“First of all, hats off to a very good Alabama team. I felt like that we didn’t do some of the things late in the game to win it. Our football team came in here to win. We did not go timidly into the game. We went after it.
“I felt that we played extremely hard. I was thrilled with how Zach Mettenberger played. I can tell you that he made all the passes, that he was competitive and fought. Defense gave up two big drives. That is uncharacteristic of them.
“I can you tell you one thing. This is really interesting. The idea that people would sit there and discount this football team before they even played the game is just unbelievable. There was no one in that locker room that thought that they were going to do anything but win tonight, just so you know. The idea that someone would pick somebody else.
“I can tell you this, I am proud of my team. I like how they fought. I wish I could have had a couple of my calls back, just so you know. That is the way it goes. The good news is that we have a good football team. The good news is that we will fight again. They learned a tremendous lesson today — give everything you got. That is what they did. They gave everything they got.”