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No. 6 LSU Wins at No. 18 TEXAS A&M 24-19

Postgame Quotes


On the game overall
"I'd like to congratulate Coach Sumlin and the Aggies; they played awfully hard. You can see when we play here that it is a special place. It's loud and it's an advantage for the home team. They played awfully cohesive for a first year coach. My team came on the road and got behind. But, we felt like it was only a matter of time before we got on track. I like how our quarterback managed the game. We threw some deep balls today and we need to hit those. We can win on the road in a hostile environment. A win on the road in the conference is good. Texas A&M definitely has an SEC environment already."


On the Aggie offense
"People say Texas A&M is a finesse team, but I disagree. We saw Johnny Manziel on film, and we saw him do some things that we thought we could stop. We give him credit; he knows how to work the pocket and he does it well. We felt like we could get some pressure on him with our three linemen. The game is all about momentum. We got some key turnovers and put some points on the board."


On the Aggie defense
"I wasn't surprised with how tight they played us. Before this game we hadn't really taken many shots downfield. We run the ball really well, so everyone is going to try to stop the run against us. Next time we have to capitalize on the deep balls. The wind was a big factor today, especially on the deep balls. Johnny Manziel is a very good quarterback. If he learns to minimize his mistakes he is going to be a very good quarterback in this league. We have to get better this off week and prepare for Alabama."


On A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel
"Texas A&M came out passing a lot. Quick throws, 3-step drops, they were trying to get the ball out of Manziel's hands quick. They moved the chains and got a quick start. It wasn't fun chasing Manziel all day. We did a good job of it, but it wasn't fun. They had more yards than us. They passed for more and ran for more, but our offense did what they needed to."



On what LSU's defense did to make the game difficult for Johnny Manziel
"They've made life difficult on everybody that they've played. They're a talented football team. They continue to play. They have depth in the secondary. They have guys that can rotate. They can pass rush and have guys who can play man coverage. I think the story of the game is obviously how we responded between the points off of turnovers. That's a two-way street. You turn it over three times and regardless of the situation, you win as a team, you lose as a team. We've got a disappointed bunch in there - a team that played very, very hard. We came up short and you have to give them credit. That's a big, physical, talented team."

On Taylor Bertolet's rough day
"He's a young guy. He's got a powerful leg. He kicked off well, it's just one of those things. He's still our guy. He'll continue to get better. We've just got to keep working with him. You can see the strength in his leg. I'm sure he knows. I talked to him. He's very, very disappointed. He's going to get better. He's made some big kicks for us this year and he's going to bounce back."

On the effectiveness of the LSU running game
"I thought that we let one get out of the gate right there at the end of the fourth quarter. Other than that, I thought our defense played pretty well. They were able to move the ball, with the exception of that last touchdown. I thought we contained it pretty well and got off of the field enough on third downs. We didn't force any turnovers, and that's a credit to them too. You're playing a top-10 team in the country and you don't get any turnovers, and we turn over three times, it's difficult to win against a team like that."

On whether LSU's defense was what was expected
"They mixed it up just like they said they would. They didn't play one static defense the whole game. They mixed it up and changed some things. They're a good defense. There's a reason why nobody else has moved the ball against them very well. We've got talented players. It can take some chances with some of the guys they've got on the field in man coverage. They did a good job of changing the looks and the pressure. You've got to be able to continue to move the ball and show some patience, which we did. It's difficult when the turnover battle is what it is."

"I think it was all of those things. At this point in the year we've been in two games like that, really. I'll have to go back and watch the video and see. Like I said, effort was not the problem. As long as our guys continue to give effort like that, we're going to be able to win in any game. I think it should have been today. The hump we've got to get over is execution and being consistent. It's no different than what I said after game one. Against a very talented team, the margin for error is really, really small. We made too many today. You've got to give them credit too. They've got guys that were flying with balls. You've got to give them credit. That's a very well-coached and talented team."


On the mood in locker room
"It was depressing, nobody is happy after a loss. Everybody is depressed but there is a 24-hour rule and we will watch the film, learn from our mistakes, and move on and get better from here."

