Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Oklahoma State’s third down conversions...
“Well they were 8-of-9 in the first half. That made it a one-score ballgame for the most part. Not very good for us. They did a nice job. The youngster did a nice job of throwing the ball, and the receivers did a nice job getting up for it. We didn’t compete very well for them, and that was it.”
 
On Kody Cook’s performance...
“It was very good. I thought he played with poise. He played smart. He made some mistakes, but you have to remember we have a plethora of offense and he’s had a week of investment in it. He was a quarterback some time ago and he’s on the field a lot as a receiver, but his retention has been great. He did as well as you would expect. We couldn’t ask for anymore.”
 
On K-State’s performance in the second half...
“We let them march the ball for a couple of scores in there, and that was an issue for us. We weren’t defending the pass very well at all. They were down. They had some injuries as well at the running back position. It was evident after a while that they probably were not going to run the ball as much. We made them left handed, but we couldn’t do anything about. That’s taking nothing away from Oklahoma State because [Rudolph] can throw it, and they can go up in the air and catch it. They’re a good pass-offense team.”
 
On the takeaways from the game...
“To come back and score and get in position to win the ballgame then lose it, there’s going to be some pain that goes along with it. The positive thing is yet to happen. That will be how do the young people in our program respond to it. Are they willing to fight back, not give up and learn from their mistakes? That’ll be the key element, and if our guys do that, then something positive came from it. If they don’t, then nothing has.”
 
Defensive end Jordan Willis
On Kansas State's defensive effort...
"Up front on the defensive line we didn't get enough pass rush once we recognized that it was pass and getting to the quarterback."

On not winning the game...
"It's hard to swallow, but coach always talks about finishing and we didn't finish. I know defensively when the game is put in our hands, our goal is to stop them and we just didn't do that today."

Linebacker Elijah Lee
On Oklahoma State's fourth-down conversion...
"We had them on fourth down, we just didn't execute. That's something we have to get better at because if we can put the offense in a tough situation like that, we have to execute to get our offense the ball back."

Linebacker Will Davis
On the game...
"It's tough. There's a lot of momentum swings throughout the game, a lot of ups and downs, highs and lows. That's what football is about, it's something we have to learn from it as a group and improve."

Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy 
Opening statement...
"Great win for us. I was really proud of the way we rallied, came back and finished things off at the end there. The defense made a key stop. Our crowd was tremendous and so were the Paddle People. From the start and all the way through, I thought our fans did a great job. Sometimes they didn't do as well offensively with maintaining the play clock, and our fans definitely put them in a little funk. The crowd was tremendous. 
 
“I thought the most important thing about this game was the adjustments made by our defensive staff after halftime. We couldn't slow them down in the first half, but we made some really good adjustments at halftime. That gave us a chance to win the football game. We gave up a blocked PAT that put us behind the eight ball. We can't let that happen, and we have to eliminate that mistake. Our punt coverage was really good, and our kick coverage was really good. I thought we did a good job in the return game. We had about 90, and they had about 95. On punts, we were about the same, but special teams are very important, especially when we play Kansas State. 
 
“In the end, we found a way to win. Our quarterback played really well. I thought he made good decisions. Without watching the tape, I think there were three times when he was a little bit antsy and didn't throw the ball as well as he should have. Overall, he attempted 55 passes and hit 34 of them, even with three drops. One ball was tipped for an interception, but I thought he played well. Ben Grogan performed very well today. We had a good snap, and [Bryant] Reber, who was our holder and special teams captain today, put it down there for Ben to make it. I'm proud of our team. We've got a lot of work to do, and we've got a long way to go. I want them to embrace the moment, enjoy the win and come back ready to prepare for the next game tomorrow."
 
On Mason Rudolph's poise while playing from behind...
"His poise has been good from day one. Last week at Texas, there were some times when he could have been flustered, but he didn't. Today was fine. He's a work in progress and he's young, but I think he's getting some good experience now. As he moves forward, hopefully he'll continue to get better. He's showing some toughness, some grit and the willingness to fight and win."
 
On the defensive adjustments made at halftime...
"We made some adjustments. We changed some techniques based on certain areas of the running game and certain formations. Kansas State has always had success with showing the run and then dumping the ball over the middle so we defended that really well. We might have defended it too well early on, and that might have cost us some. We just tried to loosen it up a little bit and try to play more base in certain areas. We made some really good adjustments, and I was really proud of our guys. When it was happening, I wasn't sure exactly how it would work but it obviously worked pretty well."
 
