“Our guys never quit. The defense forced two turnovers and really a third one on the fourth-down stop. That was a championship play. Those conversions, for us to make those big plays and finish the game on offense, that was huge. We finally got the big run for a touchdown, and t were some huge passing plays. They were trying to press us at the end, so the screens came in big. I’m really proud of our guys.”

“We had two 100-yard rushers and one 100-yard receiver, and our offensive line was great. We definitely got stronger as the game went on. Our guys had a will to win and showed a fight in the fourth quarter. Our offense played hard, and that’s what it’s about.”

“I am very proud of our players. I thought they put their heart and souls on the line and played extremely hard. I thought we competed. We came with great intentions to win the game but we just came up a little short. We had plenty of opportunities.”

“Our defense played outstanding. Offensively, we played well early but then we missed some third downs and some red-zone situations. I think our guys wanted it too bad. You have to learn to play the next play. They didn’t quit or have bad intentions, they just needed to keep their poise.”

“We need to go at it. We’re going to find out who we are and about our character. You get 12 of these a year. You only get 48 in your career. You better cherish them and play them. We need to finish out this season strong and go to a great bowl game. We need to set our foundation for next year in how we play and the things we do. This is all a part of our future.”

“He’s a great player. He battled. He’s a competitor and a very good player.”

“In the first half we were just over-thinking the game; we were just a couple of plays away from breaking one like we did with Deon. Each play, t were a couple of mental mistakes and in the second half we corrected those and hit the play to Deon. That got the crowd back in it, the defense into it and offense and special teams. It was a big play.”

“You have to play your lanes. We were doing our job most of the game. He is on scholarship just like we are on scholarship, so we expected him to make plays and he did.”

“I think we missed too many opportunities, but I was still proud of the way this team played. The O-line fought – that is a heck of a defensive line and a defense but we played hard. Coach Fisher preaches to leave everything on the field and that’s what we did tonight. I thought this team fought to the end, that’s for sure.”