Postgame Quotes: Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
Nov. 26, 2016
Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes
Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss.
Nov. 26, 2016
Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze
"Unfortunately, it felt like it was going to be a score-fest. We just didn't keep up with the score. We had some chances to keep the game close and stay in it, to keep the motivation high and the energy high. We failed at it. Whether it was the pick in the end zone, which was critical, or the fourth down, or the first possession in the third quarter. We obviously couldn't stop them all night, so we had to score with them and we failed to do that. It stinks. It is disappointing. I hate it for our fans, University, seniors and for everyone involved in our program, and our supporters. It's not the way you want to end the season. I have been in five of these and I hate the feeling that I have in the two losses that we have had. We have a lot of work to do to get back to where we want to be, starting in the offseason and in spring ball for sure, but tonight was a disappointing night."
On the impact of the failed fourth and one conversion...
"I thought the energy in the whole place went down for sure. I thought there was good energy there in the second half in the stadium and on the side line, but there was no question that was a crucial play."
On Dave Wommack and finding a new defensive coordinator...
"I am not that far a long. I really believe that Dave deserved to finish without a lot of distraction. He has been in this business for 38 years and he has done some remarkable things. He has impacted young men and he is the type of guy you want in the profession. He cares about young men and has been very good at it for a long time. It is time for him to enjoy some time and then for me to figure out which direction to go next. First step, will be to get the guy you want to coordinate, and then we will go on from there."
On Shea Patterson over the last three games...
"I thought he competed well. Again, the mistakes he makes aren't physical as much as they are mental. He made a couple throws where if he had a do-over, he would make different throws, but it went a lot. It's just knowing situations. Most of it is going to come because he understands the game, but it would be hard to argue. He moved the ball effectively and I thought he had a lot of drops last week and some tonight that would make him play even better. So I am satisfied at this point. I think he is a good piece to build the future around offensively."
Ole Miss Student-Athletes
#79, Javon Patterson, OL
On the loss…
“It’s just execution, not making first downs, not completing passes. We just have to keep fighting as a team.”
On the season…
“It’s very disappointing, because we set the expectations so high. You work with these guys all summer and all spring. It hurts, but we just have to come back to work.”
On the tough second half…
“It’s frustrating that we weren’t scoring. We’re used to going fast and getting things going, and when you get stopped it gets frustrating. We have to keep our poise and keep going.”
On looking forward…
“The future is very bright. We have some guys who stepped in. Shea (Patterson), that was big for him stepping him. D.K. Metcalf, with him going down, he had flashes in the first few games that were very good. We have a lot of guys who are really going to help us in the future. We have to set the standards and get these guys going the right direction.”
#10, Marquis Haynes, DE
On the game as a whole…
“I am disappointed. We wanted to keep the egg here, that was our main focus. We were just trying to figure it out at the half time, but they came out harder. It is hard to keep your head up and focus on the positive, but it is hard when you lose the egg bowl, because it means so much to this program.”
On if he will return next year…
“I have not made a decision on it yet.”
Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen
“I am really proud of our kids, what they have been through, a lot of adversity. Whether it was losing games on the final play of the game or injuries throughout the course of the year that really set us back, the next guy really stood up. The kids stuck together. It shows someone’s character right now. This team never gave in, never gave in throughout the course of the year and I am so proud of them. We sit here and winning this game is so huge, it is so huge. Changing a couple plays around and we ended up having a great season, don’t change some and not as great and people can judge that, but what a successful season. There is a lot of people in that locker room that really learned that no matter what goes on, whether you have success or failure or whatever adversities you face, you can buckle up and go harder. You don’t give in. You keep pushing yourself to be the best you can be. Yes, you are going to have to face success to be successful. I am proud of those kids and there is a lesson those guys have got to learn tonight. It was a great game. I think you can kind of see at half time that the team that was going to make more plays was going to win the game. Fortunately for us in the second half we wee back and fourth and we made a couple plays that they didn’t and that ended up being the difference in the game.”
On the mindset going in…
“I figured we could win since they have a new quarterback, but they give you some issues. They were going to move and twist and I think the fact that we were able to establish the run early got them out of what they were trying to do defensively. We had to keep kind of mixing up the looks and formation to run the ball out of to keep them on their toes.”
On the Egg Bowl tradition…
“This game is awesome. This is the eighth time I have played in this game. I am not going say it is the biggest and I am not going to say it is little. Every time you win it it is awesome and every time you lose it it is awful because it sticks with you. What an unbelievable feeling to come in and get that win and bring that trophy back to Starkville. I know this game means so much to all of the fans, everyone in Mississippi. I am so happy to get that win for the bulldog fans, they believed in us and people believed in what we try to do and what we try to build. We raised expectations here pretty high and I am just really excited to bring that trophy back.”
Mississippi State Student-Athletes
#7 Nick Fitzgerald, QB
On the season…
"Throughout the season, there were a lot of highs and lows. To end on something so high, a big-time Egg Bowl win, it's phenomenal to see where we started and where we ended up."
On the ground game…
"The offensive line was blocking their butts off. We were running extremely hard. It really goes to our offensive line. They played their butts off and really showed out. It's a phenomenal feeling. It's great when you're running and no one is around you, but do to it in a big-time game like this and in front of this crowd is surreal."
On the Egg Bowl…
"It still really hasn't settled in. I'm sure whenever it does I'll be jumping around with joy. "
#8 Fred Ross, WR
On the win…
"Guys came out and executed all week in practice. We knew we were going to be able to come out here and have success and we got it done."
On the growth of the team…
"We grew a lot. We were a young team. A lot of guys had to step up. The sky is the limit for this team moving on. I'm glad to play with these guys."
On Nick Fitzgerald and Aeris Williams…
"They were was amazing. He did a good job of just controlling the game. He kept us up. (Aeris Williams) just hammered them all night. He did a good job of running the ball. I'm proud of those guys."
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