Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On what you most liked about what Alex Barnes did in the second half…
“Well, I just liked that he did what he always does, and that's run extremely hard. He makes a few miss on his way, sometimes, not always, but he's a gifted, powerful-type runner, which we have always known, I think.”

On if Barnes helped change the tempo of this game…
“Well, I don't know if it changed the tempo so much. It kind of depends on how you want to define the tempo, but we're slow as molasses all the time. But I think that he just made some things happen that -- who knows whether another running back would have done the same thing or not. But he knocked some balls in the end zone, he got some first downs when he had people hanging on him. So he just ran aggressively and hard.”

On if there are some things that Barnes gives you that the other guys don't…
“Just what I said. Now, that doesn't mean the others can't run hard, they have done that as well. But he, today, he had a, did a nice job.”

On the approach, defensively, coming into this game…
“Well, we just needed to -- we played reasonably well against the run, we needed to continue to do that. We just need to stop giving up big plays. That's been our nemesis all along. And when you take away the big-play aspect of the game, then people have to go a long way. Then you look at our offense and how hard it is to get from one end of the field to the other and for a team that doesn't have the patience to do that, I'm not saying Baylor is one of those teams, but that's -- you take away the big plays, there's, it's more difficult to get the ball in the end zone then. So, we did a little bit better job of that.”

On the importance of the defensive tackle pressure that you were able to apply in the middle of the defense…
“Well, I think that they played well inside. Backers are a big part of that. A big part of that. And I think that our safeties get involved with it as well. Lynnwood's a very fine running back. I think we all knew that coming in. But I think that for the most part, not totally, but for the most part, we did a decent job of holding him, didn't completely hold him down, but we didn't allow big plays in the running game, I guess that's the best way to put it.”

On the reversal from the first half to the second half…
“Well, the penalties, we had seven penalties in the first half and they were spread out. We had two on special teams, and I think we had three on, well, we had more than seven maybe. But they categorize seven, but I think we had more than that. But we had at least three on each side of the ball. We had three on the first drive on offense, which at the end of the day, kind of kept us out of the end zone. But that's -- and it doesn't have anything to do with guys being lax or not playing hard, it's just that it goes back to that, you got to play with great spirit and emotion and heart and still have poise and discipline about what you do. And we lacked some of that.”

On Ertz’s first-half fourth down run and then the kickoff late in the game on keeping momentum…
“Well, again, I don't know about momentum so much. But I think that, obviously, they were a major factor in the ball game, but so were two interceptions when the ball was down on the other end of the field. So then you mentioned the kickoff return, there's a number of things that were monumental in the outcome of the ball game. What it changed during the course of the ball game, I don't know. I guess, to a certain degree, probably the kickoff return as much as anything and one of the interceptions down there. That had a dramatic impact, probably, on the way, not on the way we handled it, but maybe on the way players at Baylor saw it. So it just meant a large amount at the time, I think.”

On DJ Reed as a kickoff returner…
“Well, I've been talking about him for a long time. He's just a very talented athlete, and he's got a lot of capabilities. And I watch him every single day. The other two guys do quite well back there. But DJ works with the twos all the time, and he just keeps knocking holes in the other side. So, (special teams coordinator) Sean (Snyder) said, let's do it.

On the second-half performance… 
“You always have to finish. I think we have, sometimes we have, sometimes we haven't. You take two ball games that have gone down to the wire -- that shouldn't have -- that go down to the last snap of the ball game, you have a chance to win, can't finish it off. So, yeah, to be able to do that. And I think the thing that probably did that as much as anything, again, was the benefit of the kickoff return. They still weren't totally out of it until that happened, I think. So it's a major play in the ball game.”

On what the team’s performance showed you today…
“Well, if you think -- well, they showed a great deal of determination, and they showed some fight, and they showed some toughness, and you can go through a list of things. But nothing that they haven't in the past. All of a sudden, this isn't just a new football team, that's not the case. It's just guys comitting themselves to trying to get better and playing to be better every single day. I think that they have invested the time and the effort to do so and, consequently, you see step by step, that they are getting better.”

Redshirt freshman running back Alex Barnes
On how did the game feel…
“It felt really good. It was a lot of fun.”

On the plan of attack with so many quality backs…
“Yeah, we're not really sure. It's kind of unpredictable, but whoever is in there, we know that we're really just going to try to tear it up. And our O-line has been killing it, so it was a lot of fun.”

On his rhythm he got on in the second half…
“Yeah, I just kind of slowed down. With game reps, the more you get, the more it starts to slow down. You start to see what they're doing and see how you can counter it. So, yeah.”

On his touchdown run where he hurdled a defender…
“I didn't know what happened, it was so quick, I just kind of reacted and fell in the end zone.”

On playing most of the second half (among running backs)…
“I just felt like I got in a rhythm. Our O-line was really opening up holes. That guy right there, (offensive lineman) Terrale Johnson, he told me he got my back and he knows I always got his, so it's no big deal when he's in there.”

On if he expected to rush for 129 yards and put up big numbers…
“I knew that we as a unit would have a big day on the ground, so I didn't realize that it would be me specifically, but I knew that we were going to get it done.”

On the defense wearing down…
“Yeah, they started to get a little bruised up and they weren't really liking us coming down hill as much as we were so we took advantage of that.”

On your mentality as a runner…
“You got to start off that way, let them know that you're here, you're ready to play and that you're not really messing around. After that you can just kind of read it from there.”

On the win… 
“It felt really good to get bowl eligible to do that for Mike (Moore). I know it was a really emotional game for him and it's good to get that done.”

On his performance being a confidence booster…
“It's about the same. Our confidence has really been there this whole time. The O-line trusts me, I trust them, we got each other's backs and it's just sort of a relationship like that.”

On having the coaches’ trust…
“That means a lot. Really, them putting faith in me, me being so young, yeah, that really helps with my confidence there, too.”