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Nov. 3, 2007

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South Carolina Quotes

Head Coach Steve Spurrier

On the loss to Arkansas
“It was a mismatch tonight. It looked like a Division III team playing an SEC team. I think the Division III team could have made some more plays than we did. We did make some plays, but just couldn’t get it done.”

On the Gamecocks defense
“We haven’t been very good against the run and it showed tonight. Those two backs [Darren McFadden and Felix Jones] run extremely well. They are both really good.”

On the game as a whole
“Arkansas was just physically stronger than we were and there was nothing we could do about it. There’s not much of a chance if you can’t stop the run.”

On quarterback Blake Mitchell
“Blake [Mitchell] played well. He missed a couple of guys here and there. He had a lot of pressure on him in this game. Our pass block has been struggling all year, so it’s not all Blake’s fault.”

On Darren McFadden’s 80 yard touchdown run
“He didn’t have to do much to score on that play. He didn’t have to juke anybody. He didn’t have to sidestep anybody. I don’t think anyone even touched him.”

Arkansas Quotes

Head Coach Houston Nutt

“I am amazed at our seniors tonight. They were great examples of leaders out there. I love how they gave their heart to the game tonight, and the way they played.

“Darren McFadden gave it his all. He is like another Barry Sanders. McFadden is explosive, and he knows how to change the game as a whole. He can withstand any game. The bigger the game, the better he plays, and that is why he deserves the Heisman.

“Felix (Jones) is just beautiful to watch.

“This game was the most perfect game we have had this season. The fans were filled with excitement, and it gave our guys the benefit of giving it all on that field.”

RB Darren McFadden

“South Carolina’s defense brought a lot of hard hitting. With the help of my coaches, I was on the ball and I took this game to heart, and gave it my all. I felt that by the fourth quarter we were able to get our game together and finish it to the best of our capabilities.”

RB Felix Jones

“We’ve got the best backfield in the nation, I believe that. We’ve got the best offensive line in the nation as well. We have to keep fighting, keep battling. Our offensive line came out with an intensity about themselves. Peyton Hillis made (the 70-yard) touchdown happen for me. He deserves that one.”

C Jonathan Luigs

On Darren McFadden and Felix Jones
“Those two guys work well together. They’re like lightning and thunder. It’s hard enough for defenses to stop one of them, let alone both of them.”