Oklahoma 45 – Texas 40 | Notes & Quotes

Bob Stoops

Opening statement: “First, compliments to Texas and Coach Strong, his staff and his team. A well-played, hard-fought, tough game all the way through, exciting game. Compliments to them. They’ve got a lot of good football players and played hard. Also, just really proud of our players, the way they continued to battle throughout the day and fought all the way to the end to win it. Missing a lot of guys. A lot of guys went down here today, but I was really pleased and proud of the young guys that all went in and fought and scrapped and played, and they really played well.”

On performances from young players: “They all went in there and made some nice plays. They were in position. One time we had to call timeout—one of the young guys wasn’t in position but got it straightened out. Those guys did a good job. I’m just really proud of them. We’re down so many guys, it’s unbelievable, but they stayed and hung in there. Also proud of the guys—Jordan Evans and Emmanuel Beal and those guys—with no one to rotate with because of how thin we are, and they fought through a hot day and played 80, 82, 84, whatever it was, snaps and made plays they needed to.”

On the effect injuries have on the rotation: “It was tough to manage. It makes you thin. It makes guys, you can’t rest them in series. Then, it starts to hurt your special teams because you’re trying to have a guy not have to cover a kickoff because he’s going to go out on defense. It was tough to manage, so it does make you more thin. We do have a lot of guys out, but it doesn’t really matter. Other guys have to step up and play and have to play more. The D-Line, we’re without two tackles, D-Ends, and those guys have to play more snaps. I appreciate them. Jordan Wade has been in there battling, and Austin Roberts, DJ Ward, and Matt Romar. Just fewer guys to rotate with, in practice and in games, so they’ve been hanging in there and doing the best they can.”

Lincoln Riley

On Dede Westbrook: “Dede was huge. He had some big ones. We thought we had some good matchups there. It’s been good the last two weeks to get him healthy. He’s a big part of what we’re doing. Bake had some really nice throws to him, protected by our o-line. When you do what we did running and throwing the ball, there’s a lot of people playing well and Dede did a great job of finishing those off.”

On Samaje Perine: “That’s the best I’ve seen him. Either this or TCU last year, it’s the best I’ve seen him. He’s gotten better and better each week. It’s just amazing. A lot of guys with his history coming into this season and maybe with the way the season started out for him personally, how many guys would’ve pouted or would’ve said, ‘I deserve this or that’? That’s not him. He’s just continued to grind and work. Schmitty and his group have done a great job getting him back and ready. He’s just getting better and better each week.”

Mike Stoops

On how Texas only scored three points off of four turnovers: “We played good enough again to withstand their initial surge. We turned the ball over a couple of times and gave them good field position, but we didn’t give up a bunch of points in the first half and the game could’ve gotten sideways in a hurry. I’m proud of our guys. They hung in there and played as well as we have all year in the first half. With cover people, it makes them plays, it gives them tremendous momentum. I thought we played them pretty clean the first half and just gave up two big plays in the third quarter.”

On Will Sunderland’s interception: “That turnover was big, too. Will has done some good things. We have to make the game where Will can be a factor because he’s a very talented player. That’s part Will, that’s part us getting him in position where he can really use his ability to play. It was a little reminiscent of Zack Sanchez’s interception against Tennessee. That’s the first thing I thought of. It really put us in a good position.”

Emmanuel Beal

On playing in his first OU-Texas game: “I didn’t know what it was going to be like, but I knew of the rivalry and what it was like. I knew I would have to play my best game. We knew we were going to have to play our best game of the season to come out with a victory.”

On what a win like this means for the season: “Brings a lot of confidence and silenced a lot of critics. Brings confidence to our coaches, our players, and our younger players who played today. They can say, ‘we beat Texas, why can’t we do that to everyone else?”

Orlando Brown

On if the focus of being physical paid off: “I definitely think that it did. We went into this game with the mentality to set the tone, and we have to do what we have to do to dominate. I couldn’t be more proud of the offensive and the defense and the way guys fought. To go out here and get a W in this setting is amazing.”

