BATON ROUGE, La. — For Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson, it’s hard to imagine a first half going more according to plan. But in the second half of his team’s 45-10 loss to LSU, everything fell apart.
His offense turned the ball over. His defense gave up big play after big play after big play. And as hard as his team played, ignited by the energy of Ed Orgeron, LSU just played harder.
Here are some of Hopson’s comments from after Saturday’s game.
- “The third quarter was just a bad quarter. That’s when LSU got their separation. I thought we played hard, but LSU played hard too and beat us. … It was bang, bang, bang and it went from a ballgame either way to being down 21 points in what seemed like 3 minutes. We can’t have those spurts and, again, that’s the tale of the tape.”
- “It was a tale of two halves. I thought we played well in the first half. We didn’t give up any big plays, we moved the ball well on offense and it was 10-10 at the half. We come back and give up big plays in the third quarter and fumble the ball on the next possession and we’re down 14. Then we give up another big play and the game is out of control. We can’t do those things and be successful.”
- “I thought we did pretty good defensively the first half. We played solid and didn’t give up any big plays. It was the third quarter and that was just big play, big play, big play.”
- “It was that big play on the run and then the turnover, the touchdown, the big play on the curl flat pass. Then the score is 38-10 on another big play where we didn’t even look at the guy (Malachi Dupre). At the end of the day, those are things we can’t do.”
- I don’t think (the atmosphere of Tiger Stadium) bothered us, really. At the end of the day, it’s one thing we always talk about. It’s a 100-yard field, it doesn’t matter where you play, you’ve just got to execute between those lines.”