LB Justin Phillips ex­celling on the road

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OSU POSTGAME - Scott Wright swright@ok­la­homan.com

Ok­la­homa State line­backer Justin Phillips had an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down in the sec­ond straight game.

Phillips, a speedy ju­nior line­backer from Pear­land, Texas, has ex­celled this sea­son, and in par­tic­u­lar, the last two games on the road.

Q: Do you en­joy play­ing on the road?

A: I love it, just to see dif­fer­ent at­mos­pheres. The fans get a lit­tle grimy some­times, so it’s cool to play out there and en­joy the com­pe­ti­tion.

Do you no­tice when you come out from half­time and a lot of fans have left, like the Pitt fans did?

We do no­tice it some­times, but we just go out and try to fin­ish the game. You can tell when the team is pretty much out of it and their fans leave. We’ve just got to con­tinue to play.

As a group, the lineback­ers have faced some ad­ver­sity. Has it been hard to keep ev­ery­one fo­cused?

We’ve got some older guys and ev­ery­body’s able to help each other get pre­pared so that when we come out there for the game, ev­ery­body’s able to ex­e­cute, the younger guys in­cluded. Ev­ery­body pitches in and ev­ery­body does a good job.

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