Alabama Football vs. LSU - Postgame Quotes

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Nov. 5, 2011

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Head Coach Nick Saban
Opening statement:
“I actually think that was a heck of a football game. I’m really proud of the way our players competed in the game. I thought we played hard and physical and we played with a lot of toughness. It was a very physical game on both sides. We had a lot of opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of. The missed field goals, or the opportunities that created the missed field goals, an interception penalty that takes us out of field position, a possible touchdown that turns out to be an interception and not being able to take advantage of the field position after that to score points. Those are two great teams. LSU has a very good team, they’re number one in the country for a reason. They played a heck of a game and our guys played a heck of a game. We had a lot of opportunities. Our team is going to get better from this. Every game is important. Every game that we’ve played to this point was important and so is every game we play in the future. We all have a shared responsibility in what we do and it all starts with me. Players and coaches alike, but it all starts with me in terms of what we do, how we do it and how we finish it. It’s nobody’s fault, it all starts right here. I can’t really say that I’m not proud of the way our players competed in the game and played in the game. We just didn’t execute well enough in certain situations and did not take advantage of some of the opportunities that we had. People say you get what you deserve, but often times you get what you expect. Having high expectations for what you want to accomplish and what you want to achieve is very important. I think our players were all doing that tonight. I think that when we look at the film we’ll all be a little disappointed that we weren’t able to take advantage of some circumstances and situations in the game, but this group of players will push forward and represent this University in a first class way. It’s important to me and I think it’s important to them.”
 
On running back Trent Richardson’s effectiveness in this evening’s game:
“Well, I think that in a game like this, I know that we had a couple of sacks in there, so the stats aren’t exactly right with all of the sacks in there, but they ran the ball a little better than us. Trent did a great job, but we were a little inconsistent on getting a head on the hat, and probably had a few too many negative plays. Trent did a fantastic job tonight for us tonight, Maze did a good job, had a few good catches and there were many more guys that made contributions, but those were the guys that were certainly outstanding in this game.”
 
On Head Coach Nick Saban’s message to the team after the game:
“Well, I told the players that I was proud of the way that they played in the game. Certainly, were all disappointed, but nobody’s more disappointed than the players. The players wanted to win more than anybody else. You know, the fans can be disappointed, the coaches can be disappointed, everybody that is associated with the University of Alabama can be disappointed, but none of them feel worse than the players. They put their heart and soul into this. They played hard, but to me we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that we had and that’s exactly what I told them. I said, ‘We need to learn from this. We need to make a commitment to the rest of the season, in terms of what kind of a football team we want to be and the way we want to respond to what happened here today. You guys have too much in it, you put too much into it, you have too much character, too much class, too much leadership here not to finish this season the right way,’ and they are all in.”
 
On left tackle Barrett Jones’s injury and the game’s other injuries:
“Well, Barrett sprained his ankle and came back and played on it. Marquis Maze sprained his ankle, came back and played on it. Dre [Kirkpatrick] got a concussion, was actually out for a few seconds. So, you know how those tests are, we just have to see how he scores on those things.”
 
On wide receiver Marquis Maze’s interception:
“Well, you know, we have that play, we use Maze back there and he made a good throw, and we had an opportunity to catch the ball, but we didn’t finish the play. We were behind the defense and he made a good throw. I think we scored on that last year against Florida on the same play, so, their guy did a good job of recovering and did a good job to get the ball.”

#73 William Vlachos, Offensive Line
On tonight’s loss:
“I love these guys that are on my team. We fought from start to finish. I wouldn’t have rather had anybody else out with me than my teammates. It’s one of those things that we’ll learn from and it hurts.”
 
On looking forward:
“We still have a great opportunity in front of us. That was a great team and our hat is off to them. They beat us tonight and at the same time we can’t control our destiny, but we can control what we do from here on out. If we continue to keep the foot on the pedal and get better, I think we have a chance to do something very, very special this season.”
 
#41 Courtney Upshaw, Linebacker
On the team’s effort until the end trying to win the game:
“We fought down to the end. That last snap on the field goal, those guys tried to go out there and block it. It was a hard game. We just got to go out and play better against Mississippi State and execute on the chances that we have. We got to just dominate them.”
 
On how the missed opportunities throughout the game:
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew it was going to be a hard fought game. It just came down to who executed on the chances that they had. They did.”

Head Coach Les Miles
Opening statement:
“Two very physical football teams played tonight. It definitely didn’t go by script. The most interesting thing is that you just have to keep fighting and finding a way to win. There are the two interceptions by [Eric] Reid and [Morris] Claiborne. There’s the punt by [Brad] Wing. There’s some six yard runs. Just a lot of great tackles made the difference. In overtime, Drew Alleman comes in and kicks it for the win. Congratulations to Alabama though for having a great football team. This was a great night. Tough football. Not necessarily a pretty game but it had a nice ending.”
 
On sticking with Jordan Jefferson as quarterback:
“We just felt like – in this game – that the couple of scrambles Jefferson had made the difference and moved the chains. That gave us a huge advantage.”
 
On LSU’s defensive performance:
“Our defense was tremendous tonight. It was the difference in the game. The turnovers were huge and we finished plays. Our team just played really well off the mat. Sending them back on the field, make a play. Then take them off and they come back on to make a play. Obviously in overtime your mettle is tested the most on the key plays. Victory is decided in a short amount of time at that point and we came to play towards the end.”
 
On the performance of LSU’s special teams:
“We spend a lot of time on special teams. Our guys take pride in it and work on it. I’m pretty confident to send Drew [Alleman] onto the field and get the threes. Our punter penned them down in there several times as well. Again, we have a quality defense and played decent field position in the game. That’s just solid football.”
 
#30 Drew Alleman, Kicker
On if the timeouts called by Alabama affected his kicking:
“Coaches think that it does, but as a kicker you know you’re going to be put in that situation, so you’ve got to just take it and run with it.”
 
On the confidence Coach Miles has in him:
“Coach has a bunch of confidence in me. In the beginning of the season he had confidence in me and he still has confidence in me. Just building that confidence throughout the year is what I’ve been doing.”
 
 
#18 Brandon Taylor, Safety
On the preparedness of LSU’s team for this game:
“He [Coach Miles] had us very prepared.  In practice we worked on fundamentals a lot and we did a lot of tempo work, to keep us in shape.”
 
His thoughts on the game:
“I wouldn’t want to play them again.  They’re a tough team. They’ve got good players and an outstanding coach.  It was a great battle tonight.  We gave the fans and the world a good show tonight.”