Mark Stoops called in from the road down in Florida for a brief Thursday morning interview with Kentucky Sports Radio radio. Obviously, the topic of discussion was his team’s huge upset of Louisville in Louisville on Saturday and what the upcoming bowl game means for the program.
One of the questions Stoops was asked during the call was whether or not he truly believed the season would end on such a positive note after starting 0-2 and then sending in his backup QB, down 10-0 to New Mexico State.
“Of course I did,” Stoops replied, emphatically. “Of course I did.”
He credited his staff — which was working together for the first time, he noted — with “finding a way to win” and “reinventing” the team.
“We had to find the right recipe to win,” he told KSR. “We knew we had some O-linemen that we could build around, some backs, and Stephen was a dual-threat guy; but we had to find our niche, we had to find our place. Also, if you remember, we were very inexperienced and not very good defensively, and so we couldn’t go at that tempo. So we just had to find the right recipe to win. But we knew we had good players that have a good heart and a good mind and they wanted to win, and we just had to find the right recipe.”