Kansas vs. Oklahoma - Postgame Quotes

Oct. 16, 2011

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October 15, 2011
Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas head coach Turner Gill
On the KU’s defensive effort:
“It was good. It was good to see our players come out and execute. They played with a lot more confidence and that was key. They played pretty well against a very good offensive program and that’s always good to see.”

On playing some new faces in the game:
“Collin Garrett is the one guy we had not played before and we decided to get him in and ready to roll. Victor Simmons played a lot more reps. We’re just try to get guys some more time, thinking they can help us on the defensive side of the ball. They did some good things and helped our defense a little bit in this ball game.”

On offensive changes between the first and second half:
“The bottom line is their defensive line, or front seven, beat our front seven. We had a few good things happen for us in the first half, and then they came back and got physical. They were more physical than we were in the second half.”

On the condition of center Jeremiah Hatch:
“He’s fine. He’s now able to move all of his limbs. They still want to evaluate him for the next 24 hours and see what happens for the next few days. I’m glad to see that he’s okay as far as moving his limbs because initially he was not able to move anything. It’s good to see that he came back and was around our players.”

Kansas sophomore running back James Sims
On 56-yard Touchdown Run:
“It was just a great play by Jordan (Webb). It was a bad snap, Jordan picked it up and made a great play by pitching it to me, and I took advantage of it.”

On OU defense becoming more comfortable as game progressed:
“They just adjusted to what we were doing. They kind of knew what we were doing, with inside zone and stuff and there was nothing much we could do about it. They just adjusted to everything we did.”

On third quarter struggles and opposing team picking up on what KU is doing:
“For these past couple weeks, it’s been the third quarter that’s been killing us. We’ve been outscored every third quarter, and it sucks. We come out, and we practice hard and we work hard every day. It’s just one quarter can change the whole game around. We just have to continue to push and get better day by day.”

On being so close against Oklahoma:
“It’s extremely frustrating because the No. 1 team came in here (to Lawrence) and we had them and we just didn’t execute like we wanted to. We’ll get better. We’re still a young team, and OU is OU. We’ll just execute and get better day by day at practice.”

Kansas freshman running back Darrian Miller
On change in Jordan Webb as game progressed:
“Honestly, I don’t think anything got to Webb. Webb’s always a great player, and he’s always someone I look to for assistance if anything ever comes up. I feel like he has the best composure on the team. I feel like he was put in a couple bad situations where they came and sent a couple extra guys. Like I said, just to game plan and adjustment in the second half and send different blitzes that we didn’t prepare for. I feel like they just caught him on the back side. I think Webb played a great game.”

On play of defense:
“I think the defense played amazing tonight. They were called on a number of times and they answered, holding them to field goals and goal line stops. I think the defense really grew this week. Just because they came out with a mission and said that’s what they wanted to do. I think they played great.”

On what game means for rest of season:
“I wouldn’t go as far as (to say it was a) confidence booster, but almost just kind of seeing who we could play with and a measurement, just seeing how we match up with teams. I feel it’s going to launch us into next week to be even hungrier and play hard.”

On how he ran today:
“I really can’t say it was anything different from how I usually run. I’ve just been told to keep your feet moving. I’ve never had the mentality to run over anyone because I’m like 5-foot-10, 190 lbs. I really didn’t think I was going to be running over anyone. I had great blocking and the holes that I hit had certain players there. I tried to make plays. We have a good running game, it’s just we have to keep it up in the second half.”

Kansas sophomore cornerback Tyler Patmon
On the defense making some big hits:
“Playing one of the top teams in the nation was motivation for our defense to go out there and show that last week wasn’t our real defense. We can go out there and player better than we did last week.

On the defense missing fewer tackles this week:
“We practiced harder this week. We made sure in practice this week that when we tackled our came up on somebody we were in front of them. We had to make sure that we had the tackle secured.”

Kansas freshman linebacker Victor Simmons
On what was different about the KU defense this week:
We were more focused overall. Everybody came out fired up and ready to do their job.

On if he knew before the game how much he would play:
“I knew, but before this week I had to always be prepared to play because you’re always one play away from having to go.”

