Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 10, 2009
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  Head Coach Bob Stoops

Opening statement:
"It was a good solid win here today. Our compliments to Art Biles and Baylor. They really played disciplined, good football. They are in a bad position. I thought their quarterback did a really good job but obviously he doesn't have the experience their other quarterback has. We caught a break that way, but overall I think they have done a good job all year.

"It was pleasing to win a good football game. I thought it was pleasing to go in at half, 14-7, and come back in the second half and play so well and so solid throughout the game. Anytime you have an offensive day when you have no turnovers and fewer penalties, you rush the ball for over 200 yards and throw for near 400 yards and you are doing things that are positive. I was disappointed in the drops, but again I think a lot of that is inexperience. We have all kinds of yardage and big plays, if we just catch the ball better. I'm hopeful and I believe the ability is there. It's just time and time on the field to make improvement and to make those plays when they are there to make.

"I thought our kicking game was very good. It was encouraging to see Jimmy Stevens do so well when we really needed him to do so well. I think Dom (Franks), with some big returns, was a big part of getting good field position.

"Defensively in particular, I thought in the first half even though we held them to seven, there were some plays we could have definitely played them a little bit better and been in better position, and we did in the second half. Anytime you hold someone to six yards rushing, that is positive, and hold them to seven points with as a wide open offense they have, and formations and adjustments they give you. I thought in the second half we really settled in and played good disciplined football to be where we needed to be."

On Jimmy Stevens kicking so many times:
"It was pleasing to see him hit so well. I am not surprised because I have been pleased with him through the year, just overall and in practice he has been very consistent. I would say a year ago, even at practice sometimes he was too inconsistent. That hasn't been the case and it was good to see him do so well. The downside of that, if you want to immediately go to the negative we needed to score more touchdowns in the red zone. We will work on that. It gets down to execution, and blocking and we had a drop or so where we had opportunities to catch it."

On Sam Bradford:
"He played really well. To have been off as much as he has and to go out there for his first go at it and to play as well as he did, I thought he played great. He stays away from the negative plays, the bad plays. He had a great night with seven, eight or nine drops. You can cut that and say there were five legitimate drops that were in their hands, he had an incredible night. He is a great competitor and talking to him in the locker afterwards, I asked him how if felt and he said it felt great. Right now, he doesn't have any discomfort and that is encouraging. He will only get better from this. In practicing, he will trust it more and I think in another week he will get stronger with his throws and he will continue to get better."

On the amount of throws Bradford threw:
"It's probably because we had 100 plays. You don't go in anticipating 100 plays and through the week we had him throwing 30 to 40 balls each day to keep up with how many. That's why we limited how much he warmed up just so we didn't wear it out."

On the defense:
"I thought we tackled well. You saw all the formations they give you and it was pleasing to see the discipline to be where we needed to be and make the adjustments to put ourself in position to make plays."

On Dominique Franks' returns:
"Dom has great speed and the knack to make people miss him. I really liked the guys on our team doing a nice job blocking, hustling, and not getting forced penalties with the blocks in the backs down field and letting Dom make people miss him."

On receivers Jaz Reynolds and Dejuan Miller:
"I thought they did well. They will see plays where they can play better, catch the ball and make some plays. As they are on the field, they should get better and I thought Dejuan (Miller) came up with some nice catches and showed some spark that he can play for us."

  Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson

On red zone offense:
"We had a couple of drops a couples of times that got us into some third-and-eights. We tried to stay in some spread stuff instead of some big guy stuff when it came to our approach. We got down there quite a lot and other than finishing the drive, I thought that our guys played pretty solid. So we will look at what we are doing and look to find how to finish things off."
On offense against Baylor:
"We have to work our way into some positive momentum. We had to force it in today and when the guy dropped it, we would throw it right back to him the next play. We have to stay positive and stay aggressive and for the most part we did. The run game will come in time, they were a little committed to load the box. We had a fair amount of pass yards, but we have some inconsistency right now and we have to play through it. I thought our kids battled as hard as they did all year and I was proud of them."

"At half time I was on everybody about our attitude. I think that our guys have been pressing and I think that we have not had things go our way and we need some positive energy. The deal today was to stay aggressive and keep coming and keep building on it."

On the running game:
"I really challenged our backs to run hard and to pick it up, but at halftime I told them to stay patient and that it was going to come. I told them to keep going and to play through it and lets keep building. And that is what we tried to do today."

  Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables

On the defense against Baylor:
"I thought that we responded really well in the second half. I thought that they made a few plays on us obviously in the first half. They threw up some balls in the first half and did a good job competing for it and we had a couple of breakdowns. The guys came back and played a lot better in the second half."

