Nov 23, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Baylor Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

Say What? Big 12 Coaches Speak Out On Gridiron Goings-On

Here is what Big 12 football coaches had to say this week about past and present topics of fan interest:

Mike Gundy Oklahoma State, on his team’s performance in upsetting the No. 4 team in the country:

“You put together all three phases of your game plan, and you try to hold them to hold them to half of what they averaged. So you say, ‘Okay, can we hold them to 32 points?’ You have to have enough chunk plays on offense to somehow score 35 points or more against a defense that hasn’t given up anywhere near that. That’s not something we anticipated, but when you play at home in front of a crowd like this (sellout of 60,000-plus), and you get on a roll, sometimes that can happen.”

Art Briles, Baylor, on his team suffering its first loss:

“None of them (losses) feel good, but that is just part of it. Our team has done a great job up to this point so I am proud of them for that, and we will try to start again on Saturday at TCU and get us a win.”

Briles on what he told his team at halftime, down 14-3 to Oklahoma State:

“Get a stop, get a score. Get it to a 14-10 game. But we didn’t get a stop, and I’m not sure what we did the first possession, but we didn’t score, and I think in the first two possessions they scored and it was 28-3 and it’s a little different scenario. Everything you had planned coming back from a half is thrown out the window.”

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, on freshman quarterback Trevor Knight:

“I think we are seeing more and more how well he throws the ball. The more we go, I still believe there is so much there because he throws a great ball. We just have to keep getting him comfortable in the moment. He has got great speed, quickness and he makes things happen when they are not there, and he has got great talent to make them happen when they are there. We just have to keep getting more of it.”

Bill Snyder, Kansas State, on the major play(s) that turned the tide against K-State in its game with Oklahoma:

“It was a major play in the ball game (a short punt on the K-State side of the field and a return for a touchdown by OU’s Jalen Saunders). The interception (in the same quarter that was returned for a touchdown by the Sooners’ Zach Sanchez) was a major play in the ball game. There are major plays, but there are so many things that led up to it. Tell me why we are down 14-0? That had an impact on the game. As you go through it, you can’t take just one element and say that was major. There were a lot of major plays in the game that added up to what happened.”

Snyder on losing the game despite Tyler Lockett’s 278 receiving yards:

“Regardless of how many catches and yards he gets, what concerns me is we lost the ball game.”

Paul Rhoads, Iowa State, on the play of his seniors on Senior Night and the Cyclones first conference win (over Kansas):

“When they’re playing for evcrbody else and everybody else is playing for them, they step up. Seniors make plays on nights like this…On a night like this, you play a little different. There’s a little something extra. Sometimes you just play up, and they did.”

Charlie Weis, Kansas, on the frigid game conditions at Iowa State last Saturday night:

“It was cold (eight degrees above zero at kickoff), but there was no wind. I really didn’t feel that the weather itself was a factor. I thought the field was a factor, but both teams were playing on the same field. Obviously Iowa State did a much better job of handling it (than we did).” (Iowa State shut out the Jayhawks 34-0.)

Gary Patterson, TCU, on what this year’s disappointing season means in the big picture:

“It’s been an interesting year. We’ve learned a lot. The cool thing about seeing Baylor do it is that it’s not the traditional power. It raises the level for everybody…If we hadn’t played LSU (in the season opener) and we win in overtime vs. West Virginia, we are already bowl eligible. I think we found out that when we play at a high level, like that first game of the season, you have a chance to go compete with those guys and you can get physical. There’s a formula for success out there.”

Patterson on his team’s game this Saturday against 9-1 Baylor:

“If you look at the last game against Baylor, we were able to hold the ball and move it. They only had 55 plays. They run the ball really well, so you have to be able to stop it. Oklahoma State was able to, and it turned into a throwing game. You make a wrong step and a 15-yard pass turns into a 75-yarder.”




Tags: Art Briles Big 12 Football Bill Snyder Bob Stoops Charlie Weis Gary Patterson Mike Gundy Paul Rhoads

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