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What They Said: The defense


Josh Bynes goes over the top to stop Jeremiah Masoli on fourth down/Todd Van Emst photo

Noteworthy: First-team defense gave up one touchdown in final three quarters.

On Demond Washington’s interception

“I was proud after the turnover. I was proud of Demond, after he got beat earlier, to come back and get that pick and really take the momentum back.”

On reserves giving up late touchdown

“I don’t like giving up points, but those guys need to play too. We will be better off for it last year.”

On Ole Miss surprises

“We got their best shot – onside kids, wildcat formation, all the things they haven’t shown. They had not run the wildcat formations more than six times in a game. They ran it eight times in the first quarter.”

On Josh Bynes stopping Ole Miss QB Jeremiah Masoli on fourth-and-1 in the second quarter

“That was a great play and a very significant play, especially since we got the field goal before halftime.”


Noteworthy: Marked the anniversary of suffering a fractured vertebrae last season.

On meeting Ole Miss’ Rodney Scott

“It was very emotional. I was just glad to see him again. My family was out there also just to meet him and thank him again and tell him we love him. It’s been tough all week, reflecting back and doing all the interviews and things like that.”

On being undefeated and remaining No. 1

“Oh, man, it feels great. This is a great team. I’m proud to be a part of it. We’re not stopping here. We said at the beginning of the week we were going to put an end to the losing streak the No. 1 teams had.”


Noteworthy: After getting beat on a first-quarter touchdown pass, intercepted a pass at the 2 and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.

On his interception

“I felt like I had to redeem myself. The defensive linemen did a great job of getting penetration, the linebackers contained Masoli and the play was right there for me to make.”

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