Oklahoma game quotes
HEAD COACH MACK BROWN
On the QBs Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford: I thought both quarterbacks played great and gave their teams chances to win.
On Jamaal Charles' fumble: Just from what I could see on the video screen and during the ballgame that he had the ball properly tucked away and I think one of (Oklahoma's) linebackers did a great job of hitting the ball with his hand, knocking it out, and again that was a momentum changer. Give (Oklahoma) credit for moving (the ball) out. We lost some field position, but we came right back and scored.
On the biggest play of the game: I thought the probably the biggest situation in the ballgame was when (Oklahoma) muffed the kickoff and we got them at the six (yardline) and then (Oklahoma) took it down and scored. That probably put us in the worst shape of anything throughout the day. Other than that (play), the two obvious turnovers were when one of them went through Jamaal (Charles') hands and I thought that was a great pass by Colt (McCoy) and the other one was a fumble that was knocked loose and we didn't knock any (balls) loose.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREG DAVIS
On Texas' performance: It was encouraging because of the way (the players) fought and the effort they played with, and that all started earlier in the week.
On what he is most disappointed in: First of all, I'm extremely proud of the players and the way they approached the week. Actually the way we played last week and the way they came out and fought tonight, you have to give Oklahoma credit. They made a few more plays than we made. But, I couldn't be prouder, and you have to be careful saying that, at our guys and how they fought. I think we saw tonight the kind of football team we have a chance to be.
On Jermichael Finley's play: We felt like going into the week that Oklahoma was a predominantly a zone football team. We thought that if we could get our play action going that we might have some chances getting him involved. Our tight ends came up big and both of those kids can run. Colt [McCoy] gave them some good balls. It was good to get them big time involved in the game.
On Colt McCoy's game: It was probably his best game this year. I know from the stand point of visiting with him on the headsets and what he was seeing. They brought a blitz early in the game that we had not prepared for and not seen the formation that they brought it in and we talked about it on the sideline and the next couple of times they brought it, he was prepared.
DEFENSIVE CO-COORDINATOR DUANE AKINA
On the defense overall: I thought we continued to play good run defense and we played a lot of six defensive backs today so it was nice to see Drew [Kelson] to have an opportunity to go out there and play. I thought we played really solid football we just had to come up with a couple more big plays.
On Malcom Kelly's play TD: We had a missed assignment there, which was unfortunate. I thought we played a really responsible game, and it was too bad that we had a missed assignment there. Deon [Beasley] came unblocked and ended up hitting OU's quarterback Sam Bradford. If we could've got him to hold the ball for one step, I think there would've been a good chance the ball would've been on the ground or they would have been kicking for a field goal.
On the frustration of OU having long drives: It was frustrating but you know you are playing against an outstanding offense. There are some give and takes and we just have to do a better job of knocking those balls out or shortening one of those long possessions.
DT DEREK LOKEY
On the loss: You know any loss is tough, but when you go and play as hard as you can as team and you have a lot of energy and you have a lot of effort (the losses) are a little easier to take I guess you could say, but any loss is hard and it cuts to the core, especially to (lose to) Oklahoma here in Dallas.
On Oklahoma: You've got to give (credit) to them. They played really hard and they were extremely classy.
QB COLT McCOY
On Oklahoma: Oklahoma is a great football team and you've got to give them credit. They played really well defensively and offensively. It was a great game.
TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY
On getting open in the first half: (Oklahoma) had a linebacker manned up on me and all I had to do was beat the linebacker and I knew I could do that. And then the receivers busted their butts and got open, and (Oklahoma) left me open down the middle.
RB JAMAAL CHARLES
On his fumble near the goal line: I just saw the end zone and tried to do too much. I tried to score and I thought I scored and the defender came around with his other arm on my left hand and knocked the ball out. I was holding the ball well, he was just a good tackler. I have to give credit to their defense.
On the pass that turned into an interception: I thought I had a good chance to get the ball, but I thought that he was throwing to Quan [Cosby]. I may have jumped in the way, but I should have caught the ball. I ended up tipping the ball though.
On the loss: We tried hard and everybody gave it their all. The media saw it and the fans saw it and everybody tried hard. We knew we wanted to win and we were going to fight until the end and we weren't going to stop fighting.
WR NATE JONES
On the mood after the game: Coach Brown talked to us in the locker room and told us that we came out there and fought. That's one thing I like to see in this team that we never give up until the clock has double zeroes on it. I think we came out there and fought well. Everybody still has their heads up high and we can't just put our heads down right now. We have to get back to work tomorrow and get ready for Iowa State.
On what he saw in the team today: I like the pride and passion of the team. They continued to work and we came out there and fought. The game was a close game and Oklahoma came out and scored close to the end to put them ahead 28-21. I just think this team kept fighting and fighting.
S MARCUS GRIFFIN
On what he saw in the defense: I saw a lot of positives. We just have to go back to work. We're still having problems on our run integrity on some of the big runs. I think we played well on third downs.
CB RYAN PALMER
On if he though OU was going after him today: I guess I would too if I was 5-8 going against someone that is 6-4. I think I held down against Malcom [Kelly]. He is a great player and you can't take anything from him. Him and [Juaquin] Iglesias are great players and they run great routes. I think it was a good challenge for us and I think we did pretty good in man coverage.
