They Said It - Tulsa Edition
Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship
AllCyclones Publisher
Posted Sep 24, 2013
Trey Scott

Iowa State will be a measuring stick for Tulsa on Thursday night

A transcription of Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship's press conference Tuesday — well, the parts you care about.

"He's a dual-threat guy. He can create. Any time you have quarterbacks that can create, they make you a little antsy. They appear to have designed a little more quarterback run into their offense this year. They've certainly changed some of their formations and sets. They're using a little more of what people call the Pistol, with a back in a deep set behind the quarterback. I think that's a direct result of them trying to use what Richardson brings to the table." — on Iowa State's Sam Richardson.

"I think we're probably in the same boat - teams coming off of a successful run a year ago. We're both in search of the next win. We both desperately need to get back on track." — on the similarities between ISU and Tulsa.

"One of the measuring sticks for this program over the last several years has been BCS wins. Notre Dame was our last BCS win until you get to the Liberty Bowl last year with Iowa State. The fact that (the Cyclones) are at a Big 12 school, and they've had some big wins over the years, that's a big motivation for us. I think we will always try to measure ourselves against the BCS-caliber teams, and this is the next opportunity." - on the chance to beat an AQ-conference team.

"We have a completely brand-new secondary this year. Nobody back there has played a lot of games. I think they've held up pretty well, except for the exposure we got from a very athletic Oklahoma receiving corps. We've got to play better. We can't be rookies for a long time. This is game four. We've got to start settling in." - on Tulsa's pass defense, No. 66 nationally.

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