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Art Briles Day-After Quotes

Nov. 7, 2010

After dropping to 7-3 on the season with a 55-28 loss at Oklahoma State, Baylor returns home to Floyd Casey Stadium for its final two regular season games. The Bears take on rival Texas A&M in the 107th "Battle of the Brazos" at 6 p.m. Saturday before finishing Big 12 play with a Nov. 20 game against Oklahoma. The Texas A&M game will be televised nationally on FSN. Kickoff time and television information for the Oklahoma game is to be determined.

Here are Art Briles' Sunday thoughts on the Bears' loss at Oklahoma State as well as Saturday's "Battle of the Brazos."

On the team being resilient after a loss...
"That is just part of being an athlete and a football player. You have got no choice, but to fight to improve every time you go out to practice and prepare yourself. That is never an issue or concern.... You play. You give your best. You expect to win. That is the bottom line. You don't waste mental energy on anything else."

On the players taking responsibility for the loss...
"I don't know about any of that. They are all fighting hard to win just like everybody that is involved with Baylor University. They are maturing and taking accountability, which is a good sign for a football team and a person. It was definitely a unified effort. It wasn't any one or two individuals or circumstances that decided the outcome of that game."

On whether his team was overconfident going into the game...
"No. I don't think so at all, quite honestly. Our pats on the back have been pretty selective over the years. We are refocusing. We are getting ready too. Once the ball is snapped, it comes down to field position and turnovers and momentum, which we had none. You have none of those three then there is a good chance that you are not going to come out with the right score on the board. That kind of stuff is kind of overrated. Nothing wrong with feeling good about what you are doing."

On the turnovers...
"At that level of competition, you can't help a team on the road that is a very good offensive football team and we did it. That puts you behind the eight-ball and that is not a good place to be. We tried to fight our way out of it, but just couldn't really sustain enough to make it happen."

On the importance of the Texas A&M game...
"We are refocusing, recharging, getting ready to go. They are coming off a huge win last night over OU, which is a big program win for them, so it will be a great atmosphere at Floyd Casey Stadium next Saturday night. We are proud to be a part of it."

On the ability of any team to beat another...
"I think it very evident across the board in college football. I think it's even more so evident in the Big 12 South, where potentially you could have six bowl eligible teams. We have been saying all along it is the toughest division in college football and there is a reason there is not a lot of highly ranked teams out of the South division, because it is hard to go through unscathed. There are still a lot of battles out there, before it is all said and done."

On giving up kickoff returns in two of the last three games...
"Some of it has to do with ball placement, coverage of course is a critical part, so we are varying what we do a little bit from the ball placement part of the deal. As far as the personnel: we have got good guys on the field, they have just got to breakdown and make plays."

On whether the outcome of the game caught him off guard...
"No. You have to be at your best every time you step on the field and we played extremely hard yesterday. Like I said, we made some mistakes that hurt us and we caught a football team that I think was pretty hot yesterday, but we didn't do anything to cool them off. We didn't take the momentum away from them, so that is something we really have to focus on and be really good at, which we have been for the most part this year. We need to use momentum and the home field to our advantage this week."

On the play of the offense and defense...
"It is a two-way street. The objective when you are on offense is you score, you are on defense you stop them. That is it. If you are not doing either one of those then you are not taking care of your side of the ball and we didn't do a good job with either side yesterday."

On having the last two games at home...
"It is huge, especially late in the year, because most teams are a little winded late in the year, so it is a big deal to be at home the last two weeks. We are glad to be home."

On the Big 12 South race...
"It is wide open, what we have got to do is take care of us. We have got to play really well Saturday. It is going to be a big game atmosphere. It is going to be a great experience for our players and our university and we need to take full advantage of it."




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