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Friday, January 2nd, 2009

ADDITIONAL TEXAS TECH POST-GAME QUOTES

QB GRAHAM HARRELL

On playing his last game for Texas Tech
“You never like to lose your last. All losses hurt, and this one was no different. It’s unfortunate to be the last game, but it’s been a fun run here. It’s a tough loss. It wasn’t the way we wanted to end the season, but it’s the way it happened.”

On coming up short on fourth-and-4 at Texas Tech’s 37 in the third quarter
“We just thought we could get it. They had two threes out of there, and I tapped (C Stephen) Hamby and said, ‘Go,’ and came up a yard short. We went on a hard count, and I thought I saw the opening, and tapped Hamby.”

On the 44-yard scramble to the Ole Miss 3 as the first half ran out
“I didn’t think I had a chance, honestly. Once I got down there, I thought I could get in, but when I took off, I was just planning to get a few yards and getting down and getting us into field goal range. Then the safety didn’t touch me, and I said, ‘What happened there?’ Eddie (WR Edward Britton) gets a block, and I thought I could get around him, but he (Ole Miss FS Kendrick Lewis) cut my legs out.”

On WR Michael Crabtree’s future
“He’ll go wherever he wants to go.”

On his future
“We’ll see. Hopefully, I’ll get a shot at the next level. I want to stay around football forever. I want to play as long as I can, and then I want to start coaching.”   

On the Red Raiders’ future
“They have a lot of good talent coming back, a lot of young players. We just need to set the bar a little higher. We’re on the national stage now.”

On the Red Raiders’ play today
“Sometimes you have a sloppy bowl game. We had a sloppy third quarter, and it cost us. That third quarter we played awful. We got ourselves in a hole we couldn’t get out of. We were excited to be here. We were excited to play, and we were excited to be here.

“After we scored late, I thought we were still in it. I thought if we could get an onside kick and get another score, then another onsider ... who knows? This offense can score quickly. We had a good shot at that onside kick. We had a chance and we made a run at it.”

On Ole Miss
“They did a good job on defense. They came up with a good scheme and executed it well.”

FS DARCEL McBATH

On his interception return
“It was a hot route, and I started sneaking down. He (Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead) threw it and luckily, someone hit the ball and slowed it down. It was a foot race from there.”

On his injury
“I tweaked my hamstring just enough (in the first quarter). I tried to make a go of it. In the third quarter, I went in for the goal line series. I just wanted to exert my presence out there, to be a leader. It hurt me not to be out there. They were looking for someone to say something. My last game as a senior, the Cotton Bowl … it was an emotional thing. I tried to do everything I could.”

On the loss to injury of both himself and CB Jamar Wall
“He’s a leader on defense. We obviously didn’t recover from it.”

On Ole Miss
“They’re a good defensive team. They played the whole game. They didn’t take a play off.  You never like to lose your last. All losses hurt, and this one was no different. It’s unfortunate to be the last game, but it’s been a fun run here. It’s a tough loss. It wasn’t the way we wanted to end the season, but it’s the way it happened.”

WR ERIC MORRIS

On the Ole Miss defense
“They really weren’t any faster than Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas. But they rallied to the ball well. Defensively, it was a matter of their executing better rather than being better than us. They had a good game plan, and they executed it well, and they stepped up in key moments.”

On Ole Miss’ second-half pass rush
“They changed their rush. In the first half, it seemed they were playing more of a zone. But they had success in man-to-man, and they were able to bring people off the edge. We didn’t have a chance to get downfield.”

LB BRIAN DUNCAN

On the Texas Tech 2008 season
“We have to continue to work on what we’ve accomplished this year and build on it for next year. I give this whole season to the seniors. They got us to this point.”
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