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OU 20, TCU 17 Postgame Quotes
October 05, 2013

OU Head Coach Bob Stoops | Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops
TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson | TCU Players

OU PLAYERS

Redshirt Junior Quarterback Blake Bell

On the offense:“It was frustrating that we couldn’t get anything together, but our defense did a great job holding them.”

On the second half play:
“We came out flat in the second half; it wasn’t anything we did. We just weren’t moving the chains. They were holding us on first and second down. We were behind the chains and had so many third and longs, so I think it stems from that. We’ve got to stay ahead of the chains.”

On the win:
“It feels great. A ‘W’ is a ‘W.’ It was a great team win. Offensively we have things we need to correct, but we credit TCU. They are a great defense, but we have to make some plays on first and second down, and even on third.”

On the team:
“That’s the thing about this offense and even this team as a whole. When one of us isn’t doing as well, you know we were struggling there and the defense stepped it up and vice versa. We are really fitting together. In the end there we knew we had to get a first down and move the ball.”

Sophomore Defensive End Charles Tapper

On being physical:

“We just have to continue to be physical. At halftime we feel like we start all over again. We have to come and be physical against them all over again. We have to keep pushing and never give up. You’ve got to give four quarters, just like Coach Stoops always tells us.”

On Texas:
“It feels great going into this next game being 5-0. And I guess they’re undefeated in conference play, too. It’s going to be very physical, because they like to run the ball. We’ve got to focus on stopping them on first and second down.”

Senior Center Gabe Ikard

On TCU controlling the third quarter:
“The defense did a great job giving us several opportunities in the first half. [TCU] really controlled the ball in the third quarter, I think we only had eight plays. We didn’t get first downs like we needed to in that third quarter, and we left the defense on the field in a bad spot. They won the game for us, though, so we’ve got to be better on offense, but there’s no such thing as a bad win.”

On the defense:
“The defense really played a great game. Especially when Corey [Nelson] goes down in the game and Jordan [Phillips] doesn’t play. It’s one of those things where we had some young guys step up and make some big plays and control the line of scrimmage. I’m very impressed with how some of those guys played like Jordan Wade. Chuka [Ndulue] got back out there and got his opportunity. Eric Striker did an amazing job getting pressure on the quarterback. He didn’t get the sacks, but he made him uncomfortable. Overall the defense did a great job. They kept us in the game and won the game for us.”

On the offensive play:
“We didn’t play as well as we wanted to on the offensive side of the ball, but when we needed to make a big play we made that big play. Brennan [Clay] takes it 70+ for that touchdown. It was a huge play. They came back and answered, and we were able to do what we needed to do to run the clock out. The defense has played extremely well and kept us in these tight games.”

Senior Fullback Trey Millard

On the overall play:
"There were some positives, but we have to be better. The defense only gave up 17 points, and we have to be able to do better than that on offense.”

On grinding out in the fourth:
“It’s great. It really just gives us confidence in our team. We were kind of stale in the third quarter, and we were able to come back in the fourth to make some plays and run out the clock.”

On Blake Bell’s running:
“It just adds another thing the defense has to worry about. Some of them didn’t turn out, but it’s just something else they have to cover, covering the run.”

OU HEAD COACH BOB STOOPS

Opening Statement:
“I want to, like usual, compliment Gary Patterson and his football team. They played a really good, hard-fought, tough, football game. They do an excellent job there. We knew it would be tough. I thought their guys in particular defensively really did an excellent job. I’m very pleased and excited, though, that we were able to make the plays that we did to win the football game, first half and second half. Overall, I thought our defense was sensational. Even at the end, the play we gave up we should have had him sacked. Give him credit, [Trevone] Boykin does a great job, strong, athletic guy. He broke away from a lot of opportunities for sacks and created a big play down in the end to give them good scoring position. Again, I thought we did an excellent job throughout the day. Offensively, I didn’t feel we ran the ball as effectively as we did to begin the year, but give TCU the credit there. We did break the big run at the end of the game that changes the statistics, changes the yards per rush, all of that stuff and you see the game and it looks like we ran the ball really well and we didn’t. That’s happened to us on defense that way before, too. But, we still did pop the run. Brennan [Clay] is an excellent player. I’m proud of Jalen [Saunders] who tracked the guy down who had a chance; I don’t know if he would have gotten Brennan or not, but Jalen tracked him down, blocked him, and got him in the endzone. Michael Hunnicutt, again, excellent. The kicking game I thought, for the most part, was all pretty solid. Good game, good to win, and on to the next one.”

