Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bill Snyder 
On kicking the field goal instead of going for the touchdown on fourth and one…
“Well, the options were run the ball or throw it, and we kicked the field goal. Obviously, the field goal was the wrong thing to do. But, that was one of those choices.”

On agonizing on field goal choice…
“Well it is a hard choice. That is all I can tell you.”

On throwing the ball more in the second half…
“Well we tried to possess the ball last week and lost the two touchdown lead. You just have to do what you think people are going to give you and how the defense is playing. The defense played very well. They played better defensively than we did offensively in the second half. We got a few plays, but not very many.”

On check plays or what the defense was showing…
“I could not tell you what percentage of them were. How many – I do not know.” 

On potential dagger by Trevone Boykin’s 69 yard touchdown…
“Well, I do not know about dagger, but it was the play that changed the game. As many did – not just that one.”

On Elijah Lee’s two interceptions switching momentum…
“Well, it does in particular – the one down at the end of the field that he did. Elijah reacted well. I think that was a key element. One was a poor throw and he just did a nice job. I do not know what else I could say. I am proud of him – I know that.”

On what you say in locker room after a game like tonight…
“Well, you know I did say that I was proud of our youngsters, because they did not give in. We did not play well enough to win. I liked the way they came back from last week’s ball game, and the passion that they exhibited, I had not seen this year, that I thought they played with (tonight) and the determination. I have shared with them that this one becomes even more difficult to overcome, so to speak. It will be a tremendous test of our character to prove who we really are. It was not about beating the number two ranked team in the nation – it never is – it is about us, and how we prepare and how well we play. As I said, I thought they went into the game with a passion that I have not seen out of this group yet, and I felt positive about that. They performed reasonably well in the first half. As I said to them, Oklahoma suffered a disappointment today and they will be inspired next week against us and we have to be exactly the same way to overcome that. I hope what I saw on Monday is representative of what I saw prior to the ball game tonight.”

On no lead is too large…
“Well, I eluded to the fact that we lost a two touchdown lead last week. Maybe, I should not have done that, but no matter who it is – everybody is capable. We have a lot of very fine football teams in this conference. I do not think there is a number that you can define that says, ‘You are clearly in with 30 minutes to go that you clearly have a victory here.’ I do not think that number exists.”

Quarterback Joe Hubener
On going for it on fourth and one…
“I wanted to go for it, but that was the coach’s call. They felt our defense had the ability to hold them up. They thought we could kick the field goal for the tie and go into overtime.”

On second half play calling…
“I think we were just trying to stay aggressive and keep it from them and not take our foot off the gas. It just did not pay off.” 

On his performance this evening…
“I do not know. I will see the film. I am proud of our guys, and I think our guys played their hearts out. Hopefully that showed up and showed that everybody left it on the field. Obviously, we got to move on to the next one.”

Running Back Charles Jones
On Coach Bill Snyder complimenting his running…
“That is a great compliment. I appreciate Coach Snyder saying that. For me, it is something to build on for next week and run even harder.”

On Joe Hubener…
“I tell him all the time to just lead us, and we will follow. He is a great guy and a great leader. If he continues to lead us, we will follow. Just try to keep his head up. He played a heck of a game. Hats off to him.”

Wide Receiver Kyle Klein
On Joe’s performance this evening…
“I think Joe really stepped up. He played a good game and as an offense had a lot of guys go down and get banged up. We had not had guys step up, and I feel like Joe was one of those guys. He really stepped up. He helped put us in position to win the game.”

On OU game coming up…
“I feel like we can play with anyone. You know OU is a fantastic football team. They are well coached, great athletes, and they are going to play hard. Especially coming off of a day like today. We always seem to get OU right after someone poked the hornet’s nest, so we are going to bring our A-game to play with them.”

On rank of frustration of loss …
“I say it ranks right below Baylor 2012. When you have a chance to go out underneath the lights, in front of a national audience and blow a halftime lead. It is pretty frustrating.”

Linebacker Elijah Lee
On tough loss…
“It is very frustrating but at the same time we have to move on, and we have to keep moving. We still have stuff to fight for in a bowl and in the conference.”

On leading going into second half…
“Whenever you go into the second half and you are up on a good team, you know they are capable of making a big play. That is something we have to work on – not allowing big plays to happen.”

On moving on after loss…
“Just keep fighting. We cannot give up at this point in the season. We are a fighting team. We just have to learn how to execute and finish the game.”

Defensive End Travis Britz
On a hard fought game…
“It is a little disappointing. We are coming off of two losses straight now. If there is one positive that comes from this it is that we are fighters and we are going to keep fighting.”

On Trevone Boykin 68 yard run…
“I think it was a zone pressure that we did. All I can say is I wish I could run faster to catch him. He is a very talented guy and they made more plays than we did in the end.”

On 68 yard run being a back breaker…
“For me personally, no. I am a fighter, and I am going to come back from this. No matter what you throw at me, I am going to stand up. I just kept a positive mindset. Yes, I was discouraged, but you can not dwell on the past. All you can focus on is what you can do now. That was my mindset and that is what I try to relay to the defense.”

Defensive End Jordan Willis
On tough loss…
“Yeah, it is pretty painful to have one of the top teams in the nation on the ropes and just not being able to finish. Our biggest issue, on the defensive side is that we cannot allow big plays, especially when you have a team that can score quickly, because they can catch up quick. We just got to look at the film and get that corrected. I am proud of a lot of guys, because we had some guys down and some had to step in during the game and take on a big role.”

