Sooners become first Big 12 team to win back-to-back conference titles.
Just a really well-played
game. Just really proud of our players, assistant coaches,
just did an awesome job getting ready to play and executing
throughout the day. I was a little frustrated with
the penalties but we took care of the football, played
Defense played outstanding in the second
half. I felt we could have been better in the first
half. I was displeased with some of the run game they
had on us. But we fixed it and settled down in the
second half and played better and then offensively
the run game picked up in the second half which set
up some big throws.
Sam Bradford was again exceptional.
We had the balance we like to have. Thought our kicking
game was outstanding. Garrett Hartley was fantastic.
And we punted the ball so well. Anyway, it was just
a complete game.
My compliments to Missouri, a really
good football team. They played hard. Played well.
Had an excellent year. We're excited to beat them
again for the second time and on the neutral field
and to play like we did, to win by 21 points says a
lot. So hopefully people take it that way.
Q. Bob, you had five 1st and goals. You scored
four touchdowns then the last time you kicked a field
goal. They had three 1st and goals you held them to
a field goal every time. Can you talk about if that
was the difference in the game and why you were able
to succeed while they weren't?
I think the first reason you would say is just our
style of running the football. I think it makes a
difference once the field is shortened and squeezed.
And so that would be my first just off the top of my
head, my feeling on it, is being able to run the ball
and then the formations we get in and the way we run
it. And then just execution. And I thought in some
of those stands we had some nice plays. We got pressure,
we covered. We stopped them in some key situations.
Q. Bob, I think you have the vote. It looks like
you might be one of the teams back in the national
championship race. How do you like your chances and
where would you put yourself right now?
I'm glad you asked. (Laughter) it's an uncomfortable
position, I think all of us sitting here trying to
persuade everyone. But in the end let's look at it.
I mean, you all just voted them number one team in
the country in the last week of the year. And we beat
them on a neutral field by 21 points. And for the second
time that we've beaten who everyone voted as the number
one team in the country. We beat them by 10 the first
game. Beat them by 21 in the neutral field in the last
week of the year.
So you want to go back to our losses.
We lost a game without a quarterback. And an excuse,
yeah, but it's the truth. So who is playing the best
right now is what everybody likes to say. Well, we
just played very well for the second time against the
No. 1 team in the country that you all voted. So hopefully
people when they vote that matters to them, not just
who was placed where and then moved someone up.
who plays the best right now, who is beating who and
beating a quality opponent and where did you beat them
at. And so all of that I think people will hopefully
process, and the other loss we lose is away from home
on the last play of the game. So we've played pretty
Q. Would you prefer people just starting with
a blank slate when they make out the ballots?
I would think it would matter. Some teams are sitting
at home not playing anymore. We're sitting here playing
the No. 1 team in the country. And schedule strikes
and those kinds of things, where you played them at
hopefully matters to people and who's played the best
this week. Again, it wasn't me here, you know, everyone
else voted them No. 1 all week too. And so to end up
to play so well against them I think speaks for itself
too. Again, to be on the neutral field and win by 21
points is pretty strong.
Q. I was going to jump on that, Bob, but talk
about Sam, if you will, because he doesn't get to throw
it 55 or 60 times but you would take him over about
anyone, wouldn't you?
Yes, I would.
Sam has been fabulous. The poise, the accuracy, everything.
His numbers coming into tonight were every bit as good
as everybody in the country that everybody's bragging
about. I'm not complaining because they should brag
about those guys, but he's in their company, right
in the middle of it.
Doesn't take a back seat to anyone
when you're leading in the nation in pass efficiency,
you have as many touchdowns as all of them and as few
interceptions as all of them and your offense average
is 44 points a game. So I don't know why he wouldn't
be up there with every single guy that they're talking
Q. Sam, how feel winning this game?
It feels great, it was one of our
goals at the beginning of the season to come out and
play the way we did, full team effort, defense played
amazing tonight, had some huge red zone stops and offense
finally getting it going the second half. Great team
effort tonight. It's an unbelievable feeling. It feels
Q. Allen, your 40-yard run you seemed to run possessed,
you stiff armed the one guy and carried the other guy.
Could you tell after that play it seemed to lift the
team and was the energy level really increased after
I believe I came out and gave
them a spark, a momentum there on that play, throughout
the game. We just kept it up and we kept on going.
Q. If you were to go to the Fiesta Bowl, would
you have any reservation playing Kansas, conference
No, you know, Mark and I
are such good friends and, heck, it would be the fact
we didn't play them this year, you know, that would
be exciting. So I wouldn't I guess be opposed to that.
I think it would be great. But hopefully that doesn't
happen. Hopefully we're somewhere else.
I refer everyone back to all their columns and what
was said all week about how good Missouri was and how
much improved they were from the first time we played
them. Then we must have improved a fair amount as well.
And I agree with you, I think they were a much improved
team and a very good football team. I really do. They've
done an amazing job all year. Hopefully it speaks for
itself what we were able to do tonight.
Q. Bob, your two defensive players, all the talk
about the offense and weapons and Tony Temple back,
how confident were you that you would come in do the
job you did and was that any extra incentive?
