Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bill Snyder 
On comeback in second half…
“We could have bounced back better than what we did. Once again, we made so many mistakes that were critical in the outcome of the ball game. I think Texas played very well. We had our opportunities and missed them.” 

On defense…
“We played well on defense. A couple of young guys who hadn’t really been on the field played real well and sustained us. We gave up a few plays, but we played reasonably well. It was a team loss and we had mistakes on offense and special teams that contributed to the loss as well.” 

On Jerrod Heard scrambling ability… 
“As we knew going in and I have said all along, anybody that watches any game that Texas is in knows that he is a talented young guy. He’s elusive, he’s a change of direction guy, and he can make you miss. I didn’t see all of them, but we had some missed tackles that we should have made and I am sure his speed affected us as well, because he was just faster than some of the guys trying to tackle him.” 

On passing game…
“We were very limited in what we were able to do today. It was an issue for both teams, but we have got to be better. Taking the weather out of it, we have to do better. We are capable of it and I have seen it we just have to do it.” 

On K-State RB Charles Jones…
“I thought we challenged him to run hard and I like the way he ran today. As aggressively as I have seen him run in the time that he has been here—that’s what we need him to do. He ran quite well. I was pleased with his effort.”

Junior QB Joe Hubener
On loss against Texas…
“We had opportunities, we were able to get the ball moving some and not able to make plays. We had situations where we would move the ball and then we would hurt ourselves with a penalty or loss of yardage and that hurts.” 

On team morale…
“We have to pull together we can’t be pointing fingers. We have guys that are not going to give up, they are tough guys, and we need to buy into Coach Snyder’s system.” 

On playing in the rain…
“Nothing to this degree. I have played in one rain game ever in my life and this was number two and it was really tough.” 

Junior RB Charles Jones
On what was different today…
“It wasn’t too much of a difference. I just feel like we had a great week of practice. After what happened last weekend, we just had a lot of energy and hopes.”

On confidence when you get the ball… 
“I guess you can say that. It all starts with the offensive line. Having an offensive line like that it can make anyone have confidence. Just having them out there makes me more comfortable out there.”

On what were you seeing today from that offensive line…
“Just huge holes. They are blocking their butts off and hats off to them.” 

On if it is an encouragement that you guys have the run game back on track…
“Definitely, definitely, I feel like last year our run game was nowhere it needed to be. I feel like this year we are really trying to build it back up. It is helping a lot.”

On the weather…
“It was really hard to catch the ball especially with the rain, but I feel like we handled that really well. I feel like receivers caught the ball well. I feel like the weather wasn’t too much of a factor, especially for our game.” 

On feeling during the second half…
“It is just really frustrating not converting on third downs, lost yardage plays, penalties. It is just really frustrating. Those are little things we can fix as we practice.” 

On mental state of the team right now…
“It is tough with any team with four-straight losses. I have never been a part of that, but we are going to keep fighting, keep swinging, not keep our heads down, but just look to the next game, look to Baylor, and have a great week of practice.” 

On team spirits being on a decent level…
“Definitely, I feel like we have great leaders that will help us keep our heads held high. We are not going to hold our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves.” 

Sophomore WR Deante Burton
On the progress made between last week’s game and today…
“I think it depends who you ask about progress.  Losing sucks, I think this team is just about tired of losing, as we should be.  Yeah we did get beat 55 or 58 to nothing, but it’s still a loss in the books. It definitely hurts.  We’ve improved in some things, but we’re not where we want to be at all.  I think that’s going to be our next step, is getting where we want to be.”  

On the pulse of the football team…
“That’s a good question. A lot of guys are down. I think this is really where you find out what kind of players you’ve got on your team, and the players you want to have on your team. You get punched in the mouth a few times like we have this season and you lose a couple heart-breakers, you decide how you play, who you are. I think we’re starting to weed out what’s going on and figure out the guys who want to play. That’s going to be what you want to build your team off of. Continue to use those guys.”    