On needing a play to finally break at the end of the game:
“I think it was like that for both teams. They’re playing good defense and who is going to pop something or who is going to get the play. Fortunately, we found one, and hit it in a great way, hit it for a touchdown.”

On the impact the onside kick had on the game:
“I think it was big. That was a big factor. They put the defense right back out there in positive field position. We have a few penalties that bring it closer. That was it. It put them right back in the game. I’m disappointed in our kickoff return team and we need to be able to handle that. Obviously, it’s something we have to work on more. That can’t happen.”

On the defense holding TCU to 16 yards and no first downs in the first half:
“I don’t think that’s happened with anyone I’ve been a part of. They played sensational. The guys were aggressive, fast, played the run, played the pass really well. Otherwise, we’re struggling offensively and if we weren’t that strong defensively it would have been tough. It would have been tough to win.”

On whether it was the pass coverage or pass rush that had the biggest effect on the offense:
“They did a better job covering than we did getting open. Whether it wasn’t getting open enough or at times the protection broke down. It was give or take. Sometimes the guy breaks it open and he doesn’t have time, sometimes he has time but we’re not getting open on our routes. Again, I compliment the way they played.”

On how the defense blitzed:
“It was great. We had him [Boykin] on the run most of the day. We were good with it until the last one. We missed a sack and he broke out and found a guy late. I do believe it bothered him, for sure. I don’t know if they got a first down until halfway through the third quarter. It was effective, and I thought our guys did an excellent job executing the blitzes and executing the stunts we had on them.”

On what it’s like to see his players make so many big plays:
“I love it. I think it shows character and the fact that guys are in shape and ready to finish. I’m proud of Blake [Bell] the way he ran. Brennan [Clay] with his big run and then Blake comes back and he’s able to eat up the clock with a couple of big runs. It does show character and we are still in a young season but you like it when you win those games when it’s tight and late in the fourth quarter.”

On the demeanor on the sideline when the momentum has seemed to flip the last two weeks:
“It doesn’t change, everybody is just determined, whoever’s chance it is, now it’s the offense’s chance, now it’s the defense’s chance. Let’s execute, let’s make sure our assignments are right, let’s continue to play hard and let’s make something happen.”

On Corey Nelson’s injury and how it changed the defense:
“It did throw us off. I’m unsure on his status. He’s walking around fine. I believe he is going to be okay. I’m not going to say, but you guys saw where the icepack was. It did throw us off. We weren’t really able, in the last series, to get in some of the blitzes we wanted. We had to work through that.

On how not playing Jordan Phillips affected them:
“It affects us. Jordan has been playing fabulous. I’ll have to see the tape. I believe those guys played really well in there. Jordan Wade and Torrea (Peterson). We’ll have to see on tape, but I thought we had a great run defense the entire day and we had all kinds of pressure. Even though we didn’t end up with sacks we were chasing him everywhere and he wasn’t able to set his feet very often.”

On Jordan Phillips’ situation:
“It should be resolved. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t ready to play this week, even in practice. It isn’t something that happened in the game. He has some genetic issues that tend to creep up on him every now and then.”

On Michael Hunnicutt:
“Michael was awesome, and I guess he broke the record right? He has more field goals than anyone in the history of OU. That’s awesome. Michael is one of our captains now. He’s solid. Grant Bothun and Austin Woods too, you don’t take that for granted. The snaps and holds, they’ve done a great job. We have needed all those points in these games and he has been great.”

On if he (Stoops) thought having two wins when only scoring 20 points would be possible before the season:
“Sure. Things change from year to year. Quarterbacks change from year to year. Defenses change from year to year. Quarterbacks graduate. Quarterback turnover sometimes matters.”

