Mike Stoops met with media on Monday and automatically talked about how happy he was with the Wildcats.
"I am really pleased with what we saw on tape yesterday and how our kids played, so that was exciting to see," Stoops said. "I don't know if we could have done that in year's past- to come out and play that efficiently throughout 60 minutes and really play such a clean game on both sides of the ball and special teams, so obviously we very pleased with our preparation.
"I thought our coaches did an excellent job preparing our kids. We had a good idea of what we would see defensively and practiced about everything, so our foresight was very good defensively."
Many feel that the biggest reason for the UA playing so well is because the offensive line has been dominant.
"We are more experienced up front," he said. "I think we are bigger than we have been. It is hard to run the football without good blocking tight ends, it is just difficult to do. Your tight ends have to give you that edge blocking that you need, so that is very important to your success as well.
"It also sets up the play action pass and that is why if they want to make sure they can protect themselves with Robbie and Mike (Thomas), then they have to play more guys in coverage, so it opens up running lanes."
Even when talking about the offense as a whole, Stoops was tempted to go back to the offensive line.
"Offensively everything worked pretty well," he said. "I thought Willie (Tuitama) was excellent and probably played one of his best games. Robbie (Gronkowski) played an excellent game but I thought we had a lot of guys really play well.
"I thought playing three new starters on the offensive line for a big part of the game was exciting to see. Mike Diaz, Colin Baxter, and James Tretheway all step in and play very, very well, which was good to see. You can see how depth really helps you as you move through the season."
Stoops meets with media
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