Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On success in the first half…
“We played extremely well. We had a great start to the ball game. The second drive’s offense was a little concerning, but outside of that we played very well on that side of the ball and we got three touchdowns in the first half. But, you need to play all 60 minutes, which we did. It is a lack of consistency, but we need to play equally well in both halves.”

On Jones’s fumble at the goal line…
“They tell you when you are five years old, you keep both hands on the ball, so that was extremely disappointing.”

On Ertz running decisions…
“I would have to see the tape, but there are some decisions from seeing it from the sideline that should have been different. That is without having looked at the tape.”

On second half defensive stands…
“Our defense did not have any field position whatsoever and did an excellent job down there. We got some penalties that made it a little tougher. But, each time Texas started at midfield, which was our own doing, they did not have very far to go. Everything is four downs. It does not matter if we hold them to three downs. We played well. Good tackling, which helped a lot there.”

On getting back over .500…
“Beats the tar out of a loss. It is not so much a win, than it is how. As long as we play well, consistently from start to finish, then we will be fine. But we did not do that, and that is where my concerns are.”

On Jordan Willis’s play…
“Jordan just plays so hard and he prepares exactly that way. There is not one-tenth of a second of any snap that he takes that is not the best effort that he can give. I admire him and appreciate him so very much.”

On stopping Texas RB D’Onta Foreman…
“I thought we gave up some plays that we should not have. Missed hits up front and sometimes we missed some tackles that we should not have missed. He is a great player. He is a tremendous player. He does a great job staying on his feet and he has a lot going for him. .”

On winning time of possession…
“That is what we do. It is important to do that, but you have to put points on the board – it is not just exclusively possessing the clock. I thought we had a tremendous balance between that and putting points on the board in the first half. We had a number of three-and-outs and four-and-outs in the second half. It was two different halves.”

On penalties…
“Penalties hurt anybody, whoever commits them. We had two penalties in the first drive, but fortunately we were able to overcome them, which does not happen a great deal. We had eight penalties for 75 yards, which goes back to the beginning of the season when we had eight, nine, or 10 penalties a game. That is not good. That is a discipline element and probably speaks to some of the things that happened in the second half. It did hurt both of us.”

Senior Running Back Charles Jones
On offensive line…
“The offensive line had a great week of practice. I think we had a great game plan and our offensive line blocks really well. They are getting a lot better each game and it is making our job a lot easier.”

On Quarterback Jesse Ertz…
“He is a very tough individual. I love seeing him in the huddle and the plays he is making on the ground. He is just a baller.”

On beating Texas…
“That is a great program. Any Big 12 win is a great win and we were just focused on Texas really hard, especially after last year.”

Junior Wide Receiver Byron Pringle

On beating Texas…
“It feels good winning a conference game. We worked hard all week to be prepared and get ready.”

On touchdown reception…
“It felt good. There was a great connection between me and Jesse.”

On growing role in the offense…
“It is Week 7 so I had to step up. That comes from putting time in the film room and on the practice field.”

On importance of the win…
“It is big. We just have to keep winning every week.”

Sophomore Offensive Lineman Dalton Risner
On locker room atmosphere after win…
“It was a great experience. We are 4-0 at home so every time we are in that locker room it seems like we are celebrating.”

On wide receiver Byron Pringle…  
“Byron [Pringle] did a great job today. I love blocking for Byron [Pringle] every time we have those pass plays. I know that he is going to make a big play.”

Senior Defensive End Jordan Willis
On getting to the quarterback more…
“We really focused more on converting this week. The hardest thing about pass rushing today is that the quarterback set up at six yards so early in the game. We were running around and he would step up in the gaps. We had to change it and do more power rush to counter our regular pass rush moves. Towards the end he started to hold onto the ball more so we could get to him and then sack him.”

On forced fumble…
“It was a little harder to get the forced fumble. The lineman had a lot of body on me so I really had to reach for it.”

On late defensive play…
“We had to step up there late because the ball was on the 50-yard line several times. We really had to step up. We really did not change anything. Earlier in the game when they were getting yards on us is because some of the check calls where the communication between the linebackers and the defensive line was not clear. Once we cleared it up, we were able to stop the run game a little bit and forced them to pass. There were some assignment issues, but towards the end we got better.”

On importance of beating Texas…
“It is important because this is a rebound win. Honestly, we are showing that we are improving as a team and today we were able to put a game together and that was important. To have it at this time of year, in the second half of the season will definitely be a boost for us.”

