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Arkansas-Ole Miss post-game quotes

Arkansas-Ole Miss post-game quotes

Opening Comments:
“That’s about as disappointing as it gets. They beat us in all phases. They beat us in defense.
They beat our offense up. They won the special teams. We didn’t match their intensity early.
We didn’t come out and execute on offense. We had a hard time protecting the quarterback
and running the ball. That’s about as disappointing as it can get after having a great battle last
week, then taking a huge step backwards. “

Can you put a finger on the reason why your team lost?
“I have to do a better job of getting us ready to play. We have to do a better job of being
physically ready to play and emotionally being ready to play. That falls on me.”

Do you think it was hangover from the Florida game?
“It’s hard to know what the cause is, but we worked hard and have been trying to get ready in
practice. Our guys came out and practiced hard. You have to take your hat off to them. They
executed and made all the plays out on the field [Ole Miss], we left some out there.”

On the pass rush of Ole Miss
“We knew going in it was going to be a difficult task blocking those defensive ends. It seemed
like anytime it was a critical play, they won the battle. We committed a few times, committed to
max-protection, but they won the battle. I think there was a few plays there where we could
have gotten the protection, we had guys open, we could have made the plays, but every time in
the game where we had a chance to get back into it, their defensive line and linebackers got to
our quarterback. They rushed him or hit him.”

On Ole Miss’ high completion percentage on third-down
“That was the biggest thing we talked about at half-time. That was the difference in the game.
Their converting all their third-downs, and stopping us from completing our drives. We haven’t
been good on third down all year long. We have to do a better job on protection. We have to
do a better job of standing in there and delivering the ball. The quarterback has to stand in
there and take a hit, and deliver the ball. Obviously, we took some great hits out there, so as
anything it’s always a combination of everybody. On defense we didn’t get to the quarterback
like we have been. He [Snead] did a nice job of delivering the ball. He did a nice job of running
with the ball.”

On the play of Dexter McCluster
“They did a good job getting him the ball. We knew that going into the game. They talked all
week long about him not being involved in their offense. They lined him up at tailback. He made
great runs. He played with tremendous effort. We didn’t tackle well, and we didn’t match his
effort. He had a great game.”

Arkansas Players
Quarterback Ryan Mallet
On the pass rush…
“We just didn’t execute and we just had a lot of things go wrong. We just have to come back next week and fix
those problems.”

On the frame the mind…
“We weren’t flat, we just didn’t come out and execute. I’m going to tell you that 20 times today. We got beat, but
we have a good football team. They controlled the ball because they didn’t want our offense to have the ball.”

On the offense…
“We had a couple of miscues here and there. We killed ourselves. They are a good football team, but if we
execute, the game isn’t like it turned out to be.”

On the team’s performance this season…
“I speak for the team when I say we took a step back today. We have to regroup and come back together and get
it done next week.”

Wide Receiver Carlton Sanders
On his performance…
“We had a couple of guys go down so that gave me more playing time. Today was my day to get out there and I
was just doing what I could to try and help the team win.”

On the touchdown play…
“It was just a deep route to Greg (Childs) and I knew that if Ryan (Mallet) got some time he was going to throw it
deep to him. When I was coming off my route I felt the safety stay on top of Greg, and I had a feeling Greg
wouldn’t be able to jump up and catch it. I just tried to hustle over there and get in position and hope he tipped
the ball up in the air to me.”

On the receiving game…
“We practiced well all week, but for some reason we didn’t play well. We just have to get back at it in practice
next week.”

Offensive Guard Mitch Petrus
On the game…
“We just didn’t go out and get the job done. Week after week we have a tough game and there are no pushovers.
We know we are good, but just because we know we are good means we are going to go out and play good. It
seems like on every play we had nine or 10 guys doing their job, but it was just like it was one guy who didn’t make
a play.”

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