"I thought we just played a very hard-fought, competitive football game. I thought we played with tremendous toughness. We gave great effort, had a lot of pride in the way we competed. We know that great games get down to two or three little plays here and there, and I give Oklahoma credit. They have a team, great coaching staff. They did a great job. We have to look at ourselves and correct some of the mistakes. We have and look at some of the missed opportunities, some of the plays we had called back. I'm very proud of our guys. It was one game. Our goals are still ahead of us. I believe the season starts next week. We'll try to fix it and move on."
On the game coming down to just a few plays:
"It did. I thought that we had some great opportunities. We had a touchdown called back on that first drive. We had a touchdown that we could have caught, but he had a big hit. Kenny Shaw is fine now. We are glad he is okay. We had a tip. They made plays. That's what happens in great games."
On E.J. Manuel's status:
"His shoulder was banged up. He could be fine by next week. It could be a week or two. He came back out and was ready to go back in the game. I thought Clint Trickett was playing well, and they said [Manuel] could have gone back in the game, but I didn't want to risk further injury."
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On his impressions both offensively and defensively:
"Our kids competed. I thought they played hard. Defensively, they weathered the storm. They kept us in the football game in the end. We had those mistakes in the red zone. It was things we didn't do. It was just discipline. You're going to see it on the film, but I know one thing: We had a lot of holding [calls]."
On his defense's two goal-line stands:
"That kept us in the ball game in the first half. They got down there on those drive and battled and kept us in it. We were able to play great defense, and, like I say, that's when you control the front. I thought we did a good job in those situations."
Despite the loss, if he thinks the team is where he wants it to be:
"I'm disappointed with the loss, but we had a great opportunity. We had some chances to win that football game. I'm also very encouraged that our kids can compete at the highest level. How we rebound from this, and we don't let one loss become two, and we start our conference level on the road next week at Clemson. That's going to be a great environment. They won today [against Auburn]. I think our kids see it. They were hurting in that locker room, and they should. There are some things they could have controlled."
John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.