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Alabama Football vs. LSU Postgame Quotes



Nov. 9, 2013

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Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban

Opening statement:

“This was a tremendous atmosphere for a college football game tonight. I was really proud of our players in the second half. I thought they did a fantastic job and probably played our best half of football. It wasn’t perfect, and we didn’t play great in the first half, but [there was] a lot of character out there in the second half to control the line of scrimmage the way we did on offense. [We] got some stops on defense, especially after the kickoff return that could have got them back in the game.

“No matter what the record in this game, though, it always seems like both teams come out in this game and they have high expectations for how they want to play and what they want to do, but our guys did a great job of keeping their poise and staying focused on the things that they needed to do. [They] had to overcome some adversity in the game, but [I’m] really pleased with the way we got control of the game in the second half.

“We have a lot of veteran players who do a great job in terms of leadership, and I think they understand what it means to be Alabama football players, and I think we got some other guys that are certainly learning that that are younger players and that’s going to be important for our team in the future. Last year when we won this game, we didn’t play very well the next week, and I think our players have to have the 24-hour rule. You had a great win, you celebrate that win and then we have to focus on improving and on the next challenge that we have. We still have some very tough challenges, but I think our team showed a lot of character, especially in the second half in terms of the way they competed and the way they played. I’m very proud of the way our guys came out and played in the second half.”

#20, Jarrick Williams, cornerback

On converting the fake punt:

“I just got the ball, saw an opening and took it. I gained six yards for my team.”

On the defense’s performance:

“I think we played really well. We could’ve done more. The majority of the plays they made were due to our mistakes. That’s something we can work on.”

#83 Kevin Norwood, wide receiver

On the overall performance in the second half:

“The second half was great. We came out and did our job. Coach told us to put our foot down and play hard and physical, because LSU was going to give it their all. That’s what they did. We made a promise to each other we were just going to go out and play Bama ball.”

On the offense’s ability to move the ball…

“We knew their defense would be physical. The offensive line did a heck of a job tonight. They were very physical. They opened lanes for T.J. (Yeldon) and (Kenyan) Drake to run through. They held the line, so we could pass the ball. AJ made some great passes. AJ is a great quarterback. He got the ball to us, and we just did our thing.”

On what a win over LSU means to him:

“It feels great. This is my last time playing against them. It’s been fun, and I’ve always enjoyed playing against them.”

LSU Head Coach Les Miles

Opening statement:

“Congratulations to a quality Alabama team. Coach Saban really has them going. They played extremely well. I’m really not prepared for this. This kind of felt like we played better. Two quality teams played and that Alabama team separated themselves from us tonight.

“You can’t turn the ball over. It’s a 7-0 game with a fullback off of left tackle. We turn the ball over to the other side of the field, and it just cost us a terrible start. We overcame it and go to tie, and we get them to fourth down. They fake punt and keep the ball for the remainder of the time and score seven. We turn the ball back to them, they score seven. Those two drives were long and ate the clock up. Suddenly it is 14 points with a sudden need to make things happen. Again, quality defense played by Alabama and the way they ran the football decided the game.”

On the start of the game:

“We went off the tackle to take the lead 7-0. You have a center-quarterback exchange mistake, which you really can’t do in games like this against quality opponents. No matter how you cut it, it’s seven for us and three for them.  That’s a 10-point swing. I would certainly like to be up seven, and take the ball at that point forward and drive it. It could have been a different start to the game. I watched individual effort, and the individual effort was good. I thought our team fought and I think they are stung right now. I don’t think they are happy about it at all. When you prepare hard, you want victory and you are ambitious. It’s not fun to finish second, and today we finished second.”

On Alabama’s run game:

“I’m going to have to see the film on that. It seemed like there were some missed tackles. It seemed they went around the end, and they seemed to go inside too. T.J. (Yeldon) had guys that were unblocked right at the point of attack and made them miss and would go get yards. The drive on some of those runs were pretty special. We have to tackle better. It’s that simple.”

#33 Jeremy Hill, Running Back

On the Alabama defense:

“They did a good job of scheming all over. They made the right adjustments when we made our checks. They just did a great job scheming us up tonight. They played physical at the line of scrimmage. They held on to our blocks, and when we got to the line of scrimmage they tried to get off those blocks.

“Any time you play against these guys you’ve got to sometimes just take the tough yards because you can’t bounce things or cut things back. They played a great game tonight and had a great plan for us.”

#8 Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback

On if LSU is still on the same level as Alabama:

“I believe so. You could look at the score and think one thing, but if you watched the game you would know that if we didn’t turn the ball over and made some smarter decisions in the third and fourth quarters, it would be a ball game.”

On LSU’s aggressive game plan:

“We weren’t going to back down from Alabama.  We had a good game plan going, but we just weren’t able to execute it.”