Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
On the game...
"What a game. We knew it was going to be like that. We knew we were going to struggle on offense. When you play with a young offensive line and you don't know what they are going to do on defense and they have all those starters back. They have a good football team. We are very fortunate, very fortunate. Ron Prince and all his staff did a good job for preparing for what we do. Defensively, obviously, we won by just pure guts running around. We had a lot of second guys playing. That was a true
On Brandon Cox playing like a fifth-year quarterback on that winning drive...
"He is a tough young man. He took a beating. They were bring five, six, seven. They obviously looked at
On having a lot of short passes on the game-winning drive...
"When these young receivers had to step up to make plays, they caught the ball and made some big plays. I think that was (James) Swinton that caught it down there at about the five or four. It was a big play for him. He"s needed to keep it up. There are so many young guys on this team that had to play. It looked like a MASH unit at halftime with the defense. (Aairon) Savage didn't play and turned his ankle and Tray Blackmon turned his ankle and didn"t play. The young guys like Chris Evans stepped up and (Zac) Gilbert played a lot and made some plays as did Jerraud Powers.
"We have to work on ball drills. We could have intercepted a couple of balls and got this thing over a little earlier. It was good. You look at the kicking game and our punter was over 42 yards. We"ll take that every game. The wind was a big factor and obviously, kicking the thing from the 30 yard line was a big difference. People will say why didn"t Wes Byrum play in the second half in kicking the ball off. Well, he turned his ankle on one of the plays at the end of the first half and he couldn"t plant and kick the deep ball. He could kick field goals and extra points. I am proud of him and what he did. A guy like Pat Lee, I don"t know how many snaps he played, but he is going to sleep well tonight."
"Their quarterback got tired and was kind of limping around. He looked like he was trying to cramp up in the middle of the third quarter. We talked to our defensive front about turning it up a notch and reaching back to that Kevin Yoxall work ethic that he put them through all summer. We actually got stronger on defense as we went along. We got tired but when we needed to make plays, we were coming off the corner up the middle. Antonio Coleman looked like he ran a 4.5 40 down the field running and scoring the touchdown.
"Again winning games are about defense. We are not going to win a lot of games offensively. Not a lot of teams in our conference are. We have to play good defense and have the kicking game to give yourself a chance. Then, you have to be solid on offense. We have a lot of work to do on offense. We have to make sure that we have the right combination of people in the offensive line. Again, we have a lot of young guys.
Hopefully, we can get Leon Hart back in the near future. This win will help these guys understand that it may be ugly, but you can win."
QB Brandon Cox
On the game...
"I was just trying to keep everybody up and keep our confidence up.
Like coach said, `we just played
RB Bent Tate
"They were good. They fought us hard. There are some great athletes on that team."
On his performance...
"I had a pretty good night. We've still got a lot of work to go. We've just got to keep plugging away and moving forward as a team."
On the young players...
"They really stepped up tonight. We're a young team on offense. We were down late but we eventually recovered and gutted it out."
WR Robert Dunn
On his third quarter punt return...
"I was so excited. It was the longest I've had since I've been here. I just saw the hole and took it. There were some big blocks in front of me and I just kept moving."
"I take my hat off to the
On his performance...
"I did pretty good. It's still early in the season so there are still some kinks to work out. We got a long way to go so we've just got to keep getting better as a group."
TE Gabe McKenzie
"It was the first game and we didn't really know what they were going to run. We finally figured them out toward the end."
On team performance...
"We never gave up. We just knew that somebody was going to make a play.
It could be anytime at any point in the game."
On his fourth quarter touchdown...
DT Josh Thompson
"They did not run it a whole lot. We didn't expect them to. What I think was most important was that when they did run it, we were right there to stop them for a short gain or a loss."
On the importance of being able to score defensively...
"We expect big plays and touchdowns from our defense. We were frustrated because we hadn't scored one yet in the game and Quentin (
DT Antonio Coleman
On his first touchdown...
"It feels great to score! I just executed my technique perfectly on that play and was able to make a play. That 4.6 forty is what helped me get into the endzone."
"We knew that our defense was good after the bowl game last year. We played well.
SS Eric Brock
On getting the first win of his senior year...
"The first win is the most important. There are always pre-game jitters and the expectations are sky-high for this team. It wasn't pretty tonight, but we will always take a win like this if we can get it. We got the W and that is all we wanted.
"We survived on pure effort tonight, that is all there is to it. The young guys were tremendous, Zach Etheridge played well, as did Chris Evans and Zach Gilbert."