Post-Game Quotes


 

 

Oct. 14, 2012

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POST-GAME QUOTES
No. 23 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 22 Texas A&M
Oct. 13, 2012

LOUISIANA TECH

Head Coach Sonny Dykes

“First off I’d like to thank the fans who stuck around for the end of the game. It’s a shame so many fans didn’t stick around. It was embarrassing that late in the game Texas A&M had more fans (in the stadium) than we did.”

 “We didn’t get off to a good start. We got some stops in the second half and got back into the game.”

 “We had a hard time getting into a rhythm early. I don’t know if it was nerves or what. We didn’t make the early plays we usually make.”

 “We had to adjust to Maziel’s speed. Had our defense not played as well as they did in the third quarter, we wouldn’t have gotten back into the game. When we started making plays in the third quarter, the team got that sense of excitement.”

 “We’ve been a team of runs. We’ve done that all year. We had three key penalties in the first half that really hurt us by extending (Texas A&M) drives, but we settled down in the second half.”

 “The team played as hard as they could the whole 60 minutes. We got beat in some situations, but they still played hard.”

 “Quinton Patton was spectacular tonight. I’ve rarely seen a receiver play like that. He was truly remarkable.”

 “I told the team I was really proud of the way we fought. I’ve never been more proud of a team fighting back against that kind of adversity. But it was no moral victory.”

On the final two-point conversion attempt:

“We had three plays called. We had a run play and two routes. When they doubled Quinton (Patton) we called a play that we’ve had success with this season with the pass to R.P. (Stewart), but that one didn’t work. But it was still a great game by Colby (Cameron)”

 

Shakiel Lucas

On Quinton Patton:

“He’s incredible.  I love watching him play.  Whenever I’m on the sideline, I’m always watching No. 4.  He the best receiver I’ve ever played with and we know when he’s in the game, we always have a chance.  He’s the best I’ve seen with my own eyes.”

On the interception and pick-six:

“I don’t really remember a lot about it, because as soon as I scored, my teammates mobbed me and were slapping my helmet and all over me.  I jumped the route and when I saw the end zone in front of me, my pee-wee days kicked in and I wasn’t going to be denied.”

 

Colby Cameron

On the third-quarter performance:

“We’ve been a great third-quarter team all season.  We knew we had a chance to do some good things in the second half and we sort of had them on their heels a little bit, but we know that’s SEC talent and they are going to keep coming at you.”

On Quinton Patton as Tech’s premier receiver:

“He’s the man.  You really can’t ask for more than someone like him.  Anytime I see him with one-on-one coverage, I consider him open.  I have such confidence in him and I’ve seen him do things that are unbelievable.”

On the nation now knowing more about who Louisiana Tech is:

“It’s really good to make a name for our program with a game like this.  Even though we lost and it was a tough game to lose, it shows that our program is going in a good direction.”

 

Quinton Patton

On getting in the defensive backs heads during the game

“I was just trying to do all I could to get my team down the field.  The [defensive backs] were trying to hang on my side and get a little aggressive, but I was just trying to stay calm and stay humble and just play my way.  If the calls came, fine but I was just focusing on playing my game.”

On being open on the two-point conversion:

“I expect the ball on every play, but I trust Colby [Cameron] 100 percent and if he sees something and thinks someone else is open and goes there, I’m good with that.  I trust him completely to make the right call.”

On Colby Cameron

“I’m glad Colby is our quarterback.  Not too many people can take being the quarterback…you have to be of strong mind and strong body.  Sometimes the quarterback gets blamed for everything so you have to be tough all around.  I just really glad Colby is the quarterback for our team.”

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

Opening comments:

“You know, we won. A whole lot of things happened in that football game and it could have gone either way right there with the onside kicks and those different plays, but we made enough plays to win.”

“I give them credit. They can score like that on anybody. It took them awhile to get going. Once they did, they got it clicking. They were riling us a little bit defensively. Not a little bit, but we did not help ourselves. With all that said, they did a great job. We were going to have to play well in Shreveport to come out of here with a win and somehow we did.

On special teams:

“I do not think it was a big … As many positives as we had in those situations, there were negatives. We get a block, the two-point and then miss an extra point; did not recover the onside kick. There were plays we made all over the field.”

“You know the two-point conversion, so as many positives as there were on special teams, there were negatives. That is just the way the game was. You cannot have a game with that many yard and that many points without having big plays and with that kind of offense. That was a historic game.”

 

On Ryan Swope and how his injury affected the game:

“I think we would love to have a guy like that in there. It is a combination of the pressure it puts on everybody.  Mike Evans was limping around out there a bunch and had to come out of the game, so we had some young guys in there who had not been out there before, but we are a better football team with Ryan (Swope) out there.”

On last week’s confidence carrying over to this week:

I hope so. I think our mindset is different. I think we are doing what we need to win games and not lose games. We did a lot of things that really cannot be explained. To get the ball at the 30 and drive it out to the 50 and just a number of penalties that put us all the way back.”

“That is stuff we have been talking about since we got here with ball security and penalties. That is something we have been working on and emphasizing, but obviously we have done a poor job and we did a poor job of that tonight. I have never ever been in a football game with that many penalties.”

 

On Manziel’s response to the pick six:

“I asked him, and we never yell at him unless there is no answer. He said he was trying to throw the football away and it got away from him and was a pick six. For him to come back, and made really two or three really good plays with the option that got called back on the holding call and he had and the scrambles earlier.”

“So, there were a number of plays he made after the interception that were great plays. The big one was just the touchdown run, so we have come to get used to that. He threw some good balls tonight. I think he is improving as a passer and obviously he keeps the defense on their feet and that is what he has been doing.”

“He has only played six games, so I do not think anyone expects him to be … he has only played six games as a freshman. I think he will be the first to tell you he is working to get better every game.”

On changing momentum after a couple three-and-outs:

“Rolling is scoring every time you get the ball, and we were, so if we stop, then we have a momentum change rather than scoring every time we got the ball.”