LSU vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes
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Oct. 23, 2010

 

 

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Auburn Locker Room

Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik

"Obviously, that was another great game that came down to the end and somehow another our football team found a way to win it. I've said this for the last seven weeks, but my hat's off to our football team. I thought we were a little bit beat up tonight going into the game defensively. I could not be more proud of our defensive staff, our defensive players. We were playing with true freshmen. We were playing with walk-ons. We were just fighting, clawing and scrapped our way to playing well today. I really appreciate that by our guys. "Offensively, again, every week, Cam (Newton) seems to be playing better. I don't think today was any exception to that. I think we had another 100 yard rusher in Michael Dyer. Special teams-wise, we put our offense in the hole just about the whole second half which was really disappointing. We felt like that was going to be a better part of our game. We certainly have some work to do there. Offensively, my hat's off to those guys, too. It is just a blessed day for all of us at Auburn, and we will enjoy this for the next however many hours, and we will go back to work Sunday."

Has Auburn gone from good to great yet?
"I don't know that you can make that claim until the end of the year to figure out exactly where you land. I think we've gone from good to better. I don't think there is any question about that."

On Nick Fairley
"I thought he was a dominant force. We will know more certainly when we watch the film. Nick certainly, I thought, took the game over inside. I think our front four got a lot of pressure period today. I don't know how many sacks we had. I know he had (2.5), and there are some other guys it seemed like they had some, too. Just as an overall defense, starting with Coach (Ted) Roof, and what the defensive staff did this week to get a scheme that with two quarterbacks. That gets challenging. Again, it goes back to our players executing and doing what the coaches are asking them to do. They got us on a trick play there. I think it was in the fourth quarter. Other than that, we made them drive the ball and earn their money tonight and work for it. Again, it starts with the defensive line usually."

On rushing for 440 yards against a team that is giving up an average of 80 yards per game rushing?
"I think the numbers speak for themselves. I don't know what I need to say about that. I just don't want to lose sight of the fact that our offensive line has become a really good offensive line. From left tackle to right tackle, those guys have played every snap now for eight games. They are beat up. They are tired. They get beat up during the game. They find a way to continue to press on. Everything starts with those guys up front. When we got the ball on the perimeter tonight, Onterio McCalebb made a great run, but I am going to tell you something. Keep a close eye on the perimeter blocking from the wide receivers. That's what makes a team in my opinion. I think it is all working together and we are getting better."

On going for it 4th and 6 from the 40 in a tie game?
"Well, we wanted to see what they were in, and if they didn't give us a look that we liked, we could have run the clock out, backed it up and punted it. We weren't quite in field goal range. They gave us a look we liked. We thought we had the stop right over there in the boundary, and we just threw the ball a little bit high. We felt like it was really a win-win situation because they gave us what we wanted on it."

On having a lot of confidence in your defense by going for it on 4th and 6 from your own 40
"No question. I mean if it was a track meet tonight against our defense, I wouldn't have done it. I would have punted and tried to pin them down."

On Cam Newton's 49-yard touchdown run
"It was just another great run that Cameron does a lot on his own. He is going to make somebody miss usually in there. I think he did that again on that play. It all started with the point of attack with our offensive line. Again, that is where it always starts. Usually when Cameron gets to the second level, he has the ability to make a guy miss, and on that play, I believe that happened. His speed is very deceiving. He is very fast so he gets out there and basically outruns everybody."

What is more impressive, that 49 yard touchdown run by Cam Newton or after 28 carries and as many hits that he took, that he leaps the fence and goes celebrate with the students?
"I didn't see that exactly, but I am sure that was impressive as well. He has a good vertical. I know that."

What halftime adjustments did you make when LSU scored right before half to tie it?
"That was one thing defensively that I was disappointed in right now was the penalties that kept some drives alive. Whether there was a face mask here and there, the face masks, they don't bother me as much as the offsides, it never happened today, but some of the post-snap penalties. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot when we had great plays working on defense to get them in a bind. It seemed like a couple of times off the top of my head, it seemed like we got ourselves a penalty and put ourselves in a bind. That was disappointing tonight, but again, they found a way to rally back."

