Game Quotes: Texas Tech 34, OU 27

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 18, 2007

Opening Comments:
"I give Texas Tech a lot of credit. Mike [Leach] and his staff did and excellent job and they played well. In the first half, I thought we really played foolishly and poorly in a lot of areas. To come out and start the game really well defensively, we got a huge play, then we get a three-and-out, and we get the ball at the 45-yard-line and we go out on the first play of the game, and we can't hand the ball off. That's just bad football, and then we get our quarterback knocked out of the game trying to tackle the guy after he picked the ball up.
"Then we got all kinds of personal fouls and penalties, just bad football, and you can't play like that and win on the road, or even at home. I felt we kind of played one-handed in the first half, meaning that our offense wasn't doing anything. When you continue to give them all that possession time or all of those opportunities, you can't do that with Tech the way they move the ball. You've got to play like we did in the second half where you're moving it as well, eating up some clock and changing the field position. I just felt that in the first half, we didn't play that well as a team that way.
"I appreciate everybody's effort in the second half, we fought to the end and there's character there, and they went all the way through."

On the number of injuries his team suffered tonight:
"Sam [Bradford] was making the tackle there and got dinged. How serious it is, we'll just have to continue to see, but it was whatever form of concussion, so we weren't going to put him back out there. Adron Tennell tore an anterior cruciate, Alan Davis had a concussion, and DeMarco's [Murray] knee cap shifted there. He was trying to plant to go up for the onside kick and his knee got caught one way or the other. All of them are significant and we'll see when we get into the week how they all come out."

On Bradford playing another series after suffering the concussion:
"That's when we realized it, because he didn't say anything before that and that's when we realized it. I'm not sure whether it was a trainer or one of the players who said, 'Wait a second, he's not where he needs to be,' That's when they grabbed him and looked at him."

On the play of back-up quarterback Joey Halzle:
"I thought that for the limited snaps-he's been very limited in games, even in practice, two's don't really get the snaps that the one's do-I thought Joey did a really good job. Again, for the really limited time that he has had, he stepped up for the most part, really hung in there and fought to the end. I'm sure there's some plays there that he'll see that he can be better at, but for the time he's had through 10 games, I thought he stepped up and did some decent things."


On going into the game:
"Coach Hueppel always tells us to make sure we're prepared, you never know when you are going to be called on, to prepare every week like we are starters. Unfortunately Sam had to go down, and he is a real good player and we all know that, and I just tried to come in and help the team as much as I could."

On finding a rhythm:
"You just get settled in and getting into a rhythm, start seeing the defense slow a little bit, and try to make bigger plays down the field."


Is this the best the defense has played?
I think they played really well. It's a lot like we've been saying from the beginning, once Ruffin (McNeal) took over the defense I can only think of one bad outing. I think those defensive coaches have done a tremendous job rallying this group.

How big was it this game to jump out to an early lead?
I thought it was the ultimate team effort. There were huge contributions by defense, huge contributions by special teams and huge contributions by offense. I think it was a game won together. I thought this day that the Tech defense was the biggest factor in this game.

Talk about the intensity of the fans tonight:
The fans were awsesome. The tent village was awesome. I loved every bit of that. Our fans were excellent. This is the best place to play in college football. As you walked into our stadium, you could feel it. You could see as you were pulling into the parking lot. The place was packed. The people were loud and they roared like crazy. The thing I've always liked about this place is you've got the great college atmosphere, but you've also got the NFL flavor with some characters mixed in.

Calculate how big of a win could this be for the program:
I think it's huge. It beats the heck out of losing.


On if game is biggest win of his career:
"It's got to be one of them. The last time we beat OU was a pretty big win. This is probably the biggest win I've ever played in. It's a game that we can build on, and hopefully we will do that, as a team, as a program, and for years to come. We can build on this win because it is a big win for those guys in there today. (It's a) big one for the seniors being their last home game today. Like I said, it's a big win."


On the Oklahoma secondary:
"I just think they were in zone the whole time. We did a good job executing on our plays. In the second half we didn't score and put up any numbers, so I was a little disappointed about that, but we did our job and came out with a 'W'."



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