Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince Quotes

On the game...

“I want to give credit to Missouri, a terrific team, offense, defense, in every way. Coach Pinkel did a very good job putting the team together. It’s filled with a lot of really skilled athletes. Just look at their players and you can tell they’ve done a great job training and developing them individually and they do a good job playing.”

 

On the fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter...

“The game could not have started any better for us. We came in here and tried to put pressure on the quarterback. We were able to do that the first play. We were not only to knock the ball loose but score on it too. This offense is powerful, and we felt that if we didn’t pressure the quarterback then it wouldn’t be a very successful day. I thought that Missouri did a really good job adjusting there game offensively. The offense coordinator did a great job adjusting and we were unable to make the next adjustments, after we had the early swing of momentum.”

 

On momentum...

“When it comes to momentum, we had the chance to increase our points from seven to fourteen when we had the ball on the one yard line. I told you guys how I feel about that situation. If you’re ever going to compete for championships, you have to be able to go on the road and run the football, and convert those situations. As long as I’m the coach of this team, we’re going to treat these situations we’re going to continue to try and be rugged. I’m not relenting on that. If it was later in the game and two points would win the game for you, we would have kicked a field goal, but I wanted to send the proper message to this team about how we’re going to do things. We ran it and we didn’t get in, so that was a big moment in the game and it obviously took a lot of air out of our team, on offense and defense.

 

On Mizzou’s 99-yard drive...

“We had them backed up ninety-nine and a half yards and we were supposed to see that as an opportunity and we did not see that as an opportunity. And in fact, we had a critical personal foul that allowed the ball to move out to mid-field, and that aided their drive. No question that was the critical moment of the game, my thought was that to go up 14-3 at that point in the game, would be critical for us, given confidence to this young team on the road. You could see that they could score points and we knew that. So that was a major issue. Had it been any other situation, I think we would have continued to do the same thing. And I was very pleased with how our players gained yards, but that’s not the point, the point of this game is to score points. I thought we could get some yards on them offensively, but I think the multiple sacks and turnovers that started the second half, put us I the kind of hole that is very difficult to dig out of. I told the team that this is one of the situations where we refused to do anything but fight, and that’s exactly what we tried to do.”