San Jose State Head Coach Dick Tomey

On the game...

“I think the best team won and we were really disappointed that we didn’t win. We came here and expected to win if we could be tougher, if we could be more physical and if we could compete better than we did a week ago, and we did. I’m encouraged with the fact that we competed better in a tougher place than we did a week ago against a good team. I think it’s something to build on, but it’s disappointing.”

 

On losing starting QB Adam Tafralis to injury....

“If you watch the game, he’s a warrior. He’s as tough of a guy as I’ve ever been around. But we’ve got to be able to play without anybody. You’re never going to hear me say that when somebody goes down it kills our chances. We still had chances. Miles (Eden) went in there and did a great job and did some good things. We weren’t smart enough. Our team’s performance reflected some good coaching and some poor coaching. We had too many penalties and we had too many motion penalties. We were trying to outsmart ourselves. We had too many formations that required too much adjusting and we had 10 guys in the game on the punt that got blocked. But I feel better because we competed. We fought our guts out. I think we can build on that as opposed to where we were a week ago. So, I think we made enormous progress in a week. It hurts to say that when we lose by 20 points. But I think that’s the way it goes.”

 

On playing his starting QB at wide out in the second half...

He’s a tough guy. He’s going to do what he did no matter where he’s playing. He runs the ball at quarterback. He’s not a slider and that’s who he is. We can play without anybody.”

 

On K-State’s defense...

“They’re good. I don’t really have any idea how good. We moved the ball better against them than we did at Arizona State. But I think they’re a very good defense. They play very hard and I think Ron (Prince) does a great job coaching them. I don’t really have any idea how they compare to other teams in their league but I admire the way they play. They play hard and that’s what we didn’t do a week ago and that’s what we did do better tonight.”

 

On SJSU’s play late in the first half...

“We played a lot better (going into halftime). I thought it was anybody’s to win going into the third quarter and I think it was anybody’s to win going into the fourth quarter. We just weren’t able to finish the job. We had too many opportunities on offense when we were deep in their territory or we were in field goal range in the first half and we just didn’t get points. So we have to get better at that obviously.”