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Baylor, Texas Tech Postgame Quotes




Nov. 17, 2013

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4/4/5 BAYLOR (9-0, 6-0)  63, NR/RV/NR TEXAS TECH (7-4, 4-4) 34
AT&T STADIUM • ARLINGTON, TEXAS
Nov. 16, 2013 • ATTENDANCE: 69,188

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles

Opening statement...
"We knew it was going to be a dogfight. We have a lot of respect for Texas Tech, what they've done over the years, and this year. Four weeks ago they were a top 10 team. The thing I was impressed about, this is what I told our players, it looks impressive if you're ahead of a team 14 at half. When you're down 14 0, down 20 7, you withstand that surge, against a good team, come back and finish the way we finished as a team, to me that's impressive. That shows you have a tough football team, a tough minded football team that's mature and believes what's happening inside the locker room. From that standpoint, I'm extremely proud of our players. I thought we were good in all three phases of the game. We made plays when he had had to make plays. Turnovers on defense, special teams touchdown, big plays offensively when we had to hit them. Got out of here with a good win. That's the way I saw it. As I glance, I see my great friend Bob out there. Bob, thanks for coming tonight. Appreciate your support always. Bob knows about it. He's been through a lot of good ones and tough ones. He knows what it's all about."

On playing from behind early on...
"We have been in it. We were down 7 0 to Buffalo, Kansas State down third quarter, tough road place. We had been in that situation, but not with that much of a burst. What you got to realize, it's a 60 minute game. We're going to eventually do some things on the offensive side of the ball and we're going to get some things fixed defensively, it's going to settle down. Like I said, the impressive part is we took a couple shots, and then we dodged a bunch, next thing you knew it was a fight and we were actually in it. That was the part that I think is impressive. As you get deeper on in, you're going to have more games that could very easily fall that way."

On the guys who filled in for injured starters...
"I like how calmly you mentioned their names. To us they're not guys. I mean, they're dynamic teammates that have really done a great job for us. I would not have liked to have gone into K-State without those people and jumped out of there with a win. I think with them not being there, I think we are growing as a football team from an offensive standpoint. The thing that's helping us is we're playing really good defense which allows us to figure out how to use the people that are going to have to try to compensate for those guys not being there. They've done a great job for us for a number of years. They're great football players. Hopefully we'll get them back here in a week or two, three or four, whatever. Yeah, I'm really proud of the way that Shock stepped up, Devin Shafin stepped up. The receivers, Norwood had a great game. A.G. was really good again. Really close to having an off the charts game. The whole thing to me falls on Bryce Petty and our offensive line. I think our offensive line is a dominant factor. I think Bryce Petty is playing as well as anybody in America right now."

On Levi Norwood's punt return TD helped get momentum...
"It helped. It's always a momentum builder. Getting a punt return, any special teams for a touchdown is like getting a pick six or a fumble pickup for a touchdown because it's a quick turnaround, quick change. Yeah, made a huge difference. All of a sudden it's a 20 14 ballgame. From that standpoint, it was big. Second time Levi has done that this year. He's dynamic with the ball in his hand and he's really good in open space. That was huge. I think we had some good blocks. Like I said, it sparked us a little bit."

On the defense getting turnovers...
"It was huge getting the turnovers. We converted some of them. We didn't convert I know of one. I thought our guys played really sharp. I thought K.J.'s interception was miraculous. That's a tough for a DB to do on a corner blitz to make that catch. I think we turned that into 7 points. Two guys back behind strips on the quarterback. Those are big plays. It's showing that they're playing with an experience factor of knowing what to do and how to attack the situation they're in. I think that shows a lot of maturity on that side of the ball. Anytime you get turnovers, you get a chance to get back in it. I don't know what the turnover ratio was, probably 3 1, 4 1. We had one down deep that they got 7 off of. Hager's situation, he's been gimped a little bit for the last two or three weeks, actually did not work out the week of the Kansas game and just one day the Oklahoma game. So he's been hampered a little bit. I think he aggravated himself a little bit tonight. We'll have to wait and see."

On the defense's performance...
"I think just keep playing. We got good guys on the field. Those guys are good players. They're tough football players that are experienced. They've seen a lot, done a lot, lived through a lot. That's not a panic situation. If my memory serves me correct, there's two fourth down conversions, there's pass interference involved in there, there's a one handed catch in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. We were getting hit with some really, you know, not normal situations. Like I said, the thing that's impressive to me is, you know, they came out with a lot of energy. We had a lot of energy. They just made some plays early. I thought our guys did a great job of just being tough. I think we are a tough football team, without question."

