On OSU-Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl:
I don't think there will be a letdown. Not making the national championship game was a disappointment, sure, but these players and coaches still realize that they've done something historic at OSU. To put together the best regular season in school history and then have a letdown in the bowl game would be a bit of a waste, don't you think? When I was at the team's watch party last week, the disappointment and talk of Alabama quickly switched to excitement about playing Stanford in the Fiesta. ... I'm excited for a heck of a ballgame — I think it's the best matchup of the entire bowl season, other than the national title game. Two of the best quarterbacks in the nation, two different yet effective offenses, and a little bit of a strength vs. speed battle.
On OSU's success changing future recruiting:
Success will absolutely make it easier to get good recruits — It's safe to say that the vast majority want to play for a winning program. The thing is, when you're dealing with 17- and 18-year old kids, they're going to change their mind sometimes. Especially some of the higher-level prospects, who will continue to be pursued by big schools even after they commit. That's part of the recruiting game.
On OSU's defensive performance in Bedlam, and what it means for the Fiesta Bowl:
The OU game was absolutely the best defensive performance the Cowboys had all season. They blitzed, blitzed and blitzed some more and really took advantage of the fact that Landry Jones doesn't always perform well under pressure. Justin Gilbert and Brod Brown were also excellent in coverage — I think that was an overlooked part of Bedlam. Bill Young deserved a game ball for the way they attacked the Sooners, and I'm sure we'll see that aggressiveness in the Fiesta Bowl.
On Mike Gundy's contract:
OSU has sent out a release saying that, now that the season is over, they are in the beginning stages of working on a new deal. I think everyone knew it was coming and thinks that's deserved. We'll have more details once it's finalized.