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Nov. 4, 2006

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TEXAS TECH POSTGAME QUOTES

Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach

On the offensive performance...
"It's hard to say without watching film, but I thought we played a good second half. I thought, in the first half, once things started rolling it was pretty good. The guys that I thought were the players of the game - and it's hard for me to put a finger on them and name any individuals - were the guys on the sideline in the trenches that really raised the level of excitement. I thought that was key to our team - turning it on and playing well."

On Joel Filani's play...
"I thought he had some big plays. He played well on several plays. Once he got stoked up, I think that was key. Once he got rolling, he really took off. With the interception, I know he didn't come back on the ball and the guy covering him probably felt pretty good about that. But then Filani came back with a vengeance, and I'm proud of him for that."

On the reviewed fumble...
"Our defense has worked really hard to get turnovers. They work really hard to give up as few points as possible. I thought it was appropriate that we get the ball back. They need to be rewarded for their efforts, and I felt like they earned it."

On Shannon Woods...
"I think he's been steady. (The games) all kind of run together in a way. He had a couple of explosive plays. I don't know how many balls we got to Filani compared to this guy or that guy. The difference in the yards was just explosive. It wasn't so much touches. It worked out good. I thought Graham (Harrell) did a good job of getting us into some of those."

On Baylor's defense...
"They're a tricky defense and they are good. We ended up getting the upper hand today. But if you look at them through the course of the year, they really are a good defense. They are one of those teams that move around a lot and try to keep you off balance. We were lucky enough to identify what they are doing and catch them. I thought Graham's ability to do that was key because he's got the most immediate information. He's there under center. I can shout from the sideline all I want, but it's not going to amount to much unless he recognizes it on his own, which he did a good job of that."

 

 

Texas Tech Quarterback Graham Harrell

On the slow start...
"We just got rolling. We weren't really playing excited at first, but we got excited and put up some good numbers. I don't think there was any certain thing that happened. We were just stale at first, but then our guys got excited and we really got rolling."

On Filani's play...
"You always feel like you'll have a good game with Joel - he caught the ball well, but he plays good every week - he's a good player."

Running back Shannon Woods

On offensive performance...
"We knew what our offense can do. We never got discouraged. We knew what to fix and the score came out with what you see now. When we got going with our first touchdown, the momentum is with you and then you want to score over and over again."

On his performance...
"I always have high expectations as long as the ball is in my hands. I just try to know what to do with it."

Wide receiver Joel Filani

On the offensive effort without Hicks...
"Every one played well. The offensive line played well. Everyone stepped up and played well without Jarrett Hicks in the game."

Did Harrell look for you more without Hicks in game...
"I wouldn't say he looked for me. We have lots of great players who can make plays. Whenever he (Harrell) gets me the ball, I try to make plays for him."

On being bowl eligible...
"For me this is the last go around, so I'm glad we have a chance at a bowl."

Cornerback Chris Parker

On not having film of the Baylor QB...
"He (Szymanski) played a lot different. We didn't have film on him, so we just had to go out and see what we could do. He did a good job of getting out of the pocket. We didn't always contain him as well as we should have."

Defensive tackle Deke Bake

On the defense's play...
"Our defense had to make a statement today. We knew they were going to try to run our offense on us. I think we did pretty well. We have a lot of respect for Baylor; they play hard."

BAYLOR POSTGAME QUOTES

Baylor Head Coach Guy Morris

On the team's enthusiasm ...
"We seemed to be fired up, but fired up by itself is not enough; you've got to go out and execute. You don't win by just showing up, we just kind of had a total melt down today. We started off pretty good, we just can't sustain anything. I think we got whipped today both sides of the ball, plain and simple."

On defending Tech's offense ...
"We just couldn't get much done. We couldn't get any pressure on Harrell and with this offense, and this set of receivers, if you don't disrupt him and get him out of his rhythm it's like shooting fish in a barrel. We just couldn't get to him. They had an answer for everything."

