Game Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 08, 2008

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  Head Coach Bob Stoops

"Coming in here is never easy and it never has been. To put it all together and play as sound as we did is great. Running the ball as well as we did tonight made some other things open up. We missed a couple of opportunities in the first half but our overall performance was good. We were getting stops on defense and executing offensively. Overall, we were complete -- we had good pressure, our run defense, our pass defense, and we came up big with turnovers.
(on approachng open week)
We are really banged up. It’s obvious we’re playing without some of our best players. It’s going to be good to rest up some of these players.
(on play of English and Alexander)
They played great. We gave them game balls. They played well. To Auston, it comes natural. I’m excited about the guys up front. That group of guys blocked well.
(on Dominique Franks’ TD)
Dom’s an excellent athlete. A&M gave us an unusual formation and we handled it well. They made a bad pitch and fortunately we got it. Sam Bradford couldn’t have played better. His accuracy, his poise -- we couldn’t have asked for anything else. And we had no turnovers. Everything was just as smooth as it could be."
  QB Sam Bradford

"It was a great win for us on the road. The running game was great. The five guys up front did a great job. We felt everything we did was right. We were really balanced with the running and passing games. We left a lot of points out on the field in the first half but we were really happy to score 38.
"Our team is in a great position. We still have a lot of our goals out in front of us. We knew this was a loud stadium and if we came out and jumped on them early it would quiet it down. Our attitude is better this year. It’s something we talked about this summer -- being tougher on the road. I feel like we made a commitment to that. There is a different mindset with this team."
  LB Austin Box

"I feel more comfortable every game. We held A&M under 300 yards and that’s a team goal we set every week. There are some things we need to clean up. We can always get better."
  RB DeMarco Murray

"Our offensive line did a great job opening holes and they gave me touches. I felt good today. I had a little more patience and I hit the hole hard. I watched a lot of film and evaluated myself. The past couple of games I felt really good. As a group, we did good but we still feel like we could do a lot better. I feel good about our fast-tempo offense."
  Head Coach Mike Sherman

They are a good team, and we didn't help ourselves. I thought they were the best team I'd seen on film going into this game, and they proved that to me today. Other than Cyrus' [Gray] 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, there weren't a lot of positives on A&M's side of the ledger.
(On what he would say to the seniors on the team after the loss)
I apologized to them for the fact that we lost. I really wanted to have a great showing for them today, but I just apologized to them that we couldn't send them off from Kyle Field with a victory."
(On Oklahoma's offense)
Their offense is good because they're proficient in both areas-they can run and they can throw it. I think in the end that they're going to be difficult to beat because they're proficient and diligent in both areas."
  LB Matt Featherston

"Oklahoma is a top-five school in the nation. We just had to buckle down and play better. They just executed better than we did and that's why we lost this game.
(on having a losing record at home)
A loss is a loss, home or away. We still have a lot of football left to play this year."
  RB/KR Cyrus Gray

(on his 98-yard kickoff return)
"Our kickoff return team blocked very well. Everything was blocked right; I just had to do what I was supposed to and take it to the house. I was aware [that OU struggles with kickoff returns]. We watched a lot of film on kickoff return and coach just told us to trust each other."
  QB Stephen McGee

"To be honest with you, I didn't even know I was going to go into the game any unless Jerrod (Johnson) got hurt. I don't know if I'm 100 percent right now, that's why was kind of amazed. I feel like I can make all of my throws, but as far as taking a hit…
(on his final game at Kyle Field)
I count it as a blessing. God's been really good to me. I got to my senior year and got hurt…it's really tough to swallow. God's really taught me a lot this year. But in these last two games, I just want to do my best and be a good example for the other guys. It's been a tough road for me. You guys know that. I had my sights set on the very highest. But now when I look back, it's not about wins and losses. When I look at myself in the mirror 50 years from now, I know that I'll be able to say that I did my best, and I did it right."



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