Ole Miss vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

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Oct. 29, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Gene Chizik

"Well, that was a big win for us, and I am really proud of our football team. The question that I get asked a lot is `how does your team respond after a loss?' I said earlier in the week, I am just really proud because we haven't always played well, and when we've lost, our team is very resilient. They come back and they work extremely hard. I can't say that we've had any bad days of practice, and I feel like it is carrying over into the game. This is a good football team that we beat tonight, and I truly believe ... I said going into the game this is the best 2-5 team in the country, and I believe that. I think that they are extremely talented, but we played well tonight. We didn't play well in all spots all night long, but our coaches did some great jobs making adjustments when things weren't going great. At halftime, we made a lot of great adjustments, adjusting defensively to some of the run game that we needed to get under control that in the first half got away from us a little bit. Coach (Ted) Roof and the defensive staff did a really nice job with that. Offensively I felt like at that point we really kind of understood what their game plan was and really knew how to attack them in the second half both running and throwing the football. We are going to take a lot of positives away from the game. I don't think there is any question that we have a lot of learning moments as you go back and look at everything, but defensively again, getting turnovers ... that's huge with the field position issues and just giving our offense more opportunities. We were disappointed that we turned the ball over twice ourselves, and we can't do that very much and win. I think we negated by getting turnovers by our defense. Kicking game I thought was good again tonight. Cody Parkey was off the charts with his kickoffs again. He is just an incredible weapon for us when it comes to field position issues, but very proud of our coaching staff, very proud of our team coming off a very difficult loss. The great thing about our team up to this point is that we haven't lost twice in a row. We have not let one loss beat us twice in a row and for a young football team, I think that speaks highly of them. Coaches did a great job. Players did a great job. We have an upcoming bye week which is going to be well-needed. We need some rest. We are beat up. We are a little bit of a tired team right now, and that's another reason that I am extremely proud of the way that these guys fought, and they played in a very, very physical football game and was able to win it. Again, win it in a pretty big way. I am very proud of our coaches and our team."

On Clint Moseley throwing four touchdown passes
"I am really proud of him. He didn't turn the ball over. I thought tonight, again, us throwing the ball vertically down the field, Emory (Blake) being back in the game and you can see the impact certainly that he has with our offense. Philip Lutzenkirchen did a great job, and he scored two touchdowns tonight on different things but just being able to have the ability to throw the ball some down the field, and Emory is not 100 percent right now. He still has a long way to go to get to 100 percent, but I have to give him a lot of credit because you could see out there he still playing a little bit beat up and banged up, but he was ready to go. Clint did a great job of getting the ball where he needed to get it most of the time, and I am not sure what his completion percentage is (80 percent), but I know it was pretty good and he never turned the ball over which again for our offense not throwing interceptions, throwing the ball away when you need to. I think he took one sack tonight so certainly it was a better night for Clint. Anytime you throw four touchdowns, you have to look at it and say it was a very productive night."

On Eltoro Freeman
"I am really, really proud of him. He is preparing well every week. I told him during the game all you're preparation, you're learning how to prepare, you're learning how to get into a football game and calm down. He is a very emotional player and to calm down and see the game and fit within the defense and do what we are asking you to do, and I think he has done a much better job of that. I think he's getting better every week at just being able to get in there, absorb the game plan and try to execute the game plan, and he is playing with energy. He is playing with passion, and he looks like he is having fun out there. I don't know if I have seen him in the first two years look like he has had this much fun. I am very proud of the way he played tonight. He needs to continue to come on."

On the offensive line's performance
"We will know more tomorrow, but from the outside looking in, I feel like they had a better night. We gave up a sack, and we had a couple of pressures here and there, but we kept trying to hammer away at the run game. It was very important to us to keep giving the ball in the run game even when we weren't running it as well as we would like to. We thought it was important to continue on that path to try to run the ball. It was a very physical front seven, and again, we will know more tomorrow. But, I am proud of the way that we were able to run the football, certainly in the second half."

On scoring on consecutive drives to break open a 17-17 tie
"It was a great team win. Defensively, we struggled some during the night, and the offense picked it up. Offensively when we were struggling, the defense picked it up. Again, our special teams, I think, create opportunities for us to have a chance to win simply by the execution on our special teams. You look at a guy like Quan Bray back there. Here he is a true freshman at 18 years old, and he is fielding punts and getting some yardage, helping us get first downs on punts, making fair catches when you have people all around him in his face, and he is not turning the ball over, which for a young guy, that happens a good bit. So, I just think all around it was a good team win, and when one part of our team was not necessarily producing, I feel like the other part was."

