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Gus Malzahn Post Game Quotes

January 1, 2015

OUTBACK BOWL HEAD COACHES POST-GAME NEWS CONFERENCE
Thursday, January 1, 2015

AUBURN COACH GUS MALZAHN

Opening statement:
"Obviously we're extremely disappointed. We got beat by a good Wisconsin team. It went down to the end and we just didn't make the plays to win the game at the end, they did, so you've got to give them credit for that. We've got a lot of seniors; obviously we're disappointed we couldn't get those guys out on a positive note. They've been very important to our program and really helped get our program turned around in the right direction. But give that bunch credit, they're a good team and found ways to win the game."

On the third down play selection in overtime:
"Our thought process is we were thinking we would possibly get man. We're trying to win the game, we've been setting it up earlier, and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Obviously we weren't very successful with that play."

On the football gods getting even with the missed field goal in overtime:
"I don't look at it that way. I look at we had opportunities to win the game. We had the fourth down and 10 and they got it done. We had other plays we could win the game with and we didn't, so I don't really look at it that way."

On Outback Bowl MVP Melvin Gordon running for three touchdowns:
"I thought that was a big factor. We're trying to focus on that guy; he's a great running back. Our key was to try to stop him and obviously we didn't. He made some big plays and that was a big factor in the game."

On their second half offensive adjustments:
"They did a good job going odd to even. Any time you get in a bowl game and have 30 days, you're going to get something new. They made some things up and we kind of figured out what their plan was going to be and we settled down and were able to run the football. I thought that was a real important factor."

On not getting Wisconsin off the field on the final drive to tie the game and send to overtime:
"It was a big factor in the game right there. We had them kind of backed up and they drove the ball down the field. Like I said, the fourth down and 10 play was a big play to convert on their part. That was the game right there and they got it done."

On the play of quarterback Nick Marshall:
"I thought Nick did some good things. Their plan was to keep him from running the football. Their ends were soft and they were making us give it and we figured that would be a possibility. But Nick made some good throws. The throw to Ricardo (Louis) and the throw to C.J. (Uzomah) were extremely good throws."

On Auburn's defensive penalties:
"That's some of the same stuff that we've done this year. It's a good thing we hired the best defensive coordinator in college football and he'll get it corrected."

On the strategy at the end of the first half:
"It was towards the end and we end up calling a timeout. We were going to try to block it. We were trying to figure out; first of all, you don't give them time. I think they were close to the 50 or a little outside, so it's one of those things that if you call a timeout and they end up getting a first down, they kick a field goal. So, our thinking was strategically is let's wait and on fourth down and four, let's go try to block it."

On how he'll remember this year's team:
"Here's how I'm going to remember this team; we have 20-plus seniors that put their heart and soul in our program. They bought in to what we asked them to do. I mean, obviously, at Auburn our goal is the win the championship every year, that's our goal. Our goal is to win the SEC, we didn't get that done. But the way that our guys handled themselves and the leadership, that's what I'll remember. I'm just disappointed that we weren't able to get them a victory in this last game."

On losing four straight games to finish the season:
"Right now we're extremely disappointed we didn't win this game. That's really what it came down to. Like I said, we just hired the best defensive coach in college football. He's going to get our defense going 100 percent. Offensively we have a chance to be really good next year. Our goal next year is to win the SEC, and that's the way it will be every year. So the future's bright. We feel really bad right now, but the future's very bright."

On receiver Sammie Coates:
"Sammie wasn't 100 percent. Sammie had trouble practicing until about a day or two. He wanted to play, he wasn't 100 percent; I think everybody could see that. I know that they could see that, but he wanted to play. He's been a big factor for us the last two years, and even if he's not 100 percent, I felt like it was important that he played."

On what he said to kicker Daniel Carlson after the game:
"I told him to keep his head up. He's a great kicker and he'll have his day. He'll win games for us in the future. He's down right now, just pat him on the back. He's a great kicker, he's had an outstanding year and he's done some great things for us."