Ole Miss Vs. Texas Postgame Quotes



Sept. 15, 2013

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Head coach Hugh Freeze

Opening Statement
"I'm just really proud of our group of guys in that locker room: players and coaches, managers, administration. To represent our university on a stage like this is a blessing to us. We just feel great about the opportunity to come into this kind of arena as a young program with young kids and fight for 60 minutes and see what the scoreboard says. That's what our kids did tonight. Our fans that came, they were here on as many tickets as we could get. I'm proud for them too. For some of the times that they went through and now to be in some of these games that they're leaving the stadium very happy is a great satisfaction to our staff and kids."

On where the Ole Miss program is today as opposed to where it was before the game started...
"I think it's too early. We're better than we were when I got here. We've won five games in a row right now. Our kids have some confidence but we still make a lot of mistakes. We're playing a lot of young kids. On a national stage like tonight, when you're playing at the University of Texas, one of the nation's best programs, and great respect for Texas head coach Mack Brown and the job they do, and they had great looking kids. To come in and stand toe-to-toe with them, I do think nationally, it's going to help us in recruiting. It's a step in the right direction, but it's just one step. We didn't take six tonight. We just took one step, but it is a step in the right direction."

On the difference in the first half and second half...
"We stopped the run. We actually came in and just made one change and tried to stay with them. They were hitting the zone on us and bouncing it out the back and we were able to pursue a little bit so we started bringing a guy down weak side away from the backs and lineman. We stopped the zone play and made them give us third-and-longs and they're uncomfortable with that, just like anybody is, and we got a little rush on them then. The other thing, believe it or not, we just said, `Hey, look I know we're young, but let's go out and play our base defense and see if our kids can compete. Just line up and play base with the exception of the zone adjustment,' and they did."

Junior QB Bo Wallace

On not panicking when Texas came back to go up at the half...
"We knew that they were going to come back. They are a resilient team. In the first half we were just kind of shooting ourselves in the foot. We didn't really change much at halftime. We made a few adjustments but most of all just came out and executed."

On playing Alabama on the road next...
"We are playing another great program. We have a bye week, so we'll get in there, get some guys healthy, and just take it from there."

Sophomore DB Mike Hilton

On what this win means for the program...
"This win means something here. We came in with the mindset like, `This is our win, we got to get it,' because of what happened last year; that was just embarrassing. With the right mindset we knew we could win."

On his confidence level now...
"I am very confident. I had that pass interference but I had to let it go and move on to the next play."

Junior DE C.J. Johnson

On any defensive changes in the second half...
"We just did a better job of executing the game plan. There were a few little things that we had to get adjusted upfront."

On Ole Miss' attack on Texas QB Case McCoy...
"Yeah we kind of got after him a little bit in the second half. We were calling a little bit more blitzes and we were a little bit sharper on pass rushes. We were able to get after it a little bit."

On expectations changing since the beginning of the season...
"Definitely. Our expectations changed once the season started, and I think we have done a great job of responding to everything that has been thrown at us."


Head coach Mack Brown

Opening Statement
"At this point, with a close start, I'm really proud of our guys that they came back and fought.  Got back ahead, had a great opportunity that we blew at the 1-yard line with the motion penalty, in fact, had two motion penalties and had to kick a field goal which cost us four points.  Also allowing them to get three points right before the half to take momentum into the half was really critical.  For some reason, we didn't play consistently well in the second half, and we've got to go back and figure out why."

On the first half play...
"Yes, we had it going on both sides of the ball.  We played much better on defense.  The crowd got into it.  Offense was moving the ball.  Like I said, I thought our inability to get points first and goal at the one hurt our momentum some.  I thought the three points for them, if you give up points right before the half, it's a killer.  You've got to go back and take your momentum back in the second half.  That is an age old rule in sports and in football, and we didn't do either.  We let them have the momentum going in.  We didn't take the momentum going out in the second half, and we never got it back."

On what Ole Miss did to change their offense...
"They didn't change anything.  They had the same drive in the first half, started the second half.  Same thing exactly, handed the three on the speed sweep, used play action off of it."

On if he felt they were too conservative on offense in the second half...
"I don't know.  We'll have to look at that.  I'll talk to the offensive coaches about that tomorrow.  I'll watch it tonight and see.  I'm sure they were trying to keep Ole Miss off the field, and they were trying to be physical, and they ran the ball better than Ole Miss in the first half.  I think it was about even, but we had two more yards rushing.  We had a fourth down stop and a turnover, and they didn't have any.  I'm sure what the coaches talked about at halftime is stay on the field.  I thought Ole Miss got tired some in the first half and just didn't do it in the second half."

Junior DE Cedric Reed

On thoughts about what changed with the team after halftime...
"I really can't say. All I know is in the first half, we came out and we got on it. They came out with a couple fast, quick scores but we got back in it. I felt like the momentum was on our side before halftime. Coming out that third quarter, Bo Wallace had that good run. He set them up for a good touchdown and from there I don't know what happened."

On is it hard to find confidence after giving up 30 unanswered points...
"We all have confidence. What I think it is is that we sometimes get on such a high and when we do we need to learn how to stay there. Sometimes we will just drop real low. So I think it is that high that we need to learn to stay on but confidence is not a question. We all have confidence."

On thoughts of how the defensive coordinator transition affected him this week...
"It really didn't affect me. The only thing it did was shortened our plays. We didn't have much and we did what we could with the number of plays that we had. After the first half, I am pretty sure that they looked at what we were doing for the second half and they schemed it up and made some switches and it got to us."

Junior LB Jordan Hicks

On what changed in the second half after stopping them in the second quarter...
"They started running the ball to the field a little bit more.  Really, they were running the same play over and over again.  It's pretty    it's pretty disappointing.  But you know the main thing is we've just got to come back and put this one behind us."

Senior DT Chris Whaley

On the level of frustration of not be able to stop the run, especially in the second half...
"The running back had tremendous speed, so it was hard containing him, but we just couldn't find that spark in the second half. We can't come out hard in the first half and not keep the momentum going in the second half. We have to find that spark and be able to continue fighting for the entire game. That spark comes from the players. We have to stay focused and locked in, and have fun doing it."

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