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What they said: LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coach Les Miles and LSU’s players talk about the 35-21 win over Auburn Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.

HC LES MILES

Noteworthy: Miles is now 50-19 against SEC opponents and 40-2 in Saturday night games.

Opening statement...

“In the first half with the inclement weather, the important piece was to start the game with the certainty that we were going to do certain things and take care of the ball. We were going to get our feet and our footing squared away and we were going to run the football. So we had taken an early lead, 21-zip. It’s a really interesting thing from that point forward. We have to finish this. Anytime that you play a conference opponent and anytime that you play Western division opponents like Auburn, it’s going to be a competitive game. We took such a strong lead initially, but I just didn’t like how we finished. We certainly can play better, and offensively we can run the football and finish the game in a fashion that controls to the end. Offensively, we threw for 230 and ran for 230; a good balance. We had big plays in both. Defensively, we put them on the field for 85 snaps and you can’t do that. It’s victory. We’re pleased to a point, but we’re not satisfied. We can play better, and we need to control these games. I see a lot of schools in this conference having difficult games. Frontward, we need to take care of our business and do that, and we’ll be pretty good. We’re undefeated and looking forward to the next one.”

On making adjustments for inclement weather...

“We have the flexibility in our style of play that allows us to put two tights in and pound the football with a big fullback. Certainly, in inclement conditions, it would be far for me to say that it never rains on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. But, it was very close to rain, if not a very stiff dew out there. Again, we had some flexibility in our offense that allowed us to do the things that we needed to do.”

QB ZACH METTENBERGER

Noteworthy: Mettenberger is now 14-3 as a starter and 10-1 at Tiger Stadium.

On his feelings about the game...

“I’m disappointed because I know how good we can be.  I know the potential of this offense and I want us to do better.  At the same time, we’ve got some good things to look at from the film and it’s going to be a learning experience to look at it.”

On the first run...

“It just set the tone.  We realized we can execute against anybody we play.  Auburn is a very good and capable team. Then again we need to learn to keep our foot on the gas pedal and finish games.”

RB JEREMY HILL

Noteworthy: Hill rushed for 184 yards, scoring touchdowns on his first two carries.

On today’s game...

“I wish we would have finished a lot stronger than we did.  We put our defense in tough positions but I think we started off well, we just have to finish.”

On letting up after the big lead...

“I don’t think we let up. I think those guys just adjusted.  That’s what SEC teams do. That’s the biggest difference when you play against non-conference teams.”

WR JARVIS LANDRY

Noteworthy: Landry had seven catches for 118 yards and a touchdown.

On how he felt about the game...

“We left a lot of points out there.  We put ourselves in a few situations with a few penalties early on, kind of killed momentum.”

On his scoring opportunities tonight...

“I think one.  It is [frustrating] but also for a guy like myself to see it still pay off with a Jeremy Hill touchdown on that same drive, it kind of made me smile about it afterwards.”

DE JORDAN ALLEN

Noteworthy: Allen had two tackles and LSU’s only sack of the game.

On the overall defensive performance...

“I thought we came out very dominant in the beginning and played real LSU football. That’s something we’ve got to be able to do for the rest of the game and maintain that throughout the season.”

On the second half...

“I feel like everybody probably mentally may have gotten a little down. We had a few calls that we felt were questionable, but we have got to be able to shrug that off. We are not communicating on some things, and we will get it straight.”

On Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson’s performances...

“They did what’s expected of them. Them being the two leaders on the team, they did exactly what we expect of them, what the coaches expect of them and that’s something that we look up to. They are prime examples of how LSU defense is supposed to play.”

On the effect of forcing two turnovers...

“That helped out a lot. If we can keep that up and make sure that we get a couple of turnovers every game, anything to help the offense, that’s what we are going to do.”

LB LAMIN BARROW

Noteworthy: Barrow tied for a game-high with 11 tackles and also recovered a fumble.

On how he feels about the linebacking core...

“I think Kwon [Alexander] got a lot of good work in, Tahj Jones, D.J. Welter, and myself, but you never know. Next game it could be a different group out there.”

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