Oct. 1, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. -
Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill
On The Game: "I thought that was a hard, hard football game. I thought it was a great game for our fans here at Fresno and I told our kids after the game that I thought they played very hard. They played a lot like they did at Nebraska. On defense I thought we played tremendous for a lot of that game. We gave up a couple of big plays along the way but like I said going into the game three is an amazing athlete. They have big people that can run and they made some big plays when they had too. Offensively I thought we moved the ball pretty good all night. We had the one fumble that ended up as a seven pointer for them. I thought Derek Carr played very, very well. We needed two scores at the end but when we missed the field goal that was the end to that. I thought we handles the end of the game very well with the exception of the one run play but I take the blame for that. We could never get out of bounds. Mississippi did a very good job of keeping us in bounds. We were very balanced on offense tonight, I thought Derek did a really good job and Robbie ran for tough yards. Defensively I thought we stayed in the game all night. In the end Mississippi made the plays in the fourth quarter just like Nebraska did against us. I think this team has a lot of fight in it and we are still progressing as a football team. We probably have our toughest opponent in my 15 years coming into Bulldog Stadium next week. I think Boise State is the best team we will play and I think it will be a great challenge to our football team. We need to get ourselves motivated and ready to play this week's game because this is going to be a big game for us. This run still has three very, very tough opponents in it; Boise, Utah, and Nevada. Mississippi played their best game of the season tonight and it took their best game to beat us tonight. We got to move on and put this game to bed fast and work on Boise, we have a short week and we have a great opportunity here next Friday night to play once again in Fresno on ESPN.
On Defense: " Big plays happen when you play against good athletes. They made some big plays and we made some big plays tonight. We have good athletes but they just made better plays than us in the fourth quarter. I thought our defense for the most of the night did a good job and we played some very good defense."
On Goessling: "He was a little off tonight but Goessling has been on many, many nights. We are going to need him down the stretch. The 57 yarder at the end of the half I can't say anything about that but the beginning kick-off wasn't good and he missed a couple of field goals that are usually automatic for him and that's why everyone is in shock. But, we all have bad days at the office and that is what he had. I think he will be the first one to admit that but I have nothing but supreme confidence in him. He is a heck of a player and he has made some big plays for us. Those six points were not what determined the football game."
Mississippi Head Coach Houston Nutt
"I was really proud of our team to come this far and play a game that took offense, defense and special teams. That's a good football team, Coach Hill's team is always doing an excellent job fundamentally, they're hard nosed and just well coached. This is a good team and a tough environment to play in, so I was just proud of our team and they way they executed."
"I thought Randall Macky did an excellent job handling the game and managing it, finding open receivers."
"Offensive line was good, they created some running room for our guys and that was important."
"We didn't have a running game or passing game, it just didn't look like much of anything the first few weeks. I hope we can really build on this."
"I think they had a good rhythm tonight calling plays that continue to get us turnovers."
"You can't have a penalty that's the bottom line. That's a heck of a victory though we needed it."
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