Texas-Kansas: Quotables

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Thoughts from the coaches and players after the game, submitted without further comment this week.

Head coach Mack Brown, on the victory...

"It was really, really hard to win this game, and it can give this team and this staff so much confidence moving forward to play poorly most of the game and win. That is when you get better, believe it or not. Not the blowouts. You walk out and feel too good about yourself. One like this, we have a win and we have their attention next week, and that's about as good as it gets."

Brown, comparing the game to the 2004 contest...

"What I thought about was it's so similar to 2004, and the 2004 team ended up in the Rose Bowl. Same end zone, 17 seconds left in 2004, and there were eight seconds left in the same end zone this time. It was Vince Young throwing the ball to Tony Jeffery back then, and Case McCoy throwing it to D.J. Grant this time."

Brown, on the spark provided by junior quarterback Case McCoy...

"The offensive staff thought he was ready to go. We thought Case was prepared, and he gave us the little momentum that we needed to get it turned in the right direction. And we made some speed plays there. We did things that we needed to be doing with him."

Co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, discussing the switch...

"We needed to move the ball. The way things were going, we weren't being productive enough offensively."

Brown, talking up Charlie Weis and his staff...

"I want to give Charlie Weis, Dave Campo and Kansas a whole lot of credit. They've played TCU down to the end here. They've played Oklahoma State down to the end here and did the same with us. They couldn't have hired a better coach than Charlie. He's a great coach. The guys are playing hard. They had a good crowd. It was loud, and you can tell they're headed in the right direction."

Senior tight end DJ Grant, on the lofted final throw ($) from McCoy...

"I like that kind of ball. It gave me time to get under it and make that play."

McCoy, giving credit to his team after the win...

"It wasn't anything I did. Our team decided to fight. Our whole team decided to dig deep. We definitely came out slow and sluggish and that's something we can't do the rest of this year. We got lucky. And we were able to come out of here with a win.

"But for the most part, I thought our team decided to dig deep. We were able to start running the ball, get downhill and give me time to get warm for when we had to throw on that last series.

"Hats off to our defense for holding them to a field goal, and we were able to go down and score. Luckily, I had a dropped pick on the first play of that drive. But just like you saw with David (Ash) on the fourth-down play at Oklahoma State, we are a team that fights."

Brown, on why the team didn't use the jet sweep before the penultimate drive...

"I don't know. I thought they did it perfectly. We won."

Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, on his defense stepping up...

"There were a couple drives in the first half that we didn't play as well as we wanted to. But I thought in the second half, the credit goes to the players, especially these two (Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor). I thought they just willed our guys to make stops."

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