K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

WATCH: Bill Snyder Press Conference

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On rethinking the game plan for third quarter moving forward…
“Well, we are just looking at second-half performance, not just looking at third quarter. That is a major part of it – on how we start the second half. We have always looked at. These past two ball games are not the only times that we have had some difficulties in the second half, for one reason or the other. We just are doing as much – not going to panic over it – but doing as much research as we possibly can. Is there anything that we should be doing different than what we are doing? Part of it is a matter of emphasis, part of it is a way we might approach any changes we make in the second half and a variety of different things. For the most part, I know this is a bad answer, but it is a matter of execution, as it relates to both – offense, defense, kicking team – I say both – all – offense, defense, kicking game and coaching – what we put on the field. So, all of that has an impact on it. I do not think there is anything that is going to be mind boggling that we came up with – at least we have not at this point.”

On his general sense of the team coming off of two losses with tough games ahead…
“Again, we are not looking at the composite schedule. We are focused on Oklahoma and that is the way it will be, and you know how that goes here and probably everywhere. I cannot tell you that in meetings that we have – we have two meetings on Mondays. The first one is devoted to corrections and reviewing the previous ball game. The second meeting, after dinner, is dedicated for the upcoming opponent. So, there is probably not as much interaction as there is just forward dialogue from myself or other coaches. It is hard to judge in meetings. When you get to the practice fields, you get a little bit better perspective on how young people are responding at that point in time – 48 hours after the ball game. I thought they responded well. Again, it is just one day. I thought there was a focus that was there, which you would expect, anticipate or want every single day, regardless of what took place the previous week or weeks. You would want that kind of focus and that kind of effort. There was not anything that was displeasing to me, in that respect. So, I thought that was a plus.”

On if the TCU game was the best the offensive line had played all year…
“I do. I just said that yesterday, spoke to the team meeting to our offensive line, because it was significant. We have some experience there, so the significant thing is execution – the more experience you have the better execution you probably are going to have, if you have the effort and the passion. If we finish plays, I mean if we block aggressively and finish plays aggressively, that was what I was looking for. I thought our offensive line played with a great passion most of the ball game. We had some difficulty running the ball in the second half, but we had difficulty running it and difficulty throwing it. In both cases, that is part of what we talked about at the outset of the conference here. I shared with them in front of our team how proud I was with them. I thought they had taken a major step forward in approaching the ball game, more profoundly than they had at any time during the course of the year.”

On how much the offensive line play had to do with Boston Stiverson having a week under his belt…
“Well, I think having that week under his belt was really substantial, truly so. Hopefully, you would like to anticipate, but hopefully, he continues to grow throughout the upcoming weeks. I hope that is the case.”

Junior Quarterback Joe Hubener
On his self-assessment of the TCU game…
“I think there were some positive things, but the things that were negative are what stick out to me, and those are the things that need to get corrected. Much like Coach Snyder expects perfection, I expect perfection for myself. Those negatives are what I am focused on.”

On momentum after two close losses…
“We were angry after that OSU loss because that was a tough loss coming down to the wire, and this one just adds fuel to the fire. We are tired of losing these tough games because we know that we can play with anybody, and we showed that. TCU is a great team and we played right with them the whole game. We fully expect OU to come in here prepared, but we want this win.”

On playing Oklahoma…
“It is definitely an awesome feeling because OU has been a powerhouse program since they were built. To say that you have played against them is a pretty special feeling, and not a lot of people can say that. What would make it even better is if we can get the win.

Redshirt Freshman Offensive Lineman Dalton Risner
On the team’s mindset heading into this week…
“We are excited. There is nothing else you can be but excited. We have Oklahoma coming in, another ranked team here at home, and we know what we can do. Looking back at these past two weeks, everyone knows we need to work on finishing, but everyone knows what we are capable of and we are excited. We need this win, we need some morale and we need some uplift to get this season going because we have a lot of football left to play. No matter what it takes or how ugly it gets, we just need to roll out of this Saturday with a win.”

On Oklahoma winning five-straight games when playing in Bill Snyder Family Stadium…
“As the new guy on the block, I have never played Oklahoma and this was my first time playing TCU as well. I was kind of surprised to find out that Oklahoma has won five straight here because, for me, playing here at home is such an advantage and I feel like we could beat anybody. It just gives us so much more confidence having that fan base behind us.”

On the improvement of the offensive line…
“I think that we are getting after it in practice. We took it upon ourselves to get better. We knew that we were struggling at the beginning of the season and noticed that we were not finishing drives. We took it upon ourselves to step up and get better in the red zone, and we have.”

Junior Offensive Lineman Terrale Johnson
On how the linemen are playing together…
“We are playing tight; we are a together unit right now. Boston (Stiverson) comes in and points things out on the field, and we are playing fresh right now with him back. We are playing good right now and the running game puts a smile on my face; that is what we crave.”

On Cody Whitehair helping with his development…
“When I first got here, I wasn’t in the best shape and I felt like I couldn’t do it. Cody would text me and ask how I was doing and would tell me to keep fighting. Over the offseason we studied film, he believed in me, knowing what I was going through then. Even now we are friends; we have a good relationship. He has been a big help in my process here.”

On why Cody Whitehair is such a good player…
“He has been here for so long; he knows everything. Cody and Boston help us out so much. Sometimes I may get a little lost and I just look at Cody and he will tell me where I am going. He knows the game and he is very smart. When I first got here, I said Cody has good hands and feet. He has played tackle and guard. When I came here from my junior college, I was watching how he transfers from both positions and you can see he is working.”

Junior Linebacker Will Davis
On trying to play a complete game defensively…
“It starts with preparation. It is just a matter of everyone on the team giving their best effort Monday through Thursday to be prepared for Saturday. If we could do that every day and have good practices every day, if we put complete practices together, we will put complete games together.”

On Oklahoma’s offense…
“I see a lot of the same things from last year’s game to two years ago. We are going to see a lot of similar things. There is a little bit of different personnel than there has been the last couple years, but I still see a lot of similar things. They are a great offense, and they show that week in and week out. They play in the clutch, and they can do some special things.”

On younger players on defense stepping up…
“I have seen a lot of good things, especially last week we were talking about Duke Shelley. He played a great game, he really did. He had to step up real quick and grow up real fast, and I thought he did a great job. They have to improve every week. We cannot get satisfied.”

Sophomore Linebacker Elijah Lee
On Oklahoma’s biggest offensive strength…
“The many skill players they have. They have a lot all over the field, so we have to watch out for that.”

On what Baker Mayfield brings to the field…
“He is a playmaker anywhere on the field. He’s trying to make a play for his offense.”

On how to stop Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine in the running game…
“Gang tackle and make sure we tackle with the right form. If we just try to hit him up top, he can run over whoever he wants to.”