Oklahoma and its Heisman Trophy-candidate quarterback Kyler Murray proved too much for Texas in a 39-27 Big 12 championship victory. The Longhorns did cast some doubt into the Sooners with a fast start, and even had the game tied late in the third quarter.
Afterward, Texas coach Tom Herman addressed the assembled media, including American-Statesman reporters Brian Davis, Danny Davis, Suzanne Halliburton, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Here’s some of what Herman had to say.
On what went wrong for the offense in the second half:
“I don’t know. I would have to look at the film to tell you. I felt like we weren’t running the ball like we though we would be able to. That was certainly an issue. When you’re playing one-handed a little bit throwing the football there’s things that can happen. When their drives stalled, they were able to get field goals. When our drives stalled, we had to punt. It’s a matter of 10 or 15 yards.”
On what he learned about the Texas program this season:
“I learned that our guys love each other. I learned that our guys believe in our plan, that they are completely and utterly bought in. And I’ve learned that we’re the kings of close ball games. These guys have a ton of confidence in themselves and their teammates’ preparation. They never feel like they’re out of a game.”
On balancing disappointment of loss with progress made this season:
“It’s difficult. Losing is supposed to hurt. With a 1-0 mentality that we have, we don’t worry about the big picture. We went 0-1 today. Tomorrow it’s our job to wake up and try to go 1-0 in the bowl game.”
On whether Kyler Murray deserves to win the Heisman Trophy, Oklahoma deserves to be in College Football Playoff:
“I don’t get a vote in the Heisman so I haven’t been following other teams or players. I do know that he’s an elite player. He deserves all the credit in the world. … It would be unfair for me to comment on where (Oklahoma) stacks up in the country.”
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