Kansas State Player Quotes

Wide Receiver Deon Murphy

On tying the game at 28-28 ...

“I feel like we did a real good job coming back. We just need to finish and execute. We felt like as soon as we came out there (after tying it), we had this game in our hands.”

 

On what you got from this game and going into KU...

“Obviously, we are going to have a loss, but I’ll put the plusses on our practices this week. Getting ready for KU is ultimately going to be big.”

 

On the quick scoring in the first half...

“Our defense did a great job on their side of the ball executing today, as well as our special teams. On the offensive side of the ball, we need to execute more. I think the biggest word today is execute, and that’s what Coach (Ron) Prince talks about a lot.”

 

Strong Safety Courtney Herndon

On his feelings after the game...

“It was a long, hard, physical game. My body is not that beat up, but I probably won’t feel it until tomorrow. I’m just mad that we lost. It is just emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. We had our chances; we just didn’t take advantage of them basically.”

 

On the defense playing better in the second half ...

“We just have to go out their and keep fighting because we were down 28-7, and that just gave us motivation to come back and tie it. That showed us that we can do it, so we just got to go out their and give it our all, and that’s what we did.”

 

On the momentum swing...

“The biggest thing I remember is the punt return they had. It’s the biggest thing on my mind. Defense just didn’t get enough turnovers, which swung the momentum back in their favor. It’s a mental thing. You have to go out there no matter how many turnovers the offense had. We have to go out there and stop them three-and-out every time. We were able to do it a couple of times, but we weren’t able to do it when we needed to.”

 

Defensive End Ian Campbell

On having the special teams plays go against them...

“As a defensive player, you have to have a short memory and forget what just happened and play on the next snap.”

 

On tying the game 28-28 ...

”We were having difficulties and we just didn’t play well enough. We had enough problems here and there that obviously add up and you just can’t have issues against a team of that caliber.”

 

Quarterback Josh Freeman

On the scoring...

“In the first half, it looked like they were going to run away with it and we were able to do some things on special teams and get some momentum and we were able to score on three straight drives and get it back to 28-28. The second half just didn’t pan out for either team.”

 

On what KSU was able to do in the first half but not in the second...

“We had people making big plays and then we got in some tough situations. We were set up great by the defense and then we had some people make some plays. We had the momentum at 28-28 and felt like we were about to take this thing and score a couple of times before half.”

  

On K-State’s turnovers...

“It was situations where you usually have things to right and they didn’t. We have a number of issues that need to get fixed and obviously, when you play against a team like Oklahoma, you don’t have any breathing room. They took advantage of all of our mistakes late in the first half.”

 

Wide Receiver Ernie Pierce

On how he got his numbers today ...

“Preparation. Some people may say luck, but if you work hard enough, once the opportunity comes, you do what you do.”

 

On tying the game 28-28...

“I knew we could play with them. Certain things just didn’t go the way we needed them to go. They’re a good team, we knew they were a good team, and it’s unfortunate the way it happened.”

 

On whether he was in the zone today ...

“I say every opportunity I could and knew what coverage’s they were going to be in and when it was time to make the play. I tried to go ahead and make it. Now that I’ve proved that I can do it, it’s time to go ahead and do it on a consistent basis.”