Head Coach Jimbo Fisher:
On the game:
"I was proud that we played hard the whole football game. I thought our kids competed hard the whole game. I thought ULM played hard the whole football game. We knew that they were going to be different. When they were on defense, they caused us some issues. I was proud on how they stayed focused in the game and we were able to make plays at key moments of the game when we needed to-even when sometimes things weren't going well and all of sudden, they rallied back up. We have a lot we need to clean up. We have a lot to get better on. It was a good first ball game and I think ULM has a pretty good team. I really do. They're hard to go against. We have to get much better. We just have to keep working and we'll get where we need to go."
On QB EJ Manuel:
"I thought he was a little nervous in the beginning. I thought the wind caught one of those balls early-he had the wind at his back and he had a chance on that third play of the game. The wind caught him- it's easier to throw into the wind. He got into a groove and I thought he really played well. He made some big third down throws and converted on third and long. In the second half, he came out a little tentative. He was a little lazy with his feet at times. He has to learn when you're the starter and you're playing from ahead like that, he's got to think to play smart and aggressive, but I thought he came back and made some good plays. For the most part I think he scrambled well. He didn't have any mental mistakes-he just made a poor decision when he threw that interception. They clouded the coverage-he saw it, he just thought he could juice it in there. He came right over to me and he was able to tell me what they were doing. He's got to learn from that but for the most part I thought he had a solid day."
On the defense:
"I'm extremely happy. They played well. What I was happy about was that ULM ran a no-huddle. We were making adjustments, we were getting our blitzes, we were getting our checks in, we're used to what we were doing. They were empty, they had four wide-outs, they had three wide outs, they were motioning back and forth- we spent a lot of time on that. On offense we took a lot of our time taking our one's and did something that we don't do a lot of, so we could get ready for it because we know a lot of team do it. I thought they did a tremendous job. They controlled the line of scrimmage. They did a great job on third down. We put them in third and long situations a lot- got pressure on the passer when they threw balls down the field- they didn't do it all that much. ULM tried to dink and dunk it in there and we had some pressure. They did an outstanding job on defense. We were physical. ULM couldn't get any runs in and I thought up front we did a really nice job."