Ole Miss Vs. Mississippi State Postgame Quotes

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Nov. 28, 2013

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Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze

On missed opportunities...
“We had our chances to put it away, or put it to a two-score game several times, and we did not get it done.”

On the run game...
“We’ve struggled to run it against really good fronts. Losing Laremy (Tunsil) and losing Aaron Morris, that’s part of it that hurt us. Losing Evan Engram hurt us some. But (MSU) didn’t do anything real special. They stayed in a two-high shell where we couldn’t throw it down the field. They were able to stop the run with a six-man box most of the game.”

On Bo Wallace...
“I certainly never want to talk negatively about any of our kids, but everybody watched the game and knows he didn’t have his best game. In this league if you turn it over the number of times we did, it’s going to be difficult to win games.”

On the fumble...
“I couldn’t see it, but the coaches up top were screaming like he was scoring. “I’m not sure what happened.”

On blocked punt for TD...
“That was a huge lift. Thought that was what we needed to get kick started to win the game. We missed a field goal early in the game, and that obviously would have played a role in the end of it also. We didn’t make some plays that would have made it a two-score game.”


Ole Miss Players

#1, Dehendret Collins, DB

On the blocked punt...
“Coach [Tom] Allen came up with a great plan this week. I told [senior] Terrell Grant that if I was the one to block a punt, I would want him to recover it for a touchdown because this is the last time we would be able to play at Mississippi State. We were able to go into the locker room with the game tied, which gave our team motivation.”

On locker room after game...
“Of course it hurt. But just like anyone, you have to bounce back and get ready for the bowl game.”

#14, Bo Wallace, QB

On the final play of the game...
“It was a blur. I guess I went lax. I don’t know. I opened up and saw a cut and thought I was in there. It’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to me.

“It’s a feeling I’ve never felt before. It’s like your heart is ripped out, especially in this game.”

On offensive struggles...
“It was awful. We were terrible. We are a lot better than what we showed tonight. It was really frustrating. We need to get in and go to work and get ready for a bowl game. We can’t do this anymore.”

Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen

Opening Statement...
“I want to thank our fans for giving us that home-field advantage. That was a great win, a great win. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this team and our coaches in handling the adversity that we have had to go through all year. To come in and play the game that we did tonight with all the different injuries and everything that’s gone on was pretty special.

“We found a way to win the game. We found a way to win and that’s what’s most important. Unbelievable job. Having this trophy back where it belongs is a special, special deal.”

On Dak Prescott’s availability…
“It was pretty amazing. Dr. Schoals from Nashville had flown in before the game to check him out. I  talked to my wife today and told her that there’s no chance he’s playing. Dr. Schoals came in and said, ‘I saw him two weeks ago and thought he’d be lucky to play in a bowl game.’

“He came in today and said, ‘I’ve never seen it before. It must be a miraculous recovery.’ He was getting updates and reports. He said it must be a miracle. He said he was going to clear him to go play in the game.

“I talked to Dak and told him that he has to convince me to let him go play. He said his concerns would be how confident he would be if he gets hit. I told him I wasn’t going to play him in the first half because I knew he wasn’t 100 percent sure. He said, ‘I’m good with that coach. I’m nervous about getting hit and what it’s going to be like.’

“I turned to him in the fourth quarter and asked if he wanted to go. He said, ‘put me in.’ It’s hard to imagine there was no divine intervention out there on that field today. I asked the team before the game to dedicate the game to somebody and write a letter why they dedicated it to that person. You can ask him who he dedicated his performance to out there.”

Mississippi State Players

#39, Richie Brown, LB

On the atmosphere of Davis Wade Stadium…
“The crowd was awesome. I love our fans and it’s only getting better. We ask them to get loud and they’ll get loud.”

On defensive coordinator Geoff Collins…
“We have an awesome defensive coordinator who puts us in the right place. He’s one of the best in the country. We have awesome teammates and an awesome program that we’re building right now. Everybody believes.”

#23, Taveze Calhoun, DB

On Ole Miss…
“[Donte] Moncrief is a great player. We just had to switch up the coverages, show them one thing and give them another. I think we were able to give them a lot of disguises. They didn’t really know where we were a lot tonight, and I think that helped us in the end.”

#15, Dak Prescott, QB

On coach Mullen clearing him to play…
“We discussed it in the beginning of the game and the situation. [We talk about] how we’re playing and when he would let me play.

“I knew Damian [Williams] could handle it and he did a good job. After that turnover, I got antsy and I needed to get out there. I told coach Mullen I needed to go. He trusted me and let me go.”

On not being able to practice this week…
“I hadn’t gotten many reps, but I felt good and I went through all the reps mentally. Any time I’m at practice I will go through all the looks and I get my mental reps in regardless. I feel like that helped a lot.”

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