"Obviously, we've got to do a better job of getting things started and starting things quickly," Heupel said. "I hate saying this, but the truth of the matter is we truly got outcompeted. From snap to whistle, they played harder than we did. They played with more energy than we did. One hundred percent of the time, you're going to lose when that happens, so we're taking steps to correct that this week."
"You look around at this place now, it's not built on one team or one season, but I think that certainly jump-started the success this team had during the course of that decade," said Josh Heupel, who was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2000 as a quarterback and now coaches the position for Oklahoma.