"Outside for the most part, when they scored, we had a couple of things during that drive that happened. Overall, I thought that they played pretty well."

On the quality of play of the defense:
"For the most part they played well. I think that when we didn't, they really took advantage of it. It will be good for us to teach from the regards of beating yourself but that is to take nothing away from them (Baylor). They came in and did a couple of things that kind of surprised us. They threw it a little bit more times than in the past. We did a good job going up and competing for the ball."

On the Baylor offense on fourth downs:
"When they cross the 50, you better be prepared to play in four-down territory and that is just extended. It is just how they play."

  Junior QB Sam Bradford

On the offense's performance against Baylor:
"Obviously it felt good to get back out there. I thought we did a great job. I thought we played with a great tempo today and we got a lot of yards. The most frustrating thing was how we played in the redzone today. Obviously we can't kick field goals the way we did today but overall I thought we did well."

On returning to the field:
"It's extremely gratifying just to get back out on the field. Just to be out there with the guys that I have put in so much work with in the offseason and just the simple things like handoffs. Everything out there, it's just exciting to be back."

On his confidence after the game:
"Obviously, like Coach (Stoops) said, it was important to get back but at the same time I wanted to make sure I was ready. Going through the week, I felt like I had a good week of preparation and I felt like I was ready. To get out there and make some of the throws that I made today, it really does give me confidence."

On the status of his shoulder after the game:
"It feels good. It's felt a lot better this week compared to last week."

On the receivers:
"I think we're going to get better as an offense every week. I still feel like our receivers made some great plays today. I love the energy they played with today, they were flying around, made a lot of downfield blocks and sprung some runs for us. I'm sure we're going to eliminate some of those drops going down the road but I thought they played great today."

  Junior WR Brandon Caleb

On overall game performance:
"I just wanted to come out there and if the ball came to me I just wanted to make plays for our team and give us a boost and create an energy out there on the field. I played well. We played well as a team. I just want to come out there and help out our team as much as possible."
On Sam Bradford's return:
"I was excited. He's been rehabbing a lot and working hard, so when he was out there I was just excited. They're [Sam and Landry Jones] both great. When Sam came back he made plays and when Landry [Jones] was in he was making plays too. We have both great quarterbacks so we're excited about either one of them."

On Bradford's return and the upcoming game against Texas:
"We're just taking it one game at a time. He's a great player and excited that he's back. We're just going to keep going from there."

  Junior DB Dominique Franks

On the halftime changes made by the defense:
"We didn't change up anything. We were in the right positions, we knew what was coming, we just weren't making the tackles. We just had to clear up a lot of stuff at halftime and we did that and then shut them out in the second half."

On the performance of the punt return team:
"It's not just me back there. It's the other 10 guys being able to hold up and giving me a chance to catch it. They are holding onto their blocks and letting me cut into them. All of us, we work hard to get the offense in better field position and we did that tonight."

On the team's confidence after the win against Baylor:
"It does a lot for us. At the same time, we have to come in tomorrow and clean up our mistakes. Texas is a great football team and we can't give up the same things we gave up today."

  Junior DT Gerald McCoy

On next week's game against Texas:
"We played well, but there was a lot of little things we gave up that we have to be better at if we're going to beat a team the caliber of Texas."

"We're not worried about the respect. We're just worried about our season. Texas is the next game on the schedule, and you know how the game is. Texas is Texas. It's going to be a big game, and we have to come out ready. This game is behind us and we know what kind of task we have coming up."

  Sophomore WR Dejuan Miller

On his first start:
"I felt like I took a huge step. I felt like I kind of had to prove myself. We've heard a lot of talk about the receivers not stepping up and that our season is over without Ryan (Broyles). We kind of took that and added more fuel to the fire. We decided we needed to go out and play and that's what we decided to do. I've never doubted my ability to play, I just knew that when I got my chance I needed to shine and make plays. Getting my first start today, I knew the business at hand and I knew we needed to come out and get a win today."

On next week's game against Texas:
"It's big, it's real big. That's why I came here, to play in games like this. Texas is on a roll, they have a lot of talent in the secondary and have a lot of guys that can make plays. They have a lot of game-breakers. It's OU/Texas, that's all you have to say about it."

On Sam Bradford's return:
"Landry (Jones) has played well in his spot. Obviously, it was great to have him back and to see him playing. He's Sam Bradford, he played great. He threw for close to 400 yards in his first game back without playing for four games, that's a really excellent game."

  Junior RB DeMarco Murray

On Sam Bradford's return:
"It felt real good. Him being a leader out there. It was good to have Sam back. He played well tonight. It was definitely a little extra boost with him being more vocal than Landry (Jones) but they both played hard. We respect both of them the same, but having Sam out there was definitely a boost for us with him leading us tonight."