On Jonathan Evans coming in and playing well when you needed it
"I don't know how he played. I know that he was ready to play, and that he was excited about playing. We have been getting him ready, again, another young guy who had to step up when Daren Bates went out. You have a guy like Chris Davis tonight, a true freshman corner, against some extremely talented wideouts that had to go in there and hold up. You have Neiko Thorpe out there playing beat up and banged up. Playing without Aairon Savage, Mike McNeil had to step up. It was a MASH unit in the secondary, but they never flinched. They came out there and played, and I am really, really proud of those guys."

On the inside running game of Michael Dyer?
"Going into game nine, I think Mike has really gained a lot of confidence. I don't think there is any question with that. He runs with such a low pad level. I think he is starting to get his eyes up now where he can see the cuts that he needs to make. I think game by game, when he is healthy, and he is getting healthier now, game by game I think that he is improving and playing with more confidence."

On the Ole Miss game next week being a trap game, how do you keep the team focused and fresh when you haven't had an off week?
"We haven't had an off-week. The same way we have tried to proceed every other week. This doesn't change anything for us. It doesn't change the way we prepare. It doesn't change the way we talk to our team. It doesn't change the way we practice. It doesn't change anything. This is a step-by-step, day-by-day process, and I know that sounds like coaching clichés, but that is what it is. We are not going to talk about where we end up ranking-wise. We are not going to talk about being 8-0. We are not going to talk about any of that. We are going to talk about Ole Miss next week starting tomorrow, and that is how we will proceed."

What factors make Auburn so good closing out fourth quarters week after week?
"Well, I want to give a lot of credit to our strength staff first of all. Make sure that it is real clear that a team that can be strong enough and have enough endurance in the fourth quarter to win a game, your strength and conditioning staff have to be doing something right. Coach (Kevin) Yox(all) and his staff do a great job. That is one thing. I don't think there is any question with that. Then, I just think it is the team chemistry and the belief in each other as teammates. There were a lot of times in that game that it did not look good, but I say that every week. Then, they find a way to win it. I don't know what makes team chemistry. I have no clue. I only know that in my heart of hearts that we have it. I think that is how you play better in the fourth quarter."

Josh Bynes, LB

On today's game...
"It was a great game and we put together four quarters both on offense and defense. Defensively, we put up four quarters because everyone thought it was going to be a high-scoring game. It was a great game for us defensively on kick-offs and in overall team effort. We are all grateful we came out with a victory."

On holding LSU to 243 yards...
"We played like every down was our last and we kept thinking about getting three-and-outs. We figured out their game plan and got to it. We went out there and didn't make any mistakes. We stopped them when we needed to and the offense scored for us. They got us back into the game."

On beating another ranked team...
"We just keep fighting. That's all. We just think about the next play and keep going. When we go into a game, we go in confident. We want to be humble and not get humbled. We go out there each game and fight to get the win. That's all that matters. The team goes hard from practice straight to the game."

Michael Dyer, RB

On today's game...
"We came out and played hard. The defense really stepped up when we needed them to. Nick Fairley goes out and tries to make sure we win the game. When it comes down to it, he knows he can make the big play. The offense did what we needed to do tonight and we went out and got the victory."

On getting 440 yards rushing as a team...
"We knew it was going to be a physical game. We ran as fast and as hard as we could and we wanted to make plays."

On his second-career 100-yard game...
"I was going behind my tackles and they were able to open up a lot of holes for me tonight. When they do that, it makes fit for easy reads. When you can read it, you just go with it. Anyone of our running backs could have done what I did today."

Lee Ziemba, OL

On today's game...
"We had a simple game plan and the coaches did a great job of making it easy for us. We did our technique, even though it wasn't pretty all the time. The defense did a great job helping us out. We're happy to get the win."

On the 440 yards rushing by Auburn...
"We have great coaches that put us into a position to where it is hard for us to mess up."

