Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Postgame Quotes

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Nov. 26, 2011

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OLE MISS HEAD COACH Houston Nutt

Opening Statement
“That was not the way I wanted to go out. We are a team that is very fragile and you can’t turn the ball over like we did on the kickoff. When things go bad, they go bad. This is a team that just lacks a little confidence. In this locker room, there is a lot of young talent and I told them to get ready to make a real investment. I told the seniors to finish school. I know a lot of people think about going to the NFL, but school is a priority first. It is hard when you are told your coach is leaving; it’s not an excuse, but it’s hard. I wanted to finish out the year with them, but I wish things could have gone a little differently. The first two years here, I taught them how to win and I think it will come back. This is not the way I wanted to go out, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing I did.”

On how tough the past few games have been
“It’s tough; it is as tough a situation I have been in. It was tough on our coaches and our players. They are unsure of their future. This was the first time we have been in this situation and it is hard. I hate it for our fans, but there are a lot of good things coming.”

On the play of Barry Brunetti:
“He did a good job for us. He took care of the ball for us considering the weather. We just needed some good things to happen to us early. I thought he did a good job.”

OLE MISS PLAYERS

DE Kentrell Lockett

On final game of the season
“Something just wasn’t right. We stopped executing. This is definitely not how we wanted to go out, but this game was a reflection of the entire season.”

On offseason
“I don’t think our problem is the coaching. This was just one of those seasons. We had a lot of young guys that will come back with more experience.”

WR Tobias Singleton

On new coach
“I hope we get a coach that can spread the ball around to all our talented players. I want an offensive-minded coach.”


MISSISSIPPI STATE HEAD COACH DAN MULLEN

Opening Statement
“Obviously, it was a great win. I’m really proud of our guys - the way they battled; the way they fought. Three-straight Egg Bowl championships is something special. I’m really proud of how since we got here, everybody has bought into what we’re trying to do. It’s great for our seniors to go out that way; great for our young guys. They know how important it is for us and how important it is for our fans - the people of the state of Mississippi. I’m proud of the direction that the program is going. We don’t have a lot of time to enjoy,because we got to get out on the road for recruiting and hopefully all the kids
in the state of Mississippi understand this is the place to come to win championships.”

On planning to play Chris Relf as much as he did
“We got back (from Arkansas) and I thought about it. We wanted to start as many seniors as we could today and fully planned to rotate those guys. Chris was playing really well and we were moving the ball really well. We really got sloppy in the second half; kind of stagnant. We probably should have been throwing the ball a little more. We were playing such good defense and shutting them down and didn’t want to give them any opportunities.”

On the play of LaDarius Perkins
“He had a big game. We had a couple of big runs. Some of those big plays,especially in the first half, set the tempo for us for the game. Our guys knew how big this game and we talked about how in big games, you have to step up and play your best and our guys did.”

MISSISSIPPI STATE PLAYERS

RB Vick Ballard

On getting off to a fast start
“We came out and scored points. We had something to play for going into the bowl season. I’m glad we came out with a win.”

On getting to 1,000 rushing yards this season
“Coming into the game I knew I had 135 yards to get 1,000 for the season. I didn’t think about it once I was in the game. If you think about it going into a game you’re not going to be as good as you can be. I just tried to focus on the game the best that I could.”

On getting this kind of game under his belt
“This is the best I’ve ran since Auburn, with the exception of UT Martin. Our offensive line did a great job tonight."

LB Brandon Wilson

On winning the Egg Bowl
“It’s definitely a blessing to be able to get this third-straight win in the Egg Bowl. My teammates were all happy that it made us become bowl-eligible, so we are extremely happy. We definitely got what we came for. We practiced our butt off and we definitely got the end result.”

On tackling of defense
“We knew going in that we had to tackle. They have a running quarterback in Brunetti and a good SEC running back in Bolden. With the drizzle we knew they weren’t going to let Brunetti go out and pass a lot so we knew we had to go in and tackle the running game.”

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