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Meet the Press: Football Weekly Presser vs. Texas

  Head Coach Art Briles

Opening Statement:
"It was a tough, hard-fought win the other day at TCU. Any win on the road is a great win. I was really proud of our guys' resolve, toughness and will to fight all the way to the end. It was a big win. I actually pulled out my calendar this morning and looked at it and it's been 30 days since we played Oklahoma here. We're definitely glad to be at home, but when you're at home you've got to use it. You've got to use the advantage and the advantage is being comfortable with your surroundings, knowing the field, knowing everything about the stadium, and the crowd. I know it's going to be a great crowd."

On final game in Floyd Casey & Big 12 Championship:
"It certainly worked out nicely. Whoever made up the Big 12 schedule is sitting around getting the hands off their back this morning because it certainly turned out well at the end with the two games that are going on. You couldn't ask for a better scenario, other than winning the game, and that's the bottom-line all the way around. That's where our focus will be plus closing out the stadium."

On possible bowl scenarios:
"When we're in the season we're not out there looking around. We're staying in here and staying focused on getting through this one and getting to the next one. That's not going to change. I'm sure there are a lot of good scenarios out there, but we've got to win Saturday and we'll see where the dust settles from there. Our focus from day one was to win every game we play this year, and we haven't done it but we've been pretty close and we get another opportunity Saturday."

On Bryce Petty:
"I think he's been phenomenal and the thing that impresses me is first of all his leadership because you never really know about someone until you go through the fire with them--go through some kind of adversity with them. Fortunately, we haven't had a lot of adversity but when we have, he's been really strong and really solid. I also think that he's done a tremendous job protecting the football."

On Baylor football program being called not classy:
"I don't take it personally. You can't control what other people say, you can only control what you do. What we've always done is just look at results. I'll put our student-athletes up against anybody in the United States of America when it comes to character and spirit and soul. If I spend my time worrying about what somebody else says, I'm wasting this university's time and I'm not going to do that."

 Bryce Petty, QB

On having Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin back:
"I think it showed those guys provide a spark that not a lot of guys can. Lache is that spark. Lache is that guy that can take a carry that shouldn't get anything and make yards out of it, which you've got to love. Glasco's the veteran guy. He's been there. He's done that. He's that thunder part of it so it's always fun to have him as far as closing out games. The guy that can make those tough yards for you so it's always fun watching him play."

On bowl predictions:
"Anytime you can play in a bowl, it's special. Anytime you get wins, it's special. For us, and I'm going to answer this as truthfully as I can, we have to control weekend control, which is winning Saturday. That is my soul focus. This is where it is. We've broken every lid that I can think of off Big 12 Champs and this is what it's come down to and so I'm not worrying about what happened in Stillwater, I'm worrying about what happens at Floyd Casey on Saturday. Whatever bowl we go to, that's going to be great. We'll manage that when the time comes, but right now we got to get to that point which is by winning Saturday."

On the last game at Floyd Casey:
"I think it means a lot. Floyd Casey has a lot of tradition. It's our job to make sure that we end it out right. End that tradition on a good note and start a new tradition with the new stadium with a good note. For all the guys that have played there before, it's our job to salute to them."

On what the senior class means to him:
"It's a blessing to be a part of. It is very special because these are my guys. The ones that [I've] fought for and the ones that [I've] contributed for. It just adds a whole new dimension to what a "senior" class is to [me] as an underclassman. I'm going to do all I can. I'm going to fight, I'm going to scratch and claw to get everything that I can to be successful and to get a win for these guys."

On playing with All-American Cyril Richardson:
"Cyril Richardson is unbelievably one of the best talents, as far as an offensive lineman goes, that I've ever seen. He's a mauler. He's fun to watch. It's fun to be able to sit back and watch him do what he does. He's going to have a long career in the NFL that's for sure. It's been fun to play with him and alongside him."

On what this season has meant to him:
"I think God has a very funny way of writing out and planning our story better than we could. If I had it my own way I would've been playing since I was a freshman and all that stuff. But to have the team that we have now and to play with these seniors and to be playing alongside players like Cyril Richardson and Ahmad Dixon and Tevin Reese and those guys; I couldn't have wrote it better myself. There are a lot of memories, a lot of high points with this season and the best part is it's not over. We got two more games. One more game that will sum up everything and I am very blessed, very humbled to be a part of it. I definitely will be back next year. I'm not talking about anything like that, but for me, my focus is on this game and to end what these seniors started four years ago."

  Ahmad Dixon, S

On playing Texas Saturday:
"It'll be a great game. They've had an outstanding season bouncing back from losing games. They're a great team. Coach (Mack) Brown has done a great job with those guys, and I look forward to playing them."

On the chance of winning a Big 12 Championship:
"It's a blessing. We've worked hard for this. We are thankful for this chance, and we are taking advantage of it. We want to make the best of it. You can't put (winning a Big 12 Championship) into words. It's more than just a word or a feeling. It means everything to me."

  Cyril Richardson, OG

On missing Ahmad Dixon's leadership for a half:
"Even though he may not be on the field, Ahmad will always be a leader for us. He going to help talk us up in the locker room. Even though he won't be out there, we will take what he tells us and keep it with us through the whole game."

On the offense's struggles the past few games:
"It's us. I feel like we may be looking around for too much and trying to see too many things. We just need to go out there and play. We need to go back to hard-nosed football, and that's basically it."

  Levi Norwood, WR

On all the bowl game talk:
"You can't ignore talking about it, but it's never been our focus like we've said. We've talked all year about winning the Big 12 as our goal. It's what we've broken every huddle to, so that's what we talk about every day. It's really just one step at a time, one game at a time and one opponent at a time. That's how we are trying to handle it."

On possibly turning Big 12 Championship thoughts into reality:
"For us, I feel like it has been a reality all year. We knew what our team was, who we had and what we'd be able to do all year. It's cool that it's right here, and that we've come this far. We definitely don't want to stop right now. We definitely want to get this last one, and make it a true statement."

  Chris McAllister, DE

On Saturday's game being Senior Day:
"I thought about it, and it means a lot. I want to finish off my career right. I want to give Baylor its first Big 12 Championship and finish out right for Coach Briles and what he's done for me. There's a lot that has been thought about going into this game."

On winning the TCU game for Head Coach Art Briles:
"We (embraced him after the TCU game). We're a family. We knew he was hurting even though he didn't show it. He's human just like the rest of us. We know it hurts. We wanted to finish the game where he could leave the stadium with his head up and be happy."

Sam Holl, NB

On being a part of the turnaround in the Baylor program:
"This is why I came here: to change the program and be a difference maker. Our class has really been a huge part of that, and this opportunity we have is what we have hoped for ever since we got here. It's just amazing."

On the importance behind this game against Texas:
"They got after us last year, so it has been one of the games that we all have been waiting on this year. It couldn't be any better of a situation for a Big 12 Championship than the last game at Floyd Casey. It makes for a big stage for us. I think we are all really excited about this game, and we're going to be ready."

Aaron Jones, PK

On the chance of winning a Big 12 Championship:
"It's been a culmination of our whole career. We've worked hard from day one since we got here four/five years ago. It's great to get the chance to go out on a high note like this. It's incredible to think (about winning a Big 12 Championship) because growing up Baylor was irrelevant every year. It's huge for us."

On his favorite Baylor memory:
"I've loved every minute of playing here. The TCU game a couple of years ago because there was a lot of momentum to it for that season."



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