Oklahoma State quotes
Nov. 1, 2009
On Oklahoma State's missed field goal on the opening drive: I thought it was huge. When you defer and can keep them from scoring and then your offense goes right down and scores, usually if we can do that, we've won the game. Then I also thought Oklahoma State did a great job of answering when we were sitting there before the half, but Colt took the offense right down to score right before the half. That changed the momentum back in our favor after they took it, and that was about the only time I thought they took it during the night. Then for us to come out and score points immediately to start the third quarter. The game was really over at that point.
On if the win signals Texas is the dominant team in the nation: I think the signal is we have a chance to be really good here at the end. Thank goodness we divide our season up in three sections, four (games) each. Two of those sections are gone so we have a four-game season that's left, and we have to restart that next week. Now we're continuing to play for the Big 12 South Championship. We're continuing to try to get in that Big 12 Championship game and at the same time, we still have a lot at stake on the national scene. We want to be the best team in the country, and we want to continue to play like that.
On Texas' ability to score on defense and special teams: I think that makes you an unusual team. We've never been able to do that, and our offense is getting better. Our defense is continuing to score and we didn't score on special teams tonight, but we usually do. Scoring in all three phases is something that gives you a chance to be really, really good, and we've just got to keep that hammer down and keep pressing in those areas.
On making sure what happened in the Texas Tech game last year didn't happen again this year: That was a bad feeling, and I think you gotta put it on the seniors' shoulders. It's your team and you control your own destiny, and we couldn't let it happen again. I think our team really stepped up and came ready to play. Oklahoma State's a tremendous football team. They have a lot of good players, and we were able to play effective tonight and execute while on the field.
On being on the fast track to the national title game: Our focus is one at a time. It's been like that since the beginning of the year. I think our team has definitely bought into that. Our focus right now is UCF. We're going to enjoy tonight as it's a big win obviously.
Defensive End Sergio Kindle
On people saying that Pasadena (the national championship) is in their sights: We've gotta take it one game at a time. There's teams out there every week that lose to a nobody so we only want to think about Pasadena if we get to that time or if we're in a position to be there. Now we've just got to get prepared for Central Florida.
Safety Earl Thomas
On having three safeties in the game and how rare it is: It just shows how versatile our safeties are and how any of us can just play like another cornerback out there.
On how big of an impact it was for Dez Bryant to not be playing: Dez is one of the best receivers in all of college football, and he is a deep threat and we could've taken him away enough. We did good against him last year, but he would've just been another weapon they had.
On how every time the offense is going to throw it seems like a potential opportunity for the defense to score: Yeah, we just try to put it in the end zone as much as possible and create turnovers. Our goal is three a game, and it's just falling our way this game.
On if OSU was stunned with Texas' speed: I think we were good sideline-to-sideline. Now we've just gotta keep it going. As a team, we have good team speed definitely.
On having to play from behind: You become one-dimensional. You have to be a little bit more aggressive on defense and on offense, the clock is working against you and the score is working against you. It takes you out of your game plan a little bit.
On his team's effort: I was very proud of the effort. Without watching the tape, I talked to the team after the game and told them from standing on the sideline, I thought the guys played with great effort. The preparation of college football, the Sunday to Friday work, is very important to these young men. On Saturdays, we want them to go out and have fun and play hard. We put together a game plan in all three phases each week that we feel like gives us a chance to win the game. We played hard, but it didn't work out for us tonight.
On Zac Robinson's struggles: Zac Robinson is our quarterback, and we're going to stick with him. It just didn't work out very well for him tonight. He made a few mistakes. It's important that he keeps his head high and keeps playing. He's a good quarterback and a good player. He just had a tough night.
On Texas's touchdown at the end of the first half after near fumble: My angle wasn't very good. They said his forward progress was stopped. So it's not something you can really question. I couldn't see it from where I was at, but I'm guessing that they have a pretty good shot at it in the booth. They determined that it was not a fumble, and they were able to go down and score. They made a play there to convert on third-and-long either once or twice. That was a big momentum swing.
Defensive Coordinator Bill Young
On pass rush: We have to get better as pass rushers. There is no question about it. We lost containment on a man-under, two-deep three- man rush, and McCoy scrambled for 19 or 20 yards. That is what led to that touchdown right before half time. Any time you lose containment on a guy like that who is such a good athlete, you are going to be burned. Plus, your defensive backs and linebackers have their backs to the ball and do not know he is running. I think Texas is a heck of a football team. I do not think I have seen a better one in the last two or three years.
Offensive Coordinator Gunter Brewer
On big plays: In this type of defense where they put a lot of pressure on you, we have to be able to make the plays when we get our opportunities with big plays or explosive plays. We did not come up with those. We were short on a few. You have to give them credit. They made some plays defensively. Unfortunately when they made them it ended up in scores or big plays that hurt a lot.
OKLAHOMA STATE PLAYERS
Defensive Lineman Derek Burton
On Sexton's near strip: There is not much you can do about it. You just have to move on from that. It was a big momentum swing for them. We should have stopped them, and we did not. You still have to play.
Quarterback Zac Robinson
On Texas's defense: It seemed like they were all over just about everything that we had. There were probably times when I should have tucked it and ran or something. I did that some in the first half. We got to the second half, and I tried to throw some things up that I probably should not have. That is just kind of the way it went, but their secondary is very good. They did a great job.
Linebacker Andre Sexton
On play not going your way: It hurts a lot. It was hard for a lot of players to let that play go, even though you are supposed to let plays like that go, but it was just so hard. They ended up going down the field and scoring on us right before halftime. It could have easily been a 14-point swing the other way, if we score. It was very hurtful to our team. It could have been a big momentum swing going into halftime.