On going 3-2 in the month of October
"I would like to say here our goal was always to be 5-0, but we lost three football games. We've lost three games on the road to the No. 1, the No. whatever and No. whatever team. I don't know what they are, but they are all in the top 10. Not an excuse. We go into those games, and we expect to win them, but we've come a long way, and the challenge of the month was certainly out there in front of us, and our guys knew that, and our coaches knew that. We are very proud and pleased to win three games. The goal around here though is always five, and that's the way it is. So, I can say that we feel good with the outside world saying `boy, how are you going to win any in October?' and all that. That's all well and good. Everybody has their opinion but in our locker room and what we talk about is going 5-0, and so we are not happy that we didn't. But, we are going to take every week as it comes. We are going to play hard, and we are going to do everything we can to win, and if we win, we will move on, and if we lose, we will move on. That is what our team has been able to do I think ever since we started here in 2009. So, I am proud that no game has beat us twice. That's really important, and I think it shows you the resiliency of the kids on this team. They have been through a lot, and we are bumped and bruised and beat up, but we always continue to fight back and find a way to try to win a game, and we did that tonight."

On Michael Dyer's performance
"I am not exactly sure what his stats were (27 carries for 177 yards, 1 TD) and things of that nature, but we had a good discussion, him and I yesterday about how proud I have been of him. He's had some tough sledding here the last couple of weeks, and he has had the greatest attitude. He has been all in, good, bad or indifferent, and he and I talked in depth yesterday, and I told him `that your time is going to come, and we are working on getting better, and we are going to give you the ball a lot, and we expect a lot of production from you. You just have to keep chopping wood and eventually you're going to hit one here, you're going to hit one there, and you're going to do what you do.' So, I am really proud of him from the standpoint that he hasn't flinched the last month even when things weren't going real well at the running back spot, and I was glad to see him be productive tonight."

On whether or not you regret not making Clint Moseley the starter earlier in the year
"No. I don't ever look back on a decision that we make that is well thought out using great discernment and doing at the time what we think is the best thing for our football team. So, I don't ever look back on decisions and regret them."

On Gabe Wright
"I am really proud of Gabe. I don't know exactly what it is going to look like until I see the film, but he started tonight, his first college game starting in an SEC West game. He is ready. I think his maturation process from August to now has been huge. I am very proud of him. I think he has been very humble and it was time for him to start. Again, him and I talked earlier in the week, and I just told him that it is his time. He has progressed enough for us to know that we can go into the game and win with him. So, I hope that he played really well, but I won't really know that until tomorrow."

Wide Receiver Emory Blake

On Auburn's win over Ole Miss...
"It was a great first game back. We had a lot of fun out there and the offense was able to move the ball. We hurt ourselves in the first half with turnovers but overall I thought we played very well."

On first full game since injury...
"It was awesome. I had to sit out the last four weeks. It was a killer knowing that you can make a big impact. It's just great to be back."

On importance of the bye-week...
"It's big because this late in the season a lot of guys are nicked and bruised. It's going to be nice having a week off."

Center Reese Dismukes

On tonight's game...
"I think we started off a little slow up front. Coach (Gus) Malzahn always talks about imposing our will. In the second half, we made it a point to run and we just ran it down their throat."

On being offensively balanced...
"We protected Clint (Moseley) well and let the passing game unfold. That got their defense to back off and let us run the ball."

On importance of the bye-week...
"It's going to be big getting a bunch of guys back and healthy. We're all bumped up and bruised. We all need a little break. That will be big heading down the stretch."

Quarterback Clint Moseley

On tonight's game...
"Some of those passes were really ugly. I don't want to say that's how it's always been for me, but they got there nonetheless. On the touchdown to Emory (Blake), it was an awful ball but he was so open and made the adjustment. There were some things I could have done better, there were a few balls I wish I had back.

"Overall, I thought I did a good job running the offense. That's something I've been focusing on. They don't want to put too much stress on me. It was a pretty good night for me and I feel great."

On this game feeling different after having start under his belt... "The first start was so surreal and the circumstances I was in. When you play the No. 1 team on the road, there are so many factors that made it surreal. I've really settled in. Being at home really helped, it was a lot different of a feeling."

On the bye-week... "This is going to be pretty important. We have a lot of guys banged up. We just need the rest. "

Defensive Back T'Sharvan Bell

On his interception and 41-yard return...
"The ball is in the air and I made a play on it. It was nothing special. I saw I had a little running room when I caught it. I made a couple guys miss, but I was running on `E'."

On coming back from the road loss at LSU...
"It is just making all the corrections and communicating. The offense ran the ball well and made the plays in the air when they needed it to. It was a good win for us heading into the bye-week."On the bye-week..."We are beat up. It is a grind. After a week off, we will come back healthier than ever."

Tight End Philip Lutzenkirchen

On winning after losing a tough road game...
"It was good to finally put four quarters together offensively. Our defense has been playing lights out the last few games. They put us in positions to win."

On Clint Moseley's performance...
"We finally saw what Clint (Moseley) can do when we give him some time. That was our focus all week, giving the quarterback time. He did great. He had four touchdowns, he found me twice and I am always excited about that."

