OU quoteboard: Sooner coaches credit players for win over OSU

COMPILED BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: November 29, 2009 at 7:02 am •  Published: November 29, 2009

Coach Bob Stoops: "You have to compliment the defense. I thought coach (Brent) Venables and the staff did an excellent job. But still, in the end it's the players that have to tackle, be where they need to be, make plays and they were great."

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson: "I think early we were pressing and there might have been a little bit of stress in the first couple of drives. You would have thought that it would have been to our advantage to gain some momentum to get the crowd into it and we went through a lull in the first quarter. So we go through that and build and have a nice second quarter. The opening drive in the third quarter, that nice long drive was a good deal."

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables: "Our guys came out basic and simple and they lined up right. They played very physical and man-to-man played very strongly. They played a really clean game, we tackled well, covered well and got great pressure. I thought that our guys created a new line of scrimmage from the outset. I thought they responded to a lot of challenges in a lot of different ways. It has been a tough and difficult year but our guys have never made excuses."

Junior defensive end Jeremy Beal: "We had a lot to prove today, especially for the seniors. We've had a difficult year and we just wanted to come out on top with a great win. I'm proud of our team today. We played extremely hard and the score proved it."

Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Broyles: "I was told to be a little farther than where he punted it (on his 87-yard touchdown return), so I didn't know if I was going to get the ball or not. I got a soft bounce, and I just grabbed the ball and my guys just started blocking for me. I went left and it all worked out for me."


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