Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On what went wrong this game...
“Well we totally lacked discipline to play this game, seven of them on wide receiver the rest of them holding calls, that is why I am angry right now and it is nothing more than discipline, and if you do not have discipline you make it a ballgame or two like this when you line up and play in our conference without discipline you are going to be hanging your hat at the end of the day.”

On Kendall Adams' interceptions...
“I am pleased anytime we get an interception, I do not care who does it. ” we have to get turnovers and interceptions are part of the deal, I guess, what did we get two today?  That is a start. I would like to see as many as we can get, it is going to happen and we should. We should have the capacity to break down the ball and create interceptions.   

On using different rushers, a bunch of holding penalties and mixed bag in the run game... 
“It was not a mixed bag, penalties are penalties. And that is bad. I don’t care how well anyone ran, you ran up and down the field, and if you keep getting penalized, then all those yards come back, and there were I do not know how many. There are a number of those plays that are decent games in the second half. I was irritated to no end, that going into the second half not being able to start the second half and play well. And we had the opportunity with the offense taking the ball on kick off and had the opportunity, got the first and ten and had it called back because of penalties, and end up having to punt the ball three and out so that is frustrating and irritating and it angers me.”

On Jesse Ertz's decision making and progression as quarterback... 
“Progression to us means making decisions as you go through a process of defining defensive coverages and progressions of receivers one two three four five, that is what I refer to as progression. It is still a work in progress. I thought he did some things, throughout the first half of the ballgame, that were vastly improved from the week before. I certainly put my stamp of approval on this first half performance, but we did not play well the second half, it is a 60-minute ballgame”

On getting a lot of players in the game... 
“We did and that is significant, that is important to us, because we could not do that as readily as we wanted to in the first ballgame. It is irritating also, but it is important that is why these guys come work so hard is to get on the field, and have an opportunity and I want them to have that opportunity. We have to create that, and our players did, in the first half they played well enough to put us in the position to do that, and if you’re number two or number three, and you step on the field you have to be prepared, you have to step up and play and there were some of those two’s and three’s that got some of those penalties, and it was some of those two’s and three’s that missed some blocks and did some things well. But you have to be, have to prepare every bit as much as everybody else. You are only one snap away as they say the old adage.”

Kansas State Player Quotes
Junior Quarterback Jesse Ertz
On performance and improvement from game one to game two…
“I think I still did not play a great game. I felt a lot more comfortable seeing the defenses and stuff. The first game was probably nerves. All of the tips you are looking for are kind of hard to see. This game was a lot clearer.”

On what he was unhappy with today…
“As a quarterback you would like to hit on a big play at some point and we never really got a chance to do that and I took a couple shots and did not hit those. It was a good performance for the team. Get the ball rolling and score some points for some people.”

On Coach Snyder in the locker room postgame…
“You could probably guess. We do not typically commit a lot of penalties like that. So, as it was happening you are trying to correct it. People are just playing hard and it is something you do not want to happen, but obviously when a guy is trying to make an effort play it is hard to be mad at him.”

Sophomore Running Back Dalvin Warmack
On game experience…
“It felt great. Just being able to get out there and get some more experience under my belt and confidence felt good.”

On finding one true starting running back…
“Every day there is one of us that takes a little lead way over the other three and then boom, somebody else pops up in the lead. It is always a competition which is good for all of us. It is making us all better.”

On getting more touches…
“It felt good. The whole offensive line did a great job blocking and then I just made one cut and tried to take off, but got a little gassed so I’m a little disappointed I did not get in the end zone.”

Freshman Quarterback Alex Delton
On first career touchdown…
“It is a great feeling you know that is my first touchdown. You always want to get into that end zone and for me to get it I feel like I have completed a task on my goals list.”

On coming back after injury…
“It is good. I feel like it has been a long time since I have played obviously. I was hurt last year and I had been out since January.”

Senior Linebacker Charmeachealle Moore
On overall thoughts on the defensive performance…
“I think we did great. We executed what we went over in the game plan and we listened to our coaches.”

On the three forced turnovers and the progression of the defense…
“We talk all the time about forcing turnovers. Stripping the ball and catching the ball, and that is what we work on every day. Coach Snyder says bring your practice to the game and I think that is what we did today.”

On facing on a young quarterback in Driskel…
“We are always trying to pressure the quarterback and make them go to their progression faster. So that is what we are trying to do.”