On one-handed touchdown catch...
"I didn't realize I caught it with one hand until after I got into the end zone. We just ran a naked bootleg. We were just trying to kill the clock and Clint put it on me."

Linebacker Eltoro Freeman

On tonight's game...
"I would just like to thank God for the opportunity. Last week's loss left a bad taste in my mouth. We have been working hard all week to play better and that is what we did. We had a great game plan set up for us and we went out there and executed it."

On team-leading 11 tackles...
"I feel that I am a senior and if I want everyone next to me flying around and making plays then I need to do the same."

On second-half defensive execution...
"Coaches didn't change anything at halftime. The biggest thing that we wanted to do was to eliminate big penalties and big plays. They couldn't pass that well on us. The running game was really what the coaches stressed at halftime. We weren't filling the gaps."

On going 3-2 in the month of October...
"It means a lot. We are now bowl eligible. This off week was really needed. We are going to take advantage of it."

Wide Receiver Quindarius Carr

On his 42-yard touchdown catch...
"It was a great throw by Clint Moseley with great blocking by the offensive line. It was an excellent call. I had the opportunity to make the play and I made it."

On the offense's production tonight...
"We came out with a chip on our shoulder. We had a lot of things to prove because we are a better offense than what we put on film. Like Coach (Gus) Malzahn said, it was our coming out party."

On the passing game...
"Receivers made plays when we had to make plays. That is the biggest reason we made a lot of the plays we did today. We were called upon to make plays and we made them."

Running Back Michael Dyer

On 178-yard rushing performance...
"The offensive line did a tremendous job blocking tonight creating holes and giving us room to run. We were able to come out and run the ball effectively. The passing game really opened the running game up for us, so it was pretty easy."

On his 48-yard run...
"We were able to get hats on hats and I was able to read the open spaces. I was able to break through and get some yards."

On the offense's rushing performance...
"It was time for us to come out and put a complete offensive game together. It wasn't always good. We came out and played better than we did last week. It gives us some momentum heading into the off week so hopefully in two weeks we'll be able to do the same thing again.

Defensive End Corey Lemonier

On the defense's performance tonight...
"We had our mistakes that were costly, but we came back in the second half and we made plays and fought back."

On the defensive line's performance...
"We came together and made adjustments, and we played our game."

On the week off...
"We have a lot of banged up players and it is really good for our team right now. It is coming at the right time. Hopefully, we'll get everyone healthy and come back strong for the next few weeks."


Ole Miss Locker Room

Head Coach Houston Nutt

Opening statement...
"I was proud of how hard they played. You just can't turn the ball over, especially away from home in this kind of environment. You can't turn the ball over and give them gifts of field position. The way we started the game was exactly the way we didn't want to start the game. I thought we weathered the storm though. We started moving the ball, running the ball and getting movement. Once we got back on the board, at halftime we were right there. The second half, the fumble when Brandon slips that really hurt us. One thing we thought that we could do is run the ball on these guys. These guys did a good job of coming off the ball, but again you can't turn the ball over. We took a couple double moves where they got three or four touchdown passes on us. We have to get pressure and not give up easy touchdowns. Our effort was good, you just can't turn the ball over."

On Michael Dyer...
"He is a tough runner. We know how good he is. We missed some tackles too as well. We can't have that many against a good back like that. If you miss a tackle that means extra yards and that is exactly what he did."

If Auburn did anything different defensively coming into the second half...
"No, the same thing. Cover four with a four-man front and three linebackers. The same thing."

On Clint Moseley...
"He did a good job, but when you've got a running game going like that you try to respect the running game by getting seven or eight guys in the box. Then, you get easy throws for touchdowns and that's what he was able to do. He threw the ball over our heads a couple times and had a double move on Damien that one time. It looked like a dig and then he went over the top with it. I was hoping to get a couple pressures there that we didn't get."

Defensive End Kentrell Lockett

On his performance...
"Coach and I have been talking all week and he said I was going to play today. I wanted a couple of plays to get into a groove. That's what happened and I was able to be productive."

On Auburn's second half...
"They were pretty much doing the same thing they did in the first half. They were just outplaying us and they wanted it more than we did."

On Ole Miss' third quarter struggles...
"We are just not matching the intensity we enter the game with. We play the first half trying to set the standards of the game, but when we come out at halftime, we just can't get back on that level. Once we learn to match it, we will be able to finish games."

Running Back Brandon Bolden

On the running game overall...
"It showed its face again. Everybody did a good job holding the ball. There was a fumble early in the game, it is something not to get down on him. He just has to build on it and not do it again. The offensive line was coming off the ball and creating more than one lane. The hardest part of running the ball was picking which lane to run through."

On the fumble in the second half...
"They have a grass field and it was kind of wet, so when I stepped, I just slipped and my head knocked the ball loose."

On the slow third quarter...
"I do not know what it is. We just need to get going faster. We started moving the ball at the end, but that is too late. It is not a mental thing, it is on the players. It is on us, we just have to execute."