On not having Chris Carson or Rennie Childs...
"We had a feeling that we would have to throw the ball about 50 times. One, we were playing with a true freshman at running back. Two, we were playing arguably the best run defense in this league, maybe even top 10 in the country. We just didn't feel like we could beat our heads against the wall, and we knew we had to throw it."
 
On calling end-arounds and using receivers in the run game...
"We had about four of them today, and we got some good yards. In fact, I think we rushed for 50 yards, and I bet 30 of them were on those end-arounds. That's been good for us. One of the reasons those work is because of how firm and strong they were on the inside. And with the players we have, we were really able to turn the corner on a couple of those plays. We had to take advantage of that on offense."
 
On the kicking game...
"In 30 years of being in football at this level, I've never understood it. Ben [Grogan] just goes out and does what he does. When he missed those extra points a few weeks ago, I just kind of looked at him and asked him what he was doing. We need to clean that up, but Ben was very calm today. I think he has a lot of confidence in his ability to make a play."
 
Place-kicker Ben Grogan
On back-to-back game winning kicks...
"It's obviously a great feeling and especially to do it at home. It feels good to once again be there for my team when they needed me. I give credit to my protection; it was perfect. The snap and the hold was perfect, and everything just went in my favor."
 
On the pressure...
"Especially with last week being so recent, I kind of had the same mindset. My team was down, and I had to do it again so it was kind of like a no-big-deal attitude that I have to have."
 
On the blocked PAT...
"It was protection, but we got it corrected. The line was great the rest of the game; it was just a minor thing they had to fix. I'm not sure, it's not my expertise, but it was just a little protection hole."

Running back Raymond Taylor
On being the primary back...
"I think I played alright. I played my role."
 
On the touchdown...
"It felt good. I was able to leave the game feeling like produced in some way."
 
On the offensive adjustments...
"We made a little bit of adjustments to how they came out and how they set up against our offense. We didn't make many adjustments though, we just had to execute."
 
Wide receiver Marcell Ateman
On the team's performance...
"We played great. We just give glory to God. The offensive line played great, the defense has been playing remarkable throughout this whole year, the running backs were running hard, Mason (Rudolph) and J.W. (Walsh) are playing great. We’re just all working hard, and I'm proud of the team and what we did today."
 
On the approach to one-on-one coverage...
"Gundy likes throwing it up. He's a big throw-it-up kind of guy, and he thinks our players have a better chance than them so we're all capable of going up and making plays."
 
On the offensive adjustments... 
"The coaches saw what we did wrong, and they're great at fixing what we did. We went out in the second half and executed. The offensive line was pushing; they had a big game. Glidden, Washington, Sheperd, Seales, all of the receivers and even the tight ends played well."
 
Offensive lineman Zachary Crabtree
On the game...
"We fought. We fought through adversity, we were resilient and we just kept on going and just came out on top."
 
On the offensive line play...
"I think we played good. We didn't hand the ball off a whole lot so we didn't have that opportunity, but we gave great pass protection the whole night and it gave us an opportunity to throw the ball around and get down field."
 
On K-State's pass rush...
"They're resilient and strong. They just keep on coming, but you have to chip away with them and we did that."
 
Linebacker Chad Whitener
On his career high in tackles... 
"I was just where I was supposed to be. The D-line opened up a lot of holes for us, and we just hustled to the ball. Like Coach Spencer always says, we gave incredible effort on every play."
 
On Kody Cook...
"We knew he would be a runner, just because we knew he was a wide receiver. We really kept our same game plan. We just executed it the way it was supposed to, and everyone was where they had to be."
 
On the play after halftime...
"We knew it's what we had to do. We know our offense is going to come out and do what they're supposed to do, and our job is to stop K-State. We all did our jobs, and we came out with a win today."

Cornerback Kevin Peterson
On the defensive adjustments...
"We just had to get back to our technique. They weren't doing as a whole any different, but they were doing a couple new things. We just executed and played our technique. We had to do what we had to do."
 
On Kody Cook...
"We knew that he was the backup quarterback, and he had gotten reps at his former school so we knew we had to be ready for anything at any time."
 
On the defense overall...
"It's not what we wanted at all. We kept our offense off the field a lot of time, and we kept ourselves on the field a lot of the time. At the end of the day, we just have to bow up and do what we're supposed to do, and I feel like we did that."
 
Safety Jordan Sterns
On the defense...
"I'm very proud of the defense. We were down, but we stuck together. In the second half, we came out, made our corrections and got the win."
 
On K-State's offense in the first half...
"They weren't running anything we weren't used to, I think we were just mentally making mistakes. We came into the locker room at halftime, got it corrected and went out there and executed."
 
On Kody Cook's running...
"That's one of the things they love to do so we took a good amount of time to work on that and every other tendency that have."