Oklahoma 48 – Oklahoma State 47 | Note’s & Quotes

Oklahoma Quotes

“That’s why they call it Bedlam. It lived up to the name, lived up to the rivalry. Tremendous game. Very different game – it was very explosive offensively on both sides in the first half. I thought we really controlled things offensively other than a couple of drives in the first half when we got down to the red zone but didn’t get touchdowns, so that was certainly the most disappointing part. That and not getting a chance to kick it at the end. Kyler was just a little too aggressive there with the clock – knew that he had five seconds. But, a good first half. Defensively, we were probably a  little bit of a victim of such an emphasis coming in of trying to make them one-dimensional in the throwing game. I think that was certainly a big part of the plan, trying to eliminate (Chuba) Hubbard and Justice Hill with the respect that we have for them. And then they come out and hit two or three just big plays over the top of us and that changes the way that the game is going to be played. So, give credit to them. We got some pretty good pressure on their quarterback, but I thought (Taylor) Cornelius was outstanding. I thought he threw the ball as well as I’ve seen him throw it on tape. I thought they really played well.” – Lincoln Riley opening statement

“The fourth down play – we decided to play some loose zone there. The thought was, we felt like we could get some pressure with our rush. Our guys have been winning one-on-one. More than anything, we wanted to make them – if they were going to get one there, we didn’t want it to be a one-on-one shot on their guys. We wanted to make them make a tough throw and give the guy credit. We came out of the zone just a little bit more and I thought we could’ve squeezed it better, but they made a great play. They had a good route dialed up against what we had called and made an extremely good throw and a very competitive catch. We talked about it before the series. We thought if they did score, they’d go for two and so (Defensive Coordinator Ruffin McNeil) had a call ready and obviously, that ended up being probably the biggest play of the game.” – Riley on Oklahoma State’s fourth down conversion

“Well, calling against Coach Riley every day in practice is hard. We don’t see each other on Mondays and Thursdays, but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays we go against one another. It could be third down or two-minute offense or two-point conversions. During that time, what I do is watch the other team. We all have different assignments on defense. You come up with two options. One to attack or blitz it, and one to defend it. That last one we felt just give me a man and let’s send some edge pressure. We knew in the game they would come back with motion. That’s something they’ve shown, so if you watch it real closely you’ll see Tre (Brown) pointing it out and alerting that (OSU) is going to run with it. Each week changes.” – Ruffin McNeill on defending the two-point conversion 

“I am not satisfied and I am not happy with how we played. We have to play better. We cannot give up 50 points and expect to be a playoff defense. We have got to get better on defense. That happens during the week. We have to practice better so we do not come out here and give up 50 points because that is something we do not want to do.” – Curtis Bolton on the play of the defense

“Oh, man. The O-line dominated the defensive line at the line of scrimmage. We couldn’t do it without them.” – Kennedy Brooks on the play of the offensive line

“I mean I feel like it was written for me. You know, I talked to my mom before, and I mean there’s a reason for everything. You know, my faith is really high, so when I was lined up (Tylan Wallace), I talked to my mom before the play that even happened. I knew they were going to come at me. I mean growing up watching the game and being able to make such a big play, that was really a blessing. Like I said before, I talked to my mom before the game, I mean before that play and made a play, and like ‘wow this is amazing’, you know, it was really emotional at the same time trying to keep everything in.” – Tre Brown on breaking up the 2-point conversion 

“We have some improvements to make, but at the end of the day, no win is a bad win. We continue to fight and we continue to do what our coaches tell us, beginning in drive one. I feel like as a defense, as a whole, that’s what we did. Obviously, some stuff didn’t go our way, but we continue to fight, and at the end of the day we got a win. We beat Oklahoma State today, and that’s what matters.” – Kenneth Murray general thoughts on the game

