Here’s what Tennessee coach Butch Jones had to say following the team’s heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Florida on Saturday.

On the two fourth-quarter leads the team has blown in losses to Oklahoma and Florida: “Football is a strange game, and it has a way of equalling itself out. We’ll win our share of games in the fourth quarter as well, but we just need to stay positive and keep working through it, and we will.”

On the struggles in the passing game: “We want to be able to throw the ball more down the field. That’s really a big part of us offensively. I can tell you this, everyone wants to look to the receivers or the quarterback. It takes all 11 individuals working together. Sometimes we have those plays called, and we don’t get them off for one way, shape, form or another, and it’s not just the offensive line either.”

More on the struggles in the passing game: “We take great pride in our passing game. We want to be a receiver-oriented offense. If you look at our nature, if you look at our history, the receivers are a big part of it. You’re talking to a head coach who’s a receiver coach, so I understand what they’re going through. I understand that, but we’ll work to get better at it.”

On missed tackles: “The completion didn’t get us beat. It was leveraging the football that got us beat. It’s putting the eyes on the thighs, and it’s running your feet on contact. We had too many missed tackles in the fourth quarter. We allowed too much run after the catch. That’ll be a point of emphasis like it is every week.”

On allowing 5-for-5 fourth down conversions: “Each fourth-down play kind of had a story of its own. There’s only play they throw the ball to the tight end, and we’re in the perfect coverage, our defender is right there, and it’s a quarterback throwing the ball on his back leg, and it’s a player making a great play on the ball in the air, and you couldn’t defense it any better. To our player’s credit, he was right where he needed to be, they just made a play.”

On bouncing back from the loss on a personal level: “I would say put it all on my shoulders. I want you to put it all on my shoulders. I want to free up our coaching staff to coach. I want to free up my players to play. That’s part of the responsibility and obligation of being the head football coach here. I’ve been through this. I see us making progress.”

On whether he felt they coached well enough to win: “I do. I thought we all did. Again, it’s one or two plays, and I think it’s putting everything into perspective, and I really believe that. We’re two plays away, we’re 10 seconds away from being 4-0, and we’re 2-2. We can’t let two plays or 10 seconds define who we are.”

On better defending the tight end as Arkansas TE Hunter Henry comes to town: “He is the best tight end in the country, and he’s going to play in the National Football League for a very, very long time. They do a great job structurally of getting him the football. He’s one of their playmakers. We have to make sure he’s accounted for in every set, and they do a very job with personnel groupings to try to isolate him.”

On how does the team learn to win close games: “First of all, I think it takes doing it. It takes another South Carolina moment for last year’s team. You have to have one of those moments where you do learn how to win, where you do learn to make a play. As a coaching staff, we have to do a great job of trying to simulate as many game-like conditions as possible, conditioning the mind for the fourth quarter. You know, if you look at body of work of this coaching staff, I want to say we were 50-something and four when having the lead in the fourth quarter. I’ve never been through anything like this, neither have our players in terms of this. Football rewards diligence. Football rewards those individuals who persevere … We have a fourth quarter period in practice. We’ll continue to make it a point of emphasis.”