A 'Bright' spot in the LSU game

Backup quarterback Steven Bright entered the LSU game in the third quarter in relief of injured starter Jay Cutler. The sophomore from Greer, S.C. finished with good stats (7-of-9 passing for 75 yards), but was unable to lead the team to a score. After the game, Bright talked about his performance.

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Q: Steven, you were thrown in there at a crucial point in the game. You guys had kind of gotten a little momentum back with the personal foul penalty.

A: I guess as a backup quarterback you always have to be ready to go in no matter what happens. That's my goal. We did have some momentum then. Fortunately I was ready. I just tried to do my best.

Q: Talk about [LSU's] defense. They're one of the better defensive teams in the country, national champions.

A: They're a great defense, no doubt about it. Every position, too. There's not a weakness. That's what I think makes them so great. Their linebackers are great, their defensive backs are great, their defensive line is great. Their coaching is great. That's what makes them so good. That's why we had to step up our game. I think we played well, just not well enough to win.

Q: What's the mindset of the team when you're going in playing the defending national champions on their own turf?

A: Excitement. LSU is just a great place to play. None of us had ever been there to play before. I think everybody was just excited to be there. 90,000 fans screaming at you, and as you said, defending national champions. They're a great team, and it's a challenge. That's why you play the game.

Q: This was the most you've ever played at Vanderbilt. Can you kind of assess your performance?

A: I don't know... it's never as good as you think and never as bad as you think. I did some good things... fortunately I was ready when they called on me. Unfortunately we didn't score any points in the second half. We didn't score like we would have liked to. But the offense, we moved the ball, but if you can't get points, you're not going to win.

Q: You threw the ball very well, but it seemed like the offensive line was having a real tough time holding them out. You were on the run a lot.

A: Yeah, they're a great defense. I thought our offensive line did well. Our receivers did well. They were catching the ball. They were catching pretty much everything I threw to them. That's always a plus, to have receivers that can go up and get the ball, and aren't scared to do that. But their defense is good. Our offensive line played to the best of their ability. You win some and you lose some battles up front, so that's what we're prepared to do as an offense.

Q: Were you happy with the way the running game went?

A: I think it was good and bad at some points. Norval McKenzie had a couple of nice long runs. He ran the ball really well. It was good and bad.

Q: Jay Cutler got hurt about the same time they scored the two touchdowns to take a 24-7 lead. It seemed like the team kind of got down at that point.

A: Yeah, I mean, any time the captain goes down, it's a hurt for the team. But that's my job, if he goes down, I'm going to come in and do my best to lead the team. That's what the quarterback position is. It's a leadership role. If Jay goes down, I've got to do my best to step in there and do whatever I can. Unfortunately the worst part was probably the delay-of-games. I was just having trouble getting the plays off.

Q: Did the crowd bother you?

A: I don't think it was the crowd. It's just getting the plays and making the calls. Unfortunately I just didn't to that very well.

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