Senior DT Travis Britz
On Jerrod Heard’s ability to extend drives during the game…
“It was detrimental.  I made a mistake on the first third-down conversion and didn’t do my job, and that’s the story of the day.  We just made mental errors that really hurt us.” 

On how difficult it is to corral Jerrod Heard…
“He’s very athletic. He’s similar to Boykin, but he’s a young player so he’s still going to make decisions that you think veterans wouldn’t make.  But he’s a great athletic quarterback.”

On getting hurt by Heard in the first half but containing him in the second…  
“Yeah we did a nice job, we corrected what we needed to do.  But those 16 points you can’t get back and that’s what killed us.”  

On the difference in the second half and shutting down the Longhorns… 
“We corrected our mistakes.  We just had the attitude that we’re going to finish this game.  We’re going to come out and we’re going to do all we can to correct the mistakes and get after them.”  

Sophomore LB Elijah Lee
On containing Daje Johnson…
“We wanted to hold him better than that. We knew they were going to try and run it down our throats the whole game just because of the weather and we knew he was a big part of their run game. When he got going, it was just difficult to stop.” 

On Jerrod Heard scrambling…
“It was very frustrating, because we have him pinned in and then he escapes outside and you don’t want to miss your coverage, but when he is scrambling, you have to come over and help.” 

On team mentality into bye week…
“It gives us more time to find out who are. We have this bye week and we can think about who we are and what we want to be. We need to have guys that are willing to stand up, take charge and say the past is the past and go win games.” 

Senior DB Morgan Burns
On how difficult it is to deal with [Jerrod] Heard…
“I am proud of my defense. I think we played hard to the end. In the first half, they had a couple of drives and a few big plays on us, but for the most part I think we pursued him well and the running backs as well, and played well on the run. So again we made a few mistakes, but as a whole I think we played well.” 
On [Jerrod] Heard being particularly good on third down…
“They did a good job of kind of spreading us out on a few plays and giving him so room to run, and obviously we have to understand that he can run the ball. We just have to focus on him and understand that he is “do it” kind of guy. He is a great athlete, a great player. He is a redshirt freshman coming in and playing in the Big 12, and he does a great job.” 

On pulse check for where this football team is right now…
“I think we have a lot of heart. I think that whole game we didn’t give up until the end and have to continue to stick together. Those guys are my brothers out there and we grind every day, work hard every day. We have a week off, so we just have to look ourselves in the mirror and figure out what mistakes we need fix and just really come together. We still have five games left, so we still have a great season. I believe we are not going to give up until the very end.” 

Sophomore DB Sean Newlan 
On Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes…
“They executed exactly what they were told to do. That was their game plan, they were going to run the ball and when did they executed. I don’t know how many yards or attempts either of them had, but they are both talented players that made plays.” 

On team morale…
“It is go time now. Every game is vital. If we want to have the type of season we can have every game, every day, every practice, every meeting, every film session is vital. We have to take it to heart and put it on our shoulders and we have to turn this around.”

Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong
On the game… 
“It was really a great team win, and you look at the conditions that we battled through, and just to see our defense step up and play the way they played, and the way we started off that game, offensively we were able to get some drives established. Couldn't really throw the ball, but made some outstanding runs. You look at (Johnathan) J-Gray, I think I don't know if he got 100 yards, but I know he was pretty close to it, and then at the end of the game there with our 18-wheeler, our big (Tyrone) Swoopes, and watching him just run behind his pads and run through people. But we know this: We've still got to improve, we have to get better, and we're just looking to next week. We know it's going to be a tough road game for us, but we have to go on the road and we have to play well, and it's a one-game season, so the next opponent up is Iowa State, and we've just got to make sure that we just improve this week, fundamentals and technique, and just continue to build on stuff, be consistent, and just play with a lot of confidence. It just comes down now, it's all about confidence and guys believing in themselves.

