Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

Opening Statement...

“We were thoroughly beaten today by a very good football team on both offense and defense, particularly on both lines. Their offensive line and defensive line were terrific. We were out-physicaled for a bulk of the game. I thought their playmakers on offense were fantastic. They made the plays that needed to be made and we didn’t. It is very frustrating in that we thought if we had a chance to make them punt and kick some field goals we might have a chance to block those. We weren’t able to block a punt until the fourth quarter, so any advantage we might have had in special teams didn’t show up until the score was what it was. At 14-17 I thought that was really one of the defining moments for us. We had a real situation where we had stopped them, forced them to kick a field goal and had the chance to respond to them. There was an issue with the wind. With the wind they managed the game, shortened the game and were able to get out of the quarter and still get a score. We didn’t. We did and then when we changed ends of the field we weren’t able to drive the ball like they were. At 14-17 I thought that was a key drive for us. Offensively we came out and laid an egg and dropped several passes in a row, had a couple of three and outs. There wasn’t a lot of positives that happened and that’s where the game got legs. They were able to extend their lead and that took us out of how we wanted to play this game. When you’re down by two scores, play-action passes and those sort of things don’t really have the same kind of effectiveness. It was pretty disappointing all the way around. I can’t really find any silver lining to this thing. We had a good chance in the kicking game to do some very positive things and we didn’t get the opportunity to even try those things. Offensively and defensively we were soundly and thoroughly defeated.”

 

On what he would say to K-State fans...

“First of all, those folks who were there today, who came out and stayed, I appreciate that and I thank them. This is a very challenging time for all of us and all that I can tell them is we will fight and compete and we will get this thing turned around. I thought that from an individual standpoint a couple of players were able to play in the game and contribute, but we just didn’t have enough of them. Tysyn Hartman I thought did a nice job, but the kind of play that we’re getting out of some of our veteran players doesn’t help us in these big games. So, we’ve got to improve in that area. I want them to be disappointed, I want them to be just as angry as I am, but not discouraged. That’s hard to do and I understand that.”

 

On trying to slow down Graham Harrell and Texas Tech...

“One of the things that makes them a very good team is that their offensive line is so big and so massive that you can’t really bull-rush them into his lap. And when you do, he’ll have the poise to throw it to certain spots that he’s been throwing it to for a long time. He knows the routes inside and out and his guys go get the ball and make him look really good in those moments when the pocket is compromised. They do a very good job of getting the ball out quickly to beat the blitz. They’re very confirmed in throwing the football. Because of that a lot of runs open up, but they’re very committed to throwing the football. The number of times they throw it, the parts of the field they throw it to, they never get discouraged in throwing the football and they’re very good at it and they have the offensive line to hold up under that kind of deal and when they need to run it they get very good looks and they are very big and very physical.”