Not only did he have two interceptions, but his tackle knocked Eagles’ running back Matt Breida out of the game in the second quarter. The Eagles’ offense wasn’t the same.
Batiste also had the added motivation of last year’s 69-31 loss to Georgia Southern in the Georgia Dome. He remembered the Eagles waving their flag around the Dome, and he felt they did that to embarrass he and his teammates.
Here is what he had to say:
“The score spoke for itself. We feel really good about this win. We prepared for it. We knew we had some emotion for it.”
“Coach (Jesse) Minter, I guess he watched film all week. He put us in great situations. On the second pick, the defensive line had a great rush and made him throw a really bad ball. He had to get it out quick.”
“The mindset was to come out here like some wild, disciplined animals. Just hit everything you see. If it comes you way, box it, spill it, do what you have to do. It worked out for us.”
“We didn’t have a lot of things two years ago. We didn’t have a nutritionist, we weren’t eating right after practice. We weren’t doing a lot of things. Coach Miles had to flip the script, turn it all around. Now, in the third year it’s showing. It’s showing how good we can really be. It’s showing how good we are. Let’s keep it going.”