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The Rebels had a tale of two halves, but came up on the short end of a 24-20 score to No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Read the players' thoughts on the game inside.

DE Kentrell Lockett: (On difference in halves) We just focused and dialed in. If we had done that in the first half, the outcome would have been different. We weren't doing what we were supposed to do, and what the coaches told us to do. Coaches got on us at halftime, and we came out and played the way we are supposed to play. We followed the gameplan and executed. We didn't do anything differently except execute. (On his fumble recovery) I was really close to picking it off and running it in, but the quarterback was grabbing at me, so I just decided to just get on it. (On Alabama) I don't think we were rattled in the first half. But I think we listened to all the hype about them. And came out flat. We didn't play physical ball, we played their game. When we came out in the second half, we played Ole Miss football, and that was the difference. At halftime, we talked among ourselves and said to quit playing Alabama football and start playing Rebel football. That was the difference. (On the next game) They are all must wins. But this one may be more important because we have to get back to .500.

TB Enrique Davis: (On his 62-yard run) That was my first long run of the year and I kind of ran out of gas at the end. The offensive line gave me a big hole, I cut it up, and thought I was going to score. But for some strange reason, I remembered a run in high school the same way where I ran out of gas. The next time, it won't happen. I'll score. Jason Cook gave me a great block, and anybody could have run through the hole. (On his progress) I have been practicing a lot better the last couple weeks. Catching on to what they are teaching me and feeling better about my game. I knew I would play more this week, and that motivated me to sharpen up my game and get ready.

LB Jonathan Cornell: (On the second half performance) The d-line played fantastic. We forced some turnovers that were big, and that gave us some momentum and confidence defensively. On their fumble that Kentrell covered, Peria came out of nowhere like a missile. I was about to hit him, but when Peria shot through, he beat me to it and jarred the ball loose. It was a great play on Peria's part. (On having several close losses) We're fine. We just have to keep learning from them, even though the learning curve has been too long. I compare it to a tragedy, but one day we are going to have comedy. We're going to have some happy endings.

FS Kendrick Lewis: (On his INT) I watched the quarterback's eyes and broke that way because he is known for throwing the post. I was fortunate enough to make a play on the ball. (On difference in first and second half coverage) We talked a lot at half about the game not being over and about having to play more efficiently. We made some errors in the first half that we couldn't afford to make in the second half. We didn't change anything we just turned it up a notch and played better.

QB Jevan Snead: (On the last play) I had a lot of pressure and felt like I had to get rid of the ball. I wasn't able to put it where I wanted to, but I probably should have thrown the drag route. I just didn't see it in time. (On playing with Alabama) They are great and are ranked where they are for a reason. But I think we have a great team too. We just havent quite put everything together. We are getting there, but we havent played a four quarter game yet. At halftime, we decided we were not going to give up and to play to our capabilities. I think that is what we did for the most part. It is very frustrating to lose like we have, but we are going to keep working hard and get it right. (On what is hurting the Rebels) We had two interceptions and a fumble, the same kind of stuff we've been doing. If we can eliminate turnovers, we are going to be a very good football team. We are very close to getting it right. But we are seven games deep in the season, and the time is now.

WR Dexter McCluster: (On losing another close game) It is very hard. But it is our fault. We didn't play four quarters. If we had, we would have won the game. I think we are closer than we have been to getting it right. We still have to put it together for an entire game. (On the turnovers) Whoever wins the turnover battle will win the game, and we had more critical ones than they did. I have to protect the ball better. The whole team has to protect the ball better. We are proud we made it a game, but when we look in the mirror, once again we beat ourselves. (On fixing his turnovers) I am going to keep playing aggressively. I'm not going to change my game, but I have to learn that when I am trying to get that extra yard, that I have to cover up with both arms. (On the next game) We know if we play our game, that we can win against anybody.

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