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September 18, 2006

They said it: Week 3

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Saturday produced some thrills (Oregon-Oklahoma), some spills (Notre Dame's fall from grace), some unexpected blowouts (Louisville over Miami) and some more of the same (USC continued march).

The big games in the Southeastern Conference were nail-biters, with Auburn holding off LSU 7-3 and Florida edging Tennessee 21-20. In Tallahassee, Bobby Bowden's Seminoles got bitten by son Tommy Bowden's Tigers of Clemson.

All in all it was a great day of football. Here is a sampling of what those who coached, played and watched had to say about the matchups:

They Said It: Week 3
Michigan 47, Notre Dame 21
Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis: "It's really only right to give just due to the opponent that just kicked your butt. You lose 47-21, you deserve to be criticized. You deserve to pick up the newspaper the next day and (read), 'What the heck happened?' "

Weis: "I think the first thing you have to do is let the team know that you'll be the first guy to take the responsibility for the loss. I think it's easy from where you are to sit there and say, Well, (Brady) Quinn, three interceptions, a fumble for a touchdown, that's 24 points. We can go right down the line. I got the numbers in my head already. But the bottom line is the team wasn't ready to go. Whose responsibility is that? I mean, it's just mine."

Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley: "We played hard. We came in here and played like we know we can play. People said we can't make it out of September undefeated. But we've proved we can."

Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr: "We went in with the idea if we were going to have a chance to win, we had to pressure Brady Quinn. We felt we could do that because we have an excellent front (four). I mean, we've got some depth and we've got some guys that are very athletic. It's the best front we've had probably since I've been at Michigan."

Michigan running back Mike Hart: "We worked hard all week in practice and I don't think we could have done a better job of executing the game plan like we did. The passing game was able to loosen up our running game and keep our offense well-balanced all day. I was telling people all week that we were going to come down here and win and we were able to do that."
Auburn 7, LSU 3
TigerBait.com's Bryan Lazare: "Auburn's offense was like the baseball team that did not get many hits, but put them all together in one inning. Auburn scrapped its way to one 75-yard touchdown drive on the strength of three plays."

LSU coach Les Miles: "I can't imagine we didn't run the football a little better. That has to change down the road. We have to return to running the football when we want to run."

LSU running back Jacob Hester: "Auburn shut us down. (Auburn defensive coordinator Will) Muschamp knows our personnel. He had a good scheme with three down linemen and four linebackers instead of their traditional 4-3. They did a lot of moving and stemming."

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville: "There was more speed on that field than I have seen in a long time on both sides. It is hard to have a loser in that game. We are awfully glad that this year we came out on top. Our guys played like champions."

Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox: "They were geared to stop the run and they did a good job of it. On our touchdown drive we ran it pretty well and passed it successfully, too. All we needed was seven."
Florida 21, Tennessee 20
Gators coach Urban Meyer: "We broke it down toughness, play great defense, don't turn the ball over that's how you win on the road. And we added one little element we studied every great road team, and I have to give Coach (Lou) Holtz credit. I called him on Monday and Wednesday and the thing that kept coming back was you better be together. They're going to face 107,000 people that don't want anything to do with you, so you better be together. I thought we did that."

Gators receiver Andre Caldwell: "It was big for us to come on the road and pull out a victory. We don't listen to too many of the critics, but we're going to let 'em know that (the inability to win on the road) is not true. We've got a great team and we're going to keep winning."

Gators linebacker Brandon Siler: "It was the press and the public who were questioning the toughness of this team. Coach Meyer knew we were tough, it was something we had to do today to show everybody else. We knew we were tough negative-11 yards (rushing for Tennessee) speaks for itself. You want to talk about tough, come run between the tackles. It's a challenge we present. We took offense when everybody said we're not tough enough. That offends us big time because we definitely think that toughness is one of the things that gives us an edge."

Vols coach Phillip Fulmer: "We'll learn from this and get ready for the next game. You're going to have a hard time winning in this league if you can't rush the ball. Florida did some different things in their schemes that worked nicely and managed to stop the run."
Oregon 34, Oklahoma 33
Ducks coach Mike Bellotti: "I noticed some people leaving. I saw 10 to 15 fans walking out and I thought, 'They're going to be really mad when we come back and win.' "

Sooners coach Bob Stoops: "We did a lot of good things, but, obviously, not enough. We came up one point short."

Ducks rover Patrick Chung: "This shows the nation we can play with the big boys. We beat Oklahoma, No. 15 in the nation, and now you have to watch out for Oregon."

SoonerScoop.com's Carey Murdock: "I don't know if Bob Stoops would consider stepping in and taking a bigger role (on calling defenses), but something has to be done. And that's tough for me to say. I like (defensive coordinator) Brent Venables, I always have. I think he's the best head coaching prospect on this team, and I've thought that for a while. But somebody has to do something about the big plays this defense has been giving up. They come at the worst times."
Louisville 31, Miami 7
Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com: "Miami's football team made its first mistake of the game before kickoff. Just before entering the locker rooms for one last pregame speech, the No. 18-ranked Hurricanes gathered at midfield and stomped on the Cardinal bird logo. While it may seem trivial, the U of L program takes its midfield logo seriously. East Carolina stomped on the logo before a game in 2004, and was punished 59-7. Later that year, USF stomped on the logo, only to leave Louisville with a 41-9 loss. Just a few weeks later, Cincinnati was routed 70-7 after a similar assault on the logo. It took a year before another team tried to stomp on the logo, but Rutgers did it in November of 2005. The Cardinals whipped the Scarlet Knights, 55-7."

Hurricanes coach Larry Coker: "Well it was pretty obvious today we were embarrassed. Our players are embarrassed. Our coaches are embarrassed. We thoroughly got whipped."

Cardinals quarterback Brian Brohm: "I think it just shows how deep we are and how much talent we have. Just to go out there on home field and put it to Miami like that, it felt good."
Clemson 27, FSU 20
Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden: "Am I happy for him (Clemson coach Tommy Bowden)? Not right now. It is good for him, but I work for Florida State University and I want to win and beat whoever is the coach up there. It happens to be him. His family is happy."

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