Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the all-around win…
“I was pleased we played well offensively. The kicking game was obviously good until we made an error on the onside kick. Defensively, we struggled but against a very good offensive football team. We certainly did not play like we should. However, when you go back and look at the second half and calculate the score, with the exception of that last touchdown, we played pretty well. We just have some problems that still have to get ironed out.”

On third-down defense in second half…
“We still were nine out of 16, collectively. I do not know what it was in the first half, but it was not very good. It was a little better in the second half. We put them into some fourth-down situations and that was good because they did not convert. I think they had three fourth-down snaps and did not convert any of them, if I recall correctly, so that adds into it. I think coverage as much as anything, we got him moving around and stayed in the coverage and got a couple of sacks. For the most part, those were coverage sacks. Normally he does get rid of it pretty quick but it was also getting late and they had to put the ball up and that takes more time. It was a combination of things.”

On the play of Charles Jones...
“Looking back at last year’s ballgame against Texas Tech, you would see exactly the same thing. When he puts his mind to it and runs hard and aggressively, not trying pick his way around, he really helps it. He does not find those creases to run to if the offensive line is not doing a good job, so I was pleased with the progress we made. He did run extremely hard. He just has to have that attitude about doing it.” 

On Elijah Lee stop late in the game…
“There are so many plays in the ballgame that really add to it and are instrumental in the ballgame. Like last week, you cannot say one induvial loses a ballgame and there is not one individual play that wins a ballgame. It was significant, as all of them were. Elijah played well. I was pleased with the way he played. Everybody had their moments for the most part and like I said, with the exception of that last drive in the second half I thought we played much better defensively. We gave up a ton of yardage, but we played better.”

On defense moving into next week…
“From an offensive standpoint we got a little bit better. Not dramatically, but a little bit better and that is what it is all about. This time it is the defense’s turn without the offense letting down. I say to the players, we have to put it all together. We cannot take just one side playing one week. Victories are team victories. That is just the nature of the game, so to speak. I know this. I know they will go back to work. I know they will try hard. I know they will work diligently to correct some of the issues and problems that we had. I have not seen the tape, but my best guess is that they are all correctable mistakes. I did not see anything that was not. We got out of position a few times and they schemed us a few times as well. There is a reason he (Patrick Mahomes) is the leading passer in the world. He has got some talent.”

Senior Running Back Charles Jones
On how much fun he had…
“It was a ball. The offensive line was blocking their butts off and the receivers were blocking their butts off. It just felt good running.”

On confidence boost this game gave him…
“It was a big time confidence boost. I have seen a lot of offensive lineman in and out throughout camp, so we have a lot of guys ready to come in even though somebody goes down or if they are not playing too well. [Abdul] Beechum came in and balled out, so I was really happy to see him come out and do his thing.”

On career high in carries and yards…
“The game ball goes to the offensive line. They were just blocking their butts off. I just love the way they came out and attacked the defense.”

Freshman Wide Receiver Byron Pringle
On the kickoff return for the touchdown…
“I just knew that we were executing and every man on the team had played a big role.”

On how big the game was…
“It was a really big game so we can get a win in conference play. We take them one at a time. Being able to come off a loss and get our mind focused on the next game and being able to execute was big.”

Sophomore Center Dalton Risner
On how Charles Jones ran the ball…
“He ran the ball really well. That is how he does it in practice and that is what we expect. We go into the game thinking that and that is what we failed to do at West Virginia. We wanted to get some payback this week. Some of their upfront guys are talking about them owning us last year upfront and we had something to say about that.”

On Abdul Beecham in his first start…
“I think he did a really good job. Whenever you are not getting your name called the whole time you know someone is doing a pretty good job and [Charlie] Dickie will be on you. There are a few technical things I know that he could have done better and a few technical things I could do better as well. I think he played really well for his first game. I am really excited about Abdul just because he came in and he is a new guy, so I get a couple more years with him and it is going to be good.”

Sophomore Defensive Back Duke Shelley
On second half…
“It was definitely a team effort. We came out there at halftime and came together as a defensive unit. We knew we had to eliminate the big plays and we had to get some stops and we knew that if we did that we could take off with the game. It was just a group effort.”

On D.J. Reed interception…
“It was super big time. He was in cover two. They were not used to seeing us playing cover two to the field so they popped him up playing quick gains and Coach [Tom] Hayes made a good call and he saw it and jumped it. It changed the momentum of the game there.”