Regardless of the conditions, you kind of did what K-State has done to Texas for years and kind of beat them up front. How proud are you of the way you were able to run the ball knowing pretty much for the most part they knew the run was coming and you were still able to run it?
“We did, and they loaded the box with eight, and we knew we were going to get eight in the box, and we told our guys all week, there's going to be eight in the box. Somebody has got to stay on the block and make sure that our running backs can just run through tacklers. And then defensively, we knew they were going to run the ball, so we needed to load the box, also. They had some runs that squirted out on us. But it's all about just being physical and playing physical and then dominating at the point of attack.”

How do you balance kind of the weather, being aggressive but not taking too many risks when you have a lead in a game like this?
“Well, you just have to be balanced and make sure that once you establish -- we established the run game, now let's stay with it. I know we're going to get in some third and longs, and I was just trying to balance it also with our kicking game, because once that ball crossed the 50, I said, hey, we're going to go for it, so if it's third down, give me half and then we'll get the other half on fourth down, just by the way the weather was and how it was going. But we were able to just keep the drives going, and we get the one down there and get a holding call, get the holding call on their sideline, then we get a holding call with Bluiett on that one big run. But it's all about us just establishing the run and making sure that we can be balanced. We threw a couple of balls, but not many. I don't know; I know it wasn't much yards passing, huh?”

In a lot of ways this was a prove-it game, that that Oklahoma win was true and a sign of things to come. Do you feel like you did that today, and I guess what did you think of your guys coming out with that newfound confidence? How much did that help?
“It's all about confidence, and the guys have to just believe in themselves, and we didn't want that game, everyone saying it was a fluke. All of a sudden they're still riding high, and the way you look at it, you don't like to have open dates, but maybe that open date really did help us because now we were able to give them a couple of days off, kind of heal up, and then come back and where we could get our focus back on K-State, and that's what we were able to do. Starting on Sunday, I said, hey, you done had enough pats on the back, everybody done told you; you've seen it enough, now let's move forward.”

You've won 48-45 type games here before, but it seems like you enjoy these type of wins more. Is this kind of who you want to be as a team?
“Well, you like these more just because -- I just like those low-scoring games because I know this, when we get low-scoring games, the defense is playing good. When I get those 50 and 48 days, we're not playing very good. But it's all about just establishing our identity and just knowing defensively we have to go out and play. You talk about it all the time and you preach about it, but still, I know there's offenses that can move the ball up and down the field but you've just got to find a way to get a stop, and we were able to get those stops today.”

When the weather is like it was today, how much do you have to maybe not focus so much on all the details of the game which maybe weren't always pretty and just be satisfied that the guys were able to do enough to come out of here with a win?
“And that's what it was. Earlier I said that. I said, listen, guys, it won't be pretty today; it may be sloppy out there, it's going to be slushy, but we've just got to go out and just score when we have an opportunity to go score on offense, just get some points on the board and then make sure that they try to play catch-up with us because whoever takes over early and establishes themselves, then you're going to have to always fight from behind because now -- and it's hard to throw the ball. He made some throws, but really at the end of the day it's hard to throw the football in those type of conditions.”

When you start the season 1-4, even if a win is not pretty, do you just pretty much say a win is a win, we put together two straight, that's all that matters?
“That's all that matters right now, and I've talked to our players about it, and it's a one-game season, and hey, let's get ready for the next one and just make sure that we just continue to build on it now. You've gotten one, you still have some momentum going, and let's make sure that we take advantage of it.”

As far as the passing game, do you feel like -- have you lost any confidence in Jerrod and has Jerrod lost any confidence in his passing?
“No, we haven't, and today it just was one of those games -- I don't know, he told me coming off, I can't grip the ball, so it was more like if he was going to throw a pass it was going to be a shot-put out there, and I didn't want the ball to kind of hang and all of a sudden we turn the ball over. We felt like we could run the ball. Even when he dropped back on third down, let's say, you know what, if the rush breaks down, go get the first down. Let's keep the drives going. And you know, he made the throw down there to Bluiett, and then he hung one out to Burt, which it was knocked down, but then Burt got knocked out-of-bounds and he kind of threw the ball back inside and made a good throw to him. But no, we have not lost any confidence at all. We've been able to win at the line of scrimmage, so if we can win at the line of scrimmage, let's continue to pound people.”

