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"For offense we had a really solid first half. Then we had three turnovers in the second half. ">

Coaches & Player quotes

"It was a good, tough hard fought football game," Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione said afterwards. "You've got to talk about our defense and the great job that they did. <br><br>"For offense we had a really solid first half. Then we had three turnovers in the second half.

"Defense had an outstanding game in so many ways. I felt like the entire unit played great."

"We still rushed for over 300 yards. Shaud (Williams) had 135 and Ahmaad (Galloway) had 89."

"(Michael) Ziifle missed his first field goal attempt. We gave Brian Bostick a chance to come in."

"It's always a hard fought game against those guys. I'm proud of the way our guys battled."

On Derrick Nix: "He's a good running back. We didn't give him many opportunities to get going."

"We have tremendous trust in Ahmaad (Galloway). We felt good about the things we were doing and the way Shaud (Williams) was running the football."

Alabama Player Quotes

Brodie Croyle:
"We played pretty good in the first half. Missed out on a lot of opportunities in the second. They took away different things from us. In all we got the win. We're glad to win."

On his touchdown: "They just over-pursued. Luckily I got a good block in the back side. It helped me get in there."

"We didn't have a good night throwing the football. They really took it away from us. We stuck with the ground and hopefully next week we won't make those two turnovers. I believe we can come away with the win if need be."

Charlie Peprah:
"It felt great to make plays. I tried to get on the field just to get off, and I tried to get on the field to get the defense right off the field. I was happy I made those two plays just so I could get a rest and let this offense run the clock off and give them another opportunity to score."

On the upcoming Arkansas game: "There's always room for improvement. You can never be satisfied when you get complacent. That's when things start to go downhill. We've got to build on this. We still have a lot more things that we need to improve on. Arkansas is our first SEC game. We have to come with it. We have to step it up and can't lose from here on out."

Nautyn McKay-Loescher:
"I thought we played our best game of the season so far on defense. I thought the d-line, the DB's and the linebackers were all in sync in terms of what their job is to do. I guess we're a candidate for shutting down good running backs now. This is the third straight running back we've shut down. We've done well in terms of that. All I can say is I'm proud to play on this defense."

On Arkansas: "This is a great start before going up against Arkansas. Arkansas is kind of the same team, real smash-mouth type of a team. They're going to run the ball like Southern Miss did. I think this was a real good preparation game in terms of going into SEC play."

Shaud Williams:
"This is my best game here. The line did a great job of blocking up front. I've said it once and I'll say it again, when those guys when they get it set in their mind that they want to do something and they want to make a play, they do it. They did a great job up front today."

On going over 1,000 yards in his career: "It feels good. But then in a sense you've got guys that do it every year so it's really not that big of a deal. But it's something that's a little bit special to me."

Southern Miss Head Coach Jeff Bower

"I want to congratulate Alabama. They played hard and played well and did enough to win the football game."

"When you play a team that's talented like that you have to play well in all three phases. They manned up on us early and we couldn't catch the football in situations like that. We had two tremendous opportunities to move the football in the first half and we didn't take advantage of them. We certainly didn't do anything offensively up front. They ran their stuff and they out-executed us."

"It's a long year. We've got eight games left. We're going to be very positive. We're going to go in Monday, watch the tape, learn from it and get better."

Torrin Tucker, #76 OL
"It always feels bad to get beat. You just have to bounce back. Anything that could have went wrong went wrong. You just have to bounce back and keep fighting. You win as a team and lose as a team."

"We thought if we could come out and execute on offense like we can that we could win, but we didn't do that."

"You have to prepare as hard as you can and then on Saturday you lay it all out and if you win you win and if you lose you lose. We have to put it behind us and come together as a team."

Micky D'Angelo, #7 QB
"I was trying to stay in the pocket and make some plays. It turned out to be the wrong decision. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty and if I would have made the completions we wouldn't have been saying that."

"The defense did a great job of giving us good field position twice in a row. We you get the opportunities you have to take advantage of them especially against a team like Alabama."

"We have to get ready to go. We have a conference game next week and it is a really big game for us."

Rayshun Jones, #94 DL
"Coming into the game 3-0, losing a game like this will make us think about the future. We are going to practice the rest of the season and try to win the rest of our games."

"We showed some heart and got some turnovers on defense. We need to work harder on holding onto the ball on offense and not make turnovers."

"We felt confident like any other team, but we did not capitalize on anything. This week we will work on capitalization and get things going."

Terrell Paul, #91 DE
"They are a good team with a great offensive line. We knew they were going to make some plays. They just made more of them than we did tonight."

"They were running to the boundaries a lot and I guess that was the weak side of the field tonight."

"We made a statement at the end of the game when we held them on the goal line. That just shows the character of our team."


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