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Meet the Press: Football Weekly Presser vs. TCU

  Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement:
"It certainly didn't go the way we expected or wanted, but it is what it is so we've got to do what we've got to do and that's move on and beat TCU this Saturday in Fort Worth."

On getting the boys to keep perspective:
"It's a challenge, but there's certainly a lot left out there and we've got to start Saturday."

On shuffling of players due to Bryce Hager being out:
"I thought it worked well, quite honestly. We didn't finish like we wanted to, but it started out well."

On turnovers:
"I think there were some things that were a little unexplainable the other night, from my vantage point. I don't think there's anything to turn around. We just need to keep doing what we were doing and just do it a little wiser. I think as we get into the flow of the game, we'll be in good shape."

On offense's recent slow starts:
"We're in shape to do right, we just didn't. That's something that's pretty much uncharacteristic of what we've done this year. We've been pretty fortunate with the things we've created and had things go our way on both sides of the ball, and so from that standpoint it was a good growth game for us as a team because we haven't been in full 60 minutes games very often. It was a situation where our backs were against the wall from the get go. We had a good opportunity to change it and we just didn't. We'll learn from it."

 Bryce Petty, QB

On putting loss behind them:
"This was a hard game, obviously for various reasons. We still have a lot to play for. We've got to go out and win these next two games. There are still goals and ambitions that we set prior to the season that we can still accomplish. Does this game kind of change our post-season chances? Maybe a little bit, but it definitely doesn't take away anything from the season that we've had and that we're going to have."

On not playing their best:
"It goes to show that we can be better. It goes to show that if we did play our best and all the cards were in our hand and we still got beat. I still think we were the better team. My hat's off to Oklahoma State--I think they did great in their game plan and preparation for us. I as the leader of the offense did not do well and that's something that I need watch on film, get better, and move on. We have a lot to play for."

On resiliency of the team:
"I think it's due to the better leadership of the guys and we just didn't have things go our way. The past few games we've had mishaps where we were able to capitalize and we knew that we couldn't have that this week--that they were a good team and we couldn't give their offense that many opportunities. Unfortunately we did, and that was the outcome. As an offense we've got to get better. This week we've got to have a good week of practice, have fun and just be Baylor."

  Shock Linwood, RB

On moving on from such a tough loss against OSU:
"With the way it has been going, I haven't had much sleep. I was up late last night just thinking about the game. I was up until three or four in the morning just thinking. I had to go outside to cool myself down because I was just so hot. I've been thinking about it a lot, but I just have to let it go and move on to TCU."

On TCU's defense:
"I would expect to see some of the same things that Oklahoma State did. They'll send blitzes through the gaps. They're also going to look to mess up the pass. We're just going to have to work through it and prepare for this weekend."

  Eddie Lackey, LB

On what he can expect from TCU's offense:
"We know that they both like to pass the ball. Treyvon Boykin can run the ball a little bit better. We have to be ready for both at all times. We have to also be ready for them to throw in a couple of trick plays in there. Whatever it may be, we just have to be ready at all times. We have to come out ready to play."

  Levi Norwood, WR

On Clay Fuller's contributions to the team:
"He's an older guy, but you can't tell sometimes because he fits in so well with the rest of us. He's not just the old guy in the locker room. He definitely mature. He leads the younger guys. He's meant a lot to us these past few weeks (with Tevin Reese being out). He can play on the inside and outside and knows every receiver position. Like Tevin, he always works hard. He's always in the right place at the right time."

On what to expect from TCU's defense:
"We're not exactly sure what to expect from them yet, but they're a team that always takes pride in their defense. It has always been like that. We can expect a defense that will always play hard every single play. Maybe some of the stuff Oklahoma State did they'll throw in there. That's kinda what we are expecting."

  Cyril Richardson, OG

On what Shock Linwood brings to the team:
"Shock brings a fun aspect to the game. I've never seen anyone squeeze through small spaces with so much speed and tenacity. He's great at jumping through a whole created by defenders and be able to get out and gain some yardage from it. There's just something in his head that says he's not going to quit or give up."

On moving on from last week's loss:
"We preach (putting losses behind you) a lot. Now is the time to practice what we preach. We are definitely going to do that. This week of practice we are going to focus of TCU and getting a win."

Sam Holl, NB

On the 3rd down defense:
"It's always good to get off the field and pump up your offense. In those situations I felt like we did do a pretty good job getting stops. We are just trying to do our jobs until Bryce gets back."

On how hard it is replacing Bryce Hager:
"He is (hard to replace). He's a unique player. He's fast and he's smart and really physical. He definitely is hard to replace, but we are doing the best we can right now. We just have to keep doing that."



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