Alabama vs. LSU

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Nov. 8, 2008 

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ALABAMA HEACH COACH Nick Saban QUOTES
Opening statement ...

"First of all, I'd like to say the game is about the players and it was a great college football game. The players on both sides played their hearts out. LSU's team played an outstanding game. Our players played hard in the game with a lot of tenacity and overcame a lot of adversity. A penalty brought back a touchdown that would have won the game and then we got a field goal blocked and went to win in overtime. My hats off to our players and the way they
competed, but I wasn't really pleased with the way we played in the first half. We turned the ball over three times and missed a field goal. Defensively we didn't play the run very well. Give (LSU) credit for the plan that they had and the things that they did. I thought we played a lot better in the second half. We had a huge drive in the third quarter that was important and our turnovers obviously made a big difference in the game. Always turnovers in overtime are huge.
"I congratulated our players after the game, but I also asked them if they thought they played their best game. Do you think we played better than we did before? Do you think we made improvements as a team? Those are the kind of things that even though we clenched a spot with the SEC West, you get what your expectations are. If you have a high level of expectations that you expect to achieve and accomplish then you obviously have a better chance of getting there. I didn't think we had the same kind of intensity that we had been playing with and we were a little flat in the first half. This was a huge game for us and sometimes you wonder as a coach that you did or didn't do or what your expectation was for them to do to be more ready to play. I take full responsibility for that. We need to do a better job to get our players ready against a very good team. This was a very good team we played today and they played well.
"I know there may be some people that have a negative attitude, but I can say I really appreciate those people that spoke to me and welcomed me back here today. I really appreciate that from the people here. We have special memories of this place, and no one will tarnish those no matter what they do. I appreciate the class of the people and administration at LSU."

On the overtime difference ...
"We decided to go with a big play off the bat to Julio (Jones) which we hit one play and that makes a big difference. LSU is a good goal line defense team. We struggled to get it in but we got it in and would have kicked a field goal or tried to again. Hopefully we would have gotten it blocked."

On bringing Alabama back to national prominence ...

"We are at about 19,000 ft. The mountain is at 26,000 ft. and the air is changing a little bit. The air is a little rarer and you have to change how you breathe sometimes, but you still have to focus on the task at hand. Because of that, if you slip up and don't focus on what you are supposed to, the conseqeunces can be devastating even more so than when you are at 7,000 ft.

ALABAMA OFFENSIVE QUOTES

QB John Parker Wilson
On overcoming adversity...
"For the first time this season we've had to come from behind, play the whole game and win in overtime. I think it was great for our team. Offensively we didn't play very well the whole game. We missed some shots and opportunities. Defense played great, and we were able to win the game."

On growing from adversity...

"Everyone stayed upbeat the whole game. We kept heart. We were beating ourselves. We were doing stupid stuff. We had turned the ball over, not executing like we should have. We executed when we had to, and we won the game."

On overtime play...
"After that interception Coach Saban said let's take a shot, so of course we threw it to Julio Jones. He made a great play. It was a back shoulder ball. (He made) great adjustment. He was able to beat them out."

OL Andre Smith
On overcoming adversity...
"We just have to focus and capitalize like we did today. We were looking forward to playing this weekend. It was a great game."

On satisfaction of victory for Nick Saban...
"It was great. He didn't put it all on himself and say this is for me."

ALABAMA DEFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES

DB Ali Sharrief
On how they were able to disrupt Jarrett Lee's rhythm ...
"Basically we just stuck to the game plan. Our coaches put us in a good position this week in practice and we were able to go out there and execute."

On getting behind in the first half ...
"We were a little off-coordinated in the first two quarters, but we came out after halftime and put some things together and got back on track in the second half."

On the blocked field goal and going into overtime ...
"As a defense after that blocked field goal we knew it was on us to go out there and make a play. We knew we had to come out and put together another half of football and that's what we did."

DB Rashad Johnson
On his mindset coming into the game ...
"My mindset before the game was just to focus on the things we prepared for all week and to make sure I was set up for different motions and looks they would give us. My mindset was just to have my mind ready for the worst case scenario so I could recognize it on the field and get the right play in to the rest of the defense."

On his interception in overtime ...
"I saw him rollout and we brought a blitz to pull him up because they had been running that play a lot in the second half. It was a great play call by us to blitz him on that side so he couldn't get all the way out and throw the out route like he normally does. Then he was looking for his receiver on that side and just overthrew him."

