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Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma 55 – Kansas 40 | Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld

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Quotes

“Very, very pleased with the win. It was a goal of this team from the beginning and something we talked about a lot. One of the things we knew we had a chance to improve on was winning all these games at home. Playing here is important to us. We get to play in front of the best fans in certainly one of the best venues, not only in college football, but in sports and they will protect that. To run the table this year at home was big. Obviously, still keeps all of our goals in tact as far as the rest of the season. And then, very important to us was winning this one for our seniors. These guys have given a ton. We don’t have a lot of numbers, we don’t have a lot of seniors, but the guys that have been here have been absolutely tremendous. They’ve been part of a historic run for the last several years. That we’ll send those guys out with a win was tremendous.” – Lincoln Riley opening statement

“I still feel like we can be what we need to be. Obviously, we didn’t take a stand this week that we expected to take, so I can’t sit here and say something that’s not true. We didn’t take a step that I felt we would take. We felt like we had defended the run well all year and we really put a lot of emphasis on our pass coverage, which, again, I thought was better but we kind of sprung some new leaks, really, but no matter whether teams are running it or throwing it, you’ve got to tackle. At the end of the day, you have to tackle. We have guys there that should be shutting things down, or three guys there to make plays – they’ve got to go make them. And we’re playing a little too hesitant. We’re not playing as aggressive as we need to play as far as triggering and making plays and if you do that against really good athletes, you’re going to pay. I still feel like there’s capability in that room to get it done, but we’re going to have to play much better than we did, we’re going to have to tackle better than we did.” – Lincoln Riley on the defense

“I thought we had guys in pretty good position. We’ve just got to finish those plays. I thought the guys prepared well last week. I will watch the film and see what I have to do better. I take the responsibility to make sure they are getting ready to go. Again, we’re happy for the win… happy for the single win, but I know the guys are disappointed about how they played, but we’ll keep working at it.” – Ruffin McNeill on the Kansas rushing attack

“We have guys in position. We tell them to not worry about mistakes. All mistakes are mine, so don’t hesitate. Go make it. We tackle every day, so we’ll just continue to do that and continue to work hard. We’ll watch the film and see what angles would help, but look from all different angles on that too. Ready to get back to work and watch the film and fix what we’ve got to fix to get ready for next week.” – Ruffin McNeill on tackling 

“It is extremely frustrating because on the outside we are winning these games, but in the locker room it feels like we are losing them. I know that’s not just me but everyone on the defense knows that this is not how we want to play. It’s unacceptable to every single one of us but at the same time it starts with us and being able to change it is with us.” – Robert Barnes on the frustration of the defense

“We made some plays, left some plays out there. It wasn’t our best win, our prettiest win, but a win is a win.” – Marquise Brown

“Nobody nowhere was going to catch him. On no team.” – Marquise Brown on Kyler Murray’s 75-yard touchdown run

“I think that guys were in the right spots a lot. I think that the biggest part about today is tackling. We need to be better at tackling. We need to get guys down. That is where they picked up a lot of extra yards.” – Kenneth Mann on the defensive struggles

“It is the effort to get a guy down. We just got to be better and have to do better on tackling. We have to make sure guys are going to the ground.” – Kenneth Mann on bad tackling

“I knew, pre-snap that they went to man (defense) and I knew if (Kennedy Brooks) got the block at linebacker, there was a pretty good chance I could take it all the way if I beat the safety and that’s what happened. It’s good to get looks like that.” – Kyler Murray on his 75-yard touchdown run

Notes

• With Saturday’s win, Lincoln Riley secured his 22nd win as Oklahoma head coach, breaking the program record for most victories by a head coach in his first two seasons (surpassed the mark set by Barry Switzer in 1973 and ’74). Riley is 22-3 in his second season as OU head coach.
• The Sooners registered their nation-leading 39th season of at least 10 wins. They also lead the country with their 17 seasons of double-digit victories since 2000.
• Oklahoma improved its all-time record against Kansas to 76-27-6 (.725), and has won 14 straight in the series. It is OU’s longest active winning streak against an opponent.
• Each of Oklahoma’s last 14 wins against Kansas have been by at least 15 points.
• The Sooners completed a 7-0 home record this year, tying the school record for home victories in a season (also 2003 and 2007).
• Oklahoma has won 16 straight November games dating back to Nov. 8, 2014.
• This was Oklahoma’s sixth game this season with at least 50 points.
• Oklahoma has scored at least 48 points in five straight games, its longest streak since 2008 when the Sooners scored at least 58 points in six consecutive contests.
• OU gained at least 500 yards of total offense for the seventh straight game, for the ninth time this season, for the 38th time in 51 games since the start of the 2015 season, and the 28th time in the last 35 outings.
• In Big 12 play, the Sooners lead the conference with 605.9 yards of offense per game. OU has gained at least 500 yards of offense against every Big 12 opponent this season.
• Oklahoma scored at least 20 points in the first half for the 22nd time in the last 25 games.

Kyler Murray

• Accounted for five touchdowns in the game (three rushing, two passing). It was his third game this season in which he accounted for five or more total TDs. He has accounted for at least four total TDs in eight games this season.
• Rushed for a career-high three touchdowns on runs of 7, 11 and 75 yards. He has 10 rushing TDs this season.
• Has accounted for 44 total touchdowns this season (34 passing, 10 rushing).
• His 75-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was a career long and was the seventh-longest run by a quarterback in school history.
• This marks the 15th time in OU history that a quarterback has rushed for at least 10 touchdowns in a season. The last OU quarterback to accomplish the feat was Blake Bell in 2012 (11 rushing TDs).
• Finished 21 of 32 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed eight times for 99 yards and three scores.
• Has multiple passing touchdowns in 10 games this season.

Curtis Bolton

• Scored his second special teams touchdown of the season, returning a punt blocked by WR Brayden Willis nine yards for a fourth quarter score. He also recovered a blocked punt for a TD in the season opener against Florida Atlantic.
• Led the Sooners with 10 tackles (five solo, five assists). It was his fourth game this season with double-digit tackles.

Kennedy Brooks

• Rushed for a career-high 171 yards and scored two touchdowns on 25 carries. It was his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
• Scored rushing touchdowns of seven and 13 yards, and now has a team-high 11 rushing TDs this season.

Austin Seibert

• Increased his OU and Big 12 scoring record to 465 career points with seven points tonight.
• Moved into fourth place in NCAA career scoring among kickers.
• Now has 294 career extra-point makes in 299 attempts, increasing his NCAA records for both.
• Had his school-record streak of consecutive extra-point makes snapped at 162. He connected on his first five tonight before his first attempt of the fourth quarter was blocked.

Carson Meier

• Caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season on a 20-yard reception from QB Kyler Murray in the second quarter.
• Finished with three catches for 49 yards and a touchdown.

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