Junior Linebacker Elijah Lee
On giving up big plays…
“You have to forget about that play because there is nothing that you can do to get that play back. You just have to keep playing hard the whole game.”

On importance of beating Texas…
“Their history goes back a long ways. Everybody says Texas is this or Texas is that and how they are supposed to be traditionally. So it is always nice to get a win over a Texas team.”

On team resiliency…
“To be honest, it all comes from last week. We do not want anything like that to happen again this season. We are going to fight and keep fighting until the clock strikes zero at the end of the season. Then we will go from there.”

On spreading out the defense…
“There are those situations where you have to spread out with the offense because you cannot have two in the box and then play man the whole game so we had to mix it up with a variety of calls. I do not think it is too tough, it is something that we have been battling all season and we are going to have to keep battling because we are in the Big 12.”

Senior Linebacker Charmeachealle Moore

On shutting down Texas in Kansas State territory…
“We just told our guys we have to dominate. Big time players make big time plays and we just have to step up. Our defense knew that Texas can score and we just had to keep them out. That was the mentality we came in with.”

On beating Texas…
“It was very important. We wanted to keep the train moving and start winning some. We just wanted to be 1-0 like Coach [Bill] Snyder says.”

On stopping D’Onta Foreman...
“It felt very good. He is a great back. Our defensive line was very good and what we were able to do today was a blessing.”

Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong
Opening statement…
“It is always tough to lose a game when you know you had the opportunities to win it. You look back at the first half and we do not play well right before halftime and we give up the touchdown and they go up 21-7. But even in the second half when we battled back, we have those two penalties back-to-back where we jump offsides. Those were critical there where we probably would have gotten the first down. Then you look at the fourth down where we drop the pass and the other touchdown pass we dropped and the missed field goal. So many missed opportunities. The defense was able to battle back in the second half, causing the two turnovers back-to-back. We knew what type of game this was going to be. We knew it was going to be one of those games where we were going to have to kind of grind it out and try to keep the ball away from their offense. We needed to make stops. We did not make them in the first half and were able to bounce back in the second half. It is just you learn from it. You have to move on. You have to think about next week at home and we just have to get ourselves back together.”

On message to team…
“Well we lost a tough one and we had opportunities to go win it and we just got to get ready for the next one.”

On Jesse Ertz…
“Well it is not so much he looked like an All-American. He made some throws and he made some catches. It was just they had two guys to one and threw the ball right outside the bubble, which is an easy throw for him. We just have to make sure we get the ball back inside which a lot of times the ball hit us on the outside.”

Freshman Quarterback Shane Buechele
On slow start offensively…
“We just have to start faster. We have to execute right when we get on the field. We just have to keep fighting. Every play you need to have every player doing the right thing. Ultimately, when that happens, we execute. We have to be on the right page.”

On time of possession gap…
“In the first quarter we got one drive. All together, we had four drives at halftime. That is going to happen with our offense and how fast we go. Our time of possession will not be a lot and that is just how it will be with our offense. We just have to continue to execute and put together drives.”

On K-State’s defense…
“They are a fundamental team. They would not let us go deep, so we had to take stuff underneath and when that happens, you just have to put together drives.”

Freshman Wide Receiver Devin Duvernay
On his play and touchdown…
“I am trying to help this team and I just got to keep working.”

On his touchdown catch...
“I bluffed like I was blocking and just went down the side. I was open and he threw the ball and I just did the rest.”

Sophomore Linebacker Edwin Freeman
On forcing turnovers…
“We were just communicating and everyone was doing their job. We played hard and forced turnovers so we could give a chance to our offense.”

On making interception…
“We were in Cover 2 on our side. Their guy ran a post from the outside and once he came in and cut, I was able to cut with him and saw the ball and went to go get it.”

On not being able to play complete game…
“We need to give more effort. K-State’s guys played with a lot more effort. All their guys give effort. We just have to play that way.”

Senior Safety Dylan Haines
On second half…
“The way we played defensively in the second half, we finally got things together. We were able to shut down primarily what they were trying to do. We just have got to play better in the first half. We tried to respond in the second half but it was too late.”

On plans for the rest of a year…
“We still have a chance to make a bowl game. That is something that we want to do, especially me being a senior. I am sure that some other seniors, after not making it last year, know it is probably one of the worst feelings that you can have. In a place like Texas, coming here as a walk-on, I thought I was going to be a part of one of the greatest football teams in the nation. Obviously, that has not been the way things have been going but that just falls back on the players. We have to go out and find a way to get it done.”