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Oct. 23, 2011

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Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
Opening statement:
"We are excited about tonight obviously after the last two games we have played. Oklahoma is a really good football team and they showed that and fought tonight. We made enough plays in the first half and got ahead far enough where we didn't get conservative. We came here to win the game and we thought we would have a chance if our defense would get us the ball a few times, and they did. Our defense played great the first half. It was an all-around team effort. We made some mistakes and let them back in a couple of times, but I thought when the chips were down that we made enough plays to get the job done. I'm proud of this group. It was a big time win for us and a fun night for our football team and I'm proud for Texas Tech. This team deserves it after what they have been though the past couple of weeks."

On things from last year making a difference for this year:
"When we came in last year, it was not much of a ball game. We have been thinking about that game and we are a much better team than we were last year. There are some areas where we are still way short on in terms of experience and speed but I thought the coaches did a good job of putting into perspective of what we could do. We pretty much just played zone defense."

On how special this was for him:
"On a national level, you don't read too much about Texas Tech. You haven't seen much about them on TV and I bet you will see it for the next few days and we will be proud of that. When you go on the road and beat a number one team, it is really special, almost impossible to do."

"You don't get to play a number one team very often. Tonight the ball bounced our way and we jumped out and took advantage of certain situations, and we were able to hold on there at the end."

On if it was as easy to win as it looked:
"The thing we noticed about Oklahoma was that they had not seen a passing team all year. They have seen some teams that have run the ball and that is all. I told the ESPN guys yesterday in the hotel that if there was one guy that could get it done for us today it would be our number 7 (Seth Doege). He put the ball on the money and made good plays and good decisions. It was not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a game that we thought we had a good opportunity if we just stayed in it till the fourth quarter."

On how the team finished this week:
"We played well the entire game. We didn't play great and we gave up a couple of big plays which is discouraging, but they are a big play team. They know how to make plays and go deep. They have a quarterback that can get it done and they have some receivers that can get it done. I think the difference between the first half and the second half is how we played on third down on defense. We got our offense back on the field and gave us a chance to score more points by giving them more time on the field. We haven't played very good third down defense in the last few weeks."

Texas Tech Junior QB Seth Doege
On the win:
"It's special. Special for the entire team. The best part of it is being out there with my teammates because we all came together and pulled it off. A lot of people thought we couldn't. The people who are associated with Big 12 football didn't think we could win this game."

On coming in the game focused on winning:
"We lost two games that we felt we should've won, so we knew we were a good football team and had confidence coming in. We also knew that Oklahoma was one of the top teams in the nation, so we had to play our best game to come out on top. We took advantage of some opportunities and came out with the win."

On ending Oklahoma's home winning streak:
"Yeah, we were aware of it. Like coach said, it was a total team effort and everybody did their job. That's why we came out on top."

Texas Tech Junior WR Alex Torres:
On the win:
"It's huge. Coming up here last year, I talked about it all week with the guys, how embarrassing it was and that sense of failure when we came out here and didn't even perform the way we knew we could. Even after these games we had earlier this year, we wanted to prove to everybody that we were better than that. We're a real resilient team and showed that out there tonight."

Texas Tech Junior Safety D.J. Johnson
On the win:
"Oh, it's extremely special. To come out here after two tough losses, and get a hard-fought win, it's a great experience and good feeling for all of us."

On stripping the ball from Ryan Broyles:
"It was a reaction. We talked about it all week, that it's hustle that makes plays. That's all I did was hustle and made that play."

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops
Opening comments:
"Start off by complimenting Texas Tech on a well-played game. I thought they did a great job. I told our players that afterwards. Credit them, they whipped us in every part of the game. I told the players we were definitely out coached and out played. The first half, when you look at what we were doing, it was really poor. In coverage, they were beating us. The quarterback was putting the ball on the money, making plays, running the ball at times. Offensively, we were really poor executing the pass game and run game. Outside of Roy's [Finch] run early, I thought what we tried to do the rest of the day wasn't very effective. I don't want to see a bunch of yards late. We had a chance late to have a chance to win. It was too little too late to put ourself in the hole we did. They hit two screen passes for touchdowns and a bunch of third-down conversions that we couldn't come up with pressure or coverage to get off the field ... just really poor. And then to give yourself a chance there late. We fought back within seven and they go right back up 17. Defensively, we really got outplayed and offensively just too little too late."

On making Texas Tech one dimensional:
"They ran the ball well and we needed to stop it more than we did. But also, it wouldn't have been quite as obvious had we been a little better on some third downs. Third downs hurt us and the two screen passes in the first half were really a big part of it."

On what the team did during the rain delay:
"Just spend time in the locker room, that's all you can do. Give players updates on when they think it'll be the time that we will play. At a certain point we began to stretch again in the locker room and then went out in play."

On Dominique Whaley:
"Dom came down with a bad bug yesterday, couldn't get out of bed. Kind of a similar thing happened to Ryan Broyles at Florida State, but he was able to recover by the time the game came around. Dom just really couldn't. He was just too weak and couldn't play."

On Landry Jones:
"Just, overall, very uncharacteristic, he just wasn't very accurate and forced sometimes. They covered us well, give them credit on a lot of it. But some of it too, he just missed some people or wasn't as accurate as he usually is."

On losing at home:
"I don't know that it has to be all that surprising at the end of the day. Teams we play can come in here and beat us. Maybe sometimes too much is said about it, like it can't happen. That's what I told the players. Anyone who we will play the rest of the year will whoop us if we don't play better than we did today."

Oklahoma Junior QB Landry Jones
On if they expected that performance from Texas Tech:
"We were prepared during the week. We watched enough film. They just outplayed us tonight."

On how it feels to lose at home:
"It's definitely not fun losing a game. I don't know what else to say about that."

On if they feel they should have lost:
"I think Texas Tech was doing a good job. I credit them with playing smart. I credit them with playing solid defense against us."

Oklahoma Junior DE Ronnell Lewis
On how the loss feels:
"It's real disappointing. We didn't come out as a defense. We didn't execute like we were supposed to. We gave a lot of big plays and Texas Tech just put it on us. We just got to give it (credit) to them."

On if he was shocked to lose to Texas Tech:
"Like I said a while ago, we just didn't bring our 'A' game. We didn't make any excuses. They came out and wanted it more. We just couldn't get anything started."

On the ups and downs of the game:
"We had our ups and downs ... offensively and defensively. As a team, as a whole unit, we just have to bounce back. Come back Monday and look forward to Kansas State next week."

 

 

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