Miles meets with media Sunday

On Sunday, LSU head coach Les Miles briefed the media after the Tigers' 37-7 road victory over Mississippi State. Read the transcript here.

On the scoring drive in the third quarter...
"We came out and executed, and that drive was the drive that virtually won the game. It set the tempo for the second half, and it took our opponent out of any thoughts of getting back in the game. It was a long drive, it ate a lot of the clock up. We had a third-and-eight and we converted on it, and the rest of the plays were efficient plays, and we just went down there and scored."

"That's what we need to do to start the games and start the third quarters. We have to understand that those drives are the characteristics that will take our opponents out of the game."

On what this win says about the character of the team...
"To me, our team wasn't going to be denied in this game, with a short schedule, being nicked up, it didn't make any difference. This team was going to come out and get a victory. It was apparent not only then, but right after Mississippi State scored seven on a mistake. This wasn't going to be their day. Our defense was going to stuff them all day, and they continued to play well after that mistake. Offensively, we were going to be able to control the tempo of the game."

On what was said at halftime...
"We talked at halftime about having to go out with a greater intensity and taking control of the second half. We made that observation and certainly our kids understood that they had to play like that."

On getting Skyler Green more touches in a game...
"Any time within the scheme of the offense that we can get the ball to a playmaker like Skyler, it obviously means we're going to gain some yards. That was an opportunity we had in this game and certainly something we wanted to take advantage of going in and then continue it in the second half."

On the early touchdown given up to Mississippi State...
"The first couple of plays, Mississippi State just got nothing. (The touchdown they scored) was obviously a (defensive) mistake, and it's not something that's going to be repeated. I don't think anybody on our sideline even felt that's how it was going to go for the defense in the afternoon. The defense had confidence they were going to come out and play hard. Even though Mississippi State came out and got the early lead, we came right back and got three. I just didn't think there was any reason at that point and time to think that was going to be any other day but ours."

On JaMarcus Russell's play...
"He was tremendously accountable. It was the style of day we need to have minus a few times we should have thrown the ball away. He was tremendously efficient. I want to say that he made every throw and that balls that were incomplete were balls that should have been caught. He needs to make some decisions, because not every play is destined to be a completion, but he needs to throw a couple balls away and not sustain contact and get a sack. Other than that, he was tremendously efficient and did what the team needed him to do."


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