Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On team’s competitiveness…
“I think the team, with the exception of one ball game has always been competitive. I do not think tonight was any different than that. The answer is, I am pleased about their effort and the fact that they did not give in and all those things.”

On game plan to run the ball…
“The simple answer to that is what I said again on Tuesday. I looked at one of the play-by-plays and they scored nine touchdowns and their longest drive was two minutes and 16 seconds, so you give them enough time and you are in trouble so you better hang on to the clock.”

On defensive effort in second half…
“We played better in the second half, defensively. What did we give up, 10 – I think? Obviously, yes we did, with the exception of the one long play that they hit that really ended the ball game.”

On Joe Hubener running the ball…
“That has always been a facet of our offense and the answer is yes, that is kind of what we thought we needed to do and could do. Joe did a reasonably good job with that.”

On team’s improvement…
“Well, I have seen improvement and I did not say anything that resembles rocket science. I was repetitive of things I have said prior to this. In order to execute/eliminate the mistakes that cost you ball games, you have to practice better and we have made some headway in terms of practice. I told them two weeks ago and I told them last week it is not all going to come just like that. It takes time and it is not a matter of one practice makes Saturday have the opportunity to be a perfect ball game. We have to piece them together over a period of time. I saw the improvement today and I thought we got a little bit better and that was the result of the way we had practiced. We just had not put enough of them together back-to-back and we need to be able to do that. Like I said, it is not rocket science, it is a pretty simple process.”

On final offensive play…
“We should have thrown the ball out of bounds and tried again. Not every play that you are going to run is going to be successful. I can live with that and I can understand that. Like what I said a moment ago, we have to eliminate turnovers and that was a turnover.”

On play of offensive line…
“We played well and ran the ball well. It is the offensive linemen, it is fullbacks and tight ends, and everyone is invested in it. I thought Charlie (Charles Jones) and Justin (Silmon) both ran reasonably hard when they had the opportunity. We did what I think we are capable of doing in that respect. I do not think it is any stretch of what our capabilities are. It is just the consistency and just not making those mistakes that take away the opportunities to continue running the ball well, running and throwing. We had to throw it as well and we made some good throws in the ball game. Once again, we got penalized, and I do not know how many times I can say it, we get penalized and that takes us away from the opportunity to continue drives and we get turnovers that do exactly the same thing.”

Quarterback Joe Hubener
On the offensive line…
“They do not ever get enough credit. They do a tremendous job for us and have so many calls and so much information that they have to know, and they are making it out there on their own. It is incredible what they do and it shows when they open up huge spots for us to run through.”

On competing closely with ranked teams…
“It is always a possibility with this offense. It is something that we practice week in and week out, and we know it can happen on game day and it will be whatever the defense is giving us and what the coaches feel fits.”

On the first drive for a touchdown…
“That was great for us. I think it was nine minutes off the clock and that was one of our goals – to control the clock. We set the pace for that first drive and put the ball in the end zone and we really needed to continue that momentum, and unfortunately, we got off of that train towards the end.”

Running Back Charles Jones
On playing as a team tonight…
“We played pretty good. We did not take advantage of opportunities that we had. We are going to go back and correct those this week. We feel like the second time playing the number two team in the nation, we played pretty good.”

On falling a little short…
“We know the team we can be and we fell short a lot of times against a lot of good teams. It hurts, but on to Texas Tech.”

On the frustration level of the team…
“I feel like a lot of people are frustrated, but we have a good set of leaders on the team so we just keep our heads forward and keep fighting this week.”

Wide Receiver Kody Cook
On Joe Hubener…
“I think Joe has had a lot of toughness in the second half. I think he is continuing to grow as a leader and that is important, because that is what we really need right now. We need a lot of leaders and we need guys to step up. We have guys step up and we just are not catching the break that we need. We have played a lot of good teams and I think Baylor is a good team, but we left one out there today and we all kind of feel that way. Joe played great and he led us and that is what we need.”

On looking for a win in conference play…
“We are playing for our pride. K-State has not been without a bowl game in a while, since 2009. We are playing for a bowl game, our seniors, and just pride in general. You do not ever go out there and expect or want to lose, you want to win, obviously.”

On the team’s mindset…
“Mentally, I think we are very positive. The past two weeks of practice have been great and you can feel the energy. You can sense the energy that we had last season and in 2013 when we went on that little run at the end. There is more energy and more hopping around flying around in practice and that is starting to translate into the game.”