On freshman quarterback Blake Szymanski...
"I was kind of pleased with him. I think he played well enough for us to win the ball game if we could have given him some help and protection. I think he played pretty good. When we gave him some protection he was finding his receivers and throwing the ball a little bit. His demeanor was good, he's always up beat and positive, he believes in himself. "

On Tech Coach Mike Leach's coaching strategy with the game in hand ...
"That's what they do, throw the ball. I've got no problem with that. It's his decision; I probably would have done the same thing."

On how his team can rebound from the loss ...
"We just have to get our heads up, come in look at some film, try to get it out of our system and get ready to go to Oklahoma State."

Senior, Safety, Maurice Linguist

On Tech's ability to move the ball ...
"They were making plays. They did a good job of adjusting. You can tell that they know their offense and do a lot of repetition. I feel like we had given ourselves a chance to stay in the game, making plays. The tough one was when we came out the second half and gave up the two big ones. I feel like we gave them too easy touchdowns and our defense got a little paper thin."

On freshman quarterback Blake Syzmanski ...
"I'm upset that we didn't give Blake a chance because I think he played a solid game.. It's a tough situation, he hasn't really played before. He's thrown in the middle season trying to take our team to get a win in a hostile environment and I think he did a good job making the plays he could. "

Senior, Cornerback C.J. Wilson

On rebounding from loss ...
"Guys have to learn to bounce back regardless of whatever the play is. When you're down one play, you've got to get up and go play the next one because if you let that linger in your mind, especially when you're playing a team like this, they're going to capitalize. We just have to get back and get ready for Oklahoma State."

On freshman quarterback Blake Syzmanski ...
"I really think he's going to flourish in this offense because he's a dual threat. We didn't give him a chance to do what he can do, so that's going to be on us."

On the Baylor defense ...
"We let the team down. As a defense, anytime you let the other team score on you, you let your team down. Some people don't look at it like that, but if you're a true defensive player at heart, anytime you get scored on it's embarrassing."

Freshman, Quarterback, Blake Szymanski

On the pressure of the Texas Tech pass rush...
"They did well for the most part, but we need to get better. I like to make plays with my feet and I try when given the chance. We'll get better next week."

On how an errant snap affected the team's momentum early on...
"We've got to handle adversity; bad things happen and you've got to be able to control those. With things like that, you can't put the whole game on that one play. You've just got to keep chugging along. That didn't kill us; it hurt us a little bit, but it definitely didn't lose the game for us."

On what he can improve on in his next start...
"I need to get better. I need to make better reads and keep making plays for my team. I've got to get the ball in the playmakers hands like Trent and Ziggy [Dominique Zeigler] and all of the receivers and let Paul [Mosley] run the ball."

Senior, Wide Receiver, Trent Shelton

On how he felt about Baylor's chances after his touchdown catch...
"It's good to get that first touchdown but I knew that by no means was the game over. We did that two years ago here and it was the same thing. We've got two more games and we need two wins so we've got to go 100% and go 2-0."

On what he saw from the Tech defense...
"Our coaches prepared us well; they played a basic cover four, cover three, nothing we haven't seen before. Like I said, we have to get better. The offensive line had its problems, the receivers had some drops and fumbles today and we've got to get better as a whole unit. That was probably one of the worst games I've ever seen us play as a whole team, offense, defense and special teams, none of us clicked."

On becoming bowl eligible with two games remaining in the season...
"Our backs are against the wall now but it's not like we haven't been there before. Outside of our locker room there might be some people who don't think we can do this, but we can; we've got two games and we need two wins, you couldn't ask for a better situation. There's a lot of pressure, but I think our team responds to pressure and adversity pretty well, I've faced it since I've been here. We've just got to come out, play hard and win the game."

On if he saw a game like this coming...
"Before the game we seemed dead. Not just one player, the whole team just seemed dead to me. We didn't come out fired up like we usually are. We've just got to put this game behind us because we can't bring it back. We need to come out on Tuesday, practice as hard as we can and get into this bowl game."

On Szymanski's performance in his first ever start...
"He performed better than I expected; I expected him to do good, but to me he did great. He didn't really have the time he needed, but he made plays with his feet. He threw me a perfect ball, right on the money. It's hard to come in here when we need to go to a bowl game and step in behind Shawn Bell and play a great game. I think he proved to a lot of people that he is the quarterback of the future."

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