Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

On the K-State rushing attack...

“I’m going to give a lot of credit to the coaches, this was a challenging week for us in a lot of different ways, a lot of different personal circumstances. Coach (James) Franklin and Coach (Tim) Tibesar did a great job putting the plan together and then the position coaches putting it into practice. I thought our coordinators did a really good job adjusting to what was a very difficult game for us. People are going to see the score and think this was an easy game. This was as challenging of a game as we’ve had and there were multiple adjustments that had to be made and we were on the front end of many of those. It was a great win for our team.”

 

On adjusting to the Colorado running game in the second half...

“(Moving Marcus Watts closer to the line) was one of the things we talked about and a there were a number of other things in conjunction. The challenging part about this team is that they throw the ball deep so often. If you do too many things to come in there and stop Hugh Charles then they throw it over your heads. What we had tonight was we just never let him get to the perimeter which is where he really hurt Oklahoma. He scored touchdowns when he got to the perimeter against Oklahoma. Even though it was very frustrating and there were a lot of yards per carry, we just didn’t want to over commit to that and then give up the big play over our heads for a score. That was frustrating because that’s not exactly the defense we want to play but that’s what was necessary today and everyone showed a lot of maturity in putting winning first to do that.”

 

On the timeout before the half and holding Colorado to a field goal...

“There was a particular lineman, and fortunately being an offensive line coach for so long I could see what they were trying to do to us on the interior. They’re very well coached and were giving us a little bit of a false key and what they were doing was providing a lot of openings in the middle. The adjustments we were trying to make at the time and the alignment we were trying to adjust didn’t help us so we just called time out, made the adjustment, played in the alignment and I thought it helped. That’s what you’re supposed to do, you’re supposed to put the kids in a position to win the game and make those adjustments for them. I thought the coaches did a good job of that. I just felt that phase of the game slipping away from us and we’d be negligent if we didn’t do something about it.”

 

On the pass defense and number of interceptions generated...

“(ESPN) asked me about (the interceptions) coming off the field today, and I said that’s just because we can’t sack the quarterback right now. If we could sack the quarterback there wouldn’t be as many interceptions. We’re not getting much pressure on the quarterback there at the end of the game we did. It was really frustrating in that standpoint, tackles for loss and sacks, we didn’t get very much of that early in the game. Fortunately, whether its Chris Carney or (Justin) McKinney or (Marcus) Watts, whoever it is, we have a number of players back there that Coach (Greg) Burns and Coach (Tim) Tibesar have been working their brains out to do that and try to get those turnovers. We still haven’t found a forced fumble yet. Those are things you’ve got to work on if you don’t play good defense you’re going to lose. I was frustrated as we all were that we had to give up so many yards to keep the points down tonight. We have to improve in that area but that’s what was needed for us to be able to win.”

 

On the K-State offense...

“I thought James Franklin did a really good job of conducting the game tonight, and it wasn’t perfect. We put a lot on Josh (Freeman’s) plate and he was operating much of the game at the line of scrimmage. I thought the big key was getting another big play to Jordy (Nelson) down the sideline; we were able to find that matchup for the second straight week. They weren’t giving it to us very often and we had a hard time finding it. People just don’t let you single cover that guy much anymore. We had to find some other ways. They forced us to run the football. We had some good plays for their cover two; we tried to pass it but they weren’t as effective as we would have liked. We just had to be stubborn and really lean on the running game.”

 

Closing note about James Franklin and his family situation...

“It’s been a very hard week for us and Coach (James) Franklin. His mother has been battling cancer for a long time and his mother passed away this morning. He called this game with a really heavy heart and I thought he did a great job. My hat’s off to him and I think he deserves a lot of credit for this win.”