Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (video) and select players discuss the Rebels' 29-28 win over Texas A&M

Ole Miss moved to 5-5 (2-4 SEC) on the season following a 29-28, come-from-behind win over No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday. Postgame quotes, from the locker room, included.


On the game: “First of all, I want to thank God. Without him, none of this is possible. This one was for the seniors. It wasn’t about the redshirt, me pulling it off. It was about the team. This game was for the seniors, and I’m happy I did it for them.” On the fourth quarter: “Our defense played a heck of a second half. That’s what really got us the momentum. Coach told me after the half, ‘Just stay calm and play your game.’ I came out in the first half kind of shaky. Kyle Field is pretty awesome. Once I got settled in, we played awesome as a collective group.” On the biggest challenge of the week: “It wasn’t about the redshirt. Chad (Kelly) was the man. I wasn’t expecting to play until next year. It was never about the redshirt. It was about the seniors, for John Youngblood and Chad Kelly and all those guys. I’m just happy to have done it for them.” On the emotions after the game: “It’s a dream come true. It’s crazy, my first start. Johnny Manziel was my favorite player growing up. It’s ironic that I get my first start at Kyle Field. It’s awesome.”


On the second-half improvement defensively: “We just came to play ball. We made adjustments and everybody was just pumped up.” On the second-half adjustments: “Based on what they changed and how they attacked us in the first half, we made adjustments to that. When we came out in the second half, we had fire in our eyes. We were ready to go.” On the improvement in run defense: “We enforce it in practice. We’ve got to be assignment sound run-wise. That really helped.” On Texas A&M scoring early, if they lost confidence: “Absolutely not. That’s the greatest thing about this game is we had our mindset ready. We came through and just fight.” On the locker room at half: “We just said enough is enough. The way we struggled the whole year, we just said enough is enough and we came out and fought in the second half.”


On Texas A&M scoring early, if they lost confidence: “No, sir. We just knew we needed to come out and play the way we can play. Stick to the game plan and do what our coaches tell us.” On if they made changes in the second half to shut down the run: “Just a couple of adjustments. A couple of more slants. Just telling the guys to get more physical, dominate the backfield.” On the field goal, getting the lead: “For us to do that, in the situation that we’re in, honestly I’m just proud of this team. Everybody was proud of each other for keeping fighting.” On what he said to Deontay Anderson after he sealed the game with an interception: “He’s a ball-player. He’s a young cat. His head’s been down at points in the season, but he’s never kept it down. He’s a ball-player.”

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