Postgame Quotes: Ole Miss vs. Auburn
Oct. 29, 2016

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Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes

Ole Miss vs. No. 15 Auburn

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss.

Oct. 29, 2016

 

Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze 

Opening statement…

“I think it has been indicative of our season the way our kids fought tonight. I was very proud.  I think we played a team that is playing as well as anyone in the country right now, particularly the way they have been playing defensively and running the ball. We battled toe-to-toe for most of the game, but like I said, for whatever reason in this game, you have years where the margin of error is so small. One or two plays make such a huge impact. We think about the third and five, and Chad (Kelly) puts us in field goal range but we get a holding call. And then we can get a touchdown there where we were down 33-29 and we didn’t connect or make a play, and then the next play you throw an interception that flips the field and gives them the two score lead. Our season has been like that. We were extremely shorthanded in some key spots. I was really proud of the effort our guys gave against a really quality opponent.”

On the option play with quarterback Jason Pellerin…

“We wanted to run the wide sweep, and I think it was touchdown. I’m not sure if they got that timeout off before. Then after they saw that, we had done that earlier on a fourth down play where he got good yards. They had a twist on it. The guy just made a play.”

 On whether Chad’s performance was the best he has seen…

“I would have to say it is way up there against that defense. They gave up seven touchdowns all year and gave real problems for quarterbacks. I thought our offensive line, even though we were out with a lot of guys. I really thought Chad (Kelly) played really well. I couldn’t see on the interception what took place there, but he battled and fought. He is hurting right now. I thought he played really well.”

On whether the issues with stopping the run are a personnel or execution problem…

“I think any time you set a vision for the program and that vision isn’t being met, you have to look at the stats. You have to look at the indicators at what the issues are. There is an issue there. So it is either the people or the process. It is my job to try to figure out, is it a combination? Is it the people? Will recruiting fix it? Do we need to work on our communication? I assure you there is no give-up on this staff or on us trying to address it. We faced two really good rushing teams the last two weeks. I wish I could answer your question definitively, but it certainly has continued.”

 
Ole Miss Student-Athletes

 

#10, Chad Kelly, Quarterback

On the game…

“All those guys fought hard, but at the end of the day, we just want to win. This one hurts, but you can’t look back. You just have to keep on fighting. I love my guys to death, and I know they’re going to keep on fighting.”

On setting the Ole Miss single-game passing record…

“I felt comfortable out there, but we left a lot of stuff still out there, and we can still get better. I know our guys are just going to keep on fighting. It starts tomorrow in practice. We just have to come out with the win, and that’s it.”

On the near-touchdown to tight end Evan Engram, and the interception on the ensuing play…

“I saw two-high look safeties, and I went out on the one-receiver side and saw Evan running down the field stride-for-stride, straight down the field. I could’ve thrown a little better ball. I kind of short-armed it a little bit. Then the next play, we ran all-curls and I just threw off my back foot where I was leaning backwards and I couldn’t get enough power into the ball where it was going to be a good pass.”

 

#97, Gary Wunderlich, K/P

On the loss…

“Yea, it was a real tough loss. We hung with them all game. I really thought we were going to pull that one out. It was a tough way to lose.”

On staying consistent with his field goals…

“It starts in practice. Everyday just come to work, making sure my technique is right and your mind is right for game day.”

On blocked PAT…

“I was pretty surprised. I missed one a couple weeks ago, so I didn’t know if it was me or the line. We will have to look at it.”

On punting mindset…

“It’s tough preparing for both kicking and punting at the same time when the offense is out there. But I like it, it’s just something different. With field goal kicking, you either make or miss. With punting, you can get away more often with a miss-hit.”


Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn

Opening Statement…

“A hard fought victory on the road. We knew there would be adversity. They have been playing great at home all year. They have a big time quarterback and they have really fast receivers. Really proud of our defense as far as adjustments in the second half to hold that group to seven points. I think our third-down defense was outstanding in the second half. We had a couple fourth-down stops that were huge. Offensively we were able to run the football. Kamryn Pettway is starting to establish himself as one of the top guys in the country. He is getting better every time out. Our offense presented some different looks. We had to make some adjustments. I thought (Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee) did a really good job with adjustments. Really just a huge win in a tough place to play. We are glad to get out of here with a victory. Probably the big thing is how you win. Halftime was a dog fight and the third quarter was a dog fight.”

On Josh Holsey interception…

“It was probably the play of the game. At that point it was kind of back and forth. He flipped the field and gave the offense a short field. I think we were able to score there, a touchdown. That was really the play of the game.”

On the interception cont…

“We were close. There was no doubt. You have to give them credit. That quarterback had an outstanding night. The receivers had an outstanding night. They are a really good team. They present a lot of challenges.”

Secondary playing tighter in the second half…

“We started getting up on them a little bit. We played a little bit of cover two to try and keep them from the short ones. They are a good offense. They are one of the best offenses in college football. When they are playing at home they are really tough.”

 

 Auburn Student-Athletes

 

#21, Kerryon Johnson, RB

On Sean White…

“When we named him the starter I said the same thing. He’s better, he’s a great leader. He’s going to make plays regardless of the situation, so if things break down he’s going to make it with his legs, if things don’t break down he’s going to make it with his arm. He’s the leader of this team, he knows how to run this offense in and out, and I expect him to keep making plays.”

On Sean White’s leadership…

“He’s ready for the moment. If you ask him to do something he’s going to get it done. He might not have to week in and week out, but when we need him to we know he will.”

On adversity on the road…

“Ole Miss, I mean whatever their record is, they’re a very talented team. They’ve been up on a lot of good teams, up on Florida State and Alabama, so we knew we were going to have to face adversity. We were down points, we knew we had to come back and win, and we did that.”

 

#73, Austin Golson, OL

On SEC road games…

“It’s what the SEC is all about, it is close games. It’s fun, especially when you come out with a win on the road, in the SEC it’s really hard to do. Hats off to those guys they’re a really good football team.”

On Chad Kelly…

“He was slinging it, everybody knows he’s one of the best players out there. Like I said, they had some really good players and they made a lot of good plays. We just found a way to keep fighting and win.”

On pregame interaction with fans…

“They were talking crap to us which is fine, we probably deserved it I guess. It is what it is. They have good fans. I have nothing against any of them. As a center you have to keep your mind focused on what you have to do, you can’t really get involved in all of that.”

 

 

 

 


 

 

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