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Art Briles Day-After Quotes

Oct. 3, 2010

WACO, Texas - After establishing a school-record for points scored in a conference game with a 55-7 win over Kansas in its conference opener, Baylor now turns its attention to Texas Tech. The Bears will travel to Dallas to face the Red Raiders in the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout at the Cotton Bowl. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday and the game will be televised nationally on FSN.

Here are Art Briles' Sunday thoughts on the Bears' record-setting performance against the Jayhawks as well as Saturday's upcoming game against Texas Tech.

On yesterday's game...
"After watching the tape, I am really impressed with how hard we played as a team, both sides of the ball and special teams. I felt it last night, but seeing it on tape kind of confirmed it. Lot of effort, lot of purpose, so that is very encouraging."

On the play of the defense even after several injuries...
"That is what we were saying in August: the best part about this team is they have depth and we have quality of depth. You know as the season goes along there is injuries and situations where you are called up on to use your depth. That is why it is so important that everybody stays ready and stays active. The guys we are putting on the field are good football players and they are taking advantage of their opportunities."

On if yesterday's game gives the team a lot of confidence...
"I just think we are playing better. People understand what it takes to play at the level we have to play at and I think we are just kind of feeding off of each other. Offense, defense and special teams, we are playing well in all three phases, so we just got to keep improving. We have got to keep playing hard, keep working hard, preparing hard and keep getting better."

On whether the team's loss at TCU has spurned on the team...
"I hope not. No. I mean you just play. You shouldn't have to get knocked down to get up strong. You should be strong from the get-go."

On how much better his team is than two weeks ago...
"Don't know, really don't know. I know we played at an extremely high level yesterday. We made some big plays, had some forced, timely turnovers and that is because we are hustling. That is what causes those plays."

On his team's getting key turnovers...
"They are created by the level that you are playing at. If you are playing at a high level with a lot of intensity then you have a chance for good things to happen."

On if he will temper his team after such a big win...
"I think they will temper themselves. The bridge is not crossed. We are sitting right in the middle of it, but still moving forward. What we did is we played a good game yesterday, a complete game and now we have got to go do it again next week in Dallas."

On the play of Josh Gordon...
"He has really had a good last couple weeks of practice. He has really been able to contribute with some big plays the last two weeks. It just makes us, certainly a lot more complete offense with the more threats you can have and he is becoming a threat."

On if the receivers' blocking has improved...
"You would like to think that they have gotten better and of course they have with game-like competition and repetition in practice. That is a critical part for us to be successful offensively is the perimeter blocking and those guys take a lot of pride in it."



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