Freeze, players talk 53-52 loss to Arkansas

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and select players met the media following the Rebels' loss to Arkansas.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze:

Opening Statement: “It is an extremely difficult way to end the game. I hurt for our kids, for our coaches, our fans and our administration. You put so much into this deal and then you lose a game like tonight that comes down to the wire. It is very difficult and gut wrenching. It will test everything about you.” On Arkansas’ offense: “Our plan was obviously not very good. Their quarterback played at an extremely high level. We struggled in every one on one situation we had. I thought we controlled their run game pretty well. They are a solid run team. The number of big plays that we gave up was very disheartening. They all rose up at the end to get it done, then the craziness occurred. We obviously just did not play very well. We had a good plan offensively, and we just didn’t get nearly enough possessions or snaps. Arkansas controlled a large portion of the game for sure. I’m sure anytime you don’t play well it is partly the plan and partly the execution of the calls. We will have to go back and evaluate.” On Arkansas going for the two-point conversion: “They couldn’t stop us. They were struggling to stop us also. I haven’t seen the film yet, but there was a face-mask call that seemed like it was the right call. It was a very difficult way to end the game. It doesn’t surprise me, though.”

QB Chad Kelly:

On the loss: “Stinks. There’s no words to describe it. The ball didn’t go our way. It was a good, tough game. Nice SEC test. Just got to regroup, keep everybody together. We’re just a family. We’re all in this together. We’ve got to rebound, come back and beat LSU.” On if he expected the defense to get a stop on the final Arkansas drive: “Definitely. We all did. Everybody in the stadium thought we were going to stop them. Just the ball bounces a certain way, and you can’t control that. It’s all right. We’ve got to regroup, come back and stay hungry. We have a lot more games left, so we’ve got to keep playing hard.” More on the loss: “We’ve got to make sure we stay together. This isn’t the end of the season. Yeah, it’s a heartbreaker, but at the same time, there’s still plenty of games left. We’ve got to stick together. We’re all one family, and we’re in this together.” On his rushing efforts: “Just taking what the defense gave us. There was holes to be ran through, and we took advantage of that.” On Arkansas going for two: “They didn’t have anything to lose. We can’t control that. You can only control what you can control.” Craziest ending he’s ever been a part of? “I remember in high school, we went for two. The same, similar thing. We ended up getting it. Kind of crazy, too. I’m amped up (on the fourth-and-25) thinking we’re going to win this game. Something crazy like that happens. You can’t describe it. The ball goes one way. It just happens.”

DL Breeland Speaks:

On the loss: “Their o-line was coming off a little bit, and their running backs had relentless effort. They caught us on a couple of mis-fits on the defense. I don’t know. It’s disappointing. But at the same time, it’s football. You win some, you lose some. We’ve just got to get ready for LSU.” On no longer controlling their own destiny: “I feel like whatever is going to happen is going to happen, whether if we control our destiny or not. If it works out for us, cool. If it doesn’t, cool.” More on the loss: “This was my first time getting into a dogfight. We had it a little bit at the beginning at Auburn. But this was the first game where it was straight up man-on-man, one-on-one and let’s see who wins.”

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