Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince

On getting the first win of the season...
“It feels like the first time we’ve won in a long time we’re not going to begrudge any win that’s for sure. I’m real pleased with the team how they fought through this. It was a very physical game last week and a very physical week in practice. (Our words at halftime were) we just want to play to a certain standard. We’re not going to worry about points and all that stuff, just win. We expect to play well and we expected to play some young guys in the game and we’re going to hold that standard on them as well.”

 

On the no-huddle offense at times and trying to control the tempo...
“One of the things that I thought was that this was a very good team, but I didn’t think they had enough depth. They ended up with more offensive plays than we did. I was hoping that we could control the ball and put some long drives and really wear them down and then break some runs. It just took longer than I had hoped. (The no huddle offense) is something that we want to do, we need to do. We practice and you have to be able to go in and control the game in a lot of different ways not just with big plays but also control the clock.” 

 

On Deon Murphy’s receiving, rushing, and near punt return touchdown...

“He had a good game. After last year we said we had to go find a wide receiver who could really make an impact on the game like Yamon did. This offense has to have that. If you don’t have that person it makes it very challenging and you’re just trying to move the sticks for first downs instead of trying to get points and build momentum in the game. You can see that he brings that to us, and he’s tough. He’s a very positive kid. He’s very confident. I thought it was a very good effort by Jordy (Nelson) and James Johnson as well, I thought they were terrific in the game.”

 

On the K-State rushing attack...
“I wanted more rushes than that to be honest with you and I wanted Leon (Patton) to get as much as James (Johnson) got. Down and distance-wise we seemed to every time we got in the opponent territory right around the 40-yard line we seemed to stall. We had something early in the game and didn’t get the opportunity to run the ball in the red zone. He did run the ball very effectively, I’m happy for that. I was just hoping to run it even more, the down and distance just didn’t let us. We wanted to make it a fast game and at times we did, but you can see we have a lot of work to do still.”

 

On the kicking game...

 “Corey Adams, I’m not trying to throw a true freshman out there too far, not trying to put him in Canton just yet. We couldn’t do this without him. He’s done a really good job in protection and obviously teams are going to start to game plan him. He’s done his part and (Brooks Rossman and Tim Reyer) have done their part. When the ball is kicked, we want to have an advantage in the game. We want to try to use our speed and take control of that phase of the game. We’re going to play against some very good teams here that are very good teams in the kicking game and we’ve got to be sure that we’re covering all our bases. I’m very pleased with how well it turned out tonight.”   

 

On getting the first win of the season...

“I didn’t think we tackled very well. We didn’t beat blocks often enough, we didn’t tackle well enough. The thing that disappoints you is when you get in a third and long and you can’t force them to punt or take advantage of a turnover.  If I had a criticism, that would be the only thing. With the defense just hanging out there on the field that long with that many plays I felt the third quarter was going on and on and on. We’ve got to stop that. We’ve got to get control of the game and move the ball on offense. We’ve got to get stops on defense. We finally had a couple of three and outs there at the end, we just have to find those earlier in the game.”