On matching LSU's offensive line
"They had a tremendously talented offensive line. Probably the most talented offensive line we have played here. They were talented athletically and they had the mean streak that you want your offensive line to have. Second half we had some injuries that we were fighting through. Not taking anything away from them, but they just seized the moment and capitalized on our misfortune."

On LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger
"I felt like we were rattling him and had pressure on the pocket. Later on they made their adjustments. "


On letting this game slip away after a lead
"That game was a real tough loss. Defensively we beat ourselves. Regardless of how many turnovers we had, whenever their defense gets a turnover we need to match that on defense and we didn't do that. Their defense made more plays today and they played better. That was ultimately the result of the game."

On whether the team got worn down
"No, not necessarily. We did not. They have a good offensive coordinator over there. For that one drive, he was having success. Once we got back on the sidelines we were able to stop them. During that one drive he was having a lot of success and fortunately we were able to stop them with a field goal."

On trailing at the half trailing after leading for so long
"That part is not what you expect but regardless of how many turnovers we have as a team, we don't care defensively. We feel that if our offense is able to get us a field goal, we're good enough on defense to stop anybody. We gave them too many points. We gave them too many explosives. We didn't make them drop balls and earn every single point they got today."


On the 24-hour rule
"This one hurts a lot. It would have been nice to have a win here not only for myself but for our team and for Kyle Field. It's a win that we've needed for a long time now but we've got to get over it. We will learn from the mistakes we made today and continue to get better."

On matching LSU's team
"I think we matched it pretty well. They have a physical defense, that's what they are known for, a big time defense that gets the ball back to their offense and give them a lot of scoring opportunity. We had a lot of turnovers and their offense generated points, they are a disciplined team. Unfortunately we fell victim to that today by giving them the ball back and they capitalized on it."

On running up the middle
"Our job is to make whatever it is work. We would have liked to run the ball more, and we did, they gave us a lot of opportunities; we just have to make the most of it when they do."

On correcting turnovers
"We just have to try not to make those mistakes in ball games. They happen, sometimes the ball may not bounce your way, they might strip the ball, or the quarterback might make the wrong read. I don't think there is any formula to stop turnovers. You just have to do your best to not let it happen.  We just have to do a better job of not turning the ball over if we are going to keep winning games. "


On missed opportunity
"When you play against an especially talented defense you really just have to focus on execution. Some plays we didn't execute the way we wanted to, credit to them too, they made some plays also. We left some plays out there with some penalties, some turnovers, and didn't execute a couple plays right."

On the loss in general
"Just forget about it and move on. Just get in there study the film and know what you didn't do right and correct it for the Auburn Tigers next week. "

On moving on
"It's pretty tough, but that what the 24-hour rule is for. They were a great team, we left some opportunities on the field. Hats off to defense, I think they played really well tonight. We are just going to watch film and get ready for next week."

On running the ball more
"We just take advantage of what the defense gives us. It's a system offense; we are going to take what you give to us. They are a great defense and they made some adjustments and we made some adjustments also."


On today's performance
"We just didn't do a good job of attacking what they gave us and adjusting to some things. Also, if you turn over the ball that many times, you're going to get beaten. We've just got to go back and focus in on the little things and we should do that on Monday. It goes back to that we are an attack offense and we can't take our foot off the gas pedal. When we have them down and we have good momentum, we have to put the ball in the end zone. We can't forget about what got us good field position. We just have to focus on the little things and make sure we put the ball in the end zone."

On comparison to top teams like Florida and LSU
"I think we are very close. We are a team that, defensively, they have excitement going. They are jumping around and they are running to the ball. We have a great defense. Offensively, this guy is doing it for us. We have to focus on the little things that make great teams: turnovers, penalties and things like that. We have to harp on that if we want to that league status."

On 76-yard kick return that resulted in no points
"It was kind of deflating for us. We had the ball in great field position. We couldn't ask anything more for out of our kick return team, except to put the ball in the end zone and that is our job. In that situation, we just have to focus in and really hone in on the little details. The red zone is that type of feel where it only matters in that moment. Whatever you did to get there doesn't matter. Only the next series matters. We just have to hone in on what we have to do to fix things and we should do that Monday."



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