Oklahoma DC Mike Stoops
"I've never seen that in my whole life" and other quotables from OU's win over Texas Tech
t was not a good night for defense Saturday inside Jones AT&T Stadium. Oklahoma and Texas Tech combined for the most total offense -- 1,708 yards -- in a game in FBS history, with each team running up 854 yards.
Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was understandably frustrated when he spoke to reporters after OU’s 66-59 win.
“We thought we were making some improvements,” he said. “To really fall on our face like this -- we have to reevaluate a lot of things we’re doing, who we’re playing. We’re thin in a lot of areas.
“But just throwing the ball up there and catching balls, that’s not good football by anybody’s imagination. Whether we can say this, say that, that’s not good football.”
Stoops on if OU can fix its defensive woes:
“I don’t know. We’ll see. We got no choice. We can only go up from here. Just total breakdowns -- technique, guys running post routes wide open. I’ve never seen that in my whole life. Never seen that many guys open before.”
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes on his record-setting night:
“I did well. Definitely could have done better. A lot of throws I underthrew, overthrew. But didn’t get the win, so it wasn’t good enough.”
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury on not being able to stop OU’s offense:
“Yeah, just I think the law of averages [says] we could get one but we didn’t. They scored on every drive except the one they took a knee on at the end. So that’s that. And really didn’t even get them in third down, I don’t think, in the second half. So they did a tremendous job on first and second down making big plays.”
Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon on his performance:
“It was real fun. Coach Riley told me to put the team on my shoulders, and I was feeding off of our receivers and Baker [Mayfield]. The offensive line did a hell of a job, and I’m going to treat them to something this weekend, Monday, whatever.”
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on Baker Mayfield’s emotions:
“I don’t see emotions allowing him to execute. I see a talented guy that’s disciplined in his fundamentals executing.”
Mayfield on the hostile crowd:
“It’s fun. It makes it enjoyable. They come out and compete and bring their A game. Like I said, college football is fun for that reason.”