With plenty of storylines running through the SEC during Week 5, the league’s coaches had plenty to say after the games on Saturday.
Here’s the one big thing each SEC coach said:
After his team rolled over Alcorn State, 52-10, coach Bret Bielema was in a pretty good mood.
Bielema says the team took care of the “PHPs” today … Pound Hogs Pound in the running game and Protect Hogs Protect in the passing game.
Florida and Vanderbilt
Florida survived a scare from upset-minded Vanderbilt, 13-6, and even Gators coach Jim McElwain admitted that it was a less-than-stylish win.
“A wise man once told me no matter what, you’ve even got to bring those ugly babies home from the hospital, and that was ugly,” he said.
Meanwhile, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason was left to wonder what might have been.
“This group is playing to win. We’re not satisfied with moral victories,” he said. “They want to win. There is tangible evidence at the end of (the game), and when you don’t get it, it hurts. It should hurt. But we’re going to win our fair share of games.”
After a 58-7 demolition of Louisiana-Monroe, coach Gus Malzahn was most pleased with his defense.
“I think our defense really responded well,” he said. “Coach (Kevin) Steele challenged our guys to have their best play today and they responded well.”
Tennessee and Georgia
Tennessee won a wild contest with Georgia, 34-31, after Joshua Dobbs hit Jauan Jennings with a Hail Mary with no time left.
“It’s a tribute to our kids. They were focused,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “The calmness of our sideline was surreal. There was no panic. Nobody was down. I looked the kids in the eye and told them we’d make a play. We toyed with doing a lateral play, but we decided to get the ball in the end zone and let Jauan get the football.”
As one would guess, Georgia coach Kirby Smart was disappointed.
“Sick way to end the game,” he said. “Undisciplined players and undisciplined decisions will get you beat.”
Texas A&M and South Carolina
South Carolina fought hard, but Texas A&M came away with a 24-13 road win.
Sumlin: Playing on road in SEC with 4 starters out. That effects all phases. But we had guys go out, handle crowd, not panic and play ball.
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) October 2, 2016
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp wasn’t interested in moral victories, however.
Muschamp: We're not in this for a consolation prize. We want to win now.
— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) October 1, 2016
Kentucky and Alabama
Alabama knocked off Kentucky, 34-6, but Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban was still looking for ways to improve his team.
“There are certainly a lot of lessons to be learned in this game,” he said. “We’ll be anxious to make those improvements this week.”
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is looking for the same sort of growth from his team.
“I felt like we did some better things in this game,” he said. “The bad thing is that we’re capable of so much more.”
The Rebels got a measure of revenge for last year’s loss by dispatching Memphis, 48-28.
Freeze: "Really happy to get this one over with. They're a dangerous team that's gonna win a lot of football games."
— Brian Scott Rippee (@bsrippee) October 2, 2016
LSU and Missouri
The Ed Orgeron era started with a bang as LSU routed Missouri, 42-7.
“Obviously, the output we had on offense was tremendous,” he said. “The thing I liked about this game is we played for 60 minutes. There was not going to be any let-up. There’s going to be a lot of things to correct, but believe in what we’re doing.”
While LSU’s offense was exploding, Missouri’s defense was imploding.
Barry Odom: "Did not tackle well. That’s the most very basic elementary statement of all statements."
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 2, 2016