Some interesting quotes following the Thursday night games:
Quoting Lane Kiffin (USC defeated Hawaii 49-36): "It seems like we gave up 1,000 yards. I know we won and all that, but we can't play like this."
(on hearing the night before the game that Hawaii would be using “The Pistol”) "So we spent all morning changing things and preparing for it. I guess that shows we should never watch the news, because the preparation didn't do any good."
Quoting Steve Spurrier (41-13 win over Southern Miss): “I do like the call the play at the line of scrimmage stuff. I don't think either team huddled all night. When has that last happened at Williams-Brice Stadium. Y'all may have seen a first. I don't think either team huddled out on the field. I sort of like that. It gives you extra time. As long as you have your signals down and code words, it works pretty well. It's a good way to go because it gives you time. The games may be four hours long, but it worked out time wise very well.”
“Our guys are in shape. Our strength coach Craig Fitzgerald got a game ball. Our guys are in excellent condition and played fast and so forth.”
Quoting Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads (27-10 win of NIU): “We are very fortunate to come out with a victory to start the season. We had too many foolish penalties and we did not tackle to the standards of an Iowa State football team, but we are thrilled to come out of this game with a victory over a very well coached team that played its tail off for 60 minutes."
Quoting Tulane head coach Bob Toledo (27-21 win over SLU): “Last night I talked about `no penalties, no turn-overs, and work on field position' and those are the things that got back and hit us. So maybe I shouldn't mention those things in the future. Anyway, those are the things that we've got to clean up. We are 1-0, it's been since 2002 since we've been 1-0.”
Quoting Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster (24-17 win over MTSU): “I loved their style of play. We held the ball for almost 46 minutes, we ran the football just the way we want to run the football, didn't turn the ball over and had very minimal penalties. It was a good performance by our football team."
Quoting Rick Stockstill (24-17 loss to Minnesota): The biggest difference in the game was we could not tackle consistently.
Quoting Larry Fedora (41-13 loss to South Carolina): “They obviously were the better team tonight, they made the plays that needed to be made and we didn't make very many plays in all three phases of the game. We were down in the red zone six times offensively and we went 2-for-6 down there and that's just not good enough to win ball games.”
Quoting Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill (27-10 loss to Iowa State): "I thought we were shell-shocked in the first half," Kill said. "Defensively, we were scrambling and overall we played like a nervous football team. They had us on our heels and had us thinking. In the second half, we settled down and played better. We bounced around and played with a sense of urgency. I think we know we've got to come out of the gate quicker."
"We didn't handle sudden change or adversity very well, we have to get better at that.”