“I’m certainly not disappointed in our effort,” Coach Johnson said.
“I’m just really disappointed for our players. You can point to several plays that didn’t go our way that could’ve made the difference in the ball game. It just didn’t happen.”
Coach Johnson talked about what happened on a critical punt in the second half in which
a slip up caused a punt that netted one yard.
“He said it kind of stuck on one hand a bit so when it dropped it was crooked,” Coach Johnson said. “It was just a bad drop. Obviously that was a huge play as far as field position.”
The head coach also talked about the call to kick a 48 yard field goal instead of going for it on fourth down.
“We had to look at the field and see if we could find a spot to put it because of all the puddles,” Coach Johnson said.
“It looked like he hit it good, but the snap was a little high and that just threw everything off.”
Coach Johnson spoke on the play call on fourth down at the end of the game.
“Well it’s a
fourth down at the end, so obviously it’s a play for the ball game,” Coach Johnson said.
“We felt like it was good because they played man coverage against us on the last few pass situations, and when in man coverage you’ve got a chance for the quarterback to be an uncovered guy.”
“They didn’t pick him up until late. The running back didn’t get his feet set to throw the
ball far enough, and they brought blitz,” Coach Johnson said.
“It could have been a big play for us if it had been executed cleanly, but the main reason we ran it is because it would’ve been there versus man coverage.”
The Southern Miss coach thought that QB Rickey Lloyd had his struggles early, but noted the conditions probably affected the throwing game.
“He had his struggles early in a lot of
areas,” Coach Johnson said. “Let’s face it though the conditions hampered everyone’s throwing
game. He missed some reads in the option, but I thought in the second half he really made some
crucial plays, especially in the second half and on the last drive with a chance to win it. He’ll
only get better and better with more practice.”
“We played a better football team today, but we played better ourselves, and I think that’s
something we can really build on,” Coach Johnson said.
“We’ve only played one conference
game. We’ve played a very tough and demanding non-conference schedule, and it may end up
making us better.”