OU 50, WVU 49 | November 17, 2012 | Morgantown, W.V.
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|| Head Coach Bob Stoops
"I'm very proud of the players and their efforts. I am incredibly proud of the team to hold it together the way they did, and to come back. Landry Jones to lead those drives at the end of the game; such great precision, execution up there, throwing strikes, receivers making tough, competitive catches--all of it together, really was just pleasing to come back and win a game away from home.
"I appreciate the players' efforts. They played hard. West Virginia played hard. I'm obviously disappointed in our defense. We haven't been in a lot of shootouts. Give them credit for some execution. We deserve some of the criticism for not playing as well, but again, they're a good team--an explosive team. They have a couple of receivers that are as good as we'll see, and that we've seen in a long, long time. They made their plays. Some things we obviously need to work out and do better. We'll concentrate on that on Monday. Right now, we're just pleased to win.
"I thought our special teams were really excellent through the day. We did miss a field goal that hurt, but kicking it deep to him (Tavon Austin) all day is hard to do. You're holding your breath, and we covered great on all of those kickoffs. Anyway, it's a good win--always good to win.
On getting the ball back with 2:30 and thinking it might be the best chance to pull out a win against the clock:
"I did feel when we got it back that we had two timeouts and plenty of time and had fourth downs too. So sure we did. Fortunately, we milked it enough that there wasn't much time."
On the way that they used Tavon Austin...
"At the running back position. That's where it really hurt us. Obviously, we weren't ready for it. It did really mess us up in what we were doing and how we needed to play. It's something we'll have to dissect tomorrow and see what our answers could be to make improvement -- we need to."
On being the closest game this season:
"I think it has. I don't recall one where we had to come back like that in the last drive to win it."
On Landry's drives in a shootout:
"Absolutely. He made great throws at important times and the receivers, again, I'm so pleased about them. When you look at that group starting the year, it was one of the biggest question marks in the conference. And now they're a strong, good group, and what's helped now is Landry is comfortable with all of them, so he can just go through his reads and not have to force the ball to one particular drive."
On the team coming through when they had to make a play to win:
"You get in those tight games and it's who is going to make those tight plays at the end of the game to get the win. Fortunately, we were able to do it this time, and execute well when we had to, and put it in there at the end, so it was very pleasing to do it."
On the advantage at the goal line with Kenny Stills:
"It was kind of neat to see Landry audible out to him when he had to there for the touchdown. Kenny ran a great route and fought his way to get the inside position. Those are tough catches when people are hanging on you and competing like that. Kenny had a great night, he's a great player, a great route runner, great hands, really good."
|| Head Coach Dana Holgorson
"I want to congratulate Oklahoma. They came in here and overcame some adversity. They ended up making one more play than we did, which was the difference in the game. I'm proud of our coaches and I'm proud of our players, who put us in positions to win the game. Unfortunately, it didn't work out. We're going to have to learn from it and move on."
On the decision to play Tavon Austin extensively and get him so many touches:
"We haven't been able to run the ball, so we had to do something. Obviously, he goes for 344 yards...it probably should have been done four years ago. He is a tremendous football player and was the best player on the field. In hindsight, we obviously should have done it prior to this. I felt good about our running back situation earlier in the year. But Tavon gave us some matchup situations where he could get the ball more."
Is Austin to the back field a permanent move?
"Sure, why not? He played a lot of receiver today, too. Moving him around and giving him some different matchups was probably a pretty good idea."
On the two-point conversion where Geno (Smith) gets flushed out and falls short:
"It was the best matchup. You've got to make that decision pre-snap whether to throw a fade route outside. You know, we put our two best guys - Tavon and Stedman (Bailey) - on the inside because we felt it was the best way to get matchups that were favorable. The guy covered it pretty good, so Geno had to tuck it and run. They were good on the inside in holding their gaps, specifically when he got out of the pocket."
On the decision to go for two in the fourth quarter with time on the clock:
"By our knowledge, and by the book, it says go for two. We went for two. We had a great throw. Stedman dropped the ball. Stedman had 13 catches for 205 (yards) and 4 TDs, but he dropped that one in the end zone. He's got to make a play."
"They made one more play than we did. The kids played hard. How many losses like this do we have to go through? I don't know. We've got two more games left. Hopefully, we can get back out there and get to work, and try to come up with a couple of wins. It's a tough loss, but we have to re-group."