Sept. 15, 2007
South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier
"Our pass protection was not super."
"We've got to get Blake [Mitchell] throwing more on rhythm. We've got to evaluate what we're doing. I won't be too hard on Blake, but we've got to get his confidence up."
"The defense played well the whole game. We forced a bunch of punts, forced some turnovers. Real well all night. And we scored on defense."
"Kickoff coverage was still spotty. Nothing big happened."
"Give South Carolina State some credit. They rushed us, knocked it out of our quarterbacks' hands twice."
"We've got to get the passing game going. If we are going to continue to win at LSU or Arkansas, it's got to be a low score, 16 - 14 or so, unless we can throw it better. We've got some receivers to do it. Blake is just not confident he can make the throws."
"We had a lot of bad plays but still won the game."
"Cory [Boyd] and Mike [Davis] ran it well. We had some good holes for them. Obviously, we do that a lot better than we throw it right now."
Tyrone Nix - Defensive Coordinator
"South Carolina State did what they do on film. You don't know how good players are until you play them. They are well-coached."
"The passing is going to come along. It always does. I have faith in our wide receivers and our quarterback."
"We have to get a lot better. The young receivers did a good job - Jason Barnes made a nice catch to help me. Kenny (McKinley) caught the ball well. The receivers are doing a good job. We just have to get the ball to them."
(LSU) "They are a great fundamental and sound team. Being a defensive player you want to play better every week so I look forward to next week. Nothing will be given to you."
"This was a historical game for us. The coaches told us all week how much this game meant to both schools so the intensity was up. It was a shocker at first on offense. We knew they'd put a lot of people in the box and then they got a couple early interceptions. Mike (Davis) and I had to hold onto the ball and get the job done (on them being both being 100 yard rushers in the game). We are a balanced team. We are young and we have things to get together, but the offense is going to get better each week. When the younger guys continue to step up and Blake plays better and better - we are going to be a better football team. We have a chance to play in the SEC Championship.
"We will enjoy this win and then we see what we can do versus LSU. We have to worry about what we can do and play inside ourselves."
South Carolina State Coach Oliver `Buddy' Pough
(On issues with communication)
The biggest problem we had maybe wasn't scoring. We couldn't sustain anything on offense long enough to let our defense come to the sideline to rest some when they came off the field.
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