Coach Norvell said that you're going to need Tyrone Swoopes to win some games, and he kind of showed up there late. Will that increase his playing time, and will you play him more early in games than you have?
“I've always told Tyrone, even when we made that change with Jerrod, I said, listen, there is no reason for you to hang your head. You're still going to be a part of it, and you never know when you're going to show up, and I said, it won't only just be in the short-yardage package, and he said, well, Coach, just give me some more clock, and I said, well, I'm going to give you as much clock as I possibly can. But you watch him at the end of that game and him running behind his pads and he's just so strong and so physical. Only thing we needed was a lead blocker, which we had. The one that got me is that third and 1. And you said, why are they throwing the ball? I know you said that. Why didn't we? I knew Brian Davis was going to ask me that question: Why didn't we throw that ball. I'd like to know myself. I was like, hey, pound them, all right? Just run right at them. With Swoopes it's a first down. He's going to pull up a first down.”

It looked like K-State was going to get a short field and a one-touchdown game and then Dickson makes an unbelievable play there. That combined with the recovery on Rose's kick, nice to see your special teams do some positive things?
“Oh, it was great to see it, but then once that ball sailed over his head, I said, oh, God, here we go again. But he was able to recover it and then kick the ball, and him just getting the ball just kicked, it gave us a good roll on it. And then the sky kick, what was happening when we were kicking to the open end, the wind was catching the ball and kind of hanging it, so I said, hey, listen, just kick it to the right and let's just sky kick it out there and see if we can get it, and then Vaccaro made an unbelievable -- he just ran down there and outran and fought and got the ball. Didn't get any points out of it. Would have loved to have established something and get some points out of it, but we have to continue to improve. Trey Holtz is doing a great job of just -- because the balls that came back today on the field goals and extra points were just so -- we couldn't grip it so we made some unbelievable catches getting the ball down and being able to execute.”

Six starts for Jerrod now; how would you kind of assess what you've seen from him and what pleases you about him?
“He'll tell you, we know this, he can get better and he just continues to improve, and it's more the throwing game. We've just got to get him more throws. But we know this: He can beat you with his feet now, and just got to make sure that we can get everything where he continues to build as a quarterback and just see things, get us in the right plays, make the right checks. But if we just continue to just play well up front with our offensive line and kind of protect him -- it's all about protecting the quarterback, especially when you have a young quarterback like Jerrod, just don't put it all on him and make guys have to make plays around him.”

Obviously Tyrone Swoopes has worked with the change of pace, but even today it looked like Kansas State was a little bit prepared for what he was going to do. Are you going to have to expand his package to make sure people don't know what he's doing when he comes in the game?
“Yeah, because what we've been doing is it's a power off-tackle play, and even with the one where he had -- where he threw the ball on the third down, he was wide open, and you see everybody ran to the line of scrimmage, ran to that side, and all of a sudden there he is and we don't make the catch there. But it's all about us just making sure that we do expand that package, because he can throw a ball, which now it puts a lot pressure on defense because they're not so quick to load the box when you've got a guy who can go extend it, especially without our receivers on the field.”

Has the offensive line kind of established the identity of the team right now? Do you kind of see them being nasty?
“Well, they've played two straight weeks where we've been able to control the line of scrimmage, and we've just got to continue to improve there. We got Perkins back today, which was a big help for us, because he just is so solid inside, and he just makes the whole line solid. But they're doing a really good job. They're staying on blocks and moving people at the point of attack, and we've been able to run the ball and protect the quarterback.”

