TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — There really wasn’t much Ole Miss could say following the 66-3 loss at Alabama on Saturday night, so coach Matt Luke did most of the talking for the Rebels.
Here’s some of what he said:
“Credit to Alabama – they’re a really good football team, No. 1 in the country for a reason. They beat us soundly in all three phases: offense, defense, kicking game. I thought the biggest difference for us in the first half was we had a turnover for a touchdown. They were able to stay on the field, and we weren’t. A lot of credit to those guys, though. They’re a very good team in all phases. The most important thing for us moving forward is to watch this tape and flush it, and move on to the next one. We’ve still got eight games to go and eight chances to win, and I think that’s the most important thing.”
On his takeaway from the game:
“We just have to find ways to win football games, and it takes all three phases: offense, defense, special teams. We have to find a way. On defense, we have to get off the field on third down. On offense, we have to sustain drives and score points. It’s all of us working together and feeding off each other. I was very proud of [running back] Jordan Wilkins tonight. I thought he ran the ball good and showed some signs of what he can do. If there was one silver lining, it would be him.”
On how the pick-six changed momentum:
“We just talked about playing one play at a time. You have to make those plays and can’t turn it over for a touchdown. They throw you [an interception opportunity], and if we catch that, it’s a big turning point in the game. You have to take advantage of every opportunity and we didn’t tonight.”
Offensive coordinator Phil Longo
“You cannot sustain drives and move the football if you can’t convert on third down. It was our goal going into the game not to get into the third-and-long situations we got into at Cal. I thought we were able to establish the run game, but it was not early enough.”
Quarterback Shae Patterson
“Watching them on film, I knew they were really good. They are No 1 for a reason and came out and made a statement tonight. They came out ready to play and we didn’t in most of the phases of the game. They really showed how good they were tonight .”
On being down 28-0 early and the game atmosphere:
“When you’re playing on the road, you want to take the crowd out of the game as early as possible. The offense put up three points the whole game, so that really didn’t help out our defense. We didn’t play very well at all tonight .”
Biggest concern with the offense right now:
“I don’t really have any concern. I think we didn’t come ready to play tonight .”
Running back Jordan Wilkins
“We’ve got to tip our hats to Alabama. They played excellent offensively, defensively and on special teams. They had a great game plan and great team, so hats off to them. ”
On 100 yards rushing in the game:
“You always want to get the ‘W,’ but we didn’t. I think our offensive line did a great job and I was just following the blocks, so hats off to our O-Line.”
On the impact the past three season’s results had on this game:
“They were going to come out and give us their best shot. We have given them a tough battle the last two to three years but they came out ready tonight .”
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