Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M Postgame Quotes

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Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes
Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss.
Oct. 12, 2013

Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze

On the game …
“Obviously we are very disappointed for our kids. They fought their guts out and played their
hearts out against a very good football team, and had their chances to win. It really boils down
to we had a chance to make some plays and didn’t and they did. There were a lot of things that
could have happened but didn’t. We were so short-handed that we couldn’t go with a lot of
our defensive packages. We really only had one option there at the end. I couldn’t tell you
how many folks were down on the defensive side. It was so many that we couldn’t go into our
'money' or 'dime' packages. Again, I am very proud of our kids. It’s disappointing, and we
have to get one of these to go our way. We have to get them back for another difficult test
next Saturday night.”

On Serderius Bryant
“We haven’t heard. When I got out there, he had been knocked out. If that’s the case, you’re
not really sure what the injury is. It looked like he had some movement to me. We’re hopeful
and we’ll be praying for him.”

On last offensive drive …
“The first play was a run-pass option. We could second guess all of it, but the next play we had
a guy wide open and it hit him in the chest. You have to make plays.”

On if Bo Wallace remains starting quarterback …
“I think so. The game was on the line and he made a nice throw on the run-pass option. The
next one was a strike. Barry (Brunetti) did some nice things also.”

On injuries on defense …
“Mike Hilton was out. Robert Nkemdiche was out. Bird (Serderius Bryant) of course. Issac (Gross) was
hurting, plus we already had CJ (Johnson) out. We’ve taken some hits there.”

On dropped passes …
“I don’t know if they are trying too hard and pressing, but we certainly had some of those that
hurt us. We need every third down conversion and every first down we can get. We have to
convert those.”

On game plan …
“I thought the plan we had worked and gave us a chance. We want to formulate a plan that
gives us a chance in the fourth quarter to win the football game. We had the ball and had a
chance. We didn’t get it done.”

On targeting penalty …
“I don’t like it at all. It just doesn’t feel right if they say it wasn’t targeting for us to lose 30
yards. I thought there were some calls at the end that could have gone in our favor but didn’t.
I’m not in favor of them saying it wasn’t and still getting penalized, but nobody is. It will
certainly be revisited after the year. I understand what they are trying to do by protecting
players, but it sure doesn’t feel good when it happens to you.”

Ole Miss Players

#25, Cody Prewitt, FS
On tonight …
“It was a tough loss, but we have to fight through it and come back stronger next week against
LSU.”

On LSU ...
“They are a good team we have to be prepared for a battle, but we will be ready.”

#6, Jaylen Walton, HB
On tonight …
“We have to keep fighting, be tough and play a full 60-minute game.”

On LSU …
“LSU is a big rival coming in, so we have to get back to the drawing board, come up with some
good schemes, and play hard all 60 minutes.”

#11, Barry Brunetti, QB
On passing touchdowns …
“They were plays that we had been working on all week, and they worked well. They have been
in the playbook the whole season but this week we just used them a lot more in practice.”

On touchdown to Evan Engram
“It was a play for Evan Engram, but once I saw the safeties come up and he was wide open I was
able to get it to him.”

On remaining schedule …
“We have a tough game next week with LSU, but we also have a lot of games down the stretch
and have a lot of football left to play. We still have a whole lot to play for.”

Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin

On the game vs. last year’s game …
“It’s a little bit different. It was a heck of a game, here a year ago then the game here this year.
Hugh Freeze does a good job. He’s got a talented group of guys and they play with a lot of
pride. Both teams didn’t always do everything right. It was great efforts by both sides.
Somebody has to win. Fortunately it was us.”

On kicker Josh Lambo …
“We’ve had some issues with place kicking and made some tough decisions. He is a great
example to our team and other guys. Here is a guy a year ago who nobody knew his name, and
he came in and helped us as a walk-on. He is an excellent example for our program. He kept
fighting and worked hard to play, and the best players are going to play. I was happy for the
team and I was particularly happy for him because of what he has gone through and his
particular situation. It was a pressure situation for him to be in.”

On what went through his mind when Johnny Manziel went down…
“Just like any other player that goes down, I am concerned about them. This has happened
before and we have talked about it. I didn’t see what happened but we communicated about it
and he said he was ready to go back in.”

On play of defense…
“I thought the first half we gave up one big play. A little bit different story in the second half.
They made some adjustments in the third quarter, but we just made enough plays in the fourth
to win. It’s about third-down conversions. We were 8-of-13 and they were 6-of-14. Also, we
won the time of possession.”

Texas A&M Players

#49, Josh Lambo, PLK
On the opportunity to score the winning field goal …
“Surprisingly enough, I really wasn’t that nervous. It feels so great, not to kick the game-winning
field goal, but to do something to help my teammates and reward their effort. They’re the guys
that are out there getting beat up and getting knocked down and tackling people, making big
plays. Just the fact that I got to do anything to help that out, that was the best part about it.”

On the last drive …
“I was over in my own corner, I was in my own world. I was kicking it in the net, trying to make
clean contact, making sure my tempo to the ball was good. It was great to do what needed to
be done.”

On the way Johnny Manziel played …
“Johnny’s a beast. Week in and week out we can expect greatness from him. It’s so awesome
to be part of a team that he gets to lead.”

#15, Travis Labhart, WR
On Ole Miss taking the lead toward the end…
“I remember sitting with Johnny over on the bench, and we just started laughing when they
scored. Not because they aren’t a good team, but because we knew we had to score again. We
knew it was going to be a shootout. But I don’t think we were ever worried. We always know
that when we go out we have to score. That’s our job, and we can’t let their defense dictate
how well we play.”

On catching passes and making plays with Johnny Manziel…
“We were meshing. I think that comes from having confidence in me. Back when he was a scout
team player, we were on scout teams together. It was fun because we always found each other.
So I think we just happened to carry it on to a real game. That’s where it came from, we
just meshed, and he found me.”

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