With Jason Hall laying out Hubener on the first play, the offensive line establishing themselves, slowly but surely is this exactly what you want Texas to be?
“Well, you have to be physical, and you talk about it all the time, and we talk about just mental toughness and physical toughness and those things. You say it, then a lot of times they hear it over and over and over. But you do, you need to have a physical presence to you. You look at J-Hall's size and you have a big safety there, so you expect him to make those type of hits, and then with our offensive line, you expect them to control the line of scrimmage and being able to move people, even though you have two young guys. I tell them all the time, I told Connor and Vahe they're no longer freshmen so we don't need to talk about that anymore, we just need to make sure we protect that quarterback. But you have to have a physical presence to you.”

Were you surprised -- it didn't seem like Coach Snyder's team was really prepared early on for what you do. They're usually so prepared. Early penalties from their side. Were they out of sync, or was it something you guys were able to do?
“No, I think he had them prepared because even when we was talking before the game, we was talking with the two of us just how critical this game was for both sides. He needed it and I told him I needed it more than he does, and I said, you need it but I really need it. But I could tell that with his team -- even when we jumped out there, they were able to fight back and get back into the game and make it a game, because like you said, we were talking about, what, 16-0 now, and you have a seven-point game there with about five or six minutes to go in the game.”

I know you talked earlier this year about Hassan Ridgeway needing to get healthy. Can you evaluate his play the last couple of weeks, and how much better is this defense when he's at his best?
“When Ridgeway is able to dominate up front, then we're pretty good on defense. It comes to -- the thing he does is he can beat a one-on-one block. A lot of times you have to have guys, so he'll force a double team, so when he does force a double team, it allows the backers to run through, it allows the backers to roam, it allows other players to go make plays. But he's so big and so strong, and he's really quick for his size. He's not one of those guys in the middle where you get a big guy who can't move, who's kind of a slug in there. He's not a slug. He's a guy that can rush the passer, can beat one-on-one blocks, and just -- early he sets it for us because he's able to -- if he controls the line of scrimmage and we see him getting off, then it kind of -- the whole defense looks at him and then they start picking it up and then they start playing.”

The team had so much trouble wrapping up the quarterback early in the season, but y'all have recorded 11 sacks in the last two games. Is it something different that y'all are doing or is it just a matter of comfortability?
“A lot of times -- early the guys were just releasing the ball quicker, and so now that you can make them hold it, but we made him hold the ball today. We've got to get better pressure because sometimes he's setting back there, looked like we never got to him. But we've just got to continue to get better and make sure that we can pressure the quarterback. I think Bryce got him one time on the three-man rush and then Roberson, we put him in, he ended up knocking the ball out of his hand on the backside. But it's still about that.

Freshman QB Jerrod Heard
On thoughts on the weather…
“I didn’t know what kind of game it was going to be. I thought it wasn’t going to be bad because it wasn’t really raining that hard. But when we came out there it just started pouring. It ended up good, though. We utilized the running game really well and we did get some passes off. But there was a moment in the second quarter where the ball really did feel like five pounds.” 
On the importance of being able to run the ball like you did today…
“Oh, it’s very important and we told ourselves just to not worry about the water. If you get the ball, just hold tight and run for it.”

On halftime adjustments…
“After halftime, we did still try to keep the ball running, keep it in our hands and move the ball forward. They did adjust, so we put the ball in the air a little bit and it worked out for us.”

On what you learned about this team today…
“That we just keep fighting. Our defense played a great game and when you have a defense that you can rely on it just makes life easier for an offense.” 

Junior QB Tyrone Swoopes
On the mindset of the team…
“We’re just putting games together. All along we’ve understood we’ve got to execute and put games together. When you do that, you build confidence. Everybody is confident and excited about the rest of the season.” 

On the physical nature of the team…
“We just kind of line up and run at people. Our offensive linemen have gotten real physical. We’ve got physical backs. We found our identity, and with that, we just kind of play with it.” 

On the offensive line’s physical nature… 
“They love it. What offensive lineman wouldn’t love running straight at people? I feel like they love it, and they’re doing a good job with it.” 

On personally running at and through people…
“I enjoy it. It’s fun. When we go out there, everybody kind of knows what’s going on, so our offensive linemen, the running backs, the tight ends do a great job of blocking it. We just go out and do our thing.” 