On third down stops…
“In the first half we kind of sat back and tried to see what he [Patrick Mahomes] was going to do to us a little bit. In the second half, we definitely got some pressure like you saw right before half. You get a little pressure on the quarterback and he gets a little shaky and things like that, so we decided we were going to have to get some pressure on the quarterback.”

Junior Linebacker Elijah Lee
On being named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week…
“That is something that you carry with you the whole way throughout the week and you know I was hungry to get another one, so whatever I could do, I was trying to be on the ball anywhere and everywhere.”

On confidence against Oklahoma…
“It is big, but you know road games are not easy, so we have to buckle down and be ready for that.”

On facing Texas Tech offense…
“We just had that mindset that they cannot do what they did to us in the first half. We knew we had to buckle down and get ready to get the win.”

Senior Defensive End Jordan Willis
On big defensive plays… 
“They were going pretty fast at the beginning of the game and of course once you start stopping them they are going to slow down a little bit. Once we started blitzing them more and started sliding the protection we were able to get to the quarterback and kind of hurry them up and eventually, after you hit them a couple of times, they are going to hold the ball. Our offense got ahead. Once you get ahead in the game, they are going to slow down and try to really think through what they are going to do. They slow down and that really helped our pass rush toward the end of the game.”

On D.J. Reed’s interception…
“I mean, that is pretty cool because I saw him [D.J Reed] as soon as he came in during the summer. You could just tell by his attitude and his demeanor that he was a guy that wanted to make plays and be a part of this. He is starting to show that and he did that with a big time tonight.” 

Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury
On K-State defense…
“We moved the ball. We went for it on first down trying to be aggressive the first time. Then we moved it again and had a fourth down that we did not get. I felt like it was not anything they did schematically. They are a good defense and they were solid the entire night. We had opportunities, we just did not take advantage of them.”

On going for it on fourth down in the red zone…
“We are going to play aggressively. Obviously they scored some points in the first half and we felt like we had a chance there. We had a play call we liked. Dylan [Cantrell] went up and made a good play on the ball. It just did not go our way.” 

On hurrying on the fourth down play…
“It was a run-pass option. Pat [Mahomes] kind of slipped, which, had he not, he may have elected to run it in. But then he did a good job of getting it off and giving Dylan [Cantrell] a chance. We had the ball in our hands, we just could not come down with it. That is how it goes.”

On penalties…
“It is not good enough, particularly against that team. They do not have many penalties. We cannot do that. We cannot have a special teams touchdown you give up, nine penalties for 100 yards and then give up a defensive touchdown and win here. It is just not going to happen.”

On pick six…
“It was a hard corner. We had a guy blocking and he missed his block. It was a designed play. We had what we wanted. Their corner made a good play, but we should have had him blocked.”

On missed opportunity…
“There was a minute and 40 seconds left in the first half and we kicked off. We have the lead and they run it back for a touchdown. We cannot do that. The pick six, we cannot do that. Then we have 100 yards of penalties. If you lose the turnover battle, the special teams battle and the penalty battle here you are not going to win the game. Every game we have is an opportunity and if you do not win it is definitely a missed opportunity.”

Junior Wide Receiver Dylan Cantrell
On Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II…
“He put us in a position to win the game. I thought he did well. We had opportunities to win. The defense made some stops and we have to capitalize on that. We showed that we just have to be more consistent all around.”

On moving forward after this game…
“We have to learn how to win the close games. We pushed at the end and it came down to the last play and we had a chance to win. We just have to build on that and have a good practice. The good thing is we have not played our best football yet.” 

Junior Left Tackle Baylen Brown
On K-State defense…
“That is a great defense. They played a great game and their defensive line played great. They were putting pressure on him [Patrick Mahomes II].”

Defensive Linebacker Ondre Pipkins
On second half adjustments…
“We just thought we would come out and get a stop and try and give them room. We wanted to give the offense a chance and let them work and do what they do best.”

On offense failing to score…
“We just tell them to keep pushing. We do not get down on them or anything like that because we are a team and they are a disciplined team. They took advantage of our mistakes and that is a part of football. So we are not down on the offense. We still believe in our offense and our offensive coaches, so there is nothing to be worried about.” 

Defensive Back Justis Nelson
On second half play from the defense…
“We had some mistakes and some missed assignments, but in the second half we got those fixed and came out swinging. All we want to do is give our offense a chance to win the game, so I think we did that. But like I said, we missed a few assignments that cost us in the long run, so we have got to get back and fix those.” 

On if they saw progress the last two games either side of the ball… 
“I would say Coach [David] Gibbs is. You know we have been practicing hard. We have been practicing to know our assignments over and over again, getting mental reps even when we are not in. So just him harping on that is making it all come together.”