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Baylor, Oklahoma Postgame Quotes

Nov. 10, 2012

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OKLAHOMA (7-2, 5-1) 42, BAYLOR (4-5, 1-5) 34
NOV. 10, 2012 • ATTENDANCE: 84,945

  Head Coach Art Briles

Opening statement:
"Not a happy situation of course for our football team or for Baylor. You know, Oklahoma's got a really good football team. They do a great job. Their coaching staff does a great job schematically, both sides of the ball. They're very explosive on offense and very sound on defense. They have a great tradition here on their home floor. I thought our guys played valiantly. I thought that they played with a lot of effort, heart, and confidence. We thought we were going to come in here and win the football game without question, just like every game we play against a team like that. You cannot afford to give them anything or let them take advantage of a situation. They took great advantage of the situation when they started to drive on our 45-yard line before the half."

On Bell's 55-yard run:
"What flashes in my mind is John Riggins, the Redskins in 1981 or `76 or whenever that was. I mean you see that all over the place; short yards. That was third-and-a-yard and his was fourth-and-a-yard, but when those situations happen everyone condenses up the line of scrimmage and if you ever break the line of scrimmage because of the coverage on the outside, you've got a chance to go the distance. So that's it. They made a good play."

On missed opportunities:
"I mean without question. We weren't connecting on the deep pass like we have consistently throughout this year. I think we're probably behind in the penalty category. We had some critical ones. Two in the first quarter. So it's hard to overcome those when you're playing a really good football team. I'm proud of the fact that we won the turnover battle, but it wasn't enough."

  Sophomore Running Back Lache Seastrunk

General Statement:
"OU played hard and we just tried to stick with them and win. I feel like that the seniors need to finish out and that's what I've been trying to help them do. Our offensive line and my wide receivers played a heck of a game."

On how they got back in the game early:
"We just put our chin down and kept moving through the punches. We just have to keep moving forward."

On what's next:
"We`re taking a lot from this game and moving on to Kansas State."

  Senior Safety Mike Hicks

On if Baylor beat themselves:
"We were a lot closer than we were. It's really a team thing, a `we' thing. We beat ourselves and made little mistakes; we have to fix them."

On what they can take out of the game:
"The little stops we had, I feel we had more stops than expected. Like I said, it was good on the long run but a win was really what we needed."

On the emphasis of containing the OU run game:
"It's just the game plan; the less yards they had the better. There wasn't really anything special to it, we just have to execute the game plan."

  Head Coach Bob Stoops

Opening Statement:
"I want to compliment Baylor for a well-played, hard-fought game. It was an exciting game. I thought they did a lot of things well. I was equally pleased with our team to come out with a good, solid win, to play well. I thought offensively, the balance was what you want. It was positive in our run and pass. We were effective running the football and throwing it. I thought Landry (Jones) was great, the receivers made some great third-down catches and some excellent adjustments to the football. Again, we were really good on third downs; we were 9-13. It was really positive. Maybe the one disappointment is probably the fumble. You've got momentum, you've got great field position, you've got a chance to really separate a little bit, and we give them, on the first play, we give them the ball right back, which gives them momentum, and they go down and score. Once you've got the ball, you've got to be able to take care of it. I can live with some throws when the quarterback is trying to put the ball in some spots. That's going to happen here and there. But when you all ready have the football, you shouldn't be dropping it."

On defense not allowing big plays:
"Even on the last score you make them eat up the entire clock to get a chance to get in. Everything was contested. There wasn't anything easy, cheap, and when I say cheap, I mean we busted something, leaving a guy left alone, no one covering him. These guys have played nine, 10 games now and they've lit up the score board and had yards all over. We're in there with a 16-point lead with a minute 30 or 40 to go, so that's a positive."

On offensive line injuries changing game plan:
"It didn't. We stayed with it. I'm sure Coach (Josh) Heupel and his play calling was aware of what we were asking Ty (Darlington) to do, who hasn't played a lot. Josh can speak to that a little bit. We talked about it as a staff to make sure we were aware of his matchups and what we're asking him to do. I thought Josh managed it great, great calling. The guys around him, I thought, stepped up and really played well around him."

On passing Bud Wilkinson's all-time win total:
"What Coach Wilkinson and what he did here is absolutely amazing. The win streak is really just incredible. I don't believe it will ever be touched again. The national championships, the sustained success for so long. Again, I don't look at numbers to be honest with you, it's just not me. I'm a long way from sitting in a rocking chair and reflecting on it. I keep saying it, and it's worth saying it again, I've just been incredibly fortunate to work in such a great place with great people. I've got a great president in David Boren, I've got a great Athletic Director in Joe Castiglione and with the facilities we work in and operate in, they continue to build and add on to this program and all of our sports team have had. I've been lucky to be with great assistant coaches that have all worked hard and a good group of players who have worked hard. Even the ones back in '99 that accepted us and got seven wins in our first season, I'm proud of those guys because of that positive attitude and the way they accepted us. Instead of bucking and fighting us, we related to them, I guess, in a positive way and they accepted us and we started building right then."

  Sophomore Quarterback Blake Bell

On his 55-yard run:
"Everyone's down and all of a sudden the o-line did a great job picking up the linebackers. Bronson Irwin, Trey Milliard, Aaron Ripkowski and all those guys came through man-on-man and it just split. I finally got to get out in the open a little bit. I was making sure I wasn't going to get caught on that one, I wanted to get to the end zone. After sitting over there for a couple quarters trying to stay loose and you bust out on one, it feels kind of weird. All of a sudden you think someone is going to get you. When you see the end zone, you want to get there."

On having the longest run by a QB since 1998:
"That's crazy. When you hear stuff like that, it's pretty cool to know you did something like that. Like I said, if it wasn't for the guys up front and everyone getting on their man and it splitting like that; I just had to get to the end zone."



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