Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

Opening statement...

“We played a terrific football team today - a team that has balance offensively, can run the football and had a terrific quarterback who can pass it and make all the throws that are necessary to play and win in the game. We played a team that has a terrific defense, that can stop the run and a team that was able to put pressure on the quarterback. This team really didn’t allow us to have any plays in the kicking game to impact the game. Today, they were clearly the better team.

 

“With that said, we had an opportunity to win the game at the end with a two-minute drive. We did not do so and obviously that’s one of those situations where you’re the head football coach, that’s your responsibility, so that’s my deal. We should have been able to perform in that situation and we did not.”

 

On not capitalizing with the wind advantage in the first quarter...

“I thought that we squandered a terrific defensive quarter with some really good plays and a lot of activity. I thought that their ability to operate in the environment was difficult in the beginning, the crowd was terrific. We didn’t do anything to encourage (the crowd); we did things to frustrate with penalties and with erratic play and those things led to (letting them off the hook). In the second quarter, they were able to counter.

 

“We knew that was going to be an issue in the game. We knew that they were going to be able to run the ball and that they were going to be committed to that. Clearly that’s one of their objectives with how they put this team together.”

 

On the defense in the fourth quarter...

“We put the defense in about as tough a position as you could put them in and we held (Kansas) to a field goal and we had a chance to go down and win it, but two of our last three drives had interceptions involved. The decision not to go for it on fourth and one, clearly was that I told the defense at the start of the fourth quarter that this was their game and we were going to try to win this thing on defense. It was time for us to make a stop, show that we can be a great defense. We went down, forced a turnover, had some nice things happening but ultimately we couldn’t stop them when it counted. I’m disappointed for sure. We understand clearly the value of the game, a game that would have helped us a lot. I’m not trying to make light of this at all but they’re going to make us play again in seven days and our resolve is to come back and do well.”

 

On the notion of a let-down after beating Texas...

“I don’t believe there was any let down at all. As I evaluated the tape, I thought clearly this was the best team we have played all year. I tried to say it very clearly to our team, to anybody that would listen, that this team had no weaknesses. There were no players out there that didn’t belong. They didn’t have any schemes that were unsound that left them vulnerable. We were going to have to beat them because they were not going to beat themselves. We were going to have to make some plays in the game to do that and we had our chances at the very end. That’s the thing that I’m going to start with the two-minute drive that was at the end of the game. We need to correct that, we need to get better in that area and if you go back from there, there’s a lot of things we can correct. Particularly with the home field advantage today, or what should have been a home field advantage, we should have been able to do a lot of things better.”

 

On the interceptions thrown by Josh Freeman...

“I think this was one of those situations where we got behind on first and second down, and on third down trying to make a play, the coverage was good. You had to call the perfect call against the coverage that was there. I think a couple times we forced the ball into places that we didn’t need to. Protection was an issue there at the end on the last play. Our ability to understand situations and execute in them would have helped us quite a bit. We did not perform that today.”

 

On KU’s offensive and defensive lines...

“They were better on both lines today, there’s no question about that. They were better on both fronts. Their offensive front was terrific, put us in a situation where we were trying to make a lot of arm tackles. It’s very difficult to arm tackle backs in Division I, especially in space. They were, especially (James McClinton), able to disrupt our blocking schemes enough to where it made it very difficult for us to put anything consistently together. They were clearly better on both fronts.”

 

On the Nelson-Aquib match-up and not throwing deep after the initial touchdown...

“We were able to take advantage of the match-up once and we were never able to find it again. Part of it was the coverage that we were facing. They were able to play the coverage; they were mindful of that match-up. Ultimately the protection, we weren’t able to have sound enough protection. Some of the penalties got us in the down-and-distance situation where they could call the kind of coverage that would reduce their exposure to that. We had a match-up and we weren’t able to take advantage of it and that’s on me, that’s on the coach.”