Comments from Coach Miles

Coach Miles looks back to a landmark victory while also looking forward to the Ole Miss contest.

Opening Statement…

"When you go on the road playing quality opponents and nationally ranked teams, it happens where you have momentum changes. We started slow on defense and they kind of controlled the ball. It took some time for our defense to get their feet underneath them and play like they're capable of. By the time we gathered composure, at halftime in my opinion the real character of our football team stepped forward and took the field to accomplish what they went there to do. I couldn't be happier with the style of men that took the field for LSU last Saturday. I feel like our quarterback is maturing and I feel like he's a guy in key games, (he has shown it) against four top-15 opponents, that we can rely on and count on to make big plays. I think he's coming to that maturity, and I think you'll see it the rest of the way out.

"That being said I don't want to belabor who we just defeated, because that means nothing to us if we don't finish strong. We play a very capable Ole Miss team, a team that really had Alabama on the ropes in their stadium. They have a very talented defense and a quarterback who throws the ball. They are a very capable team. We're going to go into a hostile environment for the second week in a row and have to play good football and play better and improve. And that's going to be our focus. We're not going to spend a lot of time on when and if and how far away all of that appears. We've got to take care of business. It's one game at a time, and this week is Ole Miss."

On having a possible let down after such a big win…

"I can't imagine that we won't play these games full-bore. All we've done is put ourselves in a position to achieve. We've won nothing. The team we just played had the lead in the (SEC) west. The lead in the west is something that becomes really important after you have won the west. We have two games to establish that position, and I can't imagine that anybody won't be fired up to play each game one at a time with the opportunity to do what we came to do, which is win the west."

On how playing in three overtimes this year has helped the team…

"I don't think that when they start the fifth stanza that anybody on our team is surprised or not ready to take the field. I think that the way this season has gone, the unusual start has also allowed our guys to practice character and redirect their attentions and refocus. I think all of those things take place in what is the overtime stanza."

On the two Ole Miss quarterbacks…

"(Ethan) Flatt threw 37 times and completed 20 of them for 300 yards. (Michael) Spurlock is a very talented, very mobile guy. I saw him throw the football pretty well early on this year. Both are very capable guys and we'll prepare for their best."

On maintaining their lead in the SEC west…

"The lead is the position we have. To maintain that position you have to win out. I think our guys understand that and we'll look at it one game at a time. We have two one-game seasons, and let's go play."

On Ole Miss not having RB Mico McSwain for this Saturday's game…

"I know that they put Larry Kendrick in and he rushed for 48 yards. He rushed the ball well. They have a very capable offensive line. I can't imagine that they'll forego the rushing yardage. Flatt is a very dangerous quarterback, and Spurlock can run it and throw it. We're gong to prepare that their rushes will be there. We're going to prepare as if they'll hand the ball to Larry Kendrick as much as they would McSwain.

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