On the defense's fourth down stops this season...
"That fourth down stop was huge. We've fortunately been doing that the last three or four weeks. We've had a bunch of fourth down stops this year. That was a big turnaround. I think it was a 15 point game at the time maybe. We go down and make it a 22 point spread. That was a 14 point swing in our favor. Anytime you can do that, you have to capitalize when you have chances. We felt like, you know, when we have the football, we want 7 points. We missed a spot early in the fourth, about 13 minutes left, that's just really my fault. I mean, we rushed the situation. We shouldn't have. We weren't lined up properly and it cost us. We can't do that in those situations and we won't do it again."

On getting the contract extension earlier in the week...
"It means the world, first of all. You are what others perceive you to be. If you're telling your dog that he's not very smart, then he's not going to be very smart. If you tell him he's smart, you love him, like him, appreciate him, he's happy to see you when you come home. It shows us as a staff, and it was a staff deal, it's not just me, it just shows us that we have a slight deal of appreciation. Appreciation's hard to get in this business. It's a hard thing to get. It's something that you always, if you can ever get to the point to where it can be a mutual appreciation, then you've got a chance to sustain it a little bit. I'm just humbled and honored to be able to represent one of the finest universities in the United States of America in Baylor."


Baylor QB Bryce Petty

On the start of the game...
"Yeah, it kind of happened a couple times the last couple games. Was just frustrating because we like to start fast. I really think teams play us different than they do any other teams in the Big 12. We just have to make those adjustments. The guys, players, coaches, everybody involved, did a great job of finding those adjustments. Took us a second to get going. For us, we know it's coming. We have to settle down. I think a lot of it was a spark when Levi took that punt return. He had an incredible night. I'm extremely proud of him."

On facing adversity...
"Definitely. I think tonight showed us a lot. We're a resilient team. I think there's a lot of talent involved. But we got a lot of guys that work hard. That's what you got to have. It's more than just talent. You got to have those guys that will push through a little adversity like you're talking about. This is a special team and I knew it from the get go. We like these games. We like being up at half, too. These are the ones that you dream about when you're a little kid, playing in the Big 12. It's these kind of games that you want to fight with your brothers and win together."

On the Baylor offensive line being overlooked...
"I think so. Those guys do a great job week in and week out of what they do, what they accomplish. I've said it from the get go, we go as they go. They're a big, intricate part of our tempo, the momentum. Everything that we do is kind of set up off the run. When those guys get going, they get that tempo, that rhythm, it makes my job a lot easier. Then the offense just kind of flows. My hat is off to them. They did a great job tonight."

On Levi Norwood's performance sparking the team...
"Definitely, it was a big spark. That's what you have to have. Special teams are what win you games. I thought special teams did a great job the entire time. That happened to come at a huge time for us, 20 7, I believe. For that to happen when we didn't feel the offense was gelling as well as we wanted it to, that was big. That was big. Yeah, again, he played a heck of a game."

On Baylor's defense being overlooked...
"Yeah, I think our defense is undoubtedly the biggest change from last year's team to this year's team, from this year's team compared to all the rest. They've played great all year. You guys are just kind of figuring it out. But we've known it all along. That's something that they come to work every day. Last year really put a chip on their shoulders. So they came in committed and ready to go. Coach Bennett had those guys playing really well, with a lot of confidence. They keep us in games. They do a great job. Really proud of them."

On his confidence level right now...
"Lot of confidence. I think it's that day in and day out practice, practice, practice, game plan, prepare, coaches instilling a lot of confidence in us. We've always known since spring that this, again, was going to be a special team. It's just finally about putting it all together and putting it on the field. For me, I couldn't be happier. If y'all could see my face, I'm smiling the whole time because it is really a fun offense to play with, guys I love to be around. They just work hard, they come to work every day. They try to be better today than they were yesterday, keep it on going. The offense is playing with a lot of confidence. It's my job to keep that going and to play well. I really don't feel like I played that well tonight. That's going to be something that I focus on this week, for sure. Big game coming up next week."


Baylor RB Shock Linwood

On how last week's performance carried into today's game...
"It helped out tremendously. I believe that it gave me confidence for me to go out there and perform like I did when Glasco got hurt. It helped a lot."

On the Baylor offensive line...
"I believe they're giving me good holes to run through. Started out with the offensive line, how they do dictates what I do. When Richardson and Kelvin Palmer come off the ball real good, make the holes real wide, I hesitate a little bit, be patient with it, find my holes."