On the importance of the win: “It was very important. We knew that it was going to be a dog fight, but to just come out and show the resilience that we have, it was very big for us and a big confidence boost.”

Baker Mayfield

Thoughts on the win against Texas: “It’s special to me. I grew up in Austin so I know what this rivalry is all about. I’ve been waiting a long time to finally get a win against these guys. It felt good to go out and celebrate with the team.”

What Samaje means to the team: “He means so much to this program. He leads by example. That’s the type of guy you want in your program no matter what. When you see him out there making plays, being physical and never giving up, you love seeing that. Seeing a big smile on his face holding the golden hat, it’s a good feeling.”

Samaje Perine

On the importance of the win: “It was very important. We knew that it was going to be a dog fight, but to just come out and show the resilience that we have, it was very big for us and a big confidence boost.”

Will Sunderland

On his first career interception: “It felt good. All week just training, practicing and watching Texas’ schemes, the scouts ran that play all the time, and today I just recognized it and made a play on the ball and got the pick. It was a big play.”

On the fight to control the ball between him and the Texas WR: “I was just thinking ‘It’s mine’ and I’m not letting go of it and just concentrating on hanging on as tight as I could. When the ref said it was our ball I just celebrated with my team.”

Dede Westbrook

Thoughts on three touchdowns catches against Texas: “It was great. I just went out there with my brothers and was able to compete to the best of my abilities. The record wouldn’t even be possible if it wasn’t for the offensive line and the other receivers doing their job.”

On finishing with 10 receptions: “Their coverage is pretty tough. With Samaje and how good he is and play action, it’s always going to help me get open.”

Game Notes

• Bob Stoops leads all Oklahoma coaches in victories over Texas. He is now 11-7 against the Longhorns.

• With the win, the Sooners have now won five of the last seven meetings against the Longhorns.

• The 85 combined points are the most in OU-Texas history, passing the previous record of 84 in 2012.

• OU tallied 672 total yards of offense Saturday, the second-most for the Sooners against Texas in the series (677 in 2012) and just the second time that Texas allowed the Sooners to record 600 or more yards of total offense in a game.

• Wide receiver Dede Westbrook fi nished with a school-record 232 yards receiving and running back Samaje Perine tallied 214 yards rushing on a career-high 35 carries, marking the fi rst time in program history that the Sooners had a 200-yard receiver and a 200-yard rusher in the same game.

• It’s the seventh time in FBS history that a team has had a 200-yard receiver and 200-yard rusher in the same contest and the fi fth time that a team had a 200 yard receiver, 200-yard rusher and 300-yard passer in the same contest.

• Dede Westbrook finished with a school-record 232 receiving yards, passing his previous career best of 158 yards at TCU last week. He also had a career-high 10 receptions, the most catches ever for a Sooner against Texas.

• His 390 yards over the last two games are a school record for receiving yards in back-to-back games, passing Ryan Broyles (339, Texas and Kansas, 2011).

• Caught three TDs for the first time in a single game in his career.

• Westbrook recorded seven catches in the first half, an OU record for receptions in a single half against Texas (Corey Warren had six in the second half in 1992).

• Has recorded 100 yards receiving in back-to-back games and the third time overall in his career.

• Baker Mayfield set a school record for passing yards against Texas with 390 (previous high 387, Sam Bradford in 2008).

• Samaje Perine recorded two TDs and 214 yards on a career-high 35 carries, tied for the second-most for an OU running back in the Stoops era (behind Adrian Peterson’s 36 in 2004 vs. Kansas State).

• Perine now has 43 career rushing TDs, passing Chris Brown for fifth place in OU history. He also passed De’Mond Parker (3,403) for seventh in school history for career rushing yards and has 3,523 after Saturday’s game.

• Ogbonnia Okoronkwo led the Sooners with a career-high 11 tackles and finished with a forced fumble, pass breakup and half a sack.

• He forced his first career fumble on a carry by D’Onta Foreman at the Texas 19-yard line late in the first quarter.

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