Senior Defensive End Jordan Willis
On how big forcing turnovers was…
“It is big obviously. We get those turnovers and it makes it easier for the offense. Anytime we make a big play it gives us something to get excited about.”

On defensive improvement…
“I think we did seem to be improved a little bit, but then again we have so many good teams ahead of us in the Big 12.”

On how it was to see that many turnovers…
“It is fun to see that. It is exciting. Guys were fighting over that fumble. (Charmeachealle) Moore picked up. I think Reggie Walker had it and then Moore picked it up.”

Junior Linebacker Elijah Lee
On team performance…
“It is kind of upsetting that we did not get a shutout, but whenever you only allow seven points you have to take pride in that. That is what we emphasize all week. FAU was a good team and they played Miami pretty good until the end of the game. That is something we emphasize on, is being tough the whole game.”

On the game plan…
“Just fixing the little things from Stanford. We had a lot of time to practice and look into the game tape and get a feel for what they did. I think that preparation just carried over to the game today.”

On D.J. Reed and Kendall Adams' interceptions…
“I am happy for those guys. Last year, our young guys or new guys did not really get too many interceptions and to see them make big plays like that just gives us hope and it is exciting.”

Florida Atlantic Head Coach Charlie Partridge
Opening statement…
“I am obviously disappointed in how the game went. We gave away three turnovers in the first half that put us in a bad hole going in to halftime. I was proud of the effort of our defense in the second half. We got a few three and outs there in a row, so we have some things to build on. We certainly have a lot to fix between now and our next game against Ball State.”

On K-State running game…
“On the second drive of the game they had a lot of success running the ball. We got some fits fixed, adjusted and tweaked. Guys were being more aggressive and handling their fits. Guys were getting to their fits but were not aggressive enough in triggering. When you have the threat of the quarterback run, it flattens your defense. We need all those guys to fit aggressively and we did better in the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter we wore down.”

On message in the locker room…
“It was unacceptable. We are disappointed in the performance and it starts with me. I have to find a way to prepare them better than we showed out there today.” 

On positives to take away from game…
“The way we came out in the third quarter, the way we fought as a defense. There were some positive plays that got called back. We have shown that we can run the ball. There was a number of explosive plays that got called back for penalties or holding. We will get those things cleaned up.”

On running the ball while trailing…
“When you are looking at running out of possessions to be able to get back in to the game, it is hard to get the run game going. You start making decisions like, ‘let us get better as a football team and not worry about the scoreboard.’ There are flashes of good things that we need to build on, but we got a lot to clean up right now because we are a better team than we just showed. I am disappointed and it starts with me.”

Florida Atlantic Player Quotes
Sophomore Quarterback Jason Driskel
On offensive struggles…
“Our first drive we got out pretty good, we got a couple of 10-yard plays in a row there and they gave us 15 yards on a penalty too. We stalled and then obviously you guys saw what happened. I gave them 21 points in one half and you cannot beat a good team doing that. You cannot beat a bad team doing that either. That is on me, my team and my coaches trust me with the ball every play. I am the only person who touches the ball every play and I let them all down today, that is on me.”

On turnovers…
“The first pick was a bad read, the second pick was a bad ball. The first fumble was third grade stuff, the ball comes out of your hand when no one is even around you, and then the second fumble is lack of ball security. These are the things that we work on every single day, I have been doing them my whole life. It is inexcusable and it was horrible to watch I am sure. It felt horrible to do out there, it felt terrible.”

On positive takeaways…
“Of course there are positives, I am not here to say how bad it was. We had a couple of young guys in at offensive line that played really well, they did a lot of good things. Our guys on the outside played well when we gave them a chance. Our running backs ran hard, too. There are a lot of positives, but like I said, it is on me. My team trusts me we with the ball every play and I let them all down.”

Junior Linebacker Nate Ozdemir
On defensive struggles…
“It is just us not stepping up to the plate and doing our jobs. Coach has coached us up and put us in the opportunity to win. We did not do it.”

On what to take out of the loss…
“I think everybody needs a failure. I think it is a building block for success. You know what it feels like and you know your mistakes. You obviously do not want to make them twice”

On next step…
“Guys have to get out there and do what they are coached to do. It is not on the coaches it is on the players, me included. Coaches put us in the positions to make plays and they trust us with our roles and we have to give them what they give us. They put us on the field, we have to make plays.”