Baylor WR Levi Norwood

On stepping up and his punt return TD...
"I mean, I didn't feel like it was going to be me. I felt I was ready if it needed to be, just like every week with Tevin there, Tevin not there, somebody needs to step up. All of us are ready. On the punt return, there wasn't much there to start. I think there were one or two guys in my face. Was able to make them miss. Everyone else was blocked. Pat Levels had an awesome block. Ran for about 15 yards, that got me in the end zone. It feels good. It's something that doesn't happen very often. The first one I ran back a couple weeks ago was really amazing. It was a huge relief to finally have that happen. This one just added to it. It feels really good. For the receivers, really we wanted to all step up and be able to do something special for Tevin. He's been here for four years. Being a player of his size, he's had to work really hard to get where he's at. He's done that and even more than that. It was really all of us just wanting to do something special for him, have a big game for him."


Baylor PK Aaron Jones

On setting the NCAA record for career extra points...
"Obviously it's a great honor to put my name in the NCAA record books. But really it's a credit to the offense, especially this year the defense and special teams. Levi has run a couple back, we got a kick return, 29 million pick sixes at the start of the season. It's a team effort. I'm just glad to be part of a team like this."


Baylor SS Ahmad Dixon

On the defense withstanding an early test...
"It's football. You're not going to come out here every week, week in and week out, and shut a team out. All the guys on the sideline just letting each other know, we've been here before, we've been in worse situations than this. We've been down 21 3 going into halftime. We've been in worse situations. We knew we could fight back and get back into the game."

On where the program is at right now...
"Just a blessing. Coach Briles and his staff gave me an opportunity to come in, help this team out, get to where we are now. It's just a blessing. We fought our butts off to get to where we are. We had a couple guys go down like y'all said before, a couple guys stepped up. It's fun to be a part of this team. I'm enjoying it. Looking forward to get out to Oklahoma State."


Baylor CB K.J. Morton

On his interception...
"You know, I came on a stunt. As I was coming, I saw the quarterback's eyes get big. I thought he was going to take a sack. When I seen him cock back for a pass, I just jumped. I grabbed it and brought it down for a pick."


Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury

On the quarterback decision tonight...
"Yeah, Baker [Mayfield] had a good week of practice, and I felt like he fought hard in the previous game. Just got to protect the football better, but he's a fighter and kept us in it early and just got to learn from his mistakes."

On starting fast the last few weeks...
"Yeah, I mean, I thought they had good energy early but just faded as we got going. Too many mistakes in all phases. We're just not good on any side of the ball right now, and that's all me. We've got a bye week, and a big one down in Austin, and we have to get a lot better before we head down there."

On Baylor's quick 14 points early in the game...
"Yeah, just keep fighting. We knew that they were going to score. They've scored on everybody. It's a great offense; it really is. Their offensive line does a tremendous job. The quarterback is really good and receivers everywhere. We knew they'd score; we just had to limit it and limit our mistakes, and we didn't do that. We turned it over too many times."

On Baylor's rushing offense in the game without its top two RBs...
"Yeah, I knew that the third one, Linwood was as good as the other two from watching the previous games. So he's a special player and did a great job. Like I said, the offensive line is really good, and that, to me, is what jumps out. From some of their previous teams, they've always had great skills, but those guys are moving bodies up front."

On Baylor's defensive pass coverage scheme...
"Yeah, they played a lot of man to man coverage, and we thought our receivers could try to make plays. Their DBs did a good all night and very physical. Their defense is much improved from a year ago. I thought they did a good job battling and our guys made some plays early."

On his team's missed tackles...
"Yeah, it's huge. I thought we had people in places to make plays and it's been that way the last few weeks. You've got to make them. Because with that type of skill they have, if you don't, they can go to the house any time and they saw that. So got to get better with the fundamentals and the young guys that are playing, they've got to grow up."


Texas Tech LB Sam Eguavoen

On the team's missed tackles...
"I mean, we're getting to the ball, but guys just aren't finishing. We've got to run our feet and tackle. I really can't explain that. You've just got to look at yourself in the mirror and just do what you've got to do. That's our problem. Too many guys are worrying about being superman on the field. We've all just got to worry about our job and do what we're supposed to do."


Texas Tech WR Eric Ward

On the team's performance...
"I just think we left a lot of opportunities on the field that we could have capitalized on. We put the ball on the ground too much, and we didn't play our best game today. That's very apparent."

On how mistakes have shaped TTU's season...
"Yes, sir, I would say so. I would say we kill ourselves a lot out there on the football field by penalties and turnovers and stuff like that and fumbles and letting the other team have opportunities to score. To be a good football team, you can't allow that to happen. You've got to capitalize on the drives you have and put points on the board."

 

 

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