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:
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
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."
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