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Quotes: Southern Miss vs. Tennessee

Nov. 4, 2017

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Opening Statement:
“I just got through talking with the guys. I’m very proud of their fight. I thought we played a physical football game. We fought. We made some tough mistakes and miscues and turnovers. I thought we had a lot of adversity in the game, and we continued to battle. It was a hard-fought football game. It certainly didn’t come out the way we wanted it to come out, but I thought those guys have no quit in them. We kept plugging, and we actually gave ourselves a bit of a chance there in the end. I thought, defensively, we played a whale of a game. I thought anytime you go and hold an SEC team to 200 yards, in their stadium, it’s pretty hard. Offensively, we probably didn’t have as much production as we would have liked. We certainly had a couple of turnovers that hurt us. I was proud of our fight on offense at the end. They came back there, and I thought Kwadra (Griggs) got in there and started moving the ball well those last couple of drives. We’re going to take what we got from that fourth quarter and try to move forward.”

On the penalties his team suffered:
“It’s not going to do me any good to talk about it. You were at the game. Everybody was at the game. There’s no reason to even talk about it. It is what it is.”

On holding Tennessee to three touchdown drives:
“We played good defensively. We had a good day, a ton of three-and-outs. I don’t know what their total was, but it was pretty strong. We just have to build on (that). I really liked our fight in the fourth quarter. We’ve got to build on that. That’s something that we’re going to use as a positive going into our last few games. One thing I’ve always been proud of this football team for, they always respond. When adversity strikes and it’s beating, they always find a way to keep plugging and fighting. We scored and made it 24-10, and we had it back down there on the thirty-eight or forty yard line, going fourth-and-one, and we didn’t get it. We were trying to get it within a one score game and see what happened. I’m proud of the guys after the game.”

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