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Oklahoma Football Notes & Quotes | Sooners 31 - Volunteers 24

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Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Stoops left S.E.C. country with another win on Saturday night, increasing the level of hate that those from the deep south have for both him and his team. Before the game UT alum, and shameless S.E.C. homer, Paul Finebaum spouted that Bob Stoops was, "irrelevant." After the game Stoops was relishing in one of his finest victories after downing Finebaum's Volunteers for the second year in a row.

"One of the more special wins--this may be my favorite of all of them. A little `Sooner Magic' came back out. It reminded me of Texas A&M back in 2000 where we made some plays to win the game that you feel fortunate and blessed to make, and I felt that way tonight. Defense, far and away, in the second half was as good as we have played in I can't remember when. That kept us in the game." - Bob Stoops on winning in Knoxville

When asked to clarify why it may be his favorite win at Oklahoma, Stoops said that it was the toughness of his players.

"The mental toughness of our guys to have hung around from 17 points down in that environment. Now, we are 17-3, a 14-point deficit, for all that time in that environment and to know that everybody kept fighting and kept playing. They had the mental toughness and discipline to keep playing hard and had the faith that things would work. Things would come, and they did. It was a little late, but they came. That is what you appreciate as a coach is your players' mental attitude, toughness and character, especially when you are coming into the season where there has not been a lot glowing about us as of last year. For them to hang in there in that environment in that situation and to come through like they did, it was pretty special." - Bob Stoops on why the win may have been his favorite

Oklahoma's defense was spectacular from the mid-way point of the second quarter and on. Stoops said that it was the pressure that allowed them to have the success.

"On defense, you aren't going to do it with one group. I think we really got in a rhythm in the second half. Mike began mixing up our blitzes and run stunts to help us on the run game. We got all kind of pressure. I don't know how many sacks we had, but we knocked the ball loose, sacked them a bunch. We made them throw the ball away. We got as good of pressure as any game we have been in. I thought our coverage was really good." - Bob Stoops on the defensive performance

Player Quotes

"We're never going to quit. We're trying to make a new identity. Last year we kind of gave up in the fourth quarter a little bit. This year we are going to come out strong and we're never going to quit." - Samaje Perine on the attitude of the team

"All the credit goes to Samaje Perine. I pulled the ball, and he..instinctual football player came back and cut the guy. He wasn't even supposed to. He did it, and that's the reason I got in the end zone. So, all the credit to him and the offensive line for giving me that chance." - Baker Mayfield on his 4th down touchdown run in the first overtime

"Our defense was saving our butts. We knew once we got that touchdown that the flood gates started opening." - Durron Neal on the defense keeping them in the game

Game Notes

  • Saturday's win marked the first time the Sooners had trailed by 14 or more points at the end of the third quarter and went on to win the game since 1983 when OU trailed Oklahoma State 17-3 at the end of the third. The Sooners won that game 21-20.
  • Bob Stoops is now 6-4 against teams in the SEC.
  • OU improved to 12-4 in non-conference road games under Stoops and has won six straight dating back to 2009.
  • Oklahoma improved to 14-9 on the road against AP top-25 teams under Stoops
  • The Sooner defense allowed zero points and only 51 yards in the third and fourth quarters. Oklahoma held Tennessee to just eight total yards in the fourth quarter.
  • OU's 17-point comeback win marked the largest against Tennessee by any team in a regular season game.
  • With seven receptions on the night, Sterling Shepard moved into a tie for eighth in program history with 157 career receptions (with Antwone Savage).
  • With 0.5 sacks in the game, senior linebacker Eric Striker moved into a tie for 15th place in Oklahoma history with Dusty Dvoracek with 16.0 total for his career.
  • Zack Sanchez's game-clinching interception in double overtime was the ninth of his career and the first of the season.
  • Quarterback Baker Mayfield recorded three passing TDs for the second consecutive game. Mayfield finished 19-of-39 for 187 and four total TDs.

  • Running Back Samaje Perine nabbed his first career receiving TD on a 2-yard pass from Mayfield in the fourth quarter for OU's first TD of game.