On how he feels exiting the game:
“We exit this game feeling really good. I wouldn’t say better than ever but really positive that we did win. We did the things we needed to do to win. The good thing for a coach is you love how much there is to correct.You have to put it on them and say ‘Look, we’re better than this in some areas where we need to be’. And that’s what Monday will be about.

On if it is too early to talk about Texas:
“That’s fine. We’re excited. Our guys realize who is up next and our guys are excited about it and looking forward to the challenge of it like they always are. It’s a great environment to compete in.”

On if he felt there was a ‘hangover’ tonight:
“I don’t think there was. I don’t feel any of the tight game and all that was because of that. Again, you’re not giving TCU enough credit if you’re putting that out. They whipped us on some plays and we got them on enough plays to win the game.”

On if they expect more low-scoring games as opposed to the shootouts the last few years:
“Sometimes that’s how it happens. Sometimes you score and sometimes you don’t. Every team is different. 

Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops
On not allowing TCU to gain a first down in the first half:
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. That was a great way to start. I thought our guys really executed well and we were playing fast and put a lot of pressure on them.”

On the defense’s performance tonight:
“I think we like our team. I think that’s the thing that jumps out at me is that there are a lot of guys playing well, and I don’t think you can really pinpoint one guy. I just think it’s a collective effort, and when you have collective efforts, I think that produces promising results. That to me seems to be the key to our success right now. We’ve got three or four impact players, but the rest of our guys are playing impact football. We don’t have any glaring weeknesses, and that’s a good place to be.”

On the gameplan tonight:
“He’s (TCU’s QB Trevone Boykin) a tough guy to pin down for a whole game. He’s elusive. He’s strong. We wanted to keep edge pressure, try to keep him contained. I don’t know many times he got away. We probably had four blitzes or stunts on him, and he still got away. That’s how good he is. But our guys were coming hard. We wanted to make sure we got pressure and make things uncomfortable if we could for him. For the most part we did. We got disorganized late in the third quarter, and that was disappointing, but overall the guys played well. There were mistakes made that we got away with. Again, I am happy. We needed to play that good because we knew it was going to be that type of night when you play TCU.”

On the defense this year versus the unit at this time last season:
“I think our players feel better. I think we are accomplishing things we wanted to accomplish a year ago: be more flexible, be more diverse, put more speed on the field. I think that’s evident every time you watch us play. Now we’ve got to collectively try to continue to build off what we’re doing and for the team to be more diversified as we move forward.”

Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops

On not allowing TCU to gain a first down in the first half:
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. That was a great way to start. I thought our guys really executed well and we were playing fast and put a lot of pressure on them.”

On the defense’s performance tonight:
“I think we like our team. I think that’s the thing that jumps out at me is that there are a lot of guys playing well, and I don’t think you can really pinpoint one guy. I just think it’s a collective effort, and when you have collective efforts, I think that produces promising results. That to me seems to be the key to our success right now. We’ve got three or four impact players, but the rest of our guys are playing impact football. We don’t have any glaring weeknesses, and that’s a good place to be.”

On the gameplan tonight:
“He’s (TCU’s QB Trevone Boykin) a tough guy to pin down for a whole game. He’s elusive. He’s strong. We wanted to keep edge pressure, try to keep him contained. I don’t know many times he got away. We probably had four blitzes or stunts on him, and he still got away. That’s how good he is. But our guys were coming hard. We wanted to make sure we got pressure and make things uncomfortable if we could for him. For the most part we did. We got disorganized late in the third quarter, and that was disappointing, but overall the guys played well. There were mistakes made that we got away with. Again, I am happy. We needed to play that good because we knew it was going to be that type of night when you play TCU.”

On the defense this year versus the unit at this time last season:
“I think our players feel better. I think we are accomplishing things we wanted to accomplish a year ago: be more flexible, be more diverse, put more speed on the field. I think that’s evident every time you watch us play. Now we’ve got to collectively try to continue to build off what we’re doing and for the team to be more diversified as we move forward.”

TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson

Opening statement:

"You have to give Oklahoma a lot of credit; in the first half, no first downs. We were physically outmatched in the first half. In the second half we had to find answers on how to win and we put ourselves in position to win the game. All three loses that we've had, we have been in position to win the ball game. The LSU game, the Texas Tech game, we were within three points with less than five minutes to go. You have to learn how to finish. That goes for defense too. We need to make that one play when we need a stop."

On coming back offensively in the second half after a slow start in the first half:
"Well, we're still not showing enough patience at the quarterback position but we have to help him. On the last third-and-four, when they came down and scored a touchdown, the wide receiver runs the wrong route, the guy is wide open. He stops and he throws to wear he is supposed to be, but he stops and he is supposed to run a slant route. We have to quit trying to do too much; we have to keep battling. That is a good Oklahoma football team and we put ourselves in position to win it."

On why TCU had zero first downs in the first half:
"Yeah, Oklahoma is good on defense. It's one of those situations where if you are trying to play third-and-eight, people can pin their ears back and you are not going to be very good. We have to play better on first down, and it's like on that long throw to Deante' Gray -- you have to come back and get the ball. It's not always going to be perfect but you have to go make plays. It's like I told them in the locker room: the key is you have to go finish. This is not a sprint, we have to get ourselves back to 3-3 next week. We have KU coming into town, then we have Oklahoma State and Texas. You have to win at home and our goal as it has always been is to get to six wins and get to a bowl game and it's going to be a battle all the way. It's not what we wanted but it was a lot different game than people probably thought it was going to be."

On the onside kick:
"You know, we work on those all the time, so it's one of those things where I decided it was going to be on their 40 or on the 25 because we were probably going to kick it out and get the 15 yards. So we had been working on it, we had seen the spacing between their front line and where they put their back people. They had them on the 25 and then the 48 and we thought that maybe we could get the ball to hit the ground and we would have a chance. We actually put it farther than I wanted it. I wanted it closer to the numbers where they couldn't touch it. That changed the game and we had to make something different happen and fortunately for us it worked."

On the decision to go for it on fourth down before the field goal:
"Well, that was third-and-nine on the nine and there is no space and you have to get points. Fourth-and-nine on the nine-yard line is just not a very smart move unless you are in dire straits, and we needed to get on the board."

On scoring in the fourth quarter:
"We have to execute. It's plain and simple, you can't score as many points as we did in an eight-minute period and not do anything the other 52. You have to come out and start games faster."

TCU Players

TCU Senior Offensive Lineman Eric Tausch

On slow start by offense:
“We weren’t clicking, we didn’t find a rhythm. We came out in the second half and defense kept playing well and the offense finally found a rhythm. Some things didn’t go our way.”

On first half and frustrations which came along with it:
“That was pretty frustrating. I think we had 17 total yards of offense, but either way, we still have to find a rhythm and keep your head up. You got to look past that.”

On offense starting faster:
“We just got to start playing. Everyone’s got to do their one-eleven. Nobody needs to try to do anything spectacular. We just gotta keep playing the way we did in the second half and do our one-eleven. That’s how you find a rhythm and put points on the board.” 

On Oklahoma’s defense:
“They were a good team. They’re like LSU, Texas Tech -- had a good defense. They had a good defense. They gave us a good run for our money.”

On what was said at halftime:
“Everyone just needed to calm down. I feel like we came out here in the first half... to come play in an atmosphere like OU, you have to settle down and just play football the way TCU plays football.”

TCU Senior Cornerback Jason Verrett

On game in general:
“First and foremost I want to give a hats off to Oklahoma. They came out fired up in the first half and we just gotta find a way to win.” 

On shutting down OU’s offense:
“It all starts with the D line. The pressure they were giving was helping us in the secondary to make plays, so I want to give credit to them.”

On how defense could better themselves:
“I feel like we played well defensively, but I feel like we need to work on getting more takeaways. I felt like we were doing good, got a few three-and-outs, but takeways are really going to help us get our offense in a better field position.” 

On motivating underclassmen:
“When I got here, the older guys told me ‘it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.’ They remember you in December. Right now, being two-and-three, we just gotta watch this film, get ready for Kansas and find a way to finish the rest of the season.”

 

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