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Postgame Quotes from Southern Miss' 29-23 Loss at North Texas

DENTON, Texas -- Scout and GoldenEaglePride.com provide postgame quotes from Southern Miss loss Saturday at North Texas ...

Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson

On the 29-23 loss at North Texas ...
  • "This was a tough loss. There was a lot on the line. This was a bowl-eligible game. We didn't make enough plays to pull out the win."

On North Texas building a 20-0 lead in the first half ...
  • "They hit us with a couple of trick plays. I thought we could have done a better job with our eyes in the back end (of the defense)."

On what triggered Southern Miss to eventually erase the three-score deficit ...
  • "We countered with a trick play with (Allenzae) Staggers to get some momentum, and then (Ito) Smith broke the big run and turned it around for us."

On North Texas' go-ahead touchdown drive midway through the fourth ...
  • "They connected on some pass plays that were well-defended. On the touchdown run, we just missed some tackles. Give North Texas credit. They made the plays and we didn't."

North Texas head coach Seth Littrell

On senior graduate transfer QB Alec Morris, who filled in for injured freshman starter Mason Fine ...
  • "I'm very proud of Alec. They way the seaosn has gone, he could have been a bad teammate. But he's done a great job of being a great teammate. He's been like a mentor to Mason. And he's gone out and gotten better every week. He just works at getting better every practice."

On building the first-half lead ...
  • "I'm proud of our play in the first half. But I'll probably want to burn the game film of the second half tomorrow. I thought we were extremely undisciplined in the second half. I think some of that is just from our inexperience at winning games.

North Texas quarterback Alec Morris

On North Texas' go-ahead fourth-quarter drive after falling behind 23-20 ...
  • "Going into that last drive, everybody knew the gravity of the situation. And not just in the game, but for the rest of the season."

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