“It says we're in a good position,” Peterson said after the game. “We've got a young team — a lot of freshmen and sophomores out there playing tonight.
“When tough times came, adversity came, they were able to stand up and continue to swing back and make plays. To have so many young guys on the field, that really speaks volumes to the coaches and what those guys are doing. … We came out tonight and pretty much showed the world what Oklahoma football is all about.”
STOOPS WILL MISS DEPARTING SENIORS
Ikard, Millard, Nelson and the rest of Oklahoma's departing senior class leave behind a strong legacy for the program to build on.
“What an awesome senior class,” said coach Bob Stoops. “Aaron (Colvin) fought through so many injuries the whole year. … Gabe Lynn had a huge year. They did everything they could.
“These guys leave a great legacy, to come in here in this situation and do what they did to finish out the year. People want to write us off and all of a sudden it's like, ‘Where'd this come from?'
“Well, it's their character. I can't say it surprises me because I see them every day.”
Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh after the Sugar Bowl:
“We expect to win these game. We knew it was going to be tough but our kids believe. They don't fear anybody. They respect everybody but they don't fear anybody.
“It's going to push us forward and help us with recruiting and those things, so it was a big, big win for us.”