October 30, 2006

Stoops would support one big conference

The Big 12 Conference is developing a distinct strength in the southern division of the conference. The South Division holds a 13-3 edge over the North Division in head-to-head competition this season. During Monday morning's Big 12 Teleconference, Bob Stoops talked about his thoughts on combining the divisions into one big conference, his team's play last weekend in Columbia, and the upcoming showdown with Texas A&M in College Station.

I'm just pleased with the way we've been playing and making improvement. I thought that last week, going up to Missouri, we really played solid and good in a lot of ways. I'm really proud of how physical we played offensively. Up front, tight ends, fullbacks - just the way we were able to run the football. Anytime you run the ball for 240-something or 230-something, you're increasing your opportunities to win and I felt like we really did it in a great way and I felt like we really set up some passing that Paul Thompson was very good and efficient in the way he threw the ball.

Defensively we played an outstanding game. I really thought we did a great job of covering and eliminating the run game, getting pressure and chasing the quarterback, not letting him set his feet and we're fortunate in some areas special teams-wise. We got a blocked punt and Jason Carter did a great job there. Anyway, it was a good all-around solid win.

We're excited about another opportunity going to A&M. It's another challenge on the road and a team that's really playing well. Our emphasis is making more improvement here this week. We've been making steady improvement and we're looking forward to the challenge of it.

Players of the game for us, Lewis Baker, Lendy Holmes and Marcus Walker defensively and offensively Joe Jon Finley and Allen Patrick and both offensive tackles, Trent Williams played really well and Chris Messner as well.

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