On defending TCU offense…
“With the practice, we go through it and it makes it easier. You got to stay on top of stuff, because once they start executing their game you got to be executing your game to balance it out. If it is lopsided they are going to put points on the board.”

On late game defense…
“It is kind of frustrating. It has been two weeks now that we needed to make a stop on defense and we could not make it happen. They got that big play when he threw it to (Josh) Doctson, and then he had that zone read and those are kind of heartbreaking, because you need to make them earn the touchdown. We just gave it to them.”

TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson 
Opening statement…
“You have to give Kansas State and Coach Snyder a lot of credit. In the first half, they kicked our butts to be honest with you. At halftime, I told our group how it was going to be when they came here and what it was like to play in Manhattan, Kan., and they did not believe me. So, now they believe me, but you have got to give them a lot of credit all the way to the end. I will tell you this. I am very proud of our group. We got some stops in the second half. We got a big interception for a touchdown and a stop at the end of the last drive and some stops in between. Offensively, we did the things we needed to do. It is one of those ballgames where you are going to get the other team’s best shot. This game was on the road and this was their best shot. You just have to keep moving forward. Hopefully we will treat Iowa State a little better.”

On K-State’s offensive time of possession…
“We have played them before. We understood what Kansas State was going to be all about. It is a usual Bill Snyder team. They had some guys that did not play again tonight and they just fought their tails off. We had a struggle and we had to do some things to come out with the win. I thought those were two good football teams battling at it – period. Like I told Coach Snyder, it was too bad that anybody had to lose that one. But, I stood here two years ago and watched them kick a field goal with three seconds left to lose one like that. You win some, you lose some and in this situation we were fortunate. I told them at halftime that I see them laughing in the training room, laughing at practice, and doing all of this. Well, you are not listening to me. You do not understand how K-State plays at home. You do not know what you are getting into when you play K-State. But they found out what they got into and at halftime I said we are down but it is not over. We have to get stops, but our offense can score and we need to do some things in special teams. We got fortunate and now we are 6-0, ready to get back on the plane getting ready to fight another day.”

On winning close games…
“Well let’s look at Texas. We held them to seven. I told them before the season that this would be how all road games would be if we stayed this high of ranked all season against some of the teams we have to play against. I am not surprised. Now I am just trying to win. I am not trying to be the number one team in the nation. I am just trying to be an undefeated team and now I am trying to beat Iowa State. That is all we can control. We cannot control the voters or anybody else. I am tired of hearing about style points. It is hard just to win so we just tried to win.”

On Trevone Boykin’s fourth quarter…
“I keep telling you guys. You should enjoy Josh Doctson and Trevone Boykin because they have been around here for a while and they love pressure. They do great things. You have to give them credit, but there for a while, they stymied us. At the end of the first half we about gave the game away because we were not moving the ball, had a 15-yard punt, a couple turnovers and they scored three touchdowns so we were about out of the ballgame. Our guys fought back and did the things we needed to do.”

Quarterback Trevone Boykin
On late touchdown pass to Doctson…
“It was a play we ran all week at practice and Coach [Doug] Meacham and Coach [Sonny] Cumbie really talked about on the sideline all day and we really just ran it at the perfect moment. I saw the safety drove on the dig, the corner was playing the vertical a little bit and once Josh [Doctson] broke him out in the post, I just tried to get him the ball and whatever happened we would just live with the result.”

On K-State offensive style…
“It was very frustrating but we talked about it at halftime. You take it one play at a time, one drive at a time, and one quarter at a time. We knew we had to come out in the first thirty minutes of the game, we were pretty much nonexistent. After that first couple drives we scored early, then after that we kind of hit a wall. We came back after halftime; we really did some soul searching and tried to find ourselves and just play football.”

On close away games…
“I feel like home games we are pretty good. I don’t have a problem with the way we play at home. It’s really just the way we play on the road. Like I said, the first thirty minutes of the game after those first two big plays and those touchdowns we were pretty much nonexistent on offense. Putting our defense back out there time and time again and watching K-State big guys just pound the ball and keeping us on the sideline. That was probably one of their main objectives to keep us off the field and they got it done the first thirty minutes of the game.”

Wide Receiver Josh Doctson
On team resiliency …
“I think it shows character, and showing leadership with the team. People putting their whole heart on the line, playing for the guy next to us, and it shows in games like this coming from behind, on the road in an atmosphere like this.”

On offensive frustration…
“I said personally no. I feel like as an offense we understood what was going on. Holding penalty and a false start, and things like that was us not them, at the beginning. We just relaxed and calmed down and just executed in the second half.”

On last scoring drive…
“We had a good call out of the huddle, got in trips and saw it was man coverage. I had a good route called, I tried to sell the fade route, he flipped his hips, I cut underneath him and it was all she wrote after that.”

Safety Derrick Kindred
On second half interception…
“We were talking about it on the sideline, ‘who’s going to be the guy that makes that play’. As a leader I stepped up and made that play. I feel like it sparked everybody on the sideline and gave everybody more hope.”

On facing K-State offensive style…
“It’s stressful playing a team like this, they have a good team, and they have a good scheme. Coach [Gary] Patterson stressed it enough, saying you have to play hot, and you have to play as a team and do your assignment.”

On offense getting the ball back late…
“We have a lot of faith in our offense, and the offense has a lot of faith in us. We just went out there and cheered the offense on.”