“Again, we’ve got the best offensive line in the country. Those guys played phenomenal tonight; running backs running the ball great, receivers blocked well, caught the ball well. I think we played really well on offense tonight. I trust everybody on the offense. We were able to run the ball all we wanted to tonight, so I don’t think that had anything to do with it. I think we really wanted to show physicality and we dominated upfront.” – Kyler Murray on Oklahoma’s offense

“I really did not know when I set it. I was thinking if that was the one or not. But then they announced it and the crowd went pretty wild. That was pretty cool. I got to see that and take all of that in. That was really cool.” – Austin Seibert on setting the Big 12 scoring record

Oklahoma State Quotes

“That was a heck of a college football game. We could probably talk about a lot. We made a couple mistakes in the game and they didn’t, but I’m very proud of our guys to come down and compete and play hard. They bought in, practiced hard and showed a good culture. It was a hell of a college football game. You sure would’ve liked to complete that last pass, but sometimes things don’t go your way. I told the team that I couldn’t be any more proud of them. They came to the fight and stood tall. As a coach, that’s all you can ask, for guys to buy in, practice hard and when it comes time to play, to play. I’m very excited about them standing toe-to-toe. We made a lot of plays and it was a fun game.” – Mike Gundy opening statement

“I’d have to look, but not bad. The issue you have is that you can’t contain him. He buys so much time and bounces around back there so you really have to assess it on, ‘OK, I covered for three and a half seconds, was I in decent position and in the right spot?’, but when you get up around six seconds, it’s pretty tough to cover. He just makes a lot of things happen and he’s faster live than he is on TV. He buys so much time, so we’d have to look and see, but we stressed this week to stay in coverage and not come off coverage and I think we did OK. We got more (pressure) than I thought we could get on him. But, in the first half we’d have it on him several times and couldn’t get ahold of him.” – Gundy on Kyler Murray

“Good, until the last play of the game. I just tried to place the ball instead of throwing it. He was open, I just should’ve hit him where he could catch the ball.” – Taylor Cornelius on how he played

“It was one of those moments where your eyes are closed, and you pray that they get it. Unfortunately, they didn’t get it, so we just have to go out there and try to get a stop or get the ball on the onside kick … I watched the big screen and my hopes were up when we decided to go for it and I was confident. The mindset I had was, let’s go for it and win it.” – Justin Phillips on the 2-point conversion 

“I got twisted up kind of weird. I should have had two hands on the ball obviously and it just got away from me.” – Chuba Hubbard on his fumble

Game Notes

• Attendance for Saturday’s game at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium was 87,635, marking OU’s 122nd straight home sellout, or every game since the start of the 1999 season. It was the third-largest crowd in facility history.
• Lincoln Riley secured his 21st win as Oklahoma head coach, tying the program record for most wins by a head coach in his first two seasons, set by Barry Switzer in 1973 and ’74.
• Oklahoma claimed its 88th win all-time against Oklahoma State — its most against one opponent and the second most in FBS history against one program (Nebraska has 91 wins vs. Kansas). The Sooners are 88-18-7 (.810) all-time against the Cowboys. OU has won 14 of the last 16 meetings against OSU.
• During its four-game winning streak against OSU, Oklahoma has averaged 51.5 points.
• OU has won 31 of its last 33 games against Big 12 opponents.
• In Big 12 play, the Sooners lead the conference with 611.6 yards of offense per game.
• Oklahoma has won 15 straight November games, dating back to Nov. 8, 2014.
• Oklahoma scored a touchdown on its opening possession for the sixth time this season. • The Sooners have scored at least 30 points in 32 of their last 34 games, and have won 31 of those 34.
• Oklahoma totaled 702 offensive yards (353 passing, 349 rushing), compiling at least 700 yards for the second time this season (702 vs. Kansas State).
• The Sooners rushed for at least 300 yards and passed for at least 300 yards for the third straight week and fourth time this season (also: Florida Atlantic, Kansas State, Texas Tech). Prior to this season, the 300/300 feat had only been accomplished six times in school history.
• Saturday marked the 12th time Oklahoma has gained at least 700 total yards in its history, six of which have been since 2015 whenmLincoln Riley began calling plays.
• OU gained at least 500 yards of total offense for the 37th time in 50 games since the start of the 2015 season, and the 27th time in the last 34 outings.
• The Sooners had two 100-yard rushers (RB Kennedy Brooks [165] and RB Trey Sermon [124]) for the second straight week and third time this season.
• OU had a 300-yard passer (QB Kyler Murray [349]) and two 100-yard rushers (Brooks [126] and Sermon [115]) for the second straight week. It was just the third time since the start of the 2015 season the Sooners have accomplished that feat.
• Junior LB Caleb Kelly made his first start of the season.
• Oklahoma’s 453 total yards in the first half were its second-most ever in a half against Oklahoma State, trailing only the 466 yards in the first half of last year’s Bedlam contest in Stillwater.

