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Baylor, Iowa State Postgame Quotes

Oct. 19, 2013

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12/12 BAYLOR (6-0, 3-0)  71, NR/NR IOWA STATE (1-5, 0-3) 7 
OCT. 19, 2013  •  ATTENDANCE:  46,825

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles

On crowd support:
"There was as much energy in that stadium as I have heard in a very long time. It was very encouraging."

On his confidence in the defense:
"I think we have had confidence in those guys all along. You get eight starters back from a team that held the Pac-12 South Division champs to 19 points in their own backyard is pretty impressive."

On becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight year:
"Four bowl games in a row is something that really humbles you -- it is a big deal. I am very happy for our players and for this university."

On the maturity of the football team:
"I think we have a very mature football team. As our program grows, so do the people in it and I think we have really started to see that this season."

Baylor QB Bryce Petty

On Baylor’s complete game:
"I think that’s a great way to explain it I think that was evident to everybody tonight. I mean, we knew it all along, but we’re a good team. And it takes a team effort to win like that. My hat’s off to the defense. I mean, holy cow, in my mind that’s a goose egg. We held them from scoring and my hat’s off to them. Coach [Phil] Bennett is doing a great job with them, week in and week out. We have a complete team."

On feeding off the defense:
"That’s huge for us, that’s a big thing for us. When you go back and forth between scores, it’s hard to ever get that momentum on your side. And momentum is a huge, huge thing in a football game. It’s one of those underwritten things that not many people talk about in football, but momentum is big, and to keep that when we score three on them and get the ball back, that’s just momentum for us and we definitely feed off it for sure."

On dealing with distractions:
"I think that shows the maturity level of the team. We have a lot of older leadership from Ahmad [Dixon] and Tevin [Reese], and you know they keep us on an even keel and that’s what you have to be. We don’t want to be a part of that upset Saturday. There were a lot of teams that went down today, a lot of teams, and we just have to focus on Baylor every week -- week in and week out. We have to keep proving to everybody that we are a good team, because we know it."

On being bowl eligible:
"It’s a huge accomplishment for us. I mean, before the season we said, ‘six after six,’ and that was our goal. It is our expectation and that is our goal but at the same time when you go to a bowl it’s a big deal it doesn’t matter what bowl it is -- the season doesn’t stop here. We are going to keep doing what we need to do. Our goal, my goal is Pasadena, a far out-stretched dream I guess for a lot of people, but not for us. We know we’re that good."

On not being overconfident:
"I think it all goes back to being about Baylor. It’s not worrying about everyone else. We know where we’ve been we know where we’re going. We’re going to come out hungry every week."

Baylor NB Sam Holl

On the game:
"That’s probably the best game we’ve played since I’ve been here. We have worked really hard for this, and worked hard to improve. And things are finally clicking, especially for the defense, and its making us a much better team. We are more together than we have ever been, as a defense and as a whole, and we are playing well. We know how to execute, we execute the game plans. And we have great game plans. It’s just everyone coming together and executing and that’s really what’s helped us improve so much."

On his interception:
"When I intercept, my goal is to score. I think that everyone’s is. But yeah, anytime we get a turnover we are always thinking six, and help the offense. We like to score just as much as they do."

Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads

On the offensive line’s performance::
"I don’t think there is another team in the country that has started five different offensive lines in six games. It’s hard to play at a high level when that’s the case, but that’s what we got. You can’t not deal with injuries and start a guy with his knee in a brace. You continue to coach the guys you got and try to coach them up a little bit better so they can play at a higher level."

On what will be corrected after this game:
"There’s plenty to be corrected, and the first group to start correcting will be us as a coaching staff. You don’t lose a game like this with players -- you lose this game as a complete organization. It starts with examining your plan, like why we went with it and why was it ineffective. Then, physically, why we didn’t get things accomplished. There are no places that we will be able to brush over and say we were good there."

Iowa State QB Grant Rohach

On the team’s overall performance:
"I don’t think very well. It’s a reflection on the scoreboard. No matter how much I played, it was just disappointing taking a loss like that."

On the offense’s performance:
"I think it shows in the stats in everything, with the passing game and the running game. I thought we had good play calls. I thought we would be able to execute them properly, but we had mistakes on the offense as a whole."

Iowa State MLB Jeremiah George

On his locker room speech:
"Every time we win it’s not one side that is the reason we won, and every time we lose it’s not the reason. Regardless of what happens on the football field, we care about each other and we have to continue to care about each other. Coach Rhoads came in and echoed that same message. If I love you, if I care about the guy next to me, I want to see him succeed. I’m going to do my job and put myself in the position to see him be successful. That’s what I said. With a 71-7 ballgame, there isn’t that much you can say. You don’t want to just throw out clichés, so I just spoke from the heart."

On what to correct as the season goes on:
"On the sideline I was telling the guys that this is the Big 12, where we have the sixth-hardest schedule in the nation. It’s not going to get any easier. We will continue to face up-tempo football teams, great offenses and great offensive coordinators. We will have to find a way to utilize our game plan and make stops. I know we didn’t make enough stops tonight to help our football team"



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