On beating another ranked opponent...
"It is good in the fact that we can all reach our goals. We have our hands full with Ole Miss next week."

Onterio McCalebb, RB

On 70 yard 4th quarter TD run...
"Coach Malzahn called the play and Cam (Newton) made a good read on the offensive line. The offensive line did their job and the receivers made good blocks. Once I got around the corner, I wasn't going to let anybody catch me. I pushed it out as wide as I could, and I cut it up real fast. After I cut it up I knew no one was going to catch me.

On offseason conditioning...
"I had a good offseason with lifting and conditioning. I took that very seriously. In this league, you don't want to try and play hurt."

Nick Fairley, DT

On defensive game plan...
"We played real well, but there were times we didn't execute like we should. We went into halftime and said that we have to get to the quarterback if we are going to win this game. We harped on that all offseason not just for us to win but to have a successful season. That's what Coach (Tracy) Rocker mainly focused on during the offseason. So far it's worked for us."

On final defensive stand...
"Going back out there after Onterio (McCalebb) had scored, we knew that if we made the stop we were going to win. We just ran our base defense and were in the right place at the right time to make plays."

Wes Byrum, K

On becoming Auburn's all-time leading scorer...
"It is very humbling to be on top of the list. It isn't something you think about during the game because of the gravity of the game. It is something I'll be able to look back on later and appreciate."

On the special teams' performance...
"I think we did very well. Speaking on behalf of myself, I wish I would have done a lot better. I wasn't very satisfied with how I performed and my contribution."

Zac Etheridge, S

On his interception...
"It was a tipped ball that I just happened to break on. I was in the right place at the right time. The defensive line forced LSU's quarterback to throw high and I made a play on the ball."

On the defense only giving up 128 passing yards...
"We knew that they had two quarterbacks and that they tried to run the ball at first. We knew, as a secondary, that we needed to step up and play better than we did last week against Arkansas. We just went out there and played.

Byron Isom, OL

On Auburn having 440 rushing yards...
"We feel really great about that. LSU has a great defense and tough defense. They are tough on every aspect of the ball. For us to go out there and put up that kind of number was a great accomplishment for us. It really showed how hard we work on a day-to-day basis. We pride ourselves on rushing yards and it showed today."

On Cam Newton's rushing performance...
"That is big right there. We don't really look at stats because there isn't stats for an offensive line. But when its being complemented like that by the people running behind you, that is all we need. We take great pride in that."

Cam Newton, QB

On playing LSU...
"LSU is an excellent team. Going into this game, we knew No. 1 offense, No.1 defense. Clash of the titans. There were licks being taken, different people left and right. We knew that would be the case going into the game. And I think we were prepared for that."

On touchdown run...
"It was just a simple play we were calling all night. Going into the game film and watching you know the tendencies and what not. Coach Malzahn and the staff called that play numerous times, but that particular play the offensive line did their job. And I guess it was left to me to do my job. A lot of missed tackles, and I just tried to make the most of it. It's just a play that is in my job description to make. "

On Freshman Michael Dyer...
"Michael Dyer is a special special player. Going into the game it was said numerous times that playmakers got to make plays. Everybody's got to stay in their lane and whoever you are on this team, your assignment on this team you have to do it. And Mike is one of those guys that we depend on game in and game out to make plays. As far as him being a freshman, you can cancel all that talk, because his role on the team has increased every single game. I think he is mature enough for that, and he'd been stepping up to the plate."


LSU Locker Room

Les Miles, Head Coach

Opening Statement...
"We definitely had some opportunities in this game. I think our defense gave some great effort, but we missed too many tackles. Any time you miss tackles against a team like this they're going to get a lot of yards and that's what we did. I would've liked to have played better, I would've liked to have taken that final drive for a touchdown to tie it up. Our team is certainly humbled. I liked our effort, they busted their tails. That's how I saw it"

On pace affecting the game...
"I don't think it was a significant factor on the game. I felt that we let them organize the things they needed to do. They have some misdirection in their offense, but Cam Newton was able to hold the ball and get it to where it needed to go. Our defense will see this film and improve greatly."

