OU 34, KU 19 Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 20, 2013

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops
Opening Statement:
"Compliments to Kansas for playing a good, hard-fought game. I thought coming into the game, I knew all along, I thought their defense was playing quite well and aggressive and they did again today."

On the Kansas offense:
"Offensively they did a nice job in the first half creating some adjustment problems for us in the run game. There was stuff we did see and anticipated coming into the game, but we just didn't handle it very well, recognizing it and getting where we needed to be and at times backers were over pursuing some of the inside plays."

On the adjustments Oklahoma made at halftime:
"At halftime we got the adjustments ironed out and where we needed to be and played really well during all of the same plays during the second half."

On the win:
"It was a good win, I was proud of the guys for hanging in there during some adverse situations. (They) played a really strong second and third quarter to regain the lead and get some momentum. It is always good to win on the road."

Geneo Grissom, JR., DE

On the defensive adjustments made in the second half:
"The coaches did a great job of keying in on what the offense was doing and getting us in the right position. They basically told the defensive line to bulk up and stop allowing penetration."

On if today's victory validated his decision to de-commit from KU and attend OU:
"Absolutely. Kansas is a great school, but I felt Oklahoma was the best decision from me."

On if KU's lack of passing game allowed them to focus on the run:
"Definitely. We knew that the defensive backs were doing a good job. We just knew we needed to keep getting pressure on the quarterback and once we did that, they became more one-dimensional."

Lacoltan Bester, SR., WR

On his touchdown pass today:
"It wasn't my best throw ever, but it was one of the best and to throw it (Sterling) Shepard to score a touchdown was a great feeling."

On the key to getting Blake Bell going in the second half:
"I believe it was all 11 guys working as a unit, the offense moving as one. If he sees all of us with confidence, he feels the same way so he knows we are behind him."

Blake Bell, JR., QB

On Lacoltan Bester's touchdown pass:
"It was big time. We definitely started out slow and I just kept telling the guys to keep coming, do what we do, and things will work out for us. You always love when stuff like that happens."

On getting Shepard and Saunders more involved in the offense:
"I have been throwing a little extra with them all week, trying to get more on the same page. I thought we did a better job today connecting on some deeper balls. There is still a lot of plays out there to be made, but we are moving in the right direction."

Kansas Head Coach Charlie Weis
On if this was the best running game this year:
"It's the best we've had in a while and running against a good defense too. Going in we had to try to control the ball, I thought James (Sims) and Darrian (Miller) both ran the ball very well."

On the new coaching structure with Coach Weis as offensive coordinator:
"It went pretty smoothly for a half. I think that in the second half, once again, when you keep a fairly conservative list, you're dialed up, you got to produce on those same plays. It got to be the third quarter of the game- I was concerned it was going to start to get away from us. When we got it back to a one-score game I thought we had a legitimate chance."

On using both Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart at quarterback:
"Well we didn't get anything going in the passing game, so I'll have to wait until I see the tape. That's the biggest thing that Jake does here, besides run the team, which he always does a great job; so he can handle all that, but the passing game was inefficient. Montell came in the first drive of the first half, and we had a big chunk (of yards gained) on the first play, there was a holding penalty, so that kind of throws everything off. We get the ball the second time and the first drive out of the box he had a nine-yard gain. So what I think he did was get his feet wet, which, if all else, gives us a chance to move forward."

On special teams:
"I was a little disturbed with a lot of the things about special teams for the day. I'm going to (talk to) the coaches that run punt block, and say we need a game change of play. We felt we had a really good block in there, we went after it and it got pretty clean."



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