Post Game Quotes

“Got another great team win. It was an important win for us. I think we took some big steps again as a team; (I am) very, very thrilled about how well we played defensively. I think we took another big step there, (with) young guys continuing to step up, make big plays. Again, in this league, when you only give up three points, you played pretty darn well on that side of the ball. So, they were great all night. Offensively, we had a hard time getting on track in the first half; give Kansas credit. They have great players, like I said all week. They had a good game plan for us. They really changed up a lot of things that they were going to do which, combined with the conditions, made it tough. They loaded up on our run. We had a little trouble throwing the ball down the field as well as we normally do, and so I had to make some adjustments. But (we) had some big touchdowns, especially the one before half was big, and then we played much better offensively in the second half. So, (it was) another big win. Again, to get our 10th victory, which is always a great milestone, and to clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship game here in a few weeks … it was an important win and another big win on the road.” – Lincoln Riley opening statement

“Just so we get out in front of it here, I was made aware after the game of the situation with Baker, talking and gesturing towards them. It was a chippy game, and it was chippy from the second that their guys decided they didn’t want to shake our hands at the coin toss. The chippiness started there. But despite all that, there’s no excuse for it. Baker is a competitive guy and let the emotions get the best of him; but again, (this was) a very, very chippy, emotional game. But again, we can’t have that and he can’t do that. I’m sure he’ll address that in here with you guys when he comes in.” – Lincoln Riley on Baker Mayfield’s third quarter gesture

“It was a factor. It wasn’t like it completely dominated the game, though. We still had plenty of other opportunities that we didn’t (convert on). (We) dropped a couple of balls, Baker missed a couple of throws that he normally makes that the wind was a big factor on. We had a couple of penalties that were the result of our emotions being pretty high, especially after the deal early in the game. So, we didn’t play well the first half. We got a couple of touchdowns, but we played much better in the second half.” – Lincoln Riley on the wind

I’d like to address questions that I’ve been getting asked. I got caught up in a competitive, chippy game, but what I did tonight was unacceptable. I am a competitive player but what I did was unacceptable. I apologize, it’s disrespectful, it’s not the example I want to set. It’s not the legacy I want to leave at OU. I truly do apologize. Think about the kids that are watching, that’s not something I want to do. To the parents out there, I’m sorry, that’s not anything you want your kids to watch or to have as a role model. I really do apologize from the bottom of my heart. On top of everything else, it’s not to take away from a good team win. I’ve always been a team guy so actions like that do not reflect how I feel about the team. I’m sorry for a lot of things. To Sooner fans, I didn’t lead us by example or the right way. I apologize to not just the Kansas people, but also to our Sooner fans, they’ll have to answer questions for me now. I apologize; I really do mean that with everything I have. No disrespect to any of the Kansas athletes; it was a chippy game, but it’s football (and) I can’t get caught up in it with the position I’m in. I have to be the one to lead by example and I did not do that. That being said, like I said again, we had a good win. It’s not about me, that is not what this press conference should be about. We had guys that played well; we had a defense that played great tonight, so let’s talk about that.” – Baker Mayfield opening statement

If you look at it, last year, they got after us on offense for the first half. They were very physical, they had great players on defense, and they kind of set the tone today with how they were feeling with the coin toss, (by) not shaking hands. We knew it was going to be a chippy, physical game, but they did a great job of being physical. It’s a team that’s given us fits; their record doesn’t indicate how physical and how good they are on defense.” – Baker Mayfield on Kansas not shaking hands at the coin toss

“I think it was a big play, that’s something we’ve been studying all week, and I just saw it coming. I called it out that they were about to run it. As soon as he threw the ball, I expected him to catch it, but it (was) tipped in the air and I was just thinking, ‘This is not happening.’ I caught it and I just got tunnel vision, all I saw was me and him. When I look back on it tomorrow I’ll think that I should have scored, but at the time all I saw was me and him. I’m happy, it was my first career interception, it was a big one, it was a good one.” – Emmanuel Beal on his interception

Game Notes

• With the win, OU clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship game on Dec. 2 in Arlington, Texas. It will be the Sooners’ ninth appearance in a conference title game (7-1 record in such games).
• Oklahoma is 75-27-6 all-time against Kansas, including a 36-15-4 mark in Lawrence.
• The Sooners have won 13 straight in the series with Kansas, its longest active win streak against another team.
• OU has held Kansas to seven or fewer points in five of the last six meetings.
• The Oklahoma defense held the Jayhawks to 155 total yards, including 32 rushing yards.
• The Sooners have won their last seven games in Lawrence and have outscored the Jayhawks 276-72 (39-10 average) during the stretch.
• Saturday’s victory marks the Sooners’ 14th straight road win in Big 12 play, which sets the outright league record (Texas won 13 consecutive Big 12 road games
from 2003 to 2006).
• OU has won 23 of its last 24 Big 12 games dating back to the 2015 season.
• With the win win, Lincoln Riley ties the Oklahoma record record for most wins in a debut season, joining Barry Switzer (1973) and Chuck Fairbanks (1967) with 10 wins apiece.
• The Sooners have won their last 12 games in the month of November.                                 • Oklahoma leads all FBS programs with its 38 seasons of at least 10 wins. Saturday’s win also marks OU’s nation-leading 15th season of double-digit wins since 2000.
• OU is 69-13-2 all-time as the No. 3 team in the AP Poll, 29-5 on the road and 46-6 as the No. 3 AP team against unranked opponents (23-3 on the road).
• LB Emmanuel Beal’s interception was OU’s seventh of the season and the Sooners have turned them into a total of 38 points (five touchdowns and a field goal).
• Ten Sooners made at least one reception in Saturday’s game, marking the fourth time this season OU has had 10-plus receivers catch a pass in a game.