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What they're saying about OU-West Virginia: 'It's not a defense; it's a we-fense.'

Here's what Oklahoma and West Virginia players and coaches had to say after the Sooners' 16-7 victory Saturday night on Owen Field.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 7, 2013
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NORMAN — Here's what Oklahoma and West Virginia players and coaches had to say after the Sooners' 16-7 victory Saturday night on Owen Field.

Oklahoma senior linebacker Corey Nelson, on the defense's mentality:

“Our mentality was just play hard. Play as a family out there. That's what I was telling the defense the whole time, ‘It's not a defense; it's a we-fense.' We have to play as a family.”

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, on his team's future:

“I'm excited about this football team. We're gonna keep getting better. It's not a positive that we didn't win the game. There's nothing positive about that. But I feel good about the guys and I feel good about continuing to get better each week.”

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops to reporters, on Dreamius Smith's 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter:

“You guys probably thought they were gonna have another 800 yards on us, didn't you?”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, on his team's ability to run the football effectively:

“Hopefully we can run the football like that. You know, that's a positive when you can. I hear all kinds of other teams get patted on the back all the time, ‘Oh they're tough. They're physical and they can run for 300 yards.' … What's wrong with us?”

Oklahoma senior safety Gabe Lynn, comparing last year's game against West Virginia with this year's:

“Offense bailed us out big time (last year). Coming into this game, we had a lot of motivation. We definitely want to prove everybody wrong.”

West Virginia defensive back Darwin Cook, on the loss:

“I feel like it slipped away. I feel like I let the team down.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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