|Head Coach Bob Stoops|
"I would like to congratulate Stanford on a hard-fought game. They've had a great year. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh did an amazing job in just a few years. Watching them play through the years I knew this would be a challenge.
"We are just excited to see our players play overall. We did a good job getting them prepared and getting them ready. The players have had a great attitude this month getting ready for this game and even today fighting through some injuries. They just never got dejected and they work through it.
"I thought some guys had some special games. Gerald McCoy played really sensational. Ryan Broyles was outstanding. Landry Jones, minus the one play, had an outstanding day. Dejuan Miller came up as a young guy with some big third down catches.
"Defensively the second half was outstanding and I thought even in the first half we weren't far off. They were put in a bad position. There is a couple of situations there where we weren't far off from having and excellent day in the first half. Overall we were physical, we talked well. We had a couple missed tackles but not in the second. It was a good solid day and pleasing to come out with a good win."
How did you handle the injuries to the defense?
"Adrian Taylor had a fairly significant ankle injury. I am sure they will have to work on and operate on in the morning. Gerald just had a hip pointer that knocked him out for a few plays. Jackson couldn't play. He had some headaches during the week that didn't clear up so they didn't feel he should play. We found that out a day or so ago. Jonathan Nelson and Demontre Hurst came in and did a heck of a job. Demontre is a true freshman."
Talk about your short to intermediate passing game?
"It was good. I thought of course Ryan had a huge day catching the ball and then Dejuan Miller and Jaz Reynolds caught some nice slants and some intermediate stuff.
What's the future on Ronnell Lewis?
"We call him the Hammer. He had so much power and explosiveness. He's a young guy, he's just unusual how powerful he is and the way he can run. He's got a chance to be a special player. It's funny we were with the hypnotist a couple nights ago. He was in the crowd not supposed to be getting hypnotized and then was. When he came out of it he had a bad headache. You could tell he wasn't all there. He was in he was out. So I walked up to the guy afterwards and I said `I want my hammer' I said `I'm not leaving without my hammer'. I told him you got to get my man right. He put him back in and by the next morning he felt all good."
Was Lewis the anchor for the entire defense?
"He was. Him playing that SAM position with all their big formations ... he played it great and all of his responsibilities."
Your team looked like they enjoyed every play?
"We did. I thought our kids did that and no matter what the situation. We got some tough breaks; that happens. We got a few other ones that went against us but we still did what we had to do to get the win."
|R-Freshman QB Landry Jones|
"I thought I played pretty good this afternoon. I had a crucial mistake but other than that I thought I made some smart decisions. I got a lot of help from my teammates. They played great. I can see a big progression the way I see things out there. At first it was kind of hard to see some coverage's but now that I've been able to play a couple games the game has slowed down more."
"We came out the second half and we said how it was a seven to zero game now. We came out there and executed like we could. I forced the ball down the field a little bit when I should have used my check down. The coaches put together a great game plan. We came down here and it was a total business trip. I just felt the game plan and the way we prepared was really good this week."
|Junior DT Gerald McCoy|
"This is the first bowl game we've won since I've been here. The depth of our team is what's always going to save us. It just shows how much heart we have.
"I asked all the guys early in the week. I told them this was a great team we were playing and I would really love to win out for my last game. We played really hard and they gave all they had. I love my teammates. We used leverage to open up holes. We knew this would be a tough task."
|Sophomore WR Ryan Broyles|
"It was really just game plan. The guys came out there and play while the O-line was blocking for us. This isn't all about me. It is the situation and I did the best that I can."