Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On finding positives from the game…
“I will say that I am proud of them. This group of young guys have not been in this situation before, through heck and high water they managed to carve their way through it though I am not sure how. At least we are 3-0. As you can see we do have a plethora of things to work on, it is going to be a long, long night.” 

On Dominique Heath’s day…
“It was more of an eighth grade or ninth grade day. You take the return that he got, that left us with the ball on the six yard line which was a major play in the ball game. It was also a major play in the ball game when he dropped the punt and pinned us back.”

On the red zone play…
“Well, we have to do a better job of getting into things that our guys can execute against what opponents do to you. We have to be able to throw the ball down there and we have to be able to run down there when we have the chance. We need to invest more time and continue to scrutinize the things we have not got ingrained in. Hopefully we can do that with the two weeks we have to prepare.”

On Joe Hubener…
“When Joe is right, he is right. The inconsistency is what you have to have some concerns with, but when he does it he can do it as well as anyone. We were in situations where we had to throw the ball because we were not running it well by and large.”

On turnovers…
“Well, all turnovers impact the outcome of the ball game, one way or the other. We had ours and that had an impact on the game to the degree that we went into halftime without a touchdown. The last turnover changed the field position, as they normally do a vast majority of the time. We just have to do a better job at taking advantage of those and so far we have been hit and miss with that.”

On Justin Silmon’s performance…
“I thought the performance was about the same as he normally has been doing. He did a nice job although he danced a little bit on a couple of them by and large most of his runs were aggressive. He does a nice job of trying to pick and choose a whole, a lot of times he just did not have anywhere to go. There were a few times that he did get caught dancing instead of putting his pads down and hitting the hole, but he did well.”

Quarterback Joe Hubener
On the progression of the offense…
“I definitely think it is progressing. There are always new things that we have to learn from, but that is the way it is going to be with any offense and any team. Somebody is going to make mistakes and that is just the nature of humanity. We are progressing and learning some things from weeks one and two and this game brought some things of its own that we will learn from.”

On winning in triple overtime…
“It is huge. In a triple overtime game somebody will be heartbroken at the end. Louisiana Tech was a great team and they competed the whole game and luckily our guys had enough toughness to finish it.”

On mindset in first overtime experience…
“It was a huge rush and it was so exciting. I was excited the first two overtimes when we scored and the opportunity to be able to hold them and get the win like that. In the third overtime Kody made a huge play and the defense stepped up and was able to get the win and that is such an adrenaline rush.”

Running Back Justin Silmon
On surpassing 100 yards…
“It felt good to help the offense. Being able to execute and make the blocks that were needed to be made. I was able to make a couple of good runs. It was a good start to our offense.”

On red zone offense…
“You have to give some credit to Louisiana Tech, they played great defense throughout the whole game. We just need to finish, and there are no excuses for it. Once we get in the red zone, we need to punch it in and get six points.”

Wide Receiver Kody Cook
On the offense in the second half versus the first half…
“I can contribute that to our weight staff from this summer. We have to start scoring faster, but the second half is where we win games and that is what we have done since I was a little kid watching K-State football games, you have got to finish to win and you have got to finish strong. Louisiana Tech played great and fought hard, but we were in better shape and when it came down to it we made the plays that we needed to make.”

On getting the win…
“It was a great team win. After the first half we all came together in the locker room and said that this was not us. We need to pick it up and go. A couple of captains got up and talked and got people going and we got the team win. Everyone did a little part to get us through it and stepped up and made plays.”

On catching the game winning pass in overtime…
“It was exciting, that is really the only word I can think of to describe it. It is exciting and it is what you think about when you play football, it is what you want and you want that opportunity to make that play. We talk about that all the time, we say to go make a play and go make it happen and this time it just happened to be my number.”

Linebacker Elijah Lee
On the offense in the second half versus the first half…
“Last week I was down because I did not run around like I usually do and I just took it upon myself to get after it and run around because we needed to do that this week. They have all their receivers spread out and they have a quarterback with an arm that can get it to them, but at the same time, you have to trust in your ability whenever it comes down to it.”

On difference of Louisiana Tech offense…
“You have to stay more on your toes whenever you play a team like this because you have a quarterback that can throw it like no other and then you also have a running back who is probably just like any other in the Big 12. You have to stay on your toes because you never know what is going to happen.”

On Driskel sack…
“I was coming through the B-gap and it opened up and it was a zone read play-action fake and I knew I had to hit one of those guys. I just went for the quarterback and I was looking for the ball. I thought maybe he had thrown it.”

Linebacker Will Davis
On post game feelings…
“I’m extremely excited, extremely tired, and extremely hungry. It was long. It was hard fought. They were a super talented team and we knew they were, you cannot give enough credit to those guys. I am super excited, that was a big win for us. It gives us a lot of confidence going forward that we can go down the stretch and fight and win.”

On first turnover for defense…
“Anytime you can get a turnover it is a huge momentum shift, and it was today. Jordan (Willis), who is a heck of a player, had a heck of a game. I do not think you can say enough good things about him. He works hard on and off the field so I am glad to see him have a monster game and to have him show up, it was good.”

On delay of first turnover of the year…
“It is one of the things we have been talking about improving on, trying to get a turnover. We work on it everyday in practice and it was just a matter of time before it happened. We were excited to create one today and it was a big momentum shift in the game. It got us back into it a little bit.”

Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On the three overtime victory…
“It was just crazy. I am proud of my team; obviously we made a lot of mistakes. Louisiana Tech is a great football team with great athletes and they made a lot of great plays as well. I am proud of our defense for sticking in there. It would be easy to fold and give up, but I felt like we flew around and fought until the end, so I am proud of our defense. ”

On the last overtime defensive possession…
“We were not sure if they were going to throw it every time. We were trying to get some pressure on the quarterback, so we brought more blitzes to rush them a little harder. We were manned up, so we just pressured the quarterback, stayed on top of the receivers and did not allow any big plays. Their quarterback could scramble really well too, so we had to make sure he did not have a clear field to run the ball. ”

Kicker Jack Cantele
On mindset during the game…
“Honestly nothing was going through my mind. I wanted to make sure I lined up correctly and just let the rest take care of itself. I have practiced those kicks a thousand times in practice, so I am just going to let it take care of itself.”

On the pressure similarities in this game and the 2014 Auburn game…
“I am sure it has helped me grow in more ways than one. Not just from a football standpoint, but also as a person to be able to deal with adversity and come back and work on things that need work on and focus on things that are important. At the time I did not know if I was going to be a starting kicker again or not and I think that is what helped me the most. You can never be sure what helps you in certain moments because I felt completely certain in every kick at the Auburn game, but that is just kind of how it went and I just kept my head down and kept getting better and hoped I would get my chance again.”

On the pressure in overtime…
“You would think there would be quite a bit, but at the time you cannot let there be pressure. I am sure the fans, my family members and my team members had their hearts in their throats, but as the person out there doing it you cannot let that get to you or else you will not succeed.”

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Skip Holtz
Opening statement…
“Let me say that, what a football game, huh? What a great football game, what a beautiful day. It was a gorgeous day to play the game and there was a great crowd playing at a Big 12 site against Kansas State, who have won more games the last four years in the Big 12 than anybody. It was a great opportunity for our players. I was really proud of how they came out and competed in this game. I was proud that they did not let some mistakes get them down or hang their heads. They just came back and kept competing. They had that 90 yard drive at the end just to get the game to overtime. They had no timeouts with their backs on their own nine yard line. The clock was running, but they made some plays to get it to overtime. It certainly was not a perfect game on our part. We put our defense on the field three times inside the 30-yard line, which you cannot do against a really good football team. I have great respect for Coach Snyder and I congratulated him and his team. I thought they did the things they needed to do to win the football game. I am just really proud of the way we competed. I thought the defense played really well outside of that last play – the third down and 16, where they gave up the touchdown, but I thought they played their tails off today. I thought some individuals competed extremely hard. We learned a lot about our team today. I liked what I saw with how they competed. We played 15 freshmen, which makes us the 14th team in the country playing the most freshmen. To play 15 freshmen in an environment like that and a game like that – for it to be only their third game of experience – I think that is invaluable for our football team. We have to grow from this and continue to get better. I look forward to getting into conference play and going home.”

On quarterback Jeff Driskel’s play…
“I think Jeff was really seeing the field very well. He was making really good decisions with the ball and not putting it in danger if it was not there. There were a couple balls that might have looked like bad throws but they just were not there. He understood the challenge our offensive line had against their defensive front. He knew we had to get rid of the ball and he threw it out of play. I think he made some really good decisions. I feel like I should have helped him more when we saw a lot of man coverage at the end of the game, but I am really proud of how he played. He is a real talent, but I am impressed with his maturity and the way he manages the game and sees the field.”

On the game going back-and-forth…
“We talked to our players about how this was going to be a staring contest and it was going to come down to the first one to blink. That was how this game was going to be. I heard one of our players say going into overtime, ‘Don’t blink.’ We just had to keep believing in what we were doing. Both teams play a lot of plays on both sides. I knew there was an end, but it was just about who was going to make that critical mistake to lose the game.”

Quarterback Jeff Driskel 
On a tough loss…
“It is tough. It is a disappointed locker room. We expected to win the game, the whole game. Coming into the game we expected it, during the game we expected it and in overtime we expected it. It is tough to come out with a loss like that. I am proud to be a part of this program, to be with these guys. We just have to bounce back.”

On similarities between last two losses…
“We had a chance to win both games. We did not play our best either game, but I thought we played hard both games. We stayed together. We never showed that we were going to quit. We are a team that believes that we are going to win every game we play. This one is going to be a tough one to swallow. We have a lot of games left. We have to build off of our positives and learn from the negatives and move forward.”

On Trent Taylor taking the blame for the loss…
“That is what competitors do. I am kicking myself for the beginning of the game, missing a touchdown pass there that almost got picked at the goal line. That is a sign of a team that stays together. No one is pointing the fingers at anyone else. We are all going to be accountable for our own actions. In no way was that his fault, in no way was it my fault. It was a team effort, we win as a team and we lose as a team. We lost as a team today.”

Linebacker Nick Thompson
On a tough loss…
“It is always tough to lose. It is even tougher to lose when you are that close. We came here to win, we did not come here to play tough against them. It is pretty tough.”

On coach’s postgame speech…
“Do not hang our heads. We fought all the way down to the wire. We had some bad plays, but we fought, so he said just keep our heads up and move on to next week.”

On moving forward this season…
“It is tough, but we have a pretty tough team. I am not going to sit here and pout and let it derail our whole season. We will be ready next week.”

Wide Receiver Trent Taylor
On atmosphere of locker room after game…
“It was pretty silent. A bunch of people were let down. I put that loss on my shoulders. When you got 100 guys out there fighting their tails off and going 110 percent and you have your leaders out there making mistakes – you are not going to win football games like that. So, I put that game on my shoulders. Hopefully, we can bounce back next week.”

On turnovers…
“It was very crucial. We just did not give ourselves a chance to win with turnovers like that. You are not going to win games, especially with your leaders out there making mistakes. I got a lot to do with myself. I got a lot of film to watch and a lot to improve on.”

On quarterback play…
“Jeff (Driskel) played an amazing game. You could not ask for much more. He is just fire out there. He is a guy that you love to have on your team. He gives 110 percent effort.”