On LSU WR's dropped passes...
"We had a couple of drops. On the first drop, if he closes his hands it's not an interception and the feel of the game is completely different."

On difficulty of stopping Cam Newton...
"We just tackled him high. We worked in practice at tackling him low and wrapping him up. There's a want in every football player to take someone on and that's what we did. Sometimes when that person is 250 lbs. it can be a little much."

On handling Auburn's upbeat tempo/LSU's HB pass...
"I wish it was something we would've taken care of earlier. That had nothing to do with us pulling out all our tricks. I certainly felt it was a play that was timely, it was something that we wanted."

On Auburn's defensive line...
"Late in the game, number 90, Nick Fairley broke loose. He made about three plays in the backend of the game that were pretty significant."

On not being able to take advantage of Auburn's bad field position...
"We kept letting them out. Every time Cam Newton dropped back he'd end up scrambling and he can run with a lot of power. The passing game is not what beat us today, it was Cam Newton's ability to run."

On LSU moving forward from this loss...
"It's still early in the backend of the season. We have a lot of good football teams to play and we're looking forward to it. This will certainly not be a fun plane ride home. We have too many quality men, character and want for them to do anything but play hard and improve. From what I saw, I saw great effort and fight, I saw some imperfect support and some things that were not right offensively."

Jarrett Lee, QB

On the play that he was injured on...
"I landed on my hand funny and odd and I wanted to get it checked out. It wasn't too bad and nothing I can't handle."

On Auburn's defensive scheme...
"They were bringing a lot of pressure and we knew that they were going to do that. They played physical and smart. Auburn played a great game and we have to give them credit."

On not converting on the fourth down in the fourth quarter...
"It just wasn't there and I had to throw it into coverage. I tried to make a play, but it didn't work out."

Stevan Ridley, RB

On Auburn being better on both sides of the ball...
"They played a really strong game and we missed a lot of opportunities. There were a lot of dropped balls and they got a lot of penetration up front. We knew that Nick Fairley was going to be a problem and we had to contain him, but we didn't do a good job doing that. We have to just move on to the next game. Today was tough and they played hard. It was close. Auburn plays great football offensively and defensively."

On Auburn's success against LSU's running game...
"It was penetration up front. Nick Fairley controlled it up front and their linebackers played solid. They all played their gaps. We played hard and they played hard. They are a good football team and we ended up losing."

Jordan Jefferson, QB

On his effectiveness running the ball...
"We worked on it all week and thought it was going to work. They had a great defensive scheme, but there were times we could have attacked them a lot better. We need to look at film and correct our mistakes."

On not being able to take advantage of good field position...
"We have to take advantage of the field position that we had, but we weren't able to do that today. We just have to focus on that next week. We can't lose another game."

On facing Auburn's Nick Fairley...
"He is very disruptive and we had to get a hand on that guy. We thought he played a great game tonight. He showed that we have a lot to work on."

Patrick Peterson, CB

On today's game...
"It was a tough, tough, tough loss. We came out here and gave it our all. Cam Newton, he did what he had to do to help his team to victory. It was a tough loss for us. We just have to come out here two weeks from now and bounce back from it."

On expecting anything different from Auburn's offense...
"No, not necessarily. We wanted to stay aggressive. I mean, we did a poor job of tackling him (Cam Newton) tonight, and that's a pretty good quarterback who was breaking a lot of tackles. We weren't out there tackling the way we wanted to and the way we needed to, and that showed up on the stats today."

Kelvin Sheppard, LB

On the difficulty in tackling Cam Newton...
"He's a great player, about the best in the country. Plain and simple, he's the best quarterback in the country."

On the defense as a whole...
"We came in here and did exactly what we couldn't do. We missed tackles, and guys getting out of place and getting out of their gaps trying to do too much. We emphasized that all week, and for some reason, we couldn't come in here and execute the gameplan. But, like I said, hats off to Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers. Like I said, he's the best player in the country."