Nov. 3, 2007
Baylor Head Coach Guy Morriss
ON Blake Szymanski's FUMBLE:
"Well, it was a good drive, there was a screen and we just held onto the ball too long. They hit him from the backside. Probably from that point we were still okay. I didn't sense that our kids had their heads down. It was the next couple series where we just didn't execute. We didn't get it done."
"We didn't make enough plays defensively. We kept it in check in the first half. Offensively, we didn't make any plays until the last drive. That was probably our best effort of the game."
ON QUARTERBACK PLAY:
"I don't think our quarterback play was good today. I think (Szymanski's) accuracy was in question today. He was the right choice from the mental, decision-making part of it."
ON Jacoby Jones:
"He's a guy that works really hard and is dependable. He doesn't put the ball on the ground very often. We wanted to give him a chance. He won't break open the game because he doesn't have that kind of speed, but he gets positive yards. At this point we need someone that takes care of the football."
ON MOTIVATING THE TEAM:
"(Pride) is about it. I think we have enough character to play, and these guys have a lot of pride. (We tell them to) be consistent. You could talk them to death, but kids aren't stupid anymore these days. They'll sense it, but we have a veteran coaching staff, and we're going to do our job and get them ready to play."
Baylor Free Safety Jordan Lake
ON TODAY'S GAME:
"We got beat by a better team. We didn't make the plays we needed to execute and the defense struggled today. We didn't get enough turnovers to set our offense up, and our offense also had some troubles. We just got beat a better team; all around we did not play well."
ON THE DEFENSIVE GAMEPLAN:
"We really wanted to get physical with their receivers and make them earn everything, and we didn't do a good enough job of rerouting the receivers, getting collisions, and changing up their routes. We really tried to get pressure on them because in the games they lost, Graham Harrell had a lot of pressure and had to move a lot. That was one of the things that we really wanted to do, but their o-line did a great job of stoping our d-line and eliminating our pass rush. They got the ball off quick too."
ON BEING ELIMINATED FROM BOWL CONTENTION:
"We come back tomorrow, look at the film and go back to work. By no means are we going to give up on the season. We're not going to just throw our hands up in the air. We're not going to go to a bowl game; that's mathematically impossible now, but we're still playing for Baylor and we're still playing for pride. We're not about to just roll over and die for anybody."
Baylor Quarterback Blake Szymanski
ON HIS FUMBLE THAT ENDED THE OFFENSE'S OPENING DRIVE:
"The thing is, that's not on the left tackle, it's on me. It was a designed screen to come back in to Thomas (White), but they had guys in the throwing lanes, and what I'm supposed to do is throw it at his feet. That guy is coming free on my back side, so I've got to get rid of the ball. It was pretty tough because we turned it over and made it hard on our defense, and then they (Texas Tech) went down and scored."
ON HIS PERFORMANCE:
"I didn't play that well. I missed the deep ball to (David) Gettis and another one to Ernest (Smith) as well. We could've had some really big momentum boosters, but I really didn't play very well. Guys were open all day long, and I just didn't make the plays that I needed to."
ON THE OFFENSIVE GAMEPLAN:
"Oklahoma State did some really good things against them, and we knew that as long as we could handle what they were doing, that we have the offensive line to go down the field on these guys. We definitely had the running back. Jacoby (Jones) played a really good game today, and he was able to get down and make some plays for us. He's a good back, but he's a little underrated in my opinion because he doesnt' get that many looks. He was the man in there today and he did a great job."
Baylor Running Back Jacoby Jones
ON TURNING THE BALL OVER ON THE OPENING DRIVE:
"That first drive we drove the ball all the way down the field to about the 20-yard line, and it's frustrating to not get any points out of it. The bad thing about turning the ball over there is that it felt like all the hard work to get there just went down the drain. It kind of got people down, but we've got to be able to come back."
ON CARRYING THE BALL 21 TIMES:
"I knew we were going to run the ball a lot, but I didn't expect to run the ball as much as we did today. It was tremendous fun for me. We usually rotate backs and have about an equal share of carrying the ball, but today I did most of the carrying, so it made me feel good to know that they (the coaches) counted on me and trusted me to carry it for them."
ON THE TWO REMAINING GAMES:
"We've just got to go out there and try to win these next two, and give it all we've got to try to make it rollover into next year on a positive note. We don't have anything to lose right now, so we're just going to go out there and give it our all."
Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach
ON DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE IN FIRST HALF:
"I thought that it took them the first drive to adjust to what Baylor was doing. Then we came up with a great defensive play to force a turnover on the sack."
ON RUNNING BACK AARON CRAWFORD:
"He just goes out there and does his job; he focuses on what he's doing and doesn't let anything distract him. When he sees a hole, he hits it. And when he sees two
defenders coming at him, then he splits them."
ON OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE:
"I thought that Graham played really well, but it was really a group effort. Our offensive line played well today, and that was really the key to the game. I thought that
(Michael)Crabtree played well and did some nice things. We got good distribution to our wide receivers which is really the key to this offense."
Texas Tech Running Back Aaron Crawford:
ON HIS PERFORMANCE:
"I basically just went out there and did my job. A lot of the credit goes to the offensive line. They really played well and threw a lot of great blocks. In this offense, your opportunity is going to come. With as much as we move the ball and throw the ball, you are going to get a lot of touches. I was fortunate to play well today, but again, a lot of the credit goes to the offensive line and to Graham (Harrell) for calling my number"
ON EXPERIENCE CATCHING PASSES OUT OF THE BACKFIELD:
"When I was younger, my dad and I use to work on catching screen passes. We worked on receiving a lot. As a running back in this offense, you have to be able to catch balls out of the backfield. I really look back at that experience helping me a lot."
Texas Tech Quarterback Graham Harrell:
ON TEAM PERFORMANCE:
"I thought that all sides of the ball played well. That is the first time in a couple of weeks that we have had a good all-around game. It was really good to get a win."
"We moved the ball well at times in the first half. Then we came out in the second half and executed and were able to put together several good drives in a row. The long punt return (by Danny Amendola) was really big for us. We were able to score on the next play and I think that really knocked the air out of them (Baylor)"
ON BECOMING THE FIFTH QB IN HISTORY TO THROW FOR 4,000 YARDS IN CONSECUTIVE SEASONS:
"The records are good, and getting a lot of yards is nice, but the main goal is to win. We have good wide receivers and a good offensive live that makes it a lot easier for me.
It is nice to get the yardage, but I'm more excited about the win."