DALLAS — Texas coach Mack Brown entered Saturday's Red River Rivalry under intense pressure, and might have alleviated some of it with his team's 36-20 win over Oklahoma.
After the game, Brown spoke about his team's improvement, ending OU's three-year winning streak in the series and being the underdog:
Q: Do streaks in this rivalry game usually end when players are sick of hearing about it from the outside?
A: The one thing the outside can't predict is the will and determination of young people. … To me, I thought we would win today. I knew we would play really hard and I knew we would play really well. I didn't know if it would be good enough to win, but I thought we would win. But I knew this was going to be a different mindset coming into this game because they were not happy with the last two years and the way it has looked. As I said, walking out of here last year, there were a lot of things said in that dressing room that affected today.
You were a 14-point underdog going into the game. What does this say about the rivalry that you could be the underdog and win?
I think it says more about the state of college football and that anybody can beat anybody on Saturday if you play better than the other team. It is all about how you play and if you go out there and stand around you probably can't beat anybody. If you go out there ready to play, even if you mess things up like we messed some things up these guys did not let up at all.
So I think that's why people love college football so much and that is why you have to be careful with what you say. Somebody wins, you get too high. Somebody loses, you get too low and we can't do that. We have to go back to work and that is what these guys did.
Why did it come together today after the last three years, and what was the mindset of your seniors?
I think it is really amazing to see what Greg Robinson and those other three defensive coaches have done to tie this together, to put in the run-stopping defense they put in today. We didn't blitz a whole lot, but the guys still put pressure on (Blake) Bell and it is just amazing to see after the change after Brigham Young what this has become.
What feelings were going through your head after the game?
I like winning football games — that's my job. When you win one, you are supposed to and that is it. You put all your time and energy into one and when you win it, it's really fun and I like seeing these guys be happy. When you lose it, it's devastating because you put the same amount of time in it and the same amount of energy into it and it kills you.