Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma 41 – Kansas State 48 | Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld

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Quotes

“Obviously, incredibly disappointed. Didn’t play very good against a good football team in a hostile road environment. When you play like we did it’s going to get down to a coin flip play at the end, and it didn’t go our way. It’s good that we fought back but just disappointed in how physical we were consistently across the board. We just didn’t do the things well that we’ve done as we’ve won all of our games coming into this one in the season really on all sides. We didn’t tackle very well on defense, I think this was probably, without watching the tape I’m sure, the worst tackling game that we’ve had all year. I mean, they do a good job in the run game but you can’t give them the extra and we did and then we didn’t do a very good job when we got them into second and third and long and that’s been kind of our strength this year and it wasn’t today. Offensively, you’ve got to just point to the missed opportunities, the couple of field goals that we had to kick. We obviously had a turnover there on a play where we thought we had a pretty good something happening there at the end of the half. I mean, it was a monster, you look at that seven points now, it was huge. And this team so often has been able to come out in the third quarter, you know we got some momentum after Brkic made the bomb field goal, we had a tremendous drive just to get a field goal there at the end of the half. We did not play well in the third quarter. We felt like our guys were energized coming out but then we just couldn’t get momentum back, didn’t play very good on offense in the third quarter which was the biggest negative there. Winning on the road’s hard. We’ve said it during, however long this road game streak is. It’s always hard and you’ve got to play good. You’ve got to be mentally tough and give Kansas State a ton of credit, they beat us.” – Lincoln Riley opening statement

“I feel that, but if it did then we’re not very mentally tough. We talked all week about how this was going to be a battle and it was. A lot of our guys have been in a lot of games so I don’t think that had an effect, I simply think when we had opportunities to get people on the ground, to get off the field, to feel the pooch kick, to get touchdowns in the red zone instead of field goals, when we had our opportunities, we didn’t make enough of them. We needed one more.” – Riley on if the team got distracted after going up 10-0

“If memory serves me correct, we had a very similar situation up at Baylor, I think my first year. They on sided it and that was the play that kept coming to my mind because they engaged our player first and then the ball hit our player, and it definitely hit our player before the 10-yard but I was certainly under the impression that if they engage your player into it, there’s no illegal touching. I may be wrong on the Baylor deal but I know the Baylor one was very very similar a few years ago up in Waco and they ended up giving Baylor the ball so I don’t know, we’ll see, go back, it was a 50/50 call and it didn’t go our way.” – Riley on the replay decision of the onside kick

“Y’know I’m not really sure. They had a good game plan coming in. They did some things that we needed to adjust to in all phases. It happened. It’s something we’ve gotta adjust to better.” – Creed Humphrey on what went wrong in the third quarter

“Y’know, one thing that we thought was just trying to be consistent, just make sure to play four quarters of ball and that didn’t happen today. I gotta be that much better; just being a senior, being a leader, get the guys going and you just want to affect them where we needed to be.” – Neville Gallimore on what went wrong for the defense

“There was a lot of self-inflicted wounds. You talk about playing a team like that, they played their butts off. A lot of respect for those guys. I think you got to maximize every opportunity that you have. Think it’s as simple as that. Every time we have the ball we gotta put it in the paint.” – Jalen Hurts on the loss

“Every spark we had, resurgence we had, whatever you want to call it, it wasn’t enough. It was not enough and I’ll do better with my leadership. You can’t leave anything on the table no longer so we got to attack it. We got to get our minds right. We got to take the right approach. No casualness at all. Just have the right intent as a football team. Appreciate everyone, you never know how or when it could be your last.” – Jalen Hurts on the 4th quarter comeback

“We didn’t play well enough. We’ve gotta be better up front, linebackers, we’ve gotta be better. Everybody has to be better. I mean, I’m not gonna make no excuses about anything, we just didn’t play well enough.” – Kenneth Murray on not being able to stop the run

Game Notes

• Oklahoma’s winning streak in true road games ended at 22 games, a streak that dated back more than five years (Oct. 4, 2014 at TCU).

• The Sooners fell to 28-5-1 overall as the No. 5 team in the AP poll, which includes a 9-4 mark in true road games.

• Entering Saturday’s game OU had won 38 of its last 40 games (.950) against Big 12 opponents dating back to the 2015 season.

• Oklahoma forced a punt on its opponent’s opening drive for the eighth time in eight games.

• Kansas State’s first-quarter touchdown was only the second first-quarter score allowed by the OU defense this season. The Sooners have outscored their foes 100-14 in the opening fifteen minutes this season.

• The Wildcats converted both of OU’s turnovers into touchdowns. Prior today, the Sooners had permitted only two field goals on possessions immediately following a turnover.

• Oklahoma scored at least 20 points in the first half for the 30th time in the last 35 games.

Jalen Hurts

• Completed 19 of 26 passes for 395 yards and one touchdown (213.4 passer rating), and rushed a season-high 19 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns.

• Registered 491 total yards (395 passing, 96 rushing), his second-highest total yardage in a game this season (508 vs. Houston).

• Recorded his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season.

• Scored rushing touchdowns of 10, 7 and 1 yards. He now has 13 rushing touchdowns this season, and has multiple rushing TDs in six straight games.

• Has accounted for at least four touchdowns in seven of OU’s eight games this season.

Gabe Brkic

• Was 4 for 4 on field goal attempts (44, 25, 50 and 39 yards) and made all four PATs. He is 10 for 10 on field goals and 28 for 28 on PATs this season.

• Turned in OU’s first four-field goal performance since Michael Hunnicutt was 4 for 4 against Iowa State in 2011.

• His 50-yard field goal to end the first half was OU’s longest since Austin Seibert connected on a 51-yard attempt against West Virginia in the 2017 home finale.

Pat Fields

• Recorded a team-high seven tackles (six solo, one assist), with one tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

• Matched his season high of seven stops (also vs. Texas), and was the second time he has led the Sooners in tackles (also vs. South Dakota).

CeeDee Lamb

• Caught five passes for 135 yards and a 70-yard touchdown. It was his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and the 11th of his career.

• His 70-yard TD reception from QB Jalen Hurts was OU’s second-longest passing touchdown of the season.

• Moved into 10th place in OU career receptions (147).

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