Troy State Postgame Press Conference

Troy State's coach and players talk about the loss to Mississippi State.

TSU head coach Larry Blakeney

Talk about the game.
"It was a game of who could help whom the most. I don't know who helped who the most, our offense or their offense. We couldn't take advantage of everything. I don't know how many turnovers there were. We know that we invested a lot of time and effort in this game. We have to get where we can have some kind of consistency and move the ball and score some points."

What about your kicking game?
"Our kicking game was okay. We had a marginal call (TSU called for hitting in the back). It wasn't a bad call or a good call on our punt return. I was, for some reason, looking right at it. It wasn't a pivotal point in the game. The same thing happened later on, almost the same situation, and it is a no call (on MSU)."

Talk about the interceptions.
"We tried to throw it deep, but the three deep safeties isn't the (ideal) situation to be throwing it into. We have to do better than that and throw the ball into the middle or something similar to that. They were blitzing from the outside and taking the hitches and short routes away."

Defensive end Shelton Felton

Talk a little about the defensive effort of the team.
"Troy State is know as a defensive (football team). We kept them out of the endzone (except once) and we gave it all we had."

Talk about the MSU turnovers.
"We feel like we did everything we could do. Everytime that they got close to the goal line, we got turnover after turnover. We gave it everything we had."

Quarterback Hansell Bearden.

Talk about the overall play of the team.
"Our defense played great. Our offensive line played well. I though that our running backs ran well. I just felt like I didn't play as well as I needed to to help us win this game. We should have won this game, but we didn't do it."

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