Justin Gilbert was heavily involved in another stout performance by the Oklahoma State defense, totaling five tackles and a second-quarter interception he returned 35 yards.
Gilbert talked with The Oklahoman after the game about his big play and the Cowboys' defense overall.
What was your game plan against TCU, and how do you feel that plan was executed?
“Pressure the quarterback (Trevone Boykin) and try to get him running around. I think our front did a good job of that, and guys in the back end did a good job of sticking to receivers, staying tight to them, not giving them a lot of room to throw the ball. We pretty much played together and it worked out pretty well.”
What did you see on your interception play?
“First of all, the wide turn that I made (after the catch). I thought I was about to get tackled. And then once I got around, it was pretty much like a punt return. I was trying to wait for my blockers to get in place and try to take it on down the sideline. I think if I would have cut back, I would have taken it all the way. But it was a good feeling.”
Your coach, Mike Gundy, said this defense is playing with a chip on its shoulder. What do you think he means by that?
“Not getting the publicity that we should be getting. I think we're being overlooked in many ways. We know we're a better defense than a lot of people are talking about. We just go out with that mentality to prove people wrong and show the relentless effort we have inside ourselves.”