Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the toll the last two weeks took...
“It is probably obvious that it has taken its toll. I think all of us are embarrassed. I cannot remember being involved in a game like this since 1989 in the first year that we were here. I do not even know if we had one that bad during that first go around. I am not really smart enough to put my finger on it. I feel badly for the guys in the locker room, but we were not as prepared to play. It is more than just the emotional preparation as well.”

On what the team will take away from the game…
“Probably not a great deal. Once again it is how you are going to respond. It is kind of one of those things that happens in life. You can cash it in, or make something positive out of it in regards to motivation. We need to improve and play with greater spirit, and do a better job with coaching. There are all kinds of things depending on if you are willing to do that, and hopefully we will do that and take the steps to do so.”

On what he said to the players in the locker room...
“There was not a whole lot that I could say in the locker room other than what I shared with you. Basically, that we all share in the embarrassment. The responsibility with us being successful starts with me, but everyone shared in it. From the coaches to the offense, the defense and the special teams we all contributed to it. This is probably the most significant challenge that any of us have ever meet. It will truly define the character of each and every one of us in regards to how we respond and that was pretty much it.”

On playing Kody Cook at quarterback…
“Anything we could do to try to get some movement. We hit less than a hundred yards of offense, so we had to try something. Kody [Cook] has performed quite will in his previous stints there. We had to try to do something.”

On the fans leaving before the end of the game…
“I have a great appreciation for those who stayed with us. They have always been great fans, and I appreciate that a great deal. If I was sitting up there I probably would have left early too. We did not do anything to deserve to keep them in the stands, and I apologize for that. Hopefully they will have the confidence in our people and the effort that they are putting forth, and will continue to be there to support us. I just think back to 1989. It was rough, but people came and were there for the players and I appreciate them for that.”

On what Oklahoma did offensively…
“They just got people in position to throw the ball to, which means we did not cover well and it is pretty much that simple. I think the defensive schemes are designed to be able to defend against whatever you put out there, and we did not. We will just have to play the schemes better. Again, Oklahoma did a great job. They knew what they were doing, and found some soft spots with us. That first drive went just so quick. A minute and eight seconds, so we have shown some weaknesses that they were able to take advantage of.”

Wide Receiver/Quarterback Kody Cook
On post-game thoughts…
“Obviously you’re very disappointed. OU played a really good game and out played us today, we’ve got to bring more next week.”

On shut out…
“It’s disappointing, that’s a big word for it. You’re angry, you’re disappointed, and it’s frustrating. Obviously we didn’t expect to get shut out, we thought we had a good game plan; we just didn’t play to what we are capable of. You’ve seen us the past couple of weeks, were capable of putting points on the board, we just didn’t take care of business. They played a really good game but then again you step back and say ‘Is it about them or is it about us?’ Coach [Bill] Snyder says it’s all about us and we just didn’t handle our business.”

On last two weeks…
“First of all, there are no excuses. It’s an emotional letdown or burden you could say with everything that happened the last two weeks, being so close. Then again, it is no excuse, that’s a week in the past. We just didn’t come to play today and that’s disappointing.”

Offensive Lineman Boston Stiverson
On another tough loss…
“I think Oklahoma came out and played well, and we obviously did not play well. We just have to watch the film to see what we did wrong, fix the mistakes and come back next week and get ready for Texas.”

On the impact of the last two games…
“I do not think it was an issue at all. We practiced well all week. We lost two close games, but we put that behind us and we prepared really well for Oklahoma. We just did not execute well enough today.”

On where the team is at…
“We have two options, we can go up or go down. I have confidence in all these guys and I really think that we will turn it around.”

Offensive Lineman Cody Whitehair
On overcoming adversity…
“We’re a team that always sticks together and always plays tough. We’ll bounce back from this and get back on the right track.”

On postgame thought process …
“I wish we would’ve bounced back a little better than we did. You’ve got to give it to them [Oklahoma] they played lights out. We just didn’t execute collectively as a team, offense, defense, and special teams. We’ve got to bounce back for next week. We’ve got a big week at Texas and we just have to stick together as a team, as a unit, and get things rolling again.”

On what went wrong…
“I just think execution. We made too many mistakes. We had interceptions, we had missed blocks, we had missed tackles, any and everything didn’t go our way today. We just have to refocus and get right back on track.”

Defensive Lineman Will Geary
On playing from behind…
“From the beginning we knew we had to make plays at some point. I felt like everybody was trying. We were not going to give up, but it just did not happen.”

On where the team is at…
“Getting blown out like this, obviously it is all about how you are going to respond. We just got to move on to the next one and we know the season is not over. We are at the halfway point and we got a lot of football left.”

On his performance…
“Making plays when down by 30 points, you do not really get too excited. You just have to get back and get ready for the next one, hope your teammates make plays and hope you can make plays.”

Defensive Back Duke Shelley
On injuries in the secondary…
“Stuff happens. We always get guys to step up, guys to fill in and make plays. That is what we try to do. Obviously it is tough, but that is what happens. It is just another opportunity for somebody else to step up and make some plays and try to make the best of the opportunity.”