Wide Receiver Stanton Weber
On losing close games in conference play…
“Are we good enough to win? Absolutely. But when you turn the ball over three times we get penalized way more than we usually do. We look at that stat line and we are beating ourselves. A lot of credit to Baylor, a freshman quarterback coming in as a starter and he played great. They were a machine, as usual, on offense. We got a few stops in there and the defense played well. We held them to their lowest point total. Comparing this game to TCU, it just hurts. We are in them and we are so close and are one play away every time.”

On the team’s record…
“I feel like our record does not give our team justice, but we have to do what we have to do. We are beating ourselves right now. I do not care what logo is on the other team’s helmet – we cannot continue to penalize ourselves.”

On senior leadership in practice and in games…
“You have to emphasize that every practice matters. We really practiced well before this game and that is a testament to our leaders getting the team going. We have meetings with coach and with the leaders on the team, and the guys really stepped up. As seniors, we have four games of football for the rest of our lives and we have to realize that.”

Wide Receiver Deante Burton 
On what is the next step forward…
“Win some games. I think some things are hit and miss everyone has their hand in that, nothing is going to be perfect, but anything that we can do as an offense, particularly in the passing game, with the receivers and quarterback, to help turn this ship around and start winning some games is what I think we need to get done.”

On his touchdown catch…
“It was a good play. We have been running it all week, especially during the bye week. We had a lot of time and a game plan for it, so it was a good call from the booth. I got inside of him, he kind of got a hold of me I did not know if they would call it or not. Joe (Hubener) threw a trust pass and lobbed it over the top and hoped that I would make the play and it worked.”

On the off week helping…
“I think anytime you have more time to prepare for a team like Baylor is good. Anytime you have more time to prepare for anyone is a plus. We took advantage of the bye week. I think we all would have hoped to see it come out better, but we have to take small steps. I do think it helped us out.”

Linebacker Will Davis
On the offense in the second half versus the first half…
“We gave up big plays. We said going into the game that we were confident enough that we could hold them to nothing, but we gave up big plays – 31 is not good enough on our part. We have to improve in areas and make explosive plays. We just have to improve.”

On Baylor’s big offensive plays…
“I felt that it was throughout the game. We would stop them or hold them and then the next time they were out they would get a big play. It was an ongoing battle between their offense and our defense and they beat us more than we should have let them.”

On losing close games to ranked teams…
“I think the whole situation is too familiar. It is hard preparing the way we do and how hard we work in the offseason and every day in practice and meetings and to show up on Saturday and lose a close ball game. We know that we just have to keep going. Coach (Bill) Snyder told us that we are almost there and we are going to win a game and we just have to keep fighting and keep improving and practicing like we are practicing. It is a process and we are fighting an uphill battle right now.”

Defensive Back Kaleb Prewett
On holding Baylor to 31 points…
“Yeah, we felt pretty good about our performance. Obviously, we could have preformed better and stop some of the big plays they were getting. They are an excellent team and we knew what they were going to do. They came out here and we just did not score as many points as they did.”

On losing by an average of seven points to three straight ranked teams…
“It means that the Big 12 is a hell of a conference is what that means. There is a lot of competition in the Big 12. To play in this conference, you just have to come out and play every week and we were not able to do that this week.”

On what it says about football team playing this close …
“It means that we have a lot of potential, you know. We have a bright future. I know we have a lot of younger guys playing and we have a lot of guys hurt, but that is positive. If we are putting up a fight against the Baylor’s, the TCU’s and the Oklahoma State’s, then that means that is a good sign.”

Defensive Back Elijah Lee
On a close loss to a good Baylor team…
“We are making headway in certain spots that we were not earlier in the season. We have shown that if we fight, we can compete with anybody. That bye week is what we needed to rally ourselves, and we have four more games to make headway on, so we want to start positive by next weekend and getting ahead of Texas Tech.”

On looking ahead to Texas Tech and stopping the Oklahoma effect…
“Practice hard and keep our spirits high. That Oklahoma week we were kind of down. We are towards the end of the season and we have nothing to lose. We are on a streak right now and we want to break that.”

On playing the toughest offense all year… 
“Everybody in the Big 12 is good. Anyone can make something happen with their feet and good receivers.”

