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January 2, 2011

Fiesta Bowl: Player's postgame press conference

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Travis Lewis, Ryan Broyles, Cameron Kenney and Jamell Fleming all had huge nights during Oklahoma's 48-20 win over Connecticut in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. They all talked about their big nights after it was over.

What does it mean in a BCS Bowl more than just to win but to play well for this program?
TRAVIS LEWIS: It's huge. We left off where we continue -- we continued where we left off in Nebraska, to come out and play defensively like we did today, it is huge. Going into next year with most of the guys coming back, the sky is the limit for this team. It is huge to finally get this monkey off our back and to win this game versus a very good Connecticut team. This is huge.

Travis, for you, you said we coming back next year. Were you indicating you are coming back?
TRAVIS LEWIS:
You caught that?



Todman said he is coming out. I just...
TRAVIS LEWIS:
I haven't decided yet. I love being a Sooner. There is nothing better than playing for this university. So it is going to be hard to give up.

So no decision?
TRAVIS LEWIS:
No decision.

Bob and Landry, can you talk a little bit about Josh calling plays for the first time and how you feel he did?
LANDRY JONES:
I think he did a great job. Felt like he kept a really good rhythm throughout the game with a run-pass mix. I felt like in tight situations, keeping his cool and just making some great play calls down at the end when they had press coverage on Cam, just calling a go ball by that guy and taking some shots down the field. I think he did a really good job.

COACH STOOPS: I thought he did an excellent job. I was very pleased.

Ryan and Landry, Ryan, 13 catches again Stanford a year ago. Thirteen tonight. Talk about your game tonight. Looked like you were sick or hurt or something a couple of times but you kept coming back and made the spectacular catch at the end of the game. Talk about what it is in Bowl games and specifically your game tonight. And, Landry, if you can comment on him as well.
RYAN BROYLES:
I feel like we started to play calls. Coaches put us in great positions to make plays. Landry is out there throwing the ball, putting it on spots. It is a whole team effort on offense and it definitely helps when the defense gets their offense on the field as well.

LANDRY JONES: Great players just making plays out there. And Ryan is one of our great players on the team. That catch in the end zone was a spectacular catch. He has at least, like Coach said, one of those a game. Really proud of the way he played and came out and prepared all week.

Ryan and Cameron, could you guys talk about -- you both had big nights. You also went down field a lot. So Landry found you down field and you guys were able to find some creases or work the sideline and things. Can you talk about working against their secondary and how you came up with so many big plays.
CAMERON KENNEY:
Coach put us in a great position. Like I said, play calls were excellent. Landry just continues to get better and better. He is having the confidence in us to make the plays whenever we need them on crucial downs. Just a good opportunity for us to go out there and execute them when we need to.
RYAN BROYLES: Ditto.

Travis and Ryan, about a month ago there were questions, because you guys went on the road, could you come back and win a Big 12 championship, could you win a BCS Bowl game. To have answered all those questions now, one, was there a turning point? Two, what's the end feeling like?
TRAVIS LEWIS:
After that A&M game, I think everybody looked themselves in the mirror and said we are a better team than this. If we could play half as well as we did at home and stopped shooting ourselves in the foot, I think we're the best team in the country. And so once we got the ball rolling and it all started with Baylor, guys got their confidence up. We just got on a roll. We never stopped believing in each other and this team. And coaches continue to put us in great positions. And they never gave up on us. We knew we were a special team. And we were a couple steps away from being where we wanted to be ultimately, and that's in a national championship. The guys on this team, we never gave up. And we kept fighting through everything. And all the adversity, so give it up to the players.

RYAN BROYLES: We definitely fought through adversity. We came out, felt like we end the season well on a strong point. We definitely had confidence going in these last final games and it definitely pays off.

Jamell and Cameron, Jamell, talk about your interception tonight that gave Oklahoma 24-point lead and just the overall play of the secondary tonight. And for you, Cam, you finished really strong this season. The Oklahoma State game, the Big 12 championship game where you had some key third-down catches, the big touchdown tonight. Talk about how you ended your season on this nice run.
JAMELL FLEMING:
I broke up on the route, he tipped the ball right to my hands and I just took off and ran as hard as I could. I mean, our secondary we have been playing well. We prepare every week. And Coach Martinez always gets us ready for the game.

CAMERON KENNEY: Like I said, Landry has given us an opportunity to come together as an offense. And everyone has a lot of confidence in him. I would have to give it all to him and the O line and the coaches getting us prepared. It is not just me being out there, it is them having confidence in me to come in on crucial downs and make the plays whenever I get those opportunities. And just never give up on anything you have the opportunity to do whenever you get your chance. Just go at it.

Travis addressed this and I think I know the answer to the question, but I have to ask it. Your plans for the future. Are you coming back? Going to the NFL?
RYAN BROYLES:
I haven't decided yet.

Landry, the third-and-five pass to Cameron, we had an angle on it to where it looked like it was going into the sideline and he runs right under it. Same type of, I guess, throw for the touchdown, the 59-yard touchdown. Talk about your confidence going into this game and how you were able to just lay a ball out for a guy. That's a funny thing for a quarterback's confidence, and you had a lot of it tonight.
LANDRY JONES:
Like I was talking about earlier, just getting off to that good start really gets your confidence rolling. Just coming out, preparing all week, getting that extra week is crucial for a quarterback in these games, to finalize your preparation during the week. I think that's one of the more important things that kind of get overlooked in football is watching film and knowing your opponent. Getting that extra week is really huge for us. And coming out here tonight really just seeing the defense really well, Connecticut had a good scheme against us. But I think we much just preparing all week in practice and weren't surprised by -- didn't get surprised by the schemes they were throwing at us.

Landry, you started off the game great, 12-for-12. And then you had that interception return for a touchdown. What was your mind-set at that point? It seemed like you made a couple of big throws right after that, felt like you kept your confident. Are you at the maturity level where maybe that may have hurt you but now you can overlook that?
LANDRY JONES:
Yeah, as a quarterback you are going to throw interceptions. In a football game, things are going to happen. Just thinking back on Oklahoma State and just some of the games where we had multiple-interception games, just learning from those experiences and guys just really brought me through a lot this season, playing bad on the road and then coming back and playing really well. And just remembering how it felt and just getting yourself over that and letting it fly the next time you get it.

TRAVIS LEWIS: I told him if he threw another one, I was going to beat him up.

Landry, obviously you got off to that great start, the completion percentage-wise. Explain -- talk about the offensive line a little bit. They did a great job up front keeping UConn off you up until that interception, of course. But up until that point, they really did a great job keeping you pretty clean.
LANDRY JONES:
They did a great job all night. I don't think I was on the ground the entire night. Everybody else's jerseys and pants are all dirty, and I still look like I got mine out of the washer. So those guys did an excellent job all night, and I'm really just proud of the way they played.

Video by Eddie Radosevich


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