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Auburn-Arkansas Postgame Quotes

Oct. 8, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head coach Gene Chizik
"We did all the things tonight, all the classic things, that lead to losing. We turned the ball over on the road, dropped balls, guys who were wide open and we can't hit them, the ball going through guys' hands. We are going to move forward and learn from our mistakes and not let this game beat us twice. I saw some positive things when guys stepped up when our backs were against the wall. We kept fighting the whole game. We are gaining confidence. We had one turnover and we needed about two more to stay in the game.

"Concerns (on offense) are what everybody saw. Turning the ball over, inconsistency and things of that nature.

"I thought our special teams were solid and gave us a chance to win. Field position-wise, we did all that we could do."

Corey Lemonier, DE "Give credit to Arkansas. They capitalized on missed plays. We have to go back to practice and work on it. We came after it. We try to improve every week. We've improved. They got 2 plays on us. We have that to work on for Florida."

Defensive Line Coach Mike Pelton "Any time you play in the SEC you can't give up those plays we gave up on the long run. Those are just backbreakers to your defense. They are growing up. We just always remember a lot of those guys don't play. They are making mistakes they have never done before. I'm not making excuses for them. I look for improvement. I saw some improvement with the young guys. The only way to go out there and do it is to do it. They are making mistakes because of youth, not effort. I am seeing improvement every week out of these guys."

Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn
"Really, what stands out to me is we had 5-6 holding penalties and we couldn't overcome the momentum. We still have to find ways to have passing yards. When they stack the box, we have to find a way to do it. We had a couple of crucial holding penalties that kind of killed momentum.

"It was a combination of a lot of different things. It was ugly football in the second half. Our defense played well enough to win and we just have to put more points on the board."

Running Back Michael Dyer (on returning to Arkansas)
"I was excited to come home and play in front of a lot of fans and friends and family."

Running Back Michael Dyer (on the Auburn ground game)
"We were just trying to do what our game plan was and stay with it and try to fight and continue to try to get some success running the ball and try to make something happen." Auburn Quarterback Barrett Trotter (on the dropped passes) - "During the game those things don't really cross your mind. I've got confidence in all the guys they got in there that they can catch that pass nine times out of ten so it's just a matter of making sure that they do it."

Arkansas Locker Room

Head Coach Bobby Petrino (opening statement):
"That's a good win for us. I'm happy for our football team and it took the whole team to win it. We got off to a little rocky start, but defensively we played real well in the second half, shut them out and created turnovers. We've been waiting on those turnovers to come. It's a good win for us and now we'll get a week off and get ready for the next one."

Arkansas Safety Tramain Thomas (on his two interceptions):
"It felt great to come out here and get two picks in front of our home crowd and in a big game like this. We played great as a defense and that's how I got my picks. We dictated the offense and when they were able to throw we were able to get our hands on them."

Arkansas Quarterback Tyler Wilson (on his performance):
"Early on I wasn't settled in. I think I missed some throws that I'd hit on a regular basis. When you come out and don't execute it kind of frustrates you. Then when you get settled in you can go complete 19 in a row. I think we got in a good rhythm and pace offensively. We were up tempo and when you're able to do that you're able to get in a rhythm."

Arkansas Quarterback Tyler Wilson (on the balance of the offense):
"I like the way we ran the football early on, and then Joe's big run was huge for us. It took some pressure off of me. We didn't have to throw the ball 50 times tonight."



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