Postgame Quotes

Oct. 15, 2011

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the second half effort…
“I’m awfully happy for them, it’s not the first time they have come back but to do it time and time again is an extremely positive thing.  I appreciate their effort, I appreciate their toughness, I appreciate their willingness to make a commitment, we had some tired guys out there, as fast as everything goes and to be able to come back and get some stops and get three interceptions against a guy that doesn’t throw interceptions is an extremely positive thing.  We made so many mistakes, as I told the team tonight I’m so happy for them but I’m not sure we made ourselves better tonight and that’s what my major concern is week in and week out regardless of what the scoreboard says, it’s that we get better and I have some doubts about that right now.”

On the defense in the second half…
“Well, we got two more interceptions and that made a big difference, and we had the opportunity and we got the ball down in there tight and we can’t score and we turn around and do the same thing again and we can’t put the ball in the end zone.  That’s a problem, that’s a real issue.  We did give up 560 yards as well, but they made the stops when they needed to make the stops, and I’m awfully proud of them.”

On what did the defense do to compromise Texas Tech in the second half…
“I don’t think we compromised them, I’m looking at the stat sheet and they completed 43 passes and had 580 yards of offense, we probably just slowed them down a little bit, and when you get the turnovers that slowed it down and we were moving the ball a little bit on offense and we ate up a little more time.  They had 54 snaps in the first half and only 40 in the second half, and I say only, that’s an awful lot of snaps, but finally our offense did a few things to buy up some time on the clock and try and keep our defense off the field a little bit.”

On being 6-0 and the perseverance of the team...
“Well I have great appreciation for it and I think that’s their mantra so to speak, the mental toughness it takes to play these games throughout and play a snap at a time and just keep rowing the boat all the time, whether it’s a good snap or a bad snap, you have to come back and play another one, you just keep trying to win the next one and not get ahead of ourselves and I appreciate these young people on this football team because I think they have a pretty genuine commitment to doing exactly that, and if indeed that’s the case and I’m convinced they will continue to get better.  This was just a glitch in the road so to speak as far as our progress was concerned.  Now there are some things we did well and probably and did improve upon but collectively that wasn’t the case.”

Wide receiver Tyler Lockett
On his kickoff return for a touchdown…
“The first crease I saw was in the middle when I was running outside.  It was a little bitty hole and I thought I could squeeze through it and I made it.”

On the impact the return had on the rest of the game…
“It had a huge effect.  Even though we all did our role, at the time Texas Tech had the momentum and the momentum shifted just like that.  We had the energy and the ability to finish just before halftime.”

On whether that was the weirdest first half he had been a part of…
“Yes, that was a weird first half.  Both offenses were doing great and the defenses were doing great also, but I thank God that we came out on top.”

Linebacker Tre Walker
On the defense’s difference in the first half from the second half…
“I think the biggest thing was when we went to halftime, we got adjusted to their speed.  They’re a fast team.  They run their offense faster than Baylor and that’s just a credit to their offense.  We just realized we had to come in, regroup, get it together and realize we made some mistakes, but we pulled through in the second half.”

On what was said at the half…
“The main thing we said was of course we’re down, but we go in with the mindset that the score is 0-0.  I think the biggest thing we said was that we’re down but we’re not out.  Nobody was pouting or putting their head down or giving up.  We were in there laughing, talking, rejoicing, and working out how we were going to come back and fight even harder in the second half.  I think that’s what helped us come back.”

On the team’s resiliency in big games on the road…
“I go back to it every week but just toughness.  We’re a tough football team and we have a long way to go.  We’re going to fight and fight to the end.  No matter what the outcome is; we don’t even look at the scoreboard.  We just fight, and we go out every play and our goal is to get a 3-and-out and keep that team from scoring.  If we can do that, we can be a successful football team.”

Defensive lineman Raphael Guidry
On what his secret is to the blocked field goals…
“Practice.  Literally practice.  Every day we start practice with special teams.  We start off field goal against field goal block, and every day I try to get a block.  It’s like the highlight of my practice.”

On what the mood was at halftime…
“Just stay poised.  Coach told us that they are going to have big plays.  They run over 100 plays a game, so he said to stay poised, keep your toughness, technique, and everything will be fine.”

On what was the mentality of the defense after the onside kick…
“Just hold them and stay poised.  Things happen and all we can do is come back and counter that.”