Posted by Gilbert Sam on 1:01 PM
OKLAHOMA SOONERS QUOTES:
Mike Stoops – OU defensive coordinator
On Oklahoma State showing up in the Bedlam rivalry in recent years:
"I think just the consistency at what they play. I think it's really a difference. At Oklahoma we were always there, but now Oklahoma State is always showing up too, so they've become very significant in this conference. Their players play very consistently every time they step on the field, so that's what you get is a more consistent opponent and a better opponent."
On how the Oklahoma defense has evolved over the past year:
"I think it's night and day what we're doing defensively compared to a year ago. I thought we played at times very well in that game and got in position going back and watching it the other day, I thought we did a lot of good things to get back in the game and give ourselves an opportunity to win down the stretch. Just our structure is much different in the way we line up is different. We're a drastically different team than we were a year ago. They're primarily the same as they were a year ago. It's a little different, but the way we line up is a little different than most people, but we can still get looks on how they blocked our fronts versus other people, so we have a pretty good understanding of how they're going to attack."
Bob Stoops – OU head coach
On if he has an appreciation for how far OSU has come as a program since 2001 and 2002:
"No, I don't appreciate it, I wish they hadn't (joking). No, I mean, sure, yeah. They have invested a lot in their program and you see this across the country in every league. Everybody is spending their money and investing in their programs and building their programs and there is more and more parity everywhere and they have shown it in this league."
On choosing OU's eight Big 12 championships or OSU possibly winning two of the last three:
"Over the last many years I would rather have the big picture, but this week I'd rather be where they're at. There's no denying that. Sure, we have done our deal, but today is today and all I can think about is what we want to do this week. If you want to ask me whenever I'm retired and there's a certain point or period of time you want to talk about, sure, but right now I'm in the moment."
On if beating OSU would help alleviate some of the adversity they have faced this season:
"Beating O-State was definitely one of our goals going into this year so it definitely would help things a lot. As we're coming to the end of the season it gives those young guys a rock start next year."
On how they are preparing for the cold weather on Saturday:
"It's a little bit tough. It's football, though. Once you get your adrenaline going, you're body warmth going, you're fine out there on the field. It was cold two weeks ago against K-State and I think we handled that pretty well. I don't think it necessarily hinders us at all on the field. To keep our hands warm, we have hand warmers with a whole bunch of things that you crack up to keep the warmth going. But other than that, as a running back, I don't wear sleeves in the cold or when it's wet so I can be able to hold on to the ball a little bit better but catching the rock, like I said, with the hand warmer, keep your hands warm and you're good to go."
On where his game-winning touchdown against OSU last year ranks in his favorite plays:
"It's up there. I'd say it's probably one of my favorite career moments. I personally liked to be a part of my first 100-yard game last year against Iowa State. I just felt that was more of a confidence booster. With that being said, that finale was something special."
Gabe Ikard – OU offensive lineman
On what allows this team to play well on the road:
"We're comfortable going on the road, especially on offense. Speaking for us, we do the exact same thing on the road as we do at home so we're not uncomfortable at all. We have a certain level of comfort on the road. We like wearing white, it's a good look."