WACO, Texas — No. 6 Baylor routed Oklahoma 41-12 Thursday night inside Floyd Casey Stadium.
After the game, senior center and captain Gabe Ikard spoke to reporters about the rest of the season, the game plan and Baylor's rapid rise over the past few years.
Q: What is there to still play for, and how do you guys stay motivated?
A: It's one of those things where the team can go one of two ways. We've got three quality opponents left. You can either pack it in and hang your head and feel sorry for yourself and get beat three more times or you can come back, be a man, show some character, respond to this adversity, come back, play and represent the University of Oklahoma well and play for your family, your teammates, everyone that's involved and loves this program.
It's one of those things where we're not used to getting beat like this. We shouldn't get beat like this but we've got to take it for what it is, come back to work and be men about what happened.
Was the game plan to hold onto the ball and run more?
Our plan was to run the ball, control the clock, grind it out a little bit. They brought an extra guy in the box, which is something that we really hadn't anticipated them bringing a safety down to about six yards and basically playing him as a linebacker and he was unblocked so he made a lot of plays. Credit to him for making a lot of tackles. Especially when we went into our bulldozer stuff, they just played him in centerfield and he ran through and made plays.
Baylor has drastically improved in recent years. Are you surprised by that?
Obviously all the credit goes to Baylor. They've got a great team, really building a quality program here, on the rise and building a new stadium and with the players they're getting. Hats off to them. They whooped us.