough yards tonight. It was good to see them run the ball down field tonight.
(On the time of possession advantage): "One of the things that tied into that tonight it was the best we have been in third down defense. It's the best we've been in getting off the field on third downs. We did it really, really well early in the game. We were giving our offense more opportunities to touch the football.
"We have come through a lot of things. We have had a lot of adversity, but we are finding different ways to win as a team. That's the good thing about it. Guys going up and down the bench with the defense thanking the offense and the offense thanking the defense and thanking the special teams because everybody is finding different ways to contribute.
(On TD Drive in first half in 87 yards in about 2:30)
"We really felt like we were making some progess with the hurry up offense and the tempo. We just kind of put the peddle to the metal and keep running it at them and running it at them. Ben ran for some tough yards and we wore them down a little bit at that point of the game."