Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Jesse Ertz…
“His numbers looked awfully good and based on of what I saw he did not make any real mistakes whatsoever. I thought he managed the game, got the snaps off, and did not get any delay of game penalties. He threw the ball, I think he was 7 out of 8 or something like that. Over the course of the ball game he averaged twenty-five yards per carry, so that is not bad at all. 

On Byron Pringle…
“Well I thought he did pretty well. He had a nice kickoff return and I think one punt return if I recall correctly, you know collectively it was a better ball game for him.

On not playing the second half…
“I did want to play, and coach [Dave] Steckel wanted too as well. Probably the hard part for them, I guess if there is a good thing for them is that he wanted them to stay in and compete. We had a lot of guys, twos and threes that we really wanted to get into the ball game. I guess there are still more storms coming and consequently-- they had to bus over here, so they were talking about a very long travel time, so I get it. I think all of the players wanted to play, on their side as well as ours, but so be it.” 

On choosing to receive opening kickoff…
“It was my understanding that if we had this kind of weather that the ballgame had to go into the third quarter or that you had to have a snap in the third quarter for the game to be official which is true in conference games, but that is not the case in non-conference games. So that was the thinking behind it.”

On defense…
“We did play well, we did give up some plays too. They did a nice job I thought, they lost their number one quarterback—and I admire coach [Dave] Steckel and I admire that program to issue that kind of discipline immediately after that happened, I just admire him for taking that kind of a stance. However, the guy that lined up against us was their starter for 9 games last year so he had some capabilities as well. They had the backup that came in for the run game and ran the quarterback draw and if we had any difficulties it was giving up big plays in the draw game. Quarterback draw was one of the plays that they had against us, outside of that I thought we played well.”

Junior Quarterback Jesse Ertz
On comfort level…
“It is night and day from the first half of the first game. Just after seeing the things out there, everything slows down. All that stuff feels good and I noticed it last game and it felt good. Hopefully we can just keep building off of that.”

On long runs…
“It was the first time in a long time. I was probably too busy looking left and right, so I got caught from behind. Once I see it on film, I will be able to see if it was another thing.”

On connecting with Byron Pringle…
“I am sure he will take any touchdown he can get. I felt happy for him. It was his first touchdown. It would have been Dayton [Valentine]’s first also and we were joking about that. I think it will be good for his confidence since he got that bucket list goal checked off.”

Senior Wide Receiver Deante Burton
On the game being called at half…
“That is the first game like that I have ever been a part of. In high school I was part of a lightning delay, but never one that did not get finished. It was kind of weird.”

On offensive success…
“I think after the Stanford game we had something to prove about our inability to score. We struggled in the redzone against Stanford and that is something that we really took personal. These last two games we set out to prove that we can score points and that we are going to put up as many points as we can. I think we have accomplished that goal.”

On Jesse Ertz play…
“With every game you build confidence. I think Jesse [Ertz] has come a long way, especially when we go out and put up 63 points. That is definitely going to give a new quarterback a lot of confidence. I think he has handled it well. He came out with another great performance today and I think that we can continue to build off of that going in to conference play.”

Junior Linebacker Elijah Lee
On forcing more turnovers…
“A lot of guys are hungry. We are trying to race each other to the tackle and see who can get there. Just playing with that chip on us makes us a lot faster. 

On being picked 8th in pre-season in the Big 12 Conference…
“We always get picked to finish toward the bottom of the conference. That is just a chip on our shoulder and we are going to prove ourselves. We are going to fight you ever game, so you better come ready every time.”

On Jesse Ertz’ play…
“You can tell his confidence is building. That is something that was shaken over the first game, but he has gotten that back over these last two games.”
Senior Defensive End Jordan Willis
On opponents being able to move the ball …
“In the non-conference games it has been pretty tough for them. It will be a little different heading in to conference games because those teams have better offensive lines. We have been doing a pretty good job at this point, but it is a matter of my teammates and I keeping it up going forward. Once our attitude is set and we get ready to go, it will be tough to play against us. ”

On creating turnovers…
“I think all season going back to spring ball coaches have stressed that we need to get the ball back to our offense. Anytime we can do that it gives us the opportunity to get points on the board. I think everybody is listening and we just need to keep it up.”

On heading into conference play…
“We have this week to prepare. It is kind of a weird situation that I do not know what to think about. We are moving up, but obviously this is going to be the biggest challenge for us this year. ”

Missouri State Head Coach Dave Steckel
On strength and adversity… 
“I think we made great strides in our strength and development. There is no question of Bill Snyder’s offensive and defensive lines are very powerful. I thought it was very resilient on our kid’s part, that it was a six or seven-minute drive and we still took them down to fourth and one. The end result is not correct, but I was glad to see that we held our ground for a while. The physical toll probably did take toll as we started going. When that happens sometimes you start losing your confidence, which we need to work on as coaches.”

On quarterback situation…
“First we will evaluate the first half with both of our quarterbacks. The offense made a couple mistakes, but they also did some really nice things. So the thing that is great about it is they both know the offense and Coach Brown does a great job with them.”

On suspending game early...
“I am proud of them. I think not just our guys, but I’m sure Coach Snyder’s guys are going through the same thing, that is just how football players are wired. They want to play and always constantly redeem themselves. I think we have a very competitive group, and now we just have to do a good job of coaching our fundamentals, and prepare them better to handle a tough physical task.”