On the defense’s production overall:
“Our first half performance was excellent. We came out and stayed fired up in the second half. We just had a few break downs that we have to work on and we’ll continue to improve.”

Kansas junior safety Bradley McDougald
On how the defense played overall:
“We played really well at times. There were some plays we still needed to make and they made more plays than we did. We left a couple of plays on the field. We dropped some picks and let them get some conversions.”

On what motivated the defense to play better:
“There was a lot of pride—confidence and pride in knowing that this is our home turf and the game that we had last week, if we didn’t stay up and play the way we can then it would get that much worse. We just wanted to give it our all and leave it out there.”

On the defense stopping Oklahoma in the red zone:
“The defense was playing for each other. When we were out there we would look at each other and point. We tried to give each other a little confidence going in to each play. We just take it one play at a time. Usually when we get down there we are focused on the wrong thing. We knew what we were doing and we played for each other.”

Oklahoma head coachBob Stoops
On his team’s performance:
“I am really pleased with the run game. When we rush for over 200 yards, I know we are doing some good things. The defense had a couple of big plays in the first half and we did not feel like we were that far off from playing well in the first half. Then in the second half we just settled in played like we know how to play.”

On the Kansas offense:

“Early on I didn’t feel we tackled well or were as physical as we needed to be. They (Kansas) got some yards on us but at the end of the day, they end up with negative yards in the second half. They’ve been averaging 400 and 35 points a game so I think we handled it pretty well.”

On Kansas’ second touchdown:

“I don’t want to call it a fluke play because that doesn’t respect what they were able to do, but I would say it was a strange play with the quarterback scrambling around. He (Jordan Webb) did a great job and made a big play on us and I have to give him credit for it.”

On the Jayhawks defense:
“They have played at home better than they have played on the road but they have been through some tough spots with having to change coordinators at the end of spring. Now, a couple of games they have played on the road against undefeated teams has been tough for them, but all year they have been better at home.”

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones
On Oklahoma’s slow start:
“We kind of went up and down but that’s the game of football. Kansas did a great job—they played great defense. We just kept playing and eventually got it done and put some points on the board.”

On making the pass to Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles to break receiving record:
“He deserved it. He’s a great guy, a great player. He did a good job running by (the defense) and I made a good throw tonight and put it out there for him.”

On Kansas:
“Kansas is a good team. They did a good job and their defense played hard. They came out here and they played well at home.”

On what it feels like to not be performing at the highest level and still win the game:
“It just shows our resiliency that we can play in an ugly game and win against a good football team. Obviously we want to be better but a win is a win and we are always happy with that.”

On what the BCS standings will be the following day of the game:
“It only matters at the end of the year. Whether we’re ranked where we are or we drop. We are still going to play ball. It’d be nice to be ranked high and it’d be nice to be ranked number one, but at the end of the year, that’s when we’ll know the true number one team in the country and we’re just trying to take it game by game right now.”

On Oklahoma’s expectations before the game:
“We just planned to come here and play good football. Tonight we might not have played as well as we wanted to but we got the win. That’s always what we’re shooting for and we’ll hang our hat on that.”

Wide receiver Ryan Boyles:
On whether the record was on his mind:
“No, I was thinking about scoring. I was happy after it happened, got to the sideline, and got a little emotional—it really started to set in for me.”

On the reaction from the sideline:
“Everyone was just congratulating me, saying I put in good work and it paid off for me.”

On having a good connection with quarter back Landry Jones:
“I feel like different games call for different players to make big plays—today was one of those days for me. It’s going to be on and off throughout the season and won’t be consistent with just one guy, just whatever the coverage calls for.”

On Oklahoma’s red zone offense:
“That’s something we’ve been trying to work on. When we play against better competitors we definitely need to finish in the red zone.”

On whether it was Kansas defense or Oklahoma problems in the red zone:
“It was more us. We feel like every time we get on the field and we aren’t scoring points, it’s because of us. I’m sure they’ve done something we weren’t used to, but honestly, I believe that if we’re going to be stopped, it’s because of us.”