Kansas Head Coach Mark Mangino Quotes

On the game...

“This was a hard fought game. I’m especially proud of our players who overcame some adversity. They never gave up and kept making plays on offense and defense. We left some points out on the field today. We had an opportunity to make some plays. The positive thing is that our defense played extremely well and our offensive line and running backs controlled the tempo at the line of scrimmage which allowed us to win this game today. I’m really proud of our players. I think college football fans around the state of Kansas were not disappointed today. It was a great game in Kansas but it’s an even better day at KU.”

 

On his team’s effort...

“Our kids just kept at it. There are some things that need to be fixed. We did not play flawless football today by any stretch. We played well enough to beat a Big 12 team on the road. We’ve got to get some things done on special teams, on offense and a couple things on defense but we’ll be fine. This was a great team effort. It really was. The kids hung together on the sideline, the coaches stayed calm, we stayed with the game plan and good things happened.”

 

On KSU Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson’s play...

“I’ve been coaching in this conference since it started. The inaugural game here was in 1996 and I was on the staff here so I’ve been in the Big 12 from the very first game. Jordy Nelson is one of the top four or five receivers I’ve seen play in this league. He is talented. He’s a tough kid. He has all of the tools you want and I understand he’s a fine individual too. Credit where credit is due, Jordy Nelson is a heck of a football player.”

 

On KU’s offense...

“The kids stayed nice and calm. We saw some things. Without getting into a great strategic talk, they tried to mix it up on us. They tried to bring pressure, they tried to man up and play some zone and it worked. They did some good things. But we had a good feel for the run game. They were giving us some opportunities in the run game, worried about some pass things I believe. Todd Reesing did a good job when we threw it to deliver the ball. He threw it to the right receiver. It was a good drive. It was a drive that we utilized run and pass and once again, the offensive line did an extremely fine job today.”

 

On KU Quarterback Todd Reesing’s play...

“I don’t know if it was jittery as much as he was trying to really decipher what they were doing in the first couple of series. They were mixing things up and he was trying to get a read on it. The first ball that he threw, he came off the field and said that it slipped out of his hands and it was an interception. But I thought by the time we got into the second quarter he had that look in his eyes like he knew what they were doing and he had a good bead on it. Our coaches were telling him what was happening and he could see it. He could feel it and he knew how to react to it.”

 

On winning in Manhattan...

“I’ve won here before. I came here in 2000 with Oklahoma and won but I’ve never won as the head coach of Kansas. I told our players that this was the day, the time was right. Our program, our players are confident. They feel good about themselves and feel like this 2007 team feels like they can win anywhere. We won one at one place and hopefully we’ll continue to do it. It’s good to get a win here but I’ll be honest with you, it’s more important that it’s a win in the North and it’s a win on the road. Who the opponent was, was not quite as important. I was excited about it for our fans and people in the state of Kansas. It’s just important because it’s a North team and we’re still winning.”