"Trust creates hope, hope creates belief, and belief creates wins"
After being counted out by many while down 28-7 against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Todd Berry and the Louisiana-Monroe coaching staff didn't panic, they believed that they had mentally trained their guys for moments like this.
As Berry explained looking back on the 34-31 overtime win, "We took a very aggressive approach to try get those kids to switch their brains to where we were going to go out and try to win rather, than try to play games close.''
The players trust the guys that roam the sideline and the coaches reciprocate that same trust. No statistic shows that kind of mutual trust more than the Warhawks being 6 of 7 on fourth down conversions on Saturday against a top ten opponent.
As we've all seen at this point, the biggest fourth down conversion of the game came in overtime when they passed on a field goal to tie the game and instead scrambled for a touchdown to win it.
"There's a calmness. I don't think our guys are too worried about the venues or the helmets anymore. I think we just kind of go out and play.''
That belief will be put to the test this week as UL-Monroe takes on Auburn (0-2, 0-1), who is looking to rebound after tough losses to Clemson and Mississippi State.
"We need to be perfect, and right now we're not capable of that"
Bob Davie opened up his New Mexico coaching career with a big 66-21 win over Southern University last weekend, before traveling to Texas this past Saturday and suffering a 45-0 loss.
Davie noted that they did some promising things, and at times did some things that were just "inexcusable", citing a missed assignment or lining up in the wrong technique, which led to some big plays. Davie explained those are things that they can't afford to do against a team like the Longhorns, and expect to win.
"We need to be perfect, particularly when you come into places like this. And we're not capable right now of being perfect, to be quite honest."
Graham tells team post game: The hardest thing to handle is success
After their 45-14 win over Illinois, and moving to 2-0 overall, Todd Graham reminded his Sun Devil team that while adversity may seem difficult at times, the hardest thing for a team to handle is success.
Graham then challenged his players to walk, talk and sleep like champions for the rest of the night.
"When everyone else wants to tempt you to do something else, are you willing to sacrifice what it takes to be a champion? It might not cost you against Illinois, but it might cost you down the road."
"We're about winning a championship, not winning a few games or a bowl game...we're in this thing to win a championship."
Kiffin explains how they spent the rain delay
With the second half of the USC and Syracuse game delayed, and the game stuck at 14-3 in favor of USC, each staff found themselves with some extra time on their hands to prepare for another half of football on Saturday.
Lane Kiffin explained how his staff and the players used the rain delay to their advantage in the clip.
"We didn't tell our players that this was going to happen, but we knew that it was probably going to get shut down in the third or fourth quarter," Kiffin explained.
"We were going to come in and get the pads off, we were going to go to dry shirts because of the temperature difference, and really let our guys sit around and really coach our guys schematically and not with a lot of energy."
Monday TV - MNF doubleheader
A doubleheader of NFL Monday Night Football tonight.
Eastern time listed.
Cincinnati at Baltimore - 7 - ESPN
San Diego at Oakland - 10:15 - ESPN
Mullen: The monkey on my back got bigger, but I want to feel a gorilla by November
After entering halftime up 7-3 and giving Auburn a touchdown on the opening kick return of the second half, Mississippi State put together 21 second half points to go on to win 28-10.
A couple of interesting statistical story lines in this one. Entering the half, Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier had completed 1 of 7 passes for -2 yards with two interceptions. Also, the two teams really struggled on third down, combining to go 3 for 22, and Auburn gave the ball up five times (2 lost fumbles and 3 interceptions).
After struggling (a combined 0-12) against Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Auburn, Dan Mullen and the staff put together a game plan that the guys went out and executed pretty well. The run game was effective, with two guys averaging over 5 yards per carry, and the passing game accounted for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, with a completion rate of nearly 70%.
As the only team with a conference win, the Bulldogs are sitting atop the SEC West at 1-0 in conference play (2-0 overall), and Mullen noted that he believes that in order to compete for the conference title you have to be able to win your home games, and win your opener. Both of which were accomplished today.
But Mullen doesn't feel the monkey off of his back just yet, and explained why he's hoping to feel a gorilla on his back come November.
"It feels great! You guys probably think that the monkey is now off my back. I view it as a bigger one just jumped on and I hope in November we're talking about an 800 pound gorilla jumping on my back. That's what I want for our program."
NFL Sunday TV
Some really great college games yesterday. How about Todd Berry and Louisiana-Monroe taking down Arkansas on a call to go for it on fourth and one in overtime, instead of kicking a field goal to tie it and send it to a second OT! Herm Edwards put it best, "You play to win the game!"
First Sunday of NFL regular season games today.
Eastern time listed.
Indianapolis at Chicago - 1 - CBS
Philadelphia at Cleveland - 1 - FOX
New England at Tennessee - 1 - CBS
Atlanta at Kansas City - 1 - FOX
Jacksonville at Minnesota - 1 - CBS
Washington at New Orleans - 1 - FOX
Buffalo at NY Jets - 1 - CBS
St. Louis at Detroit - 1 - FOX
Miami at Houston - 1 - CBS
San Francisco at Green Bay - 4:25 - FOX
Seattle at Arizona - 4:25 - FOX
Carolina at Tampa Bay - 4:25 - FOX
Pittsburgh at Denver - 8:20 - NBC
USC's Friday night video
Solid Friday night video here focusing on the big plays from week 1's victory over Hawaii and looking forward to SC's game in New York versus Syracuse.
Marqise Lee, yeah he's pretty good.