On the difficulties of stepping in…
“It was different. Coming from high school and your first game is versus TCU. It is exciting. I was up for the challenge. Coming back the following week playing another top team in the nation I just feel like it was another opportunity to make plays and actually do something good for the team. That is what I come in and try to do. Be prepared every week, watch film, study the game, knowing tendencies and things like that so it all works out.”

On picking up his game…
“Yeah I feel like they tried to pick on me early. They must have seen some things on film that they wanted to get at. Coming back on the sidelines, making a few adjustments and getting a lot of pressure helped me out a lot. Being able to break on balls and make some plays on balls in the air, that was always a positive thing.”

Defensive Back Sean Newlan
On being around the ball…
“It’s just something I learned at a young age, regardless of the score you just want to keep playing, and run around like your hair is on fire and that’s what I try to do. It resulted in me being around the ball a lot, but I wish I would’ve impacted the score a little bit more.”

On more injuries…
“It’s a unique situation, I’ve never been a part of anything quite like this but we’re not going to use that as an excuse. We’re going to keep finding ways to put points on the board, plugging away, making things happen.”

On fatigue from last two weeks…
“We try to come out and hit things fast regardless of the adversity that hits us, regardless of how we’re playing, or the way things seem to be at the time. It does play a role, it has an impact, but we’re going to keep trying to come out and play hard off the bat and come back and play just as hard, if not harder, after halftime.”

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops 
Opening statement…
“First I would like to compliment Coach Snyder for having us come play in this incredible environment. I know things got out of hand and that changed the environment, but coming in I always appreciate the fans and the student body, the way they go crazy, and the stadium because I was here when it was not this. I was here from the first game with Coach Snyder for seven years and I marvel at what he has been able to build. It’s not just him but all of the coaches with him and administration. It is such a great place to play and they have done such a great job building this program and the facilities. But, I am very proud of our team and how they responded. They had a great week of work. They came out Monday just really fired up and energetic and it carried through the week. We executed really well. Give them the credit, the players. The execution was maybe as good as we have had. I thought offensively, run-pass, the tempo was better. We did a better job having a quicker tempo and not allowing the defense to get such a bead on us. Again, the execution was really solid and we took care of the football. Defensively, it was the same thing. We tackled really well. Our assignment responsibility was really good and our coverage did a great job. So anyway, it was a really good solid day. I’m proud of the team with the way they handled it all.” 

On the game plan of using four and five defensive linemen…
“Well it is what we do. Personnel wise we thought it was the right way to play with them. I thought all of those guys did an excellent job. We got in our four-front some and in particular in long yardage, but I thought the guys, more than anything, tackling and execution was what we were capable of and they did a good job of it.”

On not having lost consecutive games since 1999…
“Fortunately, we have good players and good coaches. Overall, we have not lost a lot. So when that happens, we have been able to respond and come back to play well. I can’t say there is any one thing. There are just guys responding in practice, improving, and being ready to play when they came here.

On Baker Mayfield’s play…
“Baker was strong. And you know what, it is not always just the one guy. There was better route running and better timing with getting the ball out. But Baker threw the ball really well and scrambled for some big plays. He had an excellent day.”

On the intensity of the game…
“Well again, you attribute everything to the idea that just because you make plays, you are ready to play. That does not happen all of the time – just because you are ready to play does not mean the execution is what it needs to be. Or, the other team, give them credit, out-executes you. And then it is hard because it may not look like you have a ton of energy because you are not doing real well. The other team may just make some plays. I said that last week. We made the plays early this week and that probably changed a little bit of their mentality. So, every week is different.”

Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard
On mentally bouncing back from Texas …
“You just got to catch the guys that are hanging their head about it, and tell them we have to move on we have a long season ahead of us. We are not even halfway through the season. You have to keep pushing forward you can’t look back. Even though we didn’t play the way that we wanted to (at Texas) we know what we are capable of. We have to go in and make some changes and that is what we did. The guy’s intensity coming out, it was amazing.”

On advocating for fast food on the trip from now on …
“Oh yea! Coach Stoops said fast food on Fridays from here on out. Everyone was hootin and hollarin about that in the locker room.”

On were there many guys hanging their heads going into this week…
“Not really, but you have the younger guys who have a different mentality.”

Defensive End Matt Dimon
On being surprised on K-State throwing the ball…
“I honestly was. I am not a game planner but if you saw the game last week I would have run the ball. That is what we thought they were going to do but they came out slinging it, they had the wind. I didn’t get a run block until the eighth or ninth play. It was surprising but I’ll take what they give us.  ”

On how much Oklahoma needed a start like that in the game…
“I feel like in any situation you want to start the game, especially now coming off of last week and the loss. I thought that everybody did this week of practice, everybody was on point. I feel like we communicated real well out there and I felt like we were really a team defense.”

On Kahlil Haughton…
“He was nervous, he’s a little freshman, I’m proud of him. Next man up I think we can all play. I feel really comfortable two deep, three deep getting the job done. I thing Haughton did a really good job.”