NORMAN — Oklahoma opened the 2014 season with a 48-16 victory over Louisiana Tech.
Here’s a look at what some coaches and players had to say after the game:
Junior receiver Sterling Shepard, on his talk with Bob Stoops following first-quarter his touchdown reception. Shepard celebrated by running his hands across his chest: “In the Sugar Bowl, I got that penalty. I’ve never throat slashed in my life, but those things can get called and there’s nothing you can do about it, so you have to be smart in that area. That’s what I tried to do. I was trying to keep my head up, like, ‘No, that’s not a throat slash.’”
Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz, on Bob Stoops: “I told him beforehand that it is really unusual to see someone in today’s day be in the same place for 16 years, particularly at a place like Oklahoma where the expectations are so high. I think that is a real testament to him, his staff and the job that he has done with this team.”
Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol, on the OU defense: “They fly around the field. They’ve got good speed and they’ve got some big guys up front. They do a lot of great things schematically in their defense to kind of keep you off balance. All praise to them.”
Freshman running back Samaje Perine, asked about being the team’s leading rusher in his first game: “It’s great. I can’t really explain it right now. It’s still processing in my mind. I have to give a big shoutout to my offensive line; they did great tonight.”
OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, on offensive line play: “We’re fortunate that we have a lot of guys who’ve played a lot of football at multiple positions on the interior. I thought they did a great job tonight.”
OU coach Bob Stoops, on what he learned about his running backs: “They were assigned correctly, they were physical and they took care of the ball. Those are three big factors.”