Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 29, 2011
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  Head Coach Bob Stoops

On playing a strong second half:
"Coach Snyder and his staff do a great job, and this is a really good football team. We knew coming in that they were going to make their plays, and we knew we had to settle down and be able to respond. They made some good plays in the first half, and in the second half, particularly in the third quarter with the wind, we were able to make a difference. The offense was really able to score, and we were able to get some three-and-outs to let us have good field position most of the time. That helped us take them out of the game a little bit. Our guys just played a really great second half."

On the first half interceptions:
"His (Landry Jones) first interception was not his fault. He trusted the receiver to come back for the football on a comeback route and in the worst case they are battling for the ball. However, that did not happen. The other interception he was trying to find Kenny (Stills), and he just under threw him a bit. Other than that, Landry was throwing the ball well all night. He had 250 yards at halftime, and we were confident he would still be able to throw the ball well in the second half."

On the injury to starting running back Dominique Whaley:
"I think he has a fractured ankle. He is going to have to have surgery tomorrow. I believe that is what our staff is saying. They will have to put a pin in it. I am sure that will be it for Dominique (Whaley) for the season. I am really sad for him. He is a great young man and a tough loss for us. All of our other guys will just have to step up like they did today."

On the play of Landry Jones:
"It is really amazing on what he (Landry Jones) is able to do. Despite being away from home, he went 35 for 47 with five touchdowns and 505 yards. That is quite a day. I thought the receivers, tight ends and everybody else helped him in his execution. At the end of the day, the players deserve the credit. They have to make the plays on the field."

On the mentality of the team:
"We played better today. Whether it has to do with attitude or not, it does not matter much to me. We just need to play like that every week. Last week is last week. They (Texas Tech) outplayed us and outcoached us. I said that all last week. So that is in the past. Next week is a whole new deal for everybody. Every week is tough because we are going to play tough teams. We played a different team this week, and we will play a different team next week. I am just worried about winning next week. "

On the complete team play in today's contest:
"The first thing that I said to the team was that this was an overall complete team win. It was as much of a team win as we have had in a very long time. I do not know where to even go back to because of all persons that stepped up to have a hand in this. There were so many players that stepped up today to make great and solid plays today. In the third quarter, the defense came around to compliment the offense and was able to get off the field and give the ball back to the offense with good field position. Just everything about it was complete. Offensively, I could not keep up with all of the guys that stepped up to make plays. It was good to see so many guys like that contribute and have an overall team win. "

  Junior QB Landry Jones

On breaking 500+ yards in the game:
"It is an honor to get one of those and just thank God that the offense executed and everyone was doing their job."

On tonight's game plan:
"The plan was to win the game. Whichever way we had to get it done, tonight we were pretty successful all around--running the ball and throwing the ball."

On precision:
"We were just playing within the play. We did not do anything extra out there; not trying to go out and make a play, just play within the play and go through your reads and everyone was running the right routes the way they are supposed to be ran and they did a good job."

  Senior WR Ryan Broyles

On Landry Jones throwing for 500 yards in a college football game:
"It is unimaginable, especially in this day and age. We throw the ball around a lot, and Coach Heupel has a lot of trust in Landry, and they put the ball in hands and he makes the right decisions. "

On the difference between the game against Texas Tech and the game against K-State:
"We just kept fighting. Last week was a done deal. We did not give all we had. This game, in the second half, the defense got a big stop, and that got us going."

On the Oklahoma wide receivers making big plays throughout the game:
"It is just one of those days. Some days it works well, some days it does not. Today happened to be one. We threw the ball around a lot today and Landry did a good job of that, and all the receivers caught balls."

On running more precise routes and Landry Jones throwing more precise passes:
"We worked on that all week. Just having the right spacing, being in the right places at the right times. Last week we were kind of lazy, but today we definitely played well."

On the defense:
"They give us great confidence. Travis Lewis gets those guys going, but he's not the only one. Frank Alexander does as well. Those guys go out and compete. We knew we had something to prove, and we wanted to show that we could beat an undefeated team in their place."

  Sophomore WR Jaz Reynolds

On how much the team needed to win:
"We needed it tremendously. We have to play as a team for 60 minutes is all the coaches kept stressing. We just played together to complement the defense. The offense kept rolling trying not to get three-and-outs."

On his catches:
"That was luck. I just got my hand on the ball. The first one, the sun was kind of in my eyes and I just had to keep focusing on snatching it out of the air."

On going into halftime:
"We knew it was going to be a tough game. We just had to play four quarters and if the game was two quarters then we would lose plenty of times, but you have to play every quarter; so, 60 minutes."

  Senior LB Travis Lewis

On the defense getting their mojo back in the second half:

"We played well in the first half, but just missed some tackles. The coaches talked with us at halftime, made some adjustments. The main goal was to make tackles and we did."

On where Oklahoma's intensity was last week:
"I think sometimes, you just get complacent when you play at home and in front of our fans and you let it slip. I expected that we would compete very well. Texas Tech just came in and beat us. If we have this mindset, this attitude that the offense and defense need to complement each other, we are one of the best in the nation."

On if Oklahoma should play for the National Championship:
"I think so. When we put a complete ballgame together, offense and defense, we are a very tough team to watch. We will have a lot of people telling us how great we are, and jump back on the bandwagon. The defense only gave up 200 yards of offense, the offense looked like that video game offense, but last week we were a bunch of jokes. Our goal is not to win the Big 12. That is part of the process, but our main goal is to win the National Championship."

  Sophomore LB Corey Nelson

On stopping Collin Klein's running in the second half:
"Coach showed us the stats and we held him to 16 yards and that was just tremendous and outstanding for our defense."

On if it felt like they were getting 800 yards running in the second quarter:
"It kind of did to be honest with you. When you are out there you really are not thinking about that, and when they are running and getting a certain amount of yards the comments just get put in your head, dang they are getting to many yards. So, it was a surprise to us; a big surprise."

On Collin Klein being a better runner than expected:
"Yeah, a lot better than I expected. He is a great athlete, but when he runs his stride just opens up. It seems like he is a 4.4 type guy. He is a really good runner."

  Senior S Sam Proctor

On preparing for this week's game offensively:
"We always say it is about us and not so much about what the offense does. The focus this week was controlling what we could do. The team motto was "together," do everything together, leave no man out to dry and get to the football."

Talking about his hard hits:
"I like to play fast. When I get loose and when I get firey, I just like to play how the game is suppose to be played; it is a physical game."

On Collin Klein's running game:
"He ran the ball hard and tough. I found him after the game and said `I appreciate playing against you'. He is a physical guy and sometimes when I came up and hit him, he was really polite in trying to help me up. The guy still ran the ball and made us respect him."



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