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In a game dominated by defense, Ole Miss blinked first, falling to No. 3 Alabama 22-3 in front of the largest crowd in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium history. Read what the players had to say about the loss inside.

QB Jevan Snead: (On Alabama's defense) We knew going into the game that they had a good defense. They were extremely quick. They jumped routes and flew around. Overall, they were just a great defense and played every snap. They didn't make any mistakes. (On the team moving forward after the loss) We'll just watch the film and try to learn from this. Now, it's just one week at a time and we'll try to win every game we can. We'll take what we can from this game and try to refocus on the game next week. (On the regression of the offense) I don't really know how to answer that. We're just going to have to watch film and figure it out. (On failing to get into a rhythm early) We had some success with short yardage plays. Our backs did a good job with that. But they didn't do anything (defensively) that we didn't expect or planned for. We just didn't play well. (On bouncing back) We've been in this position before. We've been down and still been able to come back. We just have to have a sense of urgency.

FS Kendrick Lewis: (On the play of the defense) We played pretty decent, but there's still room for improvement. We can tackle better. But as a whole, I thought we played a good game. (On the offensive struggles) We just try to keep them motivated. We tell them we're going to get them the ball and hopefully they'll get in a rhythm. We just try to play hard. There's no sense in pointing fingers or getting frustrated. (On the 36-yard score before halftime) It was just a good call against our defense. They caught us in a blitz and he was able to get a big run. It wasn't a sense of us getting tired. We were just trying to get our offense the ball. (On Mark Ingram) He was a tough back. They had three tough backs. They're a great team. (On the physicality of Alabama) They were tough. Alabama, along with South Carolina, were very physical teams. But this is the SEC. You're going to get that week in and week out. (On going forward after the loss) We're going to watch the film and see the mistakes we had. We can build off this loss. Our defense can play even better. We played a good game today, but there's a room for improvement.

WR Shay Hodge: (On the Crimson Tide defense) That was the best defense we played all year. They rate right up there with Florida. They were fast and technique-sound. They basically knew what we were going to do. They tune into their gameplan and knew where we were going to be on most plays. (On the turnovers) Two of the turnovers are things I had never seen before. It was their luck or something. I don't think I've ever dropped a pass that fell down into someone's hands or the play where Markeith fell down and the ball tipped into a defender's hands. Some things just happened today that usually don't happen. I don't know what to say about it, honestly. (On bouncing back) We'll go watch the film and see everything we did wrong. We'll try to fix it in the next game. Some good will come out of this loss. (On gaining some form of chemistry offensively) We just have to find something. We really only lost three players off the offense last year and it seems like it's a whole new unit out there. It's a little bit of everybody. You can't blame one person. It's all of us.

DE Kentrell Lockett: (On the loss) Same as winning, when you're losing, you can grow accustomed to it. We're just trying to get this bad taste out of our mouth. We know what it tastes like to win. When you set a certain goal and expectation, you get down on yourself. So we'll take this as expectations. I'm ready to play again. I didn't want to leave the field. We still have something to prove. (On the struggles offensively) We just have to play ball defensively. That's our job. We're supposed to keep the other team from scoring. That's what we do and we take pride in that. If the offense isn't doing its job, it also means the defense isn't doing its job. When all is said in done, it's Ole Miss not getting it done. (On getting pressure) All during the week, we talked about how he was a young quarterback and we had to get after him. That's what we did. He made some good reads sometimes and sometimes he didn't know what to do. The gameplan was to hit him a little bit and get him frustrated. We did that. We got him out of his comfort zone. (On red zone defense) It's just pride. That's what we want to be known for. You can get to the red zone, but that doesn't mean you're going to score. We want everybody to know that you might get a drive here or there, but the chances of you getting in the end zone are slim to none.

WR Dexter McCluster: (On Alabama) We knew they were going to be a great defense. They're very sound and the best defense we'll play all year, to be honest. They're physical and make few mistakes. That's big as a defense. (On Jevan Snead) When he makes a mistake, I just try to go over there and encourage him. We ride with him and I let him know to forget that last play and focus on the next down. But as a competitor, you want to take all the weight on your shoulders. But we're a team. We stick together. (On the pressure applied by Alabama) They have a great defensive line and were applying pressure all night. But as an offense, that's something we have to correct. We have to figure out what's wrong and get it right. (On the difficulty of getting to Atlanta) It's going to be difficult, but it can be done. I would say to not count us out, because all we need is one spark to get us going. Once we do that, we're going to be a good offense.

DT Jerrell Powe: (On the frustrations of losing) It's always difficult to lose, but Alabama is a good football team. As a defense, I thought we played really well. We just have to come back, learn and regroup. We have to get better. (On the red zone defense) Coach Nix emphasizes on not allowing them to score. That's one of our goals in the locker room. We played really well. We shut them out down there. (On moving on from the loss) We're a team and stick together. That's the way it's going to be sometime. (On the turnovers offensively) It wasn't just Jevan. Anytime the offense isn't doing well it's frustrating. But we're a team and he's our quarterback. We still have faith in him. We just have to get back to the drawing board and get better.

CB Cassius Vaughn: (On the defense) We are not going to quit. We promised Coach Nix and the rest of the team that we would never quit no matter what the score is or the situation. We can do better than we did today, but we never quit. We played hard every snap. That is going to pay off for us in the long run and really is already. The next thing we have to do is create more turnovers. Our tackling has gotten a lot better since the first game and we all know what to do, but we have to find a way to create more turnovers. (On the offense) They are going to come around. We know how good they can be - we face them every day. Jevan (Snead) is going to get it going and I'm going to tell you something - he is our quarterback. Every player on this team feels that way. He's going to come around and we have his back - every player on this team does.


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