Quoting Auburn Coach Gene Chizik

Comments from Auburn's head football coach are featured after his team's victory over the Ole Miss Rebels.

Auburn, Ala.--Comments from Auburn head football coach are featured following his team's 33-20 SEC football victory over Ole Miss.

"Obviously, we feel very blessed to beat a very good football team today. I can't give our football team enough credit starting with our seniors and just the way they responded in a tough stretch. As we all know, that was the question that everybody wanted to know was ‘How is your football team going to respond in a tough time?' I think today is a great example of the way they were going to respond. They willed that win.

"That was a very, very good football team that we beat tonight and our kids deserved it because they never quit fighting. It doesn't surprise anybody in our locker room that is who they are. I thought tonight proved to a lot of people that we were going to contend and fight."

(On Auburn's pass rush pressure)

"I thought that was huge. If that wasn't the best that we have been on third down defense, it was certainly one of the best. That starts with pressure up front. We did not blitz them a lot tonight. Jevan (Snead) did a nice job of scrambling out of the pocket. He got out of there a couple of times on us. It started with a four man pass rush. That is where it started. We were just good on third downs. That has been something that we needed to get better at and tonight I thought we were."

(On Terrell Zachery)

"I think Terrell Zachery made two catches right now that were out of the ordinary. They were great catches. He had to go up over a guy or even two guys if I remember correctly and come down with the football. Those are the plays that we have to be able to make. Those are two big-time plays. I thought that really, really sparked us. That was the spark that we needed. That certainly is what we did earlier in the year. It was good to see us come back today and make a couple of those."

(On Zac Etheridge)

"First of all, I am really proud that somebody came in and stepped up to the plate. Zac Etheridge is not only a phenomenal young man, he is a phenomenal football player. On this football team, he is a great leader. Somebody came in tonight and stepped up. It doesn't mean that we were perfect, but somebody came in and stepped in and took Zac's place. We are just so proud of Zac and obviously we will know further tomorrow as to what his status is. He is one tough, tough guy. He will rebound."

(Have you ever seen 33 points scored in one quarter like the third quarter today?)

"No, I don*t think I have. I really don't. I went from as everybody did, every gamut, every emotional high and low that we could go in 15 minutes which seemed like 15 days. It was pretty incredible. Again, there were bad things that happened in the game, certainly after the kickoff return for a touchdown and our kids just never stopped fighting. It was good to see that."

(On Chris Todd)

"We said all along that Chris gives us the best chance to win. That's who we are going to play quarterback with. We can't be wishy-washy on the quarterback situation. We can*t be wishy-washy on what we want to do, what we don't want to do. We had some success and we didn't have some success. I'm not going back and forth on that. We know what we have to do to win. We have to execute much better on all sides of the ball than we did today if we want to continue to win the rest of the games in our league."

(On Ole Miss in the first drive)

"What really got that one was the play-action pass to the fullback on the outside. We opened with great momentum on the kickoff coverage if you remember correctly. Then they hit us with the fullback wheel, the fullback to the flat, and just took it up the sideline. Other than that, I think it was just getting used to the game. There were a couple of new wrinkles that they threw into their offense. We felt like we got that adjusted--some tight end movement and things that we felt like we needed to get under control. Coach (Ted) Roof did a great job, and our defensive staff did a great job seeing what it was that there plan was and then adjusting from that."

(On Walt McFadden's interceptions)

"It was huge. Walt, like I told him, there is nobody on a football team that deserves good things to happen to him. He makes them happen. He is playing coverage into a call. That interception was huge, and the field position swing was huge as far as him bringing it out. I was just proud to see him get two clutch ones today."

(On Ben Tate's performance)

"Really, really important. He went for over 1,000 yards today. I think that is significant in what we are trying to establish here as far as building a foundation on what we want to do. That, obviously, is not just Ben, it is the offensive line and the receivers are blocking. He had another big day of 100 plus yards and that one big run. Ben just continues to show up. I am really proud of the way his leadership has come to the forefront for our football team. He keeps running hard. He does the things we ask him to do to be productive. He is becoming a team leader."


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