Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

Head Coach Ron Prince

Opening statement...

“We faced a mighty good team today.  We knew that was going to be the case coming in and the tone for the week we said that we didn’t come in here to play for second place.  Our players new that we came in to be bold and daring.  This was the fourth of the four non-conference games and we want to have a real assessment where we are as a team.  Coming out of this we will obviously be able to complete that tomorrow as we review the tape.  We knew that this is a very explosive offense.  I thought the very first drive, they established the fact they are the team to contend with.  When you have a team that can take the ball down there early and put points on the board then you can conduct the game in a certain way.  They had a very similar drive to start the third quarter.  That’s why they are a top-10 team.  I was very proud of the way our players played today.  I was very pleased with their effort.  I told them that there were two things that we can control: how physical we made the ball game and how our effort was and I thought that the players didn’t disappoint me in either area.  Obviously there are some things that we need to clean up from a bunch of different standpoints like personnel and how we conduct the game.  I will take the responsibility for those.  I felt that there were some things in the game that were sloppy.  We can’t have those kinds of miscues and penalties if you are trying to pull of an upset against the team like this.  There was no doubt in our players’ minds how we were going to conduct this game whether it was fake field goals, fake punts, on-side kicks we were going to use them all.  I think this is a great opportunity. I am really pleased that we had a chance to play a team of this caliber.  Our offensive line took about as good of a shot you can take from a defensive front.  We will go back to the drawing board this week and we will find that we did some positive things and eliminate some of the things that made us play sloppy.”

 

On the teams’ performance today...
“I think we are a team that plays with great heart and effort.  I think we have good communicative abilities particularly on the field.  Our players do a really good job of handling situations.  The game is so multiple now on offense for teams so our defense is doing things at the line of scrimmage.  I think our kids are doing a really nice job with that to put in some positive situations.  That was a very challenging team that we played, among the nation’s best and we stood there toe-to-toe with them for a while.  I like the way that coach Petrino has put his team together.  It’s a big, strong, fast team and he has been able to do that for a while and we intend to have a team that can compete with teams like that very soon.  I think all our players and all of us will be able to go back and see that there are some things that we can correct and that one of these days we are going to be right there with those kinds of teams.  That’s about really all I can say.  The record I don’t think will reflect where we are and what we are.  It’s four non-conference games.  Our job is to compete in Big 12 North and to try to win it.  We will know more about that once we get to November when we are in the hunt and that is really how we are trying to put our team together.  I am sure there are lots of other factors that will contribute to that and we just have to clean those up.”

On Marcus Watts...

“I think for the second straight week Marcus Watts was lights out.  It’s fun to be around him and it’s fun to watch him play.  He loves football and he hasn’t had to prove a lot to me.  He hasn’t taken long to figure that out.  Some players just have it, but the disappointing thing was against a team like that, when you get those opportunities you get those turnovers you have to capitalize and you have to make those count. But the bottom line is that he gave us opportunities.”

 

On Ian Campbell...

“I thought his play was significant.  He was very disruptive.  They have a very good offensive line.  If there is a center better than that guy Eric Woods, number 77, he is better than anyone I have seen.  We knew that going into the game and he did a very fine job in the interior but on the outside I thought Ian Campbell was able to handle his own against those fellows.  We had a number of players that did a nice job.  Defensively our expectation is if you don’t play good defense you are going to lose.  We are always going to have to play good defense here.  And special teams is the second part of that and that is where we are going to have to continue to improve.”

 

On the game plan against Louisville...
“The plan was to be bold and daring, to try and seize an early lead. We weren’t trying to play the game just to get the game to the fourth quarter and be close.  We were trying to win the game and see if we can play with these guys.  We were kind of excited about that.  To be honest with you there was an extra spark to our team this week.  We had some better practices and we were excited.  We are not going to coach scared. We are going to coach smart and be bold and daring.  If you are going to pull of an upset like this you are going to do that.  They were a terrific team.  They are great against the run and they really have no weakness overall.  Obviously their pass rush was significant and we knew that was going to be the case.  But if we hit those plays maybe the game would have been a little bit different.”