Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 30, 2008

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  Head Coach Bob Stoops

On the win:
“I’m incredibly excited about it. Again, I give credit to Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State staff and their players. They’re a very good football team. We did something that no one else was able to do this year, come in here and win, because they're a very good football team.”

On the offense:
“I was incredibly proud of the way we played. Another game with 60 points, I think that’s four in a row for us. Sam Bradford, it’s just out of this world, it’s just incredible the way he played. You look at our third-down conversions, forth-down conversions, no turnovers, all in all, incredible. Kevin Wilson and our offensive staff, again, just such a great job moving the ball.”

On OSU quarterback Zac Robinson:
“Give Zac Robinson some credit. He played an excellent game. Just frustrated us so many times because you thought you had him sacked, and he’d break through or throw the ball and make plays or he’d run for a first down. That kind of play really threw us off some. You know, he made some plays on us, but we hung in there and made some plays.”

  Sophomore QB Sam Bradford

On the three way tie for the Big 12 championship:
“We came here tonight and won on the road. It does nothing but ‘up’ our place, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be in Kansas City. But it’s out of our hands now. All we can do is hope.”

On the last touchdown:
“We really wanted to come here tonight and get 60 points, and we did that. We wanted that last touchdown just to solidify our win.”

On his dive for a touchdown and coach’s thoughts:
“He didn’t really say anything. Just to be careful obviously. When I saw the replay, I was just thinking that I really wish I got in, but oh well.”

  Junior TE Jermaine Gresham

Thoughts on Sam Bradford:
“He’s an emotional leader for our team, not just for the offense, but for the whole team. He’s a great guy to be behind.”

On Bradford’s dive:
“It just shows that he’s got heart. It shows that he would do anything for this team to win. From a players’ point of view, it’s great to see that heart in the quarterback.”

  Head Coach Mike Gundy

Opening Statement:
“It was a very disappointed team in that locker room, and they’re very emotional right now and justly so. This football game came down to the team that made the most mistakes. We made some crucial errors and turned the ball over several times. When you play a football team that is as good as Oklahoma is right now, you can’t turn the football over and expect to find ways to win. I thought our team played extremely hard. We were down a number of times and fought back, drove down the field and scored. Some players made big time plays, and we returned a kickoff. They had a little too much fire power for us on offense. Ultimately what it came down to was that we made two or three crucial mistakes and it cost us 10, 12 or 14 points. I was proud of our players for the way they competed. We have to move on, take a few days to get over this and the latter part of next week, we’ll start bowl practice.”

On the failed two-point conversion:
“Obviously you’d like to not fumble the ball and give them two points. That’s one of the mistakes. We fumbled the ball and cost us points on turnovers. Then we threw the interception early. Zac (Robinson) made some great plays. They run well on defense. The margin of error is much smaller when you play teams who are very fast. There were some crucial errors, but there were also some guys who made some great plays that kept us in the game.”

On Oklahoma State’s bowl game options:
“I’m not into politics or trying to sell anything. But this team has gone 9-3 and lost to No. 1, 2 and 3. So I would say that there are some bowls that would be very interested in having this team play for them.”

On finishing the regular season with a loss:
“I told our team after the game that what really hurt me was for our seniors to not finish with a win. But we do have a bowl game to finish the season with, and we can still finish with a win. And what the seniors need to know is that they’re responsible for turning this program around and bringing it to the level it is right now. They’ve provided great leadership. And don’t let tonight take away from what they’ve been able to accomplish.”



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