On Malcom Kelly's TD in the fourth: That was a busted coverage. Someone was supposed to come over the top but you can't go pointing fingers and say that, "he was your man." If it was a busted coverage, then I put it on the whole defense for not getting the play known to everybody. Everyone is supposed to echo the play to each other. So I feel that since it was a bust in the secondary, the whole defense should come together and say that we all busted the defense.
On Jamaal's fumble: It doesn't kill our team, it just kills Jamaal. He works on holding the ball all the time and he is just going through a tough time of holding the ball right now. We're going to stand behind him because that's our guy and he is our running back. We love him to death and we're behind him. Like I said, things happen in football games. I know he is going to keep his head up high and I know he's going to be fine.
WR QUAN COSBY
On Jamaal's fumble in the red zone: It was big but it was so early that we had lots of chances after that. We got in the end zone after that and tied it up. I don't think it was a huge game changer because we still had a lot of opportunities.
On if the game was a moral victory: I think you can say that from that stand point. It was our best game offensively and defensively. Everybody just looked really good against one of the best teams. We just want to build on that and try to continue through the week.
On how Jermichael Finley's play helps the receivers: When you have a tight end, especially Jermichael, it always helps on the outside. He is our middle threat and he looked really good. He has great hands. Anytime you add a threat, it helps everyone out there from the quarterback to the offensive line and everybody else.
On which team has more talent: Talent wise, there are a lot of guys out there. There is a lot of talent out on the field anytime we meet. In my opinion, especially out there today, you saw it today 28-21, both teams fought and both teams were really working out there.
DE BRIAN ORAKPO
On last OU touchdown: I'm not sure what happened back in the secondary. All I can do is put pressure on the quarterback. I believe that [Deon] Beasley hit [Sam Bradford] on the back. Whoever the receiver was made a great play. That's what football is about, it's about making great plays to win the game.
On being back on the field: It was great to be back out there with my teammates. I felt like I did the best I could and the best to my abilities. I tried to make some plays and get to the quarterback. Early on, things were going well. Being out there was amazing and I just have to get my rhythm back. I felt great and I wish I could've done more for my team. Obviously we took a loss and we just have to try to get them next week.
OT TONY HILLS
On the team maturing: We have a lot of young guys. Coming out of high school, they have never seen this kind of competition especially with the momentum and things like that. Those things are very important in college football, so I think for the first time today, they finally understood what college football is about. And that's a plus. We can always go back and fix the things we did wrong, but you have to take the pluses out of this.
On where the team needs to go: Well, when you are on the bottom, the only way you can go is up. Like I said, the coaches do a great job getting us prepared. So against Iowa State we can get this thing turned around.
HEAD COACH BOB STOOPS
On the adjustments made in the second half to slow down Texas TE Jermichael Finley: We just changed up our coverage a little more. On one of those where he had a big play, we had three guys that were running around the football and he beat us to the ball and everybody kind of ran into each other. So, a couple of times we didn't cover him very well. We just switched up our coverages. We were in good coverages early on. We kind of sucked up on the play action a little too much and they had us in the hole.
On the poise and leadership of Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford: He's sitting right next to me, so I don't want to brag on him too much. He does a nice job. I think Sam, as young as he is, has a lot of confidence and a lot of cool to him. He doesn't make too much of a situation. He trusts the guys around him to make plays. I think he does an excellent job of doing what the offensive coaches are asking him to do - play your role. No one needs to be Superman out there. Distribute the ball. He does a great job of going through his reads and doing that.
QB SAM BRADFORD
On whether the game slowed down for him as the game progressed: I don't think the game slowed down, but I think the coaches did a good job of getting us in good situations. We had a good plan and when we got out there, things just got rolling.
On getting WR Malcolm Kelly involved: It's always good when you have him involved in the game. He made some catches that were just unreal. Anytime you have Malcolm and you throw to Malcolm, you like your chances.
On how the final touchdown play developed: I think we got a few quick passes on that drive and kept moving the chains. On that third-and-five play, we ran that play action as we had worked on it all week. Malcolm (Kelly) did a good job to get open.
On Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray's 65-yard touchdown run: That was a big play in the game. To turn around and watch DeMarco go 65, it gave us some momentum back. It was key in getting us going and getting us into a rhythm. That play just kind of sparked us.
WR MALCOLM KELLY
On putting the Colorado loss behind them: Last week was last week. I'm not worried about last week. We came out and we didn't execute the game plan. That's what we talked about all week. We were going to put the loss behind us. We knew if we dwelled on that loss that we would get beat again. We just put it behind us, came out this week and had a real good week of preparation. We played the way we knew we could.
On his overall performance: In the first half, I had a big catch and ran down and almost scored. It was just a momentum builder. Playing in a game, sometimes you get down when things don't go your way. Coach (Stoops) expressed all week that the game will change; they will get the momentum, we will get the momentum. So, when you get the momentum, you have to hold it.
On the demeanor of Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford: His demeanor never changes. He has the right attitude and says 'Let's get this, let's get it done.' No matter how bad it gets, his demeanor never changes. He knows we always have a chance.