Turnovers Costly In Loss To Eagles
Southern Miss Coach Jeff Bower Postgame Quotes
On the game
I'm proud of our football team. We came into this game believing in ourselves and expecting to win. We knew we would have to overcome adversity. Our offense sputtered in the second half, but we came up with the big play in Naton Stewarts' interception return for a touchdown. We just found a way to win this football game.
On winning the game
It was a good win against an outstanding football program that has a lot of good athletes. It was a good win for our football team.
We just went out and made plays. The delay of game penalty helped us.
On preparing for
It was hard for our scout team to simulate all the shifting they did. In a way, it makes our defense be simpler in its gameplan. It's a good offense to get reaty for.
On Dustin Almond's fourth quarter touchdown pass to Michael Young to give USM the lead
It was a naked bootleg where the quarterback (Dustin Almond) had three options. He got out there pretty clean and didn't have a lot of pressure on him. He went through his progression and Michael Young made the big play.
On the Southern Miss offense, in general
We weren't very sharp on offense. Our quarterback (Almond) wasn't sharp. We didn't throw the ball well. The crowd was a factor as well. They were very noisy. We didn't really play all that well offensively, but we didn't beat ourselves.
On the Southern Miss secondary
I thought they played well. They almost came up with another interception or two, but, all in all, we played pretty well in the secondary.
I didn't hear one derogatory word as we came off the field today. I've never seen a classier bunch of fans.
On the Southern Miss defense
I thought our defense played well. We weren't particularly good on first down, but we hung in there and like last year, we bent but didn't break. We gave up yards, but not points.
On USM linebacker Michael Boley
He showed up a lot today. He is a playmaker.
On the team in general
This is a mentally tough football team. During preseason camp, we put them in difficult situations, and they responded.
Southern Miss Player Quotes
Quarterback Dustin Almond
On his game-winning touchdown pass
It was supposed to be a quick route to the tight end, and I looked up and the safety was sitting kind of flat-footed and I saw Marvin (Young)get behind him, so I figured I'd put it up. He's a playmaker, so I figured he'd go out there and cactch it.
On the offense
We started out a little shaky. I know I was kind of rough trying to get into the game. I started to calm down in the second half and we started to run the ball a little better. The big play-action pass really helped things out on offense. It was the first game and we had to get the offense together and it took a little time to come around.
On the defense
Our defense played a heckuva game and gave us the ball on the plus side of the field and we got two field goals out of that and that helped more than anything.
Linebacker Michael Boley
They came to the Rock last year and beat us pretty good. It felt good to come up here and get a win.
On how the defense played
We were giving up a lot of yards early in drives and then, there comes a point in a drive when you have to say you're going to stop them and create some kind of play to turn the drive around, and that's what we did. We've got a lot of playmakers on this defense and they showed it today. They stepped up and they made plays when it counted.
Running Back Anthony Harris
On the win
This is a very big win for our program. We just wanted to do everything right and come out and play hard. We figured if we had 100 percent ball security, we'd come away with a win.
Linebacker Antoine Cash
On the win
It was a great win. We've been thinking about the game for the last 3-4 months.
With our defense, we key on turnovers. That's the way we have to win the game. We know our defense has to step up and make plays. We key ourselves on turnovers. Our coaches did a great job of getting us prepared and we executed.