Let's get to the pullquotes (PDF), where we get head coach Kliff Kingsbury, TE Jace Amaro and DE Branden Jackson discuss the Oklahoma game and the upcoming Oklahoma St. game. Kingsbury is asked, about this question about not losing a game in a long time and as a coordinator and I've never really liked that stat. Sure, Kingsbury had something to do with wins at TAMU, but so did TAMU's head coach, who is pretty good, and the other coordinator. Seems a bit of a reach for a statistic. Anyway, the question is if he can help his team come back from a loss.
Q. You haven't had much experience coaching kids back from losses. This is the first time at it this year. (No microphone)?
COACH KINGSBURY: Yeah, as a coordinator, you've been there so... We've lost before. Not very often, which is a good thing. But it's a highly motivated group. You're coming back home to play against a team that's really embarrassed you the last two years, to put it bluntly. I don't think there should be any problem with getting them motivated to play this game, and everything's out in front of them. If you want to win the Big 12, you're going to have to win the rest of the games anyways, and I think they see that.
Kingsbury is also asked about not being able to score early in the game, when there were opportunities.
Q. Have you pinpointed what it was in the first quarter into the second quarter that got into their territory? Have you pinpointed what the issue was? Was it the crowd, Davis' inexperience in that situation?
COACH KINGSBURY: I think we were all a little juiced up there, probably trying a bit too hard. There were a couple of tough penalties. The pass interference comes to mind. Pushed his way back. But, yeah, to be on that side of the 50 and not get points out of all of those trips, you're not going to beat a team like that without taking advantage of those.
Q. What do you do?
COACH KINGSBURY: Just get better. That's it. I don't have any special answers for that. Just have to get better this week.
Kingsbury is also asked about a sign that he put up on the locker room, which is the number 98, and that is the difference in the score the last two years against the Cowboys.
Q. (No microphone) because of the margin of defeat the last couple of years. Has that kind of come up about?
COACH KINGSBURY: Yeah, that's close to a hundred. That's what they beat us by the last two years. So I wanted to make sure they knew that. And hopefully they have some pride in themselves when they see that.
And in case you were at all worried about it, QB Davis Webb will start this weekend, ending any questions leading up to the game. Kingsbury is also asked about QB Michael Brewer and Kingsbury said he is available, but that he is still working on things and getting back into football shape.
Q. Is Davis going to start this week?
COACH KINGSBURY: Davis will start this week. Yes, he's earned that with his play these last few weeks. So he'll get the nod this week.
Amazingly, Oklahoma St. has had 1,000 yards of rushing the last two games (an exaggeration, but not by much) and only had 87 yards passing yesterday, but Kingsbury is asked about the Oklahoma receivers, but Kingsbury gets to what he thinks the key matchups are.
Q. What is the key to stopping Oklahoma State's receiving corps?
COACH KINGSBURY: Yeah, I don't have an answer. Need to get pressure on the quarterback and got to get your hands on. Can't let those guys run free in space. Stewart is one of the best in the country, and he's a guy who makes plays for them each and every week. Got to know where he's at at all times. Q. Do you think that is the key match-up, your secondary against their receivers?
COACH KINGSBURY: Yeah, I think all over. I think our D-line has to step up big with what I saw them doing in the run game last week with Oklahoma State. We'll have to really play well up front and the receivers have to hold up. Because the quarterback is an experienced guy who has been in that system a long time and he knows where to go with it.
Up next, we get TE Jace Amaro
Q. Can you talk about the mood in the locker room?
JACE AMARO: Obviously, disappointed, I think a lot of our players felt like we should have won that game. But it was one of those things where I think it benefits us more in the future than hurts us. I know it's a loss and everything like that, but the morale, it really got kind of motivated us and kind of pissed a lot of guys off that we were so close to winning that game. I think it's just going to make us work a lot harder.
Amaro is also asked about whether the Oklahoma game is a moral victory, and I'm not into moral victories, but I am into still being proud as a fan for a team that lays it all out during a game. Every bullet used. Amaro is asked about Oklahoma St.
Q. In the past Oklahoma State has been a tough game. Is that one of those games where things went wrong and just snow balled on you guys in the past?
JACE AMARO: Yeah, I think that Oklahoma State is a great team. I just think that they've had our number the last couple of seasons. But this is a new year, a new season, and we're not playing as last year. I know we lost, and the year before that we lost pretty big too. We have no other mindset. Just we're going to prepare the same way. It's just as another team.
Amaro is asked about the trick plays, as was Kingsbury. Kingsbury sarcastically said that he was done with trick plays, but Amaro said that they have 6 or 7 and still have a few that they work on. They are also all asked about Twitter, so expect an article on that. Amaro is asked about playing on the road two weeks in a row, which Oklahoma St. will have done with the game against Texas Tech.
Q. What is the grind like going on the road for two consecutive weeks and how refreshing is it to get back home for two games?
JACE AMARO: I think it's huge. I think if we were in the same situation last week, if OU was playing here at Tech, I think it would have benefited us a lot better. I think we would have come out with the victory if we were playing here in Lubbock. Like I said, it was a really tough place to play in Norman, and probably one of the toughest places to play in the nation. For some of the new guys out there, they don't really understand how hard it is to play two road games like that in two hostile environments. I think we did a great job playing with pretty good success so far on the road. I think it's really good to be back home.
Up next is Jackson, who is asked about Oklahoma St.
Q. Could you talk about what OK State has done to you guys the last two years?
BRANDEN JACKSON: What haven't they done to us the last couple years? OK State is a great team. They played very well. The last couple years they had our number. I don't know. There is not anything they don't do really well. So it's just going to feel -- it feels good that we know what they're capable of, and we know what we've been beaten on. So now we're looking forward to showing them what the new look Red Raiders have, and how this is a completely different team than it was the last couple years they've seen us.
And he's asked about the sign "98" referenced above, the points given up to Oklahoma St. over the past two years.
Q. Do you like that Coach Kingsbury had the number 98 pasted all over the place?
BRANDEN JACKSON: At first when I walked in I said that's cool, number 90. Now number 9. Once I realized what he was trying to signify, it kind of eats at you. Because as a defense, that's a lot of points. This is not basketball. So we know we have to come up big. But it's another thing to put in the back of our heads when we go out there Saturday.
And Jackson is asked about how this team is moving on this year.
Q. You guys have been good all year. Just moving on to the next one after what you guys just had and coming off a loss. Is it easier or tougher to flush it down and move on to the next one?
BRANDEN JACKSON: It's easier to flush it down, because we knew that this road was going to be long. It's going to be hard. Coach is always saying it's a marathon, not a sprint. So we knew we were facing adversity one way or another. So this one happened to come as a loss. We're ready to bounce back. There are smiles in the locker room and we're ready to move forward. No one is dwelling. No one's head is down. We fought hard and we're just looking forward to doing it better Saturday.
Again, if you have the time, listen to the co-coordinators, Matt Wallerstedt and Sonny Cumbie.