NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gus Malzahn quotes from postgame of the Music City Bowl.
I’m just happy they got to play and get a chance to have some bowl experience and everything. The game was kinda out of hand at that point but still to be able to run the offense and do the things they do, it was good for both of them to do that.
(70 points was there, man)
That’s what I felt was best and that’s how we operate here. We played very good. We won convincingly and I felt like that was the right thing to do.
(Purdue was chippy)
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It got a little chippy there for a while but the second half was a clean, clean half.
(Your guys handled it well)
We’ve got some fine young men that handled themselves the right way.
(first game back as OC)
It was really about those guys executing. Today you could call any play and it worked because our guys executed at a high level in the pass game and the run game. We played our best game today of all year, and we played our first half of football and really put the game away in the first half.
(as a play caller, get on a roll)
When your players are executing, you can call any play. That was the way it was today. We call any play and they executed. We’ve had trouble from time to time in executing and everything came together, an dI think that will carry over to next year and give us some momentum.
(you could no wrong; rolling)
There for a while.
(Say anything to Jarrett Stidham, personal moment?)
I’m just so proud of him. He played great leading us today. Really played one of his best games of his career here at Auburn, so I’m really proud of him.
(do anything different play calling wise to take advantage of Purdue?)
Really it’s more about Purdue and kinda what we through. Bowl games, too, there’s a feeling-out time because you have 30 days and there’s usually tweaks people have. The first couple of series you’re trying to feel them out and what they got, but they were doing some things that carried over and we were able to take advantage a couple of times.
YOU BROKE RECORDS, WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT YOUR OFFENSE
Like I said, we played our best game. We had explosive plays. When we have explosive plays, we can get tempo and play fast. I think we were able to throw it and run it. I think that’s real important too. Jarrett got us in some good plays. We had a couple pass plays that went Cover 2, he checked to runs, and we were able to be successful with that. It’s just really all about execution.
FIRST TD, 3RD AND 1 WENT AGGRESSIVE AND HIT IT
Well, you know when it’s third down and short, we felt like there’s a good chance of them going zero coverage. That’s a play we hadn’t ran in about two or three years. We practiced it during the course of the season. We got the perfect look. You know, Whitlow came out of the backfield and Jarrett did a good job of really faking run with his hat placement, and we got an easy one there.
KAM MARTIN ISN’T TRANSFERRING. HOW IMPORTANT IS HE
Kam is one of our leaders. He’s one of our team leaders. He’s very consistent, very good football player. Real proud of him today. He did a good job leading us.
WINNING A BOWL GAME FOR THE PROGRAM, ALL THE NOISE GOING ON, POSITIVE NOTE FOR OFFSEASON
You know, I think it—You know last year, we had a tough bowl loss, and it really carried over. It was kind of a tough deal in the offseason, with a bad taste in your mouth. Well, it’s just the opposite feeling today. I really feel like this’ll carry over in the offseason. We got a lot of things we can build upon and give us some momentum going into next season.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? TIME OFF?
No, there won’t be a whole lot of time off. We’ll be recruiting and getting ready for that. And getting with our coaches and getting ready, you know, for spring ball.
You know, I don’t know. I think I’m going to Chuy’s. The Mexican there, we’re probably doing that. I think Kristi’s got the whole family.
BUT LATER THO
Oh yeah, when we get back to Auburn we’ll definitely—
YOURE BREAKING TRADITION!
I’ll get back to Auburn and we’ll make sure we go to Waffle House. This is too big a win not to.
Yeah, well, our early signing class, we really did very well. This’ll really help with the momentum with that. There’s no doubt about that. I think we’re set up to finish pretty strong.
SILLY QUESTION: YOURE WEARING A SWEATER VEST, AND YOU WON
There’s a good chance I’ll be wearing a sweater vest that first game next year.
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