On opening up the pass game [with better weather]…
“Definitely just because with this kind of weather you can’t put the ball in the air too much. It’s slick. If it was better weather, we probably would’ve slung it around a little more.” 

On the mental makeup before running packages…
“Everybody is just worried about their assignments; worried about the guy they have to beat in order for the play to work.” 

Senior RB Johnathan Gray
On fun the offensive line is having…
“They’re excited. They love it. Get off the ball and go smash people. They’re doing a great job. They’re fundamentally sound and guys are just excited to go out there and play. That’s what we have to do for this team. To keep the train running, that’s what we have to stay focused on.” 

On how much has changed in the past year…
“It’s definitely changed from a year ago. Guys are more excited. Guys are more focused, more in tune. Guys just want to go out and win and love the game of football. We keep that in our hearts and keep that for the team then the sky is the limit for us.” 

On becoming a running team…
“That’s what we want to do. We want to go out and smash mouth. When we get the run game going, we don’t have to show everything. We’ve got good backs, good quarterbacks and a great offensive line and some good wide receivers, so we’ve got the job to do anything we want to do with this offense. Guys just have to stay focus and stay mentally sound and keep loving the game of football. The sky is limit for us, and we’re going to go out and win games.” 

On having a 100 yard game…
“Finally. It was a lot of relief. Guys were clicking on all cylinders. The offensive line looked great. The team looked wonderful. They helped me get 100 yards, and we can keep it going. We’ve got enough backs to get 100 yards each game. We’ve got the offense to do it, so we’ve just got to stay focused and keep going.” 

On Junior QB Tyrone Swoopes…
“We call him 18-wheeler. He’s doing a great job for us in his packages. Whatever the coach calls, we will execute to our best. We did that today, and we’ll keep that going.” 

Sophomore WR Daje Johnson
On the weather and how tough it was to play in the rain: It was tough. This was my first game to play in the rain since Little League or something like that. We have been practicing all week on wetting the ball during practice, trying to get used to the ball being wet during the rain. Our team did well playing through it.

On nervousness of condition of the field: I felt pretty confident during warmups and it was raining then and I was catching pretty well, so I just tried to think back to how I caught those during warmups. I tried to build my confidence back up.

On having a blueprint for what you need to do to keep winning: We know that if we keep playing like we have been playing. That’s what Coach Strong was stressing before this game. Just play like you would during OU, if you kept playing like that the results will be great.

On feeling like you could have thrown the ball a little bit more today: the first pass came out kind of shaky, so it was kind of scary to keep throwing it, but afterwards I think they saw Kansas State throwing it, I guess they changed their mind.

On the confidence of the team:  I feel like this is the team that Coach Strong wanted to show for the first game, like before we ever started. You want everybody to see, but unfortunately we are losing right now and we could have been winning. But it is good that we finally found ourselves. We are becoming a good team on both sides of the ball, special teams.

Senior LB Peter Jinkens
On power style of play…
“I feel like if we are the most physical and tough team on the field, then it is going to be pretty hard to beat us.” 

On pass game of K-State…
“When we knew that they weren't going to throw the ball that much, then it gives me more time to focus on the run and getting to the quarterback because I don’t have to worry about the pass.” 

On difference of team after OU game…
“I believe so. I feel like everything that we have been through didn’t do anything but make us tougher and harder.” 

On power defense and ball control offense…
“This is exactly what we wanted to be. At the beginning of the season, things weren't clicking like they were supposed to, but as the season has gone on, we are where want to be now.” 

Senior DB Duke Thomas
On play of defense…
“We got that confidence back, that swagger. It’s really about taking that emotion and that pride we played with against OU and keeping it going the rest of the season.” 

On coming out strong early…
“K-State is a scrappy team. They don’t make mistakes and they come here to fight. Coach [Charlie Strong] told us their record here. We wanted to come out strong and make plays early, so that was good to come out and make plays.”