Arkansas at South Carolina
November 8, 2008
Arkansas Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Bobby Petrino
That’s a disappointing game for me. I didn’t like the way we came out offensively in the first half. We were unable to move the ball, unable to execute. I did feel like in the first half our defense was playing really hard and doing some good things, they kept us in the game. I am disappointed in that game. I thought we should have played a lot better than that.
Casey (Dick) got hit, it looked like helmet to helmet. When he came over, I didn’t like the way he looked. I made the decision to put Nathan (Dick) in. I liked the way Nathan operated. He did some real nice things. He made some good throws. He made some real nice decisions.
We’re pretty banged up. We had a lot of guys that didn’t make the trip, but that’s part of football. You have to have enough depth.
I’m just disappointed we couldn’t put it together. We couldn’t put the offense and the defense together and play four good quarters of football.
On a bye week next week: We needed a bye. It’s a good time for us to have a bi. We need to make sure we get healthy. It’s a good time to get refreshed. Get them away from the coaches for a while and the coaches get away from the players for a while and get back and win a game.
Center Jonathan Luigs
It was a physical game. We knew that coming it. They had a good plan and so did we. They executed and we didn’t. It was a hard fought ball game and we came out on the short end.
We’re a better ball club than we showed tonight. It’s tough. You really don’t know what went wrong. We weren’t ready to play and they were. It’s hard to overcome that.
Defensive Tackle Malcolm Sheppard
We know we have this off week to prepare for Mississippi State. We have put ourselves in the corner. We need two games to get to a bowl and we only have two games left. It’s going to be a tough week. We need to prepare for a hard practice, because we definitely have to be ready for Mississippi State.
I don’t like bye weeks personally. I like to go ahead and play the season, week after week. But, considering the fact that we do have to win these next two games, it’s right on time.
Strong Safety Dallas Washington
We had a good game plan, but at the end of the day, everyone didn’t execute. It’s always good to get a week off and let your body rest and recuperate and forget about that loss and come back the next game and play hard.
Tailback Brandon Barnett
Whenever my number is called, I try to stay and be ready. It was a hard-fought game. We had to go out and just give them our all.
On coming back after an injury
I had to get the kinks off. I practiced hard all week. I just told myself if I have a chance to get in, just run hard and take care of the ball.