What were your thoughts after the first half?
“It wasn't great on our part by any means. It may have been great on their part. They're good. I coached at Clemson four years, Auburn six years, I've seen ... they look like the real deal to me.
“That may be the best combination, offensive-defensive line, in the country. I mean, they're good.
“That may be the national champion there. I was impressed.”
What was the biggest problem for you guys?
“We got whipped up front. That's what it looked like.
“To get pressure on them with four men is hard. That's a very difficult task against that front. We tried to blitz them some and give them different looks. They completed balls and made plays.
“They're awfully tough up front.”
Is there any solace in the fact that Appalachian State and Georgia Southern (two other I-AA teams) also had a rough day against major college powers?
“I told these guys at halftime, ‘Appy's behind 31-0 at halftime. Another play and it's that type score as ours. We do a tad bit better maybe and it's 38 or perhaps a better score. Appy comes out and outscores LSU 13-10 the second half. Georgia Southern came back the second half.'
“‘If we're going to be as good as we're going to be, we have to respond like Appy did and Georgia Southern did.'
“The first half was a debacle. It was not a good half for us. But I thought they did what we needed to do to move forward with this season, and that's respond. And they did what Appy did and what Georgia Southern did. Those two teams were pretty close to the same situation.”
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