From the other sideline: Arkansas

Hear from Arkansas coach John L. Smith and his players after the 38-20 loss to South Carolina.

Head Coach John L. Smith
Opening Statement
I'd like to give South Carolina credit. They are an awful good football team, and they didn't make any mistakes during the game. We made a lot of mistakes. In the first half, we had some chances and made crucial mistakes. Then we came out [in the] second half and I think the pick-six was a big momentum changer that really hurt us. But I think our young guys played hard. They are going to learn a lot from this. I have to say, our guys stepped up. They continued; they stayed in there and battled. We knew they would come out [in the] second half and try to run the ball on us, to run out the time on us. But I really think the kids played hard, particularly the young linebackers and defensive backs. On the offensive side of the ball, Jonathan [Williams] played well. He battled hard, as did [Keon] Hatcher. All the players really played hard. They continued to fight, and we as a team will continue to fight and remain together over these next two weeks. We will stay together, go on the practice field, and continue to work hard as [we] have done all season. We will continue to go to class and do the right things. They are going to finish this season out the right way. They have been mature and done everything we have asked.

Why did you kick the field goal in the third quarter?
There was still around six minutes left in the third quarter, so I just wanted to get something positive. I felt like getting a positive thing, getting some points on the board was important to us. I just wanted to make sure we got the points. Driving down there and not getting any points out of it wouldn't help. I just wanted to get something positive and something that would help with momentum.

Connor Shaw scoring on that 4th and 5 just before halftime
That was a big play as well. There were several big plays in the game for South Carolina. I look at this team's mistakes that we have to correct and continue to work on. We are learning as a team and will get better.

Cobi Hamilton • WR • Senior
Thoughts on the game
Another rough loss. We didn't finish as well as we wanted to, but we have Mississippi State next week and we just have to get ready for that game.

On the illegal formation
That's completely my fault. I didn't listen to the play call. I just lined up on the line, and the tight end was supposed to be on the line. It was just mental errors.

On not scoring despite moving the ball
That's something we have to work on and get better on in practice. Obviously it hurts when we can't score in these crucial SEC games. It's something we have to work on and get better at.

Chris Smith • DE • Junior
On moving forward after this game
On a positive standpoint, our young guys stepped up, but again, we all hate to lose. We've just got to move forward from this game and get ready for Mississippi State next week.

On South Carolina taking advantage of the young defense
It's tough to watch. We tried to get some four-man pressure to help the secondary out, but South Carolina did a good job of taking advantage of it. In the end, I'm just glad we didn't put our heads down and quit playing.

Tyler Wilson • QB • Senior
On his thoughts about today's game
I thought early, we came out and did a lot of good things. The illegal formation penalty really hurt us, and he had to end up punting. We end up going to score in the next couple of possessions, and that really gave us a good chance going into halftime. When we came back out from halftime, I ended up throwing a crucial pick that really hurt us. In the end, we ended up putting some points up on the board late in the game. We could've easily given in at that point, but we showed some fight and we kept competing.

On the presences Jadeveon Clowney
It makes you throw the ball a little earlier than you normally do. He makes you have to guess sometimes, but you still have to stand in there and throw it and compete. He did a good job, and he is a great player. We did everything we could to try and contain him, but he still finds a way to get through sometimes. You have to give him a lot of credit.

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