On takeaways from Texas game
Going into that game, we knew it was going to be a tough game. Texas is always going to have great athletes. They're obviously doing really well this year and have had a lot of success. We knew it was going to be a bloodbath, but we knew it was going to be a fight to the end. Whoever is the more physical team is going to win that game, and I feel like especially on defense, we tried to come out with that mindset.
No matter what, no matter what college team you're lining up against, they're always going to have great players and I feel like we did everything in our power to do what we could to stop them. Obviously, certain things in the game didn't go our way, but what you learn is if you don't perform as a full team, it's very hard to go out, especially on the road against the top 10 ranked team and win that game.
On what needs to change moving forward
On all three sides of the ball, we all need to pick it up and do better. Defensively, we had a lot of missed assignments, some big plays they got on us. On special teams, the starting field position was a big factor in that game but we’re going to take it as another challenge. Going up to West Virginia, we know it’s going to be a great atmosphere and great environment for us. We just need to really thrive off of that. In terms of the setting, I feel like we just need to come in and play our game, regardless of who we are playing or where we are at.
On adjusting to the Big 12 conference schedule
We all knew going into the season that it was going to be a dogfight each week. Every team in the Big 12 has the capability and the talent to go out and win every game if they need to. Every team is going to have a great quarterback, a good running back, which we’ve experienced each week. I feel like compared to Independence where the schedule is a little bit more inconsistent, it’s a grinder going in each week, having to sacrifice your body.