Iowa State Postgame Quotes

Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads

On the game...
"First off, it's fun to be a part of a college football game where two teams give that kind of effort. I thought it was a phenomenal college football game. I been very fortunate in my coaching career to work for a lot of good coaches, one was Johnny Majors, and he taught me a long time ago that the number one way to win a football game is not to lose it. We had turnovers, too many foolish penalties, and we were not effective enough on third down. Three and outs were a big point of emphasis, and in the second half you can't do that with the game on the line. We gave their quarterback too much time to throw also, they had two huge third down conversions for touchdown and the quarterback had too much time to throw the ball."

On the team in locker room after the game...
"We have to move on. This is a loss and we stand at 3-2 on the season, but it can't hold us back. This can be a setback or a loss, that will be our decision to make this week."

On Grant Mahoney...
"He's in a lot of pain right now. What I saw was a leaper who looked like Matt Blair. He was well above the cross bar, I didn't see any penetration, and it looked like a fairly good trajectory. Kansas State made a hell of a play."

On the end of first half Pass interference call...
"I don't know what I saw at the end of the play. What I saw was the ball that came out awfully high, and I didn't know if there was an opportunity (for the receiver) to catch the football, which has to take place for pass interference to occur. It was an excellent Big 12 crew."

On his emotions after Jake Williams' score...
"We were moving forward with the kick-off, playing like we had a tie football game. We talked about where we were going to kick that ball and hopefully pin them and take the game into overtime, so the next thing (that happened) the crowd errupts and immediately we went into onside kick mode. The play was going rapidly, we took a time-out bring our team back to level, and reaffirm the assignments.  Then we went out there and tried to execute."

On recovering this week...
"By working. We go back to work and learn from your mistakes and take the coaching. We get started with the next opponent and you work. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."

On the Alexander Robinson injury...
"He wasn't fully healthy (today). A groin injury is one you have to take care of. The medical staff did phenomenal job getting him ready to play, and he tweaked it (groin) on the big run. We took his helmet (away from him) and put him on the bench and to got Schwartz ready to play."

Quarterback Austen Arnaud

On the game...
"The loss I feel is mainly on me, and we just need to get better."

On the extra point...
"I was getting ready for overtime. Everyone on this team has so much confidence in Grant (Mahoney). Once in a while you've got the chance to kick the perfect field goal, but they got a piece of that. All the confidence in Grant is going to bounce back. He's a great kid."

Wide Receiver Jake Williams

On his catch...
"It happened so fast. I wasn't exactly sure what happened. I think it went off his hands and it happened to come in my direction. It was concentration I guess."

On how the team will respond to the loss...
"We can either look at this game as a big setback for us, or we can come back tomorrow and work hard. I think that is what everyone is saying. We need to get ready for next week's opponent."

On the game...
"The momentum kind of shifted the other way and if we would have executed better, it wouldn't have come down to that last drive."

Kicker Grant Mahoney

On the blocked PAT attempt...
"The guy got through the middle there and he just got to it.  I was shocked because I thought I hit it fine and I thought we were going to overtime."

On his feeling after Williams' catch...
"I stayed level-headed because I knew I had to make the extra point if we wanted to go to overtime."

Defensive lineman Nate Frere

On the game...
"We knew it was going to be a close game coming into it. We had to stop the run, but we had a little trouble (in the beginning). We gave up the ball a couple of times, when we didn't need to, and we could've had more stops. An extra-point field goal is hard to lose by."

On seeing the extra point...
"Yes I did, I was by the 50-yard line. I guess I was in utter disbelief and shock, that's all I can say about that."