Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
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  Head Coach Bob Stoops

Opening comments:
"I'd like to first compliment Florida State - what a great environment. What a well fought, hard- played game. I thought their team really played well also.

"To finish the game like we did I just really want to start off by saying how proud I am of the character and poise we showed in the fourth quarter. When they sensed blood and the stadiums on you, you feel they have the momentum and we just seized it right back. Landry (Jones) with a great pass, Kenny Stills with a huge catch - a really tough, competitive catch. Then the defense answered. Comes back, gets pressure, gets an interception. Then to pound the clock out running the football was a big deal because they still had their opportunities if you don't use the clock and get the points.

"I told our guys it was probably as good a character fourth that we have had since maybe the 2000 year down at (Texas) A&M where we had to answer the bell in the fourth quarter and we did. It's just pleasing to win that way."

On the offensive line's play in the fourth quarter:
"It was a big factor. They pass protected, they ran the football and kept them (Florida State) off balance. Like I said, at the end of the game there when we really had to eat up the clock, they did - and put it in position to get the field goal. Obviously Jimmy (Stevens) didn't have much more distance in it."

  Head Coach Jimbo Fisher

Opening statement:
"I thought we just played a very hard fought, competitive football game. I thought we played with tremendous toughness. We gave great effort- had a lot of pride in the way we competed. We know that great games get down to two or three little plays here and there and I give Oklahoma credit. They have a team- great coaching staff. They did a great job. We have to look at ourselves and correct some of the mistakes we have and look at some of the missed opportunities- some of the plays we had called back. I'm very proud of our guys. It was one game- our goals are still ahead of us. I believe the season starts next week. We'll try to fix it and move on."

On if the game came down to just a few plays:
"It did. I thought that we had some great opportunities. We had a touchdown called back-on that first drive. We had a touchdown that we could have caught, but he had a big hit. Kenny Shaw is fine now. We are glad he is ok. We had a tip. They made plays- that's what happens in great games."

On EJ Manuel's status:
"His shoulder was banged up. He could be fine by next week- it could be a week or two. He came back out and was ready to go back in the game. I thought Clint Trickett was playing well and they said he could have gone back in the game but I didn't want to risk further injury."

On both sides of the ball:
"Our kids competed- I thought they played hard. Defensively- they weathered the storm. They kept us in the football game in the end. We had those mistakes in the red zone. It was things we didn't do. It was just discipline. You're going to see it on the film but I know one thing, we had a lot of holding."



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