Kyler Murray

• Finished 21 of 29 passing for 349 yards and a touchdown, and rushed 14 times for 66 yards. He accounted for 415 yards of total offense.
• This was the first game this season he has not passed for multiple touchdowns. He ended a streak of eight straight games of throwing at least three touchdowns.
• Has thrown for at least 300 yards seven times this season, including five times in the last six games.
• He has accounted for 39 total touchdowns this season (32 passing, seven rushing).
• With 349 passing yards today, he eclipsed 3,000 yards passing for the season. He now has 3,038 passing yards this year, and is the 14th player in OU history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in one season.

Marquise Brown

• Compiled 142 receiving yards and a touchdown on eight catches (17.8 average). It was his ninth career 100-yard receiving game and fifth this season.
• In two games against Oklahoma State, he has totaled 407 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 17 receptions (23.9 average). He had a school-record 265 yards and two touchdowns last year in Stillwater. All three touchdowns went for longer than 50 yards (84 and 77 yards last year, 51 yards today).
• Scored his eighth receiving touchdown of the season and 15th of his career on a 51-yard pass from QB Kyler Murray. It was his first touchdown in four games (scored two vs. Texas).
• His 51-yard touchdown reception was his 13th reception of at least 50 yards in his 24 games as a Sooner (10th of at least 50 yards for a touchdown). Since the start of the 2017 season, he leads the nation with 13 catches of at least 50 yards.

Kennedy Brooks

• Rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries (11.0 average). It was his first career three-TD game, and the Sooners’ second of the season (Trey Sermon last week at Texas Tech). On the season, he is averaging 11.2 yards on his 57 carries.
• With three touchdowns Saturday, he now has nine rushing TDs this season. He shares the team lead of nine rushing touchdowns with RB Trey Sermon.

Kenneth Murray

• Led the Sooners with 11 tackles (three solo, eight assists) for the second straight week. It was his seventh game this season with double-digit tackles, all coming in the last eight outings.
• Recorded a fourth-quarter fumble that was forced by Neville Gallimore. It was OU’s third fumble recovery of the season and first by the defense (one on punt return and one on kickoff return).

Austin Seibert

• Set the OU scoring record and tied the Big 12 scoring mark on a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter, then broke the Big 12 record with a made PAT on the following drive.
• Moved into fifth place in NCAA career scoring among kickers. The career kick scoring record is 494 points by Arizona State’s Zan Gonzalez (2013-16).
• Now has 287 career extra-point makes in 291 attempts, extending his NCAA records for both.
• Has made a school-record 155 consecutive extra-point attempts, connecting on six in Saturday’s game.
• Connected on both of his field goal attempts (21 and 36 yards), and is now 11 of 13 on field goals this season. He has made eight straight field goal attempts going back to the Sept. 29 Baylor game.

Trey Sermon

• Gained 124 yards and scored two touchdowns on 16 carries (7.8 average). It was his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and fifth of his career. It was his second straight game with multiple touchdowns and third this season.
• Started the game with a season-long 60-yard rush on the opening play, then scored from the 1 three plays later.
• Scored on a 1-yard run with 3:29 remaining in the fourth quarter to give OU a 48-41 lead. The Sooners never trailed again.




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