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Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was in a chipper mood on Monday at his weekly news conference as he discussed the Sooners' win over Texas and their upcoming matchup with Kansas State this weekend. 

Related: Red River Revenge: Sooners Beat Longhorns 45-40

Here are some highlights from what Stoops had to say: 

Opening statement...

“Hard fought game, both teams really played hard on a great day down there. Very unusual when you can win the game, that game, I think it’s the only time in my 18 of them that the team was minus two in the turnover ratio and still won.”

“Defensively I thought we were great up front controlling the run overall, their big 18 wheeler package, we were all over it.”

“Good solid win, but we have a lot we can still improve on. The two obvious are the turnovers and the deep passes. Jordan Thomas played one of the best games I’ve ever seen for a half, and finished late in the game with some good plays.”

“On to Kansas State here this week. Coach Snyder and Kansas State always an excellent football team, 3-2. Lost a tight one-point game to West Virginia at West Virginia just a little while ago. A team that always plays hard, plays well, very sound fundamentally. Obviously the last two times they’ve come here they’ve come here and beat us. We’re very aware of that, so we need to keep improving.”

On the hit from a Texas player on Michiah Quick’s leg…

“If it is legal, it needs to be not legal and we need to revisit the rules if that far away from the ball, but we’ll see, we’ll see what they [Big 12] say.”

On so many young guys coming in to play because of injuries...

“No I don’t recall that we have had that many injuries all at once, so many young guys going in there and playing. But again, can’t say enough about how well they did.”

On the speed of Dede Westbrook…

“Dede is, I don’t know what the clock says, but he’s as fast as he needs to be. He has great speed, he’s really hard to overthrow for that reason, and he’s finally back where he feels 100 percent and it’s obvious. He can turn short ones into big ones and he can get behind people as well. Really a sharp route runner too.”

On guard Ben Powers play as of late…

“He’s playing well. He’s been physical, knowing what to do, communicating well with those guys and has been very solid, very good player right now.”

On what Obo has done as of late that make him stick out…

“You just watch his productivity. He’s constantly harassing the quarterback, he’s making tackles behind the line of scrimmage, he’s chasing quarterbacks around, he’s very disruptive out there.”

On coaching against his mentor Bill Snyder…

“No I don’t enjoy coaching against Coach Snyder’s teams, they’re too good all the time. Coach and I, we aren’t much on phone conversations but we always visit and catch up and spend time when we’re at coach’s functions like Big 12 coaches meetings or we always find time to catch up with each other and sit down for a while. I’ve got great admiration and respect for Coach and loved my time there. I say it all the time, those were a great seven years that I was there and learned a ton being there from the ground up. I don’t think anybody still has any idea how down and down that program was when we walked in there, so learned a great deal and still have great friendships from there.”

On Kansas State’s run defense…

“Again, very sound fundamentally, very disciplined in their structure in the way they set their defense, and then good play. Guys who play hard, tackle well, can be disruptive up front with Willis, so good structure and good players.”

On playing with concussions and if he had any…

“It doesn’t matter what I did, I had plenty, but in the end, we’re all doing the right things and trying to keep the players safe. I’ve got great trust in our trainers and doctors and I just think around the country it’s something everybody’s more aware of.”

On Baker Mayfield’s performance…

“You also appreciate the toughness, the mental toughness to hang in there. The one interception they take out the receiver crossing the field so it’s hard to put on him. Really the first one, Mark Andrews has and he double catches it and the other guy gets it, so it wasn’t like he was careless with the football. But to hang in there and just to keep fighting and caught his rhythm and played great. He put some balls out there, the deep balls were fabulous and the quick strike to Dede that he splits three guys, he puts the ball right on his facemask where he can keep his stride.”

On Samaje Perine’s performance…

“The most impressive to me, 35 carries not one lost yard, that’s pretty good. You don’t get caught back there, and a few times he could’ve and he still muscled his way to no gain or positive gain. He’s getting his rhythm back, you can tell. His cuts, you can tell a few instances where he might make something more happen as he gets more back into his running shape. Again, I think a lot of people can take it for granted he’s the same old guy soon as he’s out there, that’s a fine art, those guys, in the way they run and split second reactions. He’s just getting his groove back really.”

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