On the interception he returned for a touchdown ...
"He was sitting in the pocket and I think got a little pressure and left it up a little too high and I was in the area to pick it off and run up the field and my teammates made some great blocks for me down field."

On LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee ...
"He is a redshirt freshman and he'll learn as the years go on how to adjust to different things."

LSU HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening statement...
"How was Tiger Stadium? It was a great crowd and a place I love playing and competing in. I thank that crowd for being there. I thank that crowd for turning out, and I thank that crowd for being a part of that game. I asked this team to improve. I asked this team to work hard, and they did. They gave us everything that we asked them to do. That defense, wow. That's the defense I came to appreciate, that defense right there. Offensively, we moved the football. We did good things, rushed the football well, and the story is we didn't manage our mistakes. Let me tell you. He's (Jarrett Lee) a young quarterback. We dropped a ball here and dropped a ball there. Another ball that maybe should have been caught is a pick, and just about everything that could possibly go wrong does. It's hard to rebound. It's hard for him to continue to fight, but he does. He comes back onto the field with the opportunity to win the game. Again, it's a throw that he does not need to make, but his view was, `I hit this one, we win.' Boy, what a great view. I just need to coach him some more, love him, support him and make him better. I like our team. I enjoy their effort. Congratulations and hats off to Alabama. They played well. John Parker Wilson is a good quarterback. He's very mobile. He makes some nice throws and manages the game well. They run the football when they should.
They have a very good defense and a very talented team."

On if QB Jarrett Lee is still going through growing pains...
"I think he can play better than he played today, simply put. I thought that he gave his team a chance to win. He's a redshirt freshman. He's taking snaps and playing competitively against a team that we need to catch the ball and make some plays through the air. They put extra guys down in the box, and we have to throw it."

On his decision not to play QB Jordan Jefferson...
"We kind of know what we're doing with our quarterbacks. We kind of think that we don't want to put him (Jordan Jefferson) in a tough situation just yet. He's coming. We like him, and we talked about it several times in the game. There's a lot to it. There's a lot to that spot and to put a guy in there who may not be ready. You can argue the same thing about Lee, but Jefferson is a true freshman with less experience and less game-time experience."

On if he ran the ball more when Lee was struggling...
"I think the want to be balanced is us. I think the want to take the pressure off the quarterback at any point in time is always us. At times, we were running the football well, but we ran the football best when we were hitting passes. We played the pass, and that allowed us to run the football in bigger chunks."

LSU OFFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES

RB Richard Murphy
On the loss to Alabama...
"Yes it's very disappointing. Now we have to work hard and make up for our mistakes."

On the game...
"We played hard. We did everything coach asked us to do. It just didn't fall like it was supposed to."

On moving on to play more games ...
"This game will be very difficult to forget. It was a very emotional game. It's going to be hard to put this game behind us because we were so close to winning. We need to move forward and step up our game because we have many more games ahead of us."

QB Jarrett Lee
On fighting hard the whole game ...
"I thought we fought hard down to the buzzer. We had a great week at practice. It's unfortunate that it didn't work out for us. We are going to move forward and keep our heads up."

On last week's practice...
"We had a great week of practice. We came in this game and executed the best way we could. Unfortunately, we did not come out with a victory, but I thought we fought hard."

On getting over a loss like this ...
"That's part of football. You have to bounce back from losses like this. We are going to bounce back because we have a lot of football still to play.

LSU DEFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES

S Chad Jones
On the disappointment of losing in overtime ...
"We started off very good. Towards the end things got a little shaky with our turnovers and Alabama made a couple of big plays. It was a huge game and we didn't finish the way we wanted to."

On the improvement of the defense ...
"We feel good about the way our defense played. We did better. We gave up touchdowns though, and our defense just does not like to give up touchdowns."

On how to move forward ...
"With a big game like this everyone will be thinking about it for a while. If there is one thing LSU has taught me, it is to put this game in the past and move forward. We have to put this behind us very quickly and move on to the next game."

LB Darry Beckwith
On what the team will focus on next ...
"We continue to play for pride and try to win out. The season is not over yet. We have three more games left. So we play for pride and the great tradition that LSU possesses."

On how to rebound...
"We have to continue to improve and play well. We want to play hard and finish the season with a good outcome."


 

 

     
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