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Southern Miss vs. Memphis Postgame Quotes

Nov. 19, 2005

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Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss Head Coach Jeff Bower Quotes:

Opening Statement:
"It was a tough loss for our football team, but I am really proud of the way we fought back. Down 21-3 we kept battling back, getting a little closer. We had our chances to win the football game."

On The Offense:
"The turnovers hurt us, and we had some penalties that put us behind the chains. We didn't overcome it and make first downs."

On The Decision To Go For A First Down On Fourth Down In The First Half:
"We needed to make things happen. In short yardage we have to make plays like that. In hindsight I wish I would have kicked it."

On The Two-Point Conversion Play:
"We were on the one-and-a-half. We had a little read play called, and he (Dustin) could have pulled it also depending on the (defensive) look. You have to run for a yard-and-a-half."

On Next Week's Game Being A Must-win:
"I don't have to tell them that. It's obvious. I think we have a lot of winners on this football team. This senior class has never had a losing season, and winners find solutions. That's what we have to do this week. We have to show up Monday with a great attitude a go back to work."

Memphis Head Coach Tommy West Quotes:

On Tonight's Victory:
"Tonight was a monumental win. With everything thing that this team has been dealt this year, I couldn't be prouder of our football team."

On Southern Miss:
"We knew it would be hard. They're a good football program,and they're well coached. With everything we've been through this year and to come out here and win, I am very proud."

Southern Miss Player Quotes:

Dustin Almond:
On Having To Battle Back:

"It's been real frustrating. Offensively, we couldn't get the ball in the end zone. I think the guys did a good job. No one gave up. We just fell a little short in the end."

On The Pressure Of Beating Tulane To Become Bowl Eligible: "It's definitely going to be a motivation. On top of that, we're going to fight to have a winning season to follow tradition."

John Eubanks
On Making It To A Bowl As A Senior:

"We definitely want to go to a bowl. It puts motivation and pressure on us. It's a must win game, and we've got to come out and get the win against Tulane."

On Playing One Of The Nation's Top Running Backs:
"We came out and tried to contain him. He made some big runs. We've got to get back to stopping the run."

Memphis Running Back DeAngelo Williams
On How He Feels:

"I feel great. We came out here and played hard."

On If This Was A Statement Game Because Of His Health:
"It took me awhile to get back into the groove of things. In the first half I kept bouncing it outside, and that's what they (Southern Miss) were waiting on me to do. They kept telling me on the sidelines to stay in the "A" gap and my linemen told me to just follow them."

On Playing At Southern Miss:
"We knew going into this game that this was going to be a big, physical game that was going to be won by the running game. They (Southern Miss) had a tremendous defense coming in and were good against the run, but we knew that in order for the offense to move the ball we had to run the ball to set."

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