Jan. 2, 2006
FS Dwayne Slay
On his return of the blocked field goal: I knew the kicker had a good angle on me. I was a little bit fatigued. I tried to take it all the way back but he made a good tackle.
On how Alabama's huge edge in time of possession affected the defense: It affected the last drive big-time. We're in great condition, but there's no question (the defense) was tired at the end.
On how Alabama's huge edge in time of possession affected the defense: It affected us a lot on the last drive. Two times in that drive we had them third and long and they got first downs, one on a quick pass and the other on the deep post. Slay hit him hard and I thought he knocked the ball out, but he held on to it. Time of possession was a big factor. I would have rather had them hurry up and score rather than taking so much time.
On Alabama's game-winning field goal: At first I didn't think he had made it. It was like a low floater and I thought it would either hit the cross bar or fall short. At the last second it floated over. It hurts to lose on the last five seconds like that.
On Alabama's first touchdown: The first touchdown play surprised us. We watched a lot of film on them and saw that play once. I didn't think they would run that on us at early in the game. They ran it again later and we stuffed it.
On his touchdown catch: They kind of overplayed it and I slipped into the end zone.
On their struggles offensively: We were kind of out of whack all day. After being off for over a month, we were kind of feeling our way in the first half. It took us longer than I expected to get on track. That's part of playing against a defense like Alabama's. Playing against the number two defense in the country, there's going to be times when you don't drive for a touchdown. We took advantage of some opportunities, but we left some on the table.