What they’re saying in Tech lockerroom

"I thought we came out a little bit lethargic to start the game even though we scored on the opening drive. We weren't crisp. We were having a hard time with out blocking inside on the triple. I thought we did a much better job in the second half." — coach Paul Johnson

"Certainly it helps any time you get some short fields and certainly the offense had some short fields tonight. It helps. If I'm watching that game, I'm not sure that after the third series I was pretty sure who was going to win." — Johnson

"We've done this a long time. Now, it's going to change when the competition ratchets up. But we've done this a long time and rushed for a lot of yards over a lot of years, and there's been a lot of different guys. Now you have to execute. These kids are doing a good job making plays, ripping off plays and blocking." — Johnson

"I think we came out and did what we were supposed to do. I guess playing a little longer is fun, but if I could get out in the first quarter I wouldn't mind." — quarterback Justin Thomas on playing into the third quarter after leaving after the first quarter against Alcorn State

"For the most part, we had one-on-one coverage with our guys. And we expect our guys to win those matchups. When we throw the ball, we expect big plays and that is what we got today." Thomas after completing seven of nine passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

"I saw that play as 'We are getting a touchdown.' I wasn't thinking about getting caught short." — A-back Qua Searcy on his 13-yard touchdown run on third and goal in the first quarter.

"We knew that if we could make big plays on the first down, the second down would not be as bad. We were just working so hard at practice on those early down and creating damage so we would not be in those third-and-shorts." — defensive end Keshun Freeman

"I think the defensive line played a great game. They kind of stopped a lot of the running plays up front. It made it a lot easier for us in the back-end so we could just play coverage." — Chris Milton