Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 28, 2010
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  Head Coach Bob Stoops

Opening comments:
"I will start by complimenting Oklahoma State for a great, well-played and hard-fought game. What a game through the fourth quarter. Coach Gundy and his staff and his team have had an excellent year and played well all year. My compliments to them. We knew coming in here we'd have to play well to have an opportunity to win. I'm excited about our team and how we did that. I was so pleased at how we performed offensively and made big plays in the fourth quarter when we had to have them. Landry (Jones) put the ball on the money and had a few tough spots, but we loved his resilience and he came back and put the ball where he had to have it. We ran the ball well. We had a lot of offense out there. Defensively, I thought the first half we were sensational to hold them down like we did and come up with turnovers. We forced three interceptions and limited their running game the way we did. We got a little soft at the end when we were trying to eat up some clock. But I thought they did an excellent job."

On kicker Jimmy Stevens:
"Jimmy Stevens got the first game ball when we got in there. I told him he was the biggest difference in the game making all his kicks the way he did. I'm really proud of Jimmy to have hung in through the year the way he has. He has really had a good year, and he's really gained confidence and is feeling really good right now the way he's hitting the ball. I was just proud to see him finish here the way he did. It was an exciting game."

On throwing to different players:
"They had the opportunities. Cameron Kenney had an excellent day. And let's face it, James (Hanna) has had a really good year. He catches the ball well and you saw what great speed he has to get behind everybody. I thought Kevin (Wilson) did a great job. They were expecting us to run and try to eat up clock, and we were in our power formation. Instead of blocking down and running it, those guys pop out and James has great speed to get past people. Cameron did an excellent job of just crossing the middle and outrunning everybody. And Landry put the ball right on him otherwise that's not a touchdown. Good execution on the players' part."

On time of possession:
"I think it is team effort. Offense stayed on the field and picked up and moved the chains, picked up first downs, running and throwing and picked up some tough third downs. The execution was excellent. And the defense made a lot of good plays. They forced turnovers and a bunch of three-and-outs. Working together is how that happens."

On OU's defense:
"We got in a little bit of an odd front, more than we ever have. It worked out well for us. I thought the kids really executed well. And Brent ( Venables) did a nice job of mixing that in."

  Junior TE James Hanna

On the game:
"It was really exciting. There was a lot of pressure. Everything was in front of us: going to the Big 12 Championship. It felt really good to come in here and play pretty good, especially towards the end there."

On his touchdown reception:
"Coach (Kevin) Wilson did a good job of setting that play up the play before, and the safeties thought we were going to run the ball. Landry (Jones) threw a great pass to me, and I just ran hard."

  Junior LB Travis Lewis

On the game going back and forth:
"I've never felt like that; I was having an anxiety attack. I was just so pumped up and was like 'Oh my goodness, who's gonna make the play? Who's gonna make the play?' We made enough plays to win tonight."

On if he's ever surprised by the offense:
"No, no, no. Hopefully we've silenced all the doubters. We just beat two great teams on the road so that just goes out to all our players. We're mentally tough, we came here, we did what we needed to do and we got the win."

  Senior DE Jeremy Beal

On not giving up the lead:
"We knew coming into the game that they're a great offense, they're gonna make their plays and they did. We didn't let that get us down. We knew that going into the game so we just got to stay in our even wave."

On if he was surprised about the all the points scored in the fourth quarter:
"Surprised, a little bit, yeah. I'm just surprised the way it happened. I'm not surprised it was a high scoring game, but it's just the way it happened, back and forth. It was kind of emotional; Bedlam."

  Head Coach Mike Gundy

Opening comments:
"Well that was a tough loss for us. It was quite a game. We didn't play well in the last three minutes and gave up big plays. I was proud of the team and how we fought back to go down by two scores and then return the kick and put ourselves right back in the game. We need to play better in those crucial situations. At the very end they made plays, and we didn't. Really that's what it comes down to. I told the team that, as difficult as it is, this needs to be a learning experience for them. In those situations, we have to be able to think and make sure they're in the right spot and in the right coverage and covering everything up and try to learn from our mistakes. Again, I was very proud of our team and the way that they competed. I just hate that they came up a little bit short."

On why the offense started slow...
"They played faster than we did. I thought they had a good plan. We never really got in a rhythm. They did a nice job of slowing us down. They ran the screens down and didn't give up big plays until the big one that (Justin) Blackmon got. They defended us very well, and I thought they had a good plan."

On Oklahoma's third- down conversions...
"I saw that: 16 of 27. We have to be much better. We have to get pressure on the quarterback, and we have to defend. In that area, it looked like the first four games of the year where we didn't do a good job on third down. They threw the ball and obviously converted. That was a big part of the game. When I looked at the statistics I knew that they were successful on third down, but I didn't realize we gave up 16 third-down conversions. That's way too many."

On the pressure put on Brandon Weeden...
"In the first half, they got pressure on him and made him move around a little bit. We had to shuffle a couple linemen around. I thought, in the third quarter, we did a better job of protecting for him, but certainly in the first quarter they put some pressure on him which disrupted the rhythm of our offense."

On Justin Blackmon...
"Justin didn't practice all week. Justin didn't take one snap all week. We kept him in a cast for five days, and we put him in a boot the last day. I would suspect he'll be pretty sore tomorrow. He has a very high tolerance of pain, and he wanted to play. If there would have been any chance of injuring him further then we wouldn't have played him. It wasn't that type of injury, and he wanted to play with the pain so we really couldn't keep him out of there. That's not an excuse. That's not the reason that we lost the game, but he didn't practice and he was 60 or 70 percent, something like that."

On if they blew an opportunity...
"We wouldn't say we blew an opportunity. We played a football game. I told the team that the reason we had that opportunity is because they won 10 games prior to this so they put themselves in a situation where they had a chance to play for the conference championship. We certainly would have liked to have taken advantage of the opportunity we had to play next week, but with the way these guys have played this year and improved and come together, I wouldn't say that they've blown an opportunity. We just didn't take advantage of one."

  Running Back Kendall Hunter

On the game...
"It was a hard fought game, and they had more plays than we did."

On his last home game...
"Any loss is tough for any game and for any person."

On preparing for the bowl game after a hard loss...
"We have got to end on a good note. We went and fought our hearts out, and they made more plays than us."

  Linebacker Orie Lemon

On the play of the defense...
"We made some mistakes that we wouldn't normally make. But everybody played with all the effort they could and gave it their all."



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