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles 
Opening statement…
“It was kind of a powerful win by a powerful football team. We talked about it last night that we feel like our team is a team of survivors. We have a team of tough guys that have been through a lot and a lot of coaches that have been through a lot. You slap us around, you talk bad about us and you can say what you want, but when you look up in November, we are still around. We are pretty proud of that fact and what we have been able to do as a football team over a three or four year period. So, when you play us, it is going to be a tough out regardless of the location and nature of the game. We are going to stave, we are going to fight and we are going to find a way to win.” 

On how quarterback Jarrett Stidham handled his first start…
“Just how we knew he would. Just like I told him. Let us show the nation what we know. We know so let us let everybody else see what we know. The guy is unbelievable. He is good. He is different.”

On the difficulty of conference road wins…
“I think you can explain them by looking at the records of teams going on the road and trying to get road wins in November and December. I think that is when football teams get a little more focused and a little more grumpy. It is hard to sustain and to survive, but like I said, that is going to be our mantra. We are going to be the team that is there when it is all said and done, hopefully.”

On the game getting “too close for comfort”…
“Of course, yes. Throughout the game we felt that we were in decent control. They are an impossible team to play. Their opening drive was 10 minutes and seven points. That is an eternity for us. That is what they do and they are good at what they do, really good. They are really tough. If you do not just get on them, which we did not do, you have to jump 17 or 21 ahead to have a chance to be okay. But we did not do it and then it can be a slugfest.”

On K-State quarterback Joe Hubener…
“I thought he was great. I do not know what his stats were. I just thought he was efficient and very much under control. He is a lot like Collin [Klein] in my opinion. That is a pretty good comparison. They are very similar. If he can reach the heights that Collin reached, there are going to be some happy Wildcats, but I certainly think he is really good.”

On winning a close game…
“We did close it. It was going to be 38-24 with 42 seconds left in the football game and we are first-and-goal from the two, but I do not know, I would have to go back and look. An untimely penalty kept us from scoring again and then we did not make the field goal. I do think we were in position to more or less ice the game, but we needed a tough win. They are all tough, but we needed a tough road win like this.”

Quarterback Jarrett Stidham
On how the game went…
“I feel good. Coming out here, first start, tough environment and we got a team win. That is what we came down here to do.”

On game emotions…
“I felt like leading up to the game, throughout the day I started to get amped up. Really, once that first play hit I was good from there on out. As an offense, we score so fast and so often that we want to get on the field as much as possible. Our defense played their butts off tonight and got some big stops for us.”

On K-State adjustments…
“There are some things that I messed up on that I could have hit and there were little quirks that we could have picked up on. At some points we just did not execute. We will go back to the drawing board and get after it next week.”

Running Back Devin Chafin
On K-State defense
“They had a good defense, it was a little bit of us too. We let the weather get to us a little bit, but I feel like we did a good job overall. It was the defense; they had a pretty good run on us.”

On not being in College Football Playoffs top four…
“I think it motivated our whole team a little bit. It probably motivated [Jarrett] Stidham since he is the center of that. We came out here and we definitely had a chip on our shoulders because of that.”

On Jarrett Stidham…
“We get to spend a lot of time with this guy. We see him when nobody else does, practicing, lifting with him so we know Jarrett Stidham. We have confidence in him, we know what he’s going to do and we’ve known what he’s going to do. For us, the transition wasn’t a big deal, of course we miss [Seth Russel], but everybody knew [Jarrett] Stidham would step up and do his thing, and he did.

Wide Receiver Corey Coleman
On Jarrett Stidham…
“He was pressured, he stayed poised. I told him to stay confident and he did.”

On Stidham as starting QB …
“I know he’s a confident guy and it excites me because he’s 19 years old and this place is one of the hardest to play in the Big 12 and he did his job. At the end of the day, we won.”

On the 81-yard touchdown pass…
“The play, two deep motion, it froze the corner a little bit I looked back and saw Jarrett’s eyes get big so I took off and started rolling. We executed just like we drew it up in the film room.”

Linebacker Taylor Young
On K-State offense…
“Kansas State is a pass-run option team so it’s a hard time trying to defend it. They pulled out their bag of tricks with two weeks to prepare for us. They are a very hard team to defend.”

On K-State come back…
“It’s difficult as a team because we always preach to finish and things like that. Having those points on small mistakes is a really hard thing to deal with.”

On Baylor defense…
“Our defense is mature. It is about executing the things we know how to do and practicing, and going out there and doing your job, instead of someone else.”