On what the team needs to work on:
"We have to be better on the line and be better as running backs. There were two times where I missed two big holes. I take blame for that part, but we just have to be more smart and just continue to be more physical."

  Head Coach Art Briles

On the game:
As far as the fourth quarter goes, it was extremely disappointing. You know, because I really thought that our guys played tonight with a tremendous amount of effort, confidence and belief. And quite honestly we didn't do a very good job offensively the second half maintaining any type of rhythm. That's what we have to do a better job as an offense is stop the ball and run it down."
On controlling the ball the first half and slowing down the tempo:
"We were trying to give ourselves the best chance to play football. We felt like keeping Sam [Bradford] off the field, and keeping our defense off the field as much as we could, that would certainly increase our chances. We like to play a fast-paced game but we felt like it was in our advantage to slow it down a little bit today."
On if Baylor defense slowed down in the second half:
Honestly, I don't think it did. I mean, I'd have to look at the tape. I think the rhythm might have made them be on their heels a little bit early but, of course, as the game goes on they get use to it and they adjust and they're a good football team. They play good football. There's no question that these guys are good so we felt like we had to in and out some things so we can have the opportunities to make plays. I think we had some good opportunities the second half. It looked like we were five or six inches off on a couple of them and then we made some big plays."
On if he thinks the team is close to where they need to be in the season:
"Of course there's room for improvement. We knew today would be a measuring stick. We knew today would be a chance to show how good our guys can be. When we talk before the game, you have straight shooters that are going to show up today. You can look at that two ways. Are your straights going to show up or are your deficiencies going to show up? The more I got thinking about it the more I thought you know it's a great chance to see what our strengths are as individuals, as a team, and as teammates. From that standpoint I think that the guys stepped up, played hard for each other and gave us a chance to win the football game."
  Freshman QB Nick Florence

On the offense:
"First half we played great, could have got some more points on the board and second half we didn't do our job and put our defense in a bind. But with what they (Baylor defense) had, they did a great job in what we gave them and we have to execute better."
On the offensive miscues:
"No, the first half we moved the ball great. We just need to come out and execute better, it's as simple as that. We can play with anyone, we have talent, but we didn't execute."
On the first-half success:
"We were doing a good job of executing and getting on the blocks and getting the ball where it needed to go. In the second half they brought a lot more blitzes and we just didn't pick them up that great. We just need to come out and execute."
On the plan for ball control:
"We definitely wanted to control the tempo of the game and control the crowd. We wanted to be the ones to control that. First half, that crowd was silent and second half we didn't go a good job. First half we came in and played our goals and wanted more points but we controlled the tempo of the game and it got away in the second half."

  Senior DB Jordan Lake

On the defensive effort:
"I feel like the defense played our tails off. We had a lot of situations that weren't favorable to us but we were able to hold them to a bunch of field goals and I'm really proud of the way our defense responded today. We fought and fought and fought to the very end and I'm proud of us."
On frustration of penalties:
"Ya, you have to expect that when you are coming into their house and play a ranked team like the Sooners, that calls aren't going to go your way and that you are going to have to battle through that. That's not the reason we lost the game, but we didn't have the refs on our side."
On wearing down a little bit defensively in the second half:
"They didn't get into the endzone until the end of the fourth quarter. We held up in a lot of tough situations several times and held them to a bunch of field goals. I don't think we wore down at all really, I thought we stepped up and held them to a bunch of field goals and whenever your defense is put in those situations like that and you hold them to three points I think it's a win for us."
On Sam Bradford:
"He played well, we expected him to play well. We prepared thinking he would come back so we knew when he got the start we weren't seeing anything new. We saw him last year and knew he was going to come out and play like he does and he did a good job today."
On the mindset going into halftime:
"We wanted to keep fighting and keep battling. That's really all you can do and it doesn't matter where you come out on the field, you want to defend your endzone. You just have to fight everytime and keep scrapping, keep trying to hold them."
  Senior LB Joe Pawelek

On overcoming penalties:
"I think as a defense we came out and stopped the run early and then we just hurt ourselves with penalties and you know there is some unfortunate field position there with those penalties and special teams. As a defense, I think you just have to overcome that. I think we did a good job at the goal line and I don't know how many plays they had there inside the five yard line that we kept on fighting."
On letting the game get away:
"Oh ya, I think that we felt from the start to the finish that we were going to come back and win that game. I think that when it was 23-7 that our defense was looking to make a play and turn the game around. I think from that standpoint that we fought well and didn't get down about penalties inside the five and just kept on fighting."



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