Coach Stoops met with the media during Oklahoma's bye week on Tuesday.
NORMAN, Okla. --
Head coach Bob Stoops met with the media at
Oklahoma's weekly football press conference on Tuesday
afternoon. Although the Sooners have a bye on Saturday,
OU is preparing to host Texas Tech on November 22 with
conference and national title implications on the line.
Complete Press Conference
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The visiting Red Raiders are
No. 2 in the current BCS standings, while Oklahoma
is No. 5. This will mark the first time since 2000
when Nebraska visited that a team ranked in the top
five and a team ranked higher than OU played at Gaylord
Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Huskers were
No. 1 and the Sooners No. 3 heading into that game,
which OU won, 31-14.
ABC announced that it will televise the game
nationally at 7 p.m. The
OU-Tech game will mark the 81st consecutive Sooner
game on television. Visit Sooner
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|| Head Coach Bob Stoops
"Welcome everyone here on Veterans Day. I'd like
to start off by recognizing our veterans and let them
know how much we appreciate them. We greatly appreciate
their service and sacrifice.
"That being said, looking back as always on last
week's game with Texas A&M, it was another sound
and good victory going down to College Station. Everyone
knows that can be a tough place to play, luckily we
played well in all parts of the game. I thought offensively,
we were really special, being able to run the ball
so well, as well as throw the ball as Sam Bradford
always does. He accounted for five touchdowns once
again; I think there were four throwing and one rushing.
"We had two guys over 100 yards rushing the ball again.
DeMarco Murray again had his all-purpose yards right
around 240, so that was another special day for him.
Some other players of the game, we recognized were
our offensive line and Matt Clap, just because of how
well we ran the ball and protected the quarterback
up there. As well as Ryan Broyles and Juaquin Iglesias
had big days. Sam Bradford was also there as usual,
and then DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown played great
in all parts of the game.
"Defensively, we played great and came up
with some big turnovers. We had another touchdown with
the four turnovers and were great on third down lead
to a good day. The defensive front four were really
active limiting them to 20 something yards on the day
and getting some good pressure. It was a really good
overall performance and to win on the road like that
in this conference says a lot.
"That leads into the big game coming up with Texas
Tech. We have to make sure that we get a lot of work
in this week to be as familiar as we can be with them,
while still healing up and get some fresh legs as we
go into our last two games."
On Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson:
"Kevin has done a fabulous job. It's obvious with
the production and the way we have been playing, and
really the way we have been able to produce while still
burning the clock in the fourth quarter.
"He is a great
leader, very detailed and smart on how he attacks people,
and again, he would want to credit those guys in there
with him. They are very detailed on how they want to
attack certain schemes and the things they want to
do. He knows where our strengths are and makes sure
that we are taking advantage of them.
"I love that he
presents a lot of attitude to our offense that I believe
helps make them more physical and demanding of each
other and what they expect of themselves. I could go
on and on, but it has been pretty obvious that his
background in the no huddle has shown."
On how he would rate the offensive line so far:
"Ask me in a couple of weeks. They have been one
of our better lines thus far though. To me, it's hard
to say which line is better than some of our lines
in the past, but these guys are certainly up there."
On the defensive ends for next week:
"It's going to be the guys we have. We don't get
to go out and claim people through free agency. So
it'll be those guys along with Pryce Macon and a guy
like J.R. Bryant as a stand up D-end and out there
on the edge as well."
On the difference between this Texas Tech team and
those of the past:
"I think it's the overall team. Mike's offense
has always been highly productive, their defense has
played well, and it's obvious too that their running
game has been a big factor as well. I have always felt
that that has been a factor that no one really talked
"The overall success of the whole team has moved
them into this position. I have never believed that
you are winning on one side of the ball. It is the
production of all areas."