I'll say a little bit. I want the other
guys to speak up. We played good defense. We consistently
play good defense. We've played them before and played
good defense. So I don't know why that's surprising.
We held them at their place last year to, what, 10
or 13 points. This year, they scored in the last 12
seconds of the game. We have played them well. So,
again, I don't know why that is so surprising. It's
not to us. And we pride ourselves on playing good,
disciplined defense. I thought our guys did. Lewis,
Curtis, want to say anything in there? Go ahead.
Throughout the week we talked it up. Tony
Temple, he's a great player, but we came in as defense
saying no one player is going to change the game, we're
going to stick to the game plan and pretty much did
And it felt really good.
I'm not disrespecting them at all. I think maybe that's
why we play them so well because we have great respect
for how they play. But we match up with most people
out in space and being able to change direction and
make plays that way.
Q. Along the same vein, a championship setting
like this, Heisman trophy contender, was this maybe
one of those all-time defensive performances you've
had in this kind of situation?
would say the second half was. I was displeased, I
felt we could play some of their run game in the first
half better than we did. We knew it in the locker room.
Drawing it up and going over it, a lot of guys we felt
we had given, not given, but they executed well.
There were some plays we felt we were better than
what we played in some of that run game situation.
And that was our focus coming into the week and they
executed. We gave some of it up. But we could have
been better there.
Q. Curtis, can you take me through the interception,
what did you see? Where was the defense, what was it
like to get that? Talk about the momentum there?
Coach really called a great call on a third
down because that was my man and I was just driving
and he tipped it and I intercepted it and tried to
score a touchdown and someone tackled me from behind.
Q. Curtis, how much did you guys hear them talking
earlier in the week about giving the first game away
and did you take that personally as a defense?
I think so. We kind of saw it as disrespect
to our defense and what we have accomplished throughout
the season. We just wanted to come out and play a complete
game and be real physical with them and let them know
we're a great defense.
Q. You had some personal foul calls early, you
were playing good defense, what did you talk to them
about? How did you get it corrected? Was that just
overexuberance? What was going on with the personal
There isn't any explanation
for it. Just bad. It's just a lack of discipline.
And you want your guys, we want to be fired up and
play hard, but you have to play smart. When you're
doing that, that's not really playing smart. So there's
no way to sugarcoat that. It's bad play when you have
Q. Allen, how much were you energized by seeing
Curtis go toe to toe with Chase after he made that
It was phenomenal to come out
there and see Curtis get the job done phenomenal player,
played 100 percent out on the field.
Q. Bob, you're not the only coach who is going
to have to do some politicking here in the next 24
hours. Is it awkward to be part of a system where you're
basically reduced to having to campaign for your team
to be able to play in a national championship game?
Yes, it is awkward. I don't
think any of us like it. I don't like having to sit
here and what some people who don't like you would
say, I don't like to sit here and boast and try to
put it this way and explain the game. But so I think
all of us coaches are that way, that you are in an
awkward position. So I'll have one more try at it.
No one else played the No. 1 team in the country tonight
Q. Allen, how sweet have these last couple of
weeks been for you, Oklahoma State, now this game tonight
after you've played Texas Tech?
to come out here and finish the season the way I did,
kind of strong.
Q. Allen, we've heard your coach
make the case for y'all to play for a number one, can
you make that case?
Yeah, I believe they
deserve the opportunity to come out here and play for
the championship. We came out and beat No. 1 team,
like we said. Too many guys can't come out here and
Q. There's been a lot of speculation as to when
Auston English was going to return. He's been out since
his injury. What did it mean to you and the defense
as well to see him back on the field?
Lewis, why don't you answer that or Curtis.
Auston he's a special player. He brings
a whole other dimension when he's out there. He's a
great pass rusher, and you saw him run, it just sparked
us as defense. But that's all I have to say.
Lewis, how come you let Curtis
do all the talking?
Q. Bob, any thought there late, you had the game
in hand but you kicked a field goal I think on the
three-yard line to go for the touchdown because of
the whole thing, number one, number two?
I don't know. You win by 21 or 24, does it
really matter? We could have ran it in or tried to.
I don't know. No, I didn't. I just felt, hey, let's
make it a three-touchdown game. Us coaches, you never
know what's going to happen. It may be in the bag for
you. I don't know for us until it's the last few seconds
we ever feel that way.
Q. Curtis, Lewis, Coach Stoops addressed this
but your success down on defense, down in the red zone
and especially near the goal line you had a big standing
against Oklahoma State last week and you did a great
job down there tonight. Can you talk about the mind
set when teams get down there and how you guys are
able to bear down and come up with stops?
We stressed throughout the year to get better every
game. We worked on our goal line, defensive practice
every day, and at the beginning of practice we stress
you can't make any mistakes down there, gotta go hard
and sell out and play smart. So stopping those guys
on the goal line is a big deal and it's good for us.
Q: Coach, want to make one more pitch? (Laughter).
Yeah, like everybody, I hear
it all the time, who is playing the best today? Who
played the best right now? Heck, I don't see anyone
else playing No. 1 in the country beating them on the
neutral field by 21. That's about all I can do. Hopefully
it matters to somebody.