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Matt Luke and Ole Miss had a disappointing night in Berkeley on Saturday.

What Matt Luke said after Ole Miss falls to California on the road

Joe Clarkin

Coach Matt Luke and the Ole Miss Rebels picked up a disappointing loss on Saturday night, falling 27-16 to the California Bears on the road.

In a matchup many saw as a trap game for Ole Miss considering the late start time (10:30 p.m. ET), the Rebels — and quarterback Shea Patterson, in particular — did a poor job taking care of the football, committing three turnovers, including a pick-six that basically ended the game.

Here is what Luke had to say about the tough loss afterward:

What Matt Luke said after losing to California

Note:  All quotes were pulled from the official Ole Miss release following the game

  • On the 16 penalties for 113 yards: “The penalties and just the lack of rhythm really hurt us on offense.”
  • On overall expectations: “I think the offense as a whole, we expect to perform better. The penalties and the drops and all of that causes you to not have a rhythm.”
  • On ankle injury to center Sean Rawlings: “Sean is very important. Injuries are part of football. The next guy has to step up and be ready to go.”
  • On Cal defensive performance: “Early on in the second half, they were bailing and the linebackers were sitting on stuff.”
  • On preparing for Alabama: “We have two weeks to prepare for the best team in the country, so we are just looking forward to that.” The Rebels get a week off next week, but then have to contend with the biggest date remaining on their schedule: a trip to Tuscaloosa to take on Nick Saban and Alabama on Sept. 30.