Oct. 2, 2011
After a 36-35 road loss to Kansas State, Baylor returns home to face Iowa State on Saturday, looking to pick up its first Big 12 win of the season. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium and will be televised on FSN. Here are Art Briles'
Sunday thoughts on the Bears' loss to K-State as well as Saturday's upcoming game against Iowa State.
On the players' mood after loss to Kansas State:
"I haven't met with the players yet. That will happen this afternoon. We don't have to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. You learn from this experience and move on and become a better football team."
On moving on after loss:
"You got to stay tough. You got to stay focused. You got to stay hungry. What you can't do is linger, because if you linger, you can't have carry-over. We got a new job, a new season. Let's beat Iowa State this week. That's our job. That's what we'll do."
On special teams penalties:
"It's a huge concern when you talk field position. Like I've always said: field position, turnovers and momentum determine the winner of the game. We didn't win any of those and consequently, we didn't come out on top... But it's all correctable."
On struggling running the football:
"They're a good football team, especially in that venue that we were in yesterday. We didn't have as many offensive plays as we would've liked, and a lot of that is our fault for turning the ball over. We'll run the ball effectively, but we felt like we had opportunities stolen yesterday too."
On getting team re-focused after loss:
"We'll get re-focused. We have an experienced football team. We have a bunch of men who are great leaders. They're very passionate about the game and the direction they want to go with it so that won't be a concern. We'll get up and we'll be ready to go."
On trying to string time-consuming drives together:
"Yeah I think we had either a 14 or 16 play drive and didn't get any points. That was the critical part of it. If we scratch three points out of that deal, that's a 12 point game. They have to get a touchdown in the final few minutes rather than kick a field goal. That was one of the defining moments, out of the many, during the game."
On what Demetri Goodson provides returning kicks:
"He's a confident player, and he's been on the big stage before. He's used to being in charge, so to speak, being a point guard in basketball. It's not a situation where he doesn't feel good about his ability. He's a talented person and will continue to help us in more ways."
On Iowa State:
"I'm just now starting to look at them. I know just from the past experiences of playing them in `08/'09, that they are very well coached, they play hard and will be good at all three phases of the game."