Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the last six minutes of the game…
“As it relates to the turnovers, I think our defense was competitive, but I do not know if all of those were turnovers that we created. Iowa State is a very disciplined football team who is normally not going to do that, but never-the-less it happens. Maybe we are getting a break or two that we have not gotten in the course of the ball game, or the year. I was awfully proud of our young guys hanging in there, not giving up and playing hard. We talked during half time that we needed to get some turnovers, and we were able to get those and take advantage of those opportunities.”

On Will Geary’s performance…
“I will have to go back and watch the tape to make that determination. Will [Geary] is a very consistent player in the program and a very consistent young man. He has played hard virtually every game that we have played and he has not been an issue for us on defense. Go back to a week ago and we got a turnover on a ball that he created. He stripped the ball and got on it and he is always trying to do the little things to help his team and make himself better.”

On the difference between the first and the second half…
“It is a combination of field position created by special teams and offense being able to move the football. I thought we did not give up the big plays like we did in the first half. They gave up a number of big plays that were instrumental for them to get the ball into position and to be in fourth down territory. I think big plays inspired and created the turnovers.”

On winning today’s game…
“They enjoyed the daylights out of it. I told them in the locker room that I have been here for a couple hundred years and I have never seen our locker room like that, no offence to anyone we have played before. We always say to act like you have been there before and we did not act like we had been there before, but they needed that.”

On Jack Cantele making the winning kick…
“Well it means he is going to have to do some extra running because he took his hat off and got us penalized. I admire Jack [Cantele] so much. They take the two timeouts and he just hung in there. When you think about the Jack [Cantele] situation and last year getting off to a relatively rough start and being replaced starting the season, but he stayed in there and was a team player all the time. I am grateful for him and happy for him.”

On never giving up…
“That is what I told the players in the locker room, I have a greater and deeper pride in the young people in our program. Not because of the win, but because of what they overcame in order to do that. That is what matters.”

Place Kicker Jack Cantele
On removing helmet after game winning kick…
“I thought time had expired. In hindsight, seven seconds is a long time for a kick, but I have been through enough. I think I earned that one.”

On Iowa State using timeouts to ice him…
“It just kind of seemed unnecessary. I did not think anyone did that anymore. I did not know how many timeouts they had, so when they called that second one I thought we called it but I remembered we did not have any either. It is not something that you need to worry about. It did not really bother me. I did not even think about it.”

On winning the game…
“It keeps us in it. We are going to celebrate this one for a little bit, but we still have two tough games left and it is by no means a given that we are going to win both of them. We really need to put this one behind us as soon as possible and worry about the ultimate goal.”

Running Back Charles Jones 
On getting the win…
“It was nice. It has been a while since we won a game, so it felt good to see all my teammates smiling and coach (Bill) Snyder smile. Hopefully we can do that again next week.

On if there was doubt that they could come back and win …
“Never. Like I said, Coach Snyder preaches us to finish, so regardless of what the score is on the scoreboard we are going to finish and fight until the last second.”

On game tying rushing touchdown…
“The offensive line came off the ball really well and our receivers blocked the defensive backs well which really made my job easy.”

Tight End Glenn Gronkowski 
On feelings after a win…
“It was fun, we finally got some things going our way. It has been a year of disappointment so far. To finally get a win, I think it will be great momentum for us going forward.”

On the feelings of the game…
“Nothing can compare to that. To be on the winning side of it, it is awesome.”

On when he knew team could win…
“Probably after the first score in the second half. We moved the ball on them and we knew we could move the ball on them, so we kept it going.”

On touchdown pass…
“We have been working on it for a while, so to finally get it out there it just worked perfectly. They got wide open; it could not have been any easier.

Defensive End Jordan Willis
On Will Geary…
“Coach has been talking about turnovers all week because we are last in the Big 12. Two weeks in a row Will [Geary] makes a big play, stripping the ball out. That does not take talent; it is just thinking about it and making it happen. He has been a good player, has not had a bad game, and keeps working hard.”

On difference between the two halves…
“The first series for defense we had a three and out, and then after that it is just a matter of staying ready to go and focused while doing your assignment. We stopped doing that after that first drive, then after that we went into halftime and regrouped and went on to shut them out.

On all the fumbles…
“When we took the field that last time we were looking to strip the ball. The defense stayed in the game and nobody felt like the game was over. Our mindset was we were going to go out there and get the ball back and give it to our offense.”

Corner Back Morgan Burns
On the teams overall performance…
“Obviously, we came out on top and I am proud of my defense and how we battled back and caused two fumbles. The offense did not give up either and ended making a field goal. It is just cool to see how defense, offense, and special teams all had a big part in the last couple of minutes in winning that game. It was crazy but again, I am glad we came out on top.”

On expecting Iowa State to take a knee late in the game…
“I was expecting them to take a knee. My mindset going in was that they were going to take a knee, we would take a timeout, and then we might have a few seconds at the end of the game. When they ran the ball and Will Geary stripped the ball, I could not believe it. I was proud of Will [Geary], but I could not believe it and I was still in shock.”

On the defenses difference in the second half…
“The last couple weeks, we have not played up to our capability and how we know we can play. The first half we did a few good things and made some stops, but we just gave them some touchdowns. Personally I gave them a couple touchdowns and once we came together, realized what we were capable of we figured it out. Over the years the K-State defense has been about relentless effort and playing well. Once we realized that was who we were, came together, and got the crowd into it we are a really dangerous defense. Our mindset changed and we came together really well.”

Defensive Lineman Will Geary
On getting the win…
“It felt good to get a win. We have two games left. We have to keep going.”

On forcing two fumbles late against Iowa State…
“Coach [Bill] Snyder never lets us quit. He tells us everything possible to do out there. You have to strip the ball, hit the snap, whatever you can do to keep it going.”

On second half shutout…
“It definitely shows us what we need to do and what we can do. We talk about starting games and we have not started too well over the last few games, so we just have to learn from that.

Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhodes
On decision to run the clock out…
“The decision was based on being able to run out the clock and never having to punt the football. You take a knee on that play and they are going to call a timeout. It is going to come down to a fourth-down play where you have to punt the football. We operate off of a chart in a situation like that. We were just over the time on the chart. By running a play and taking off enough extra seconds, then you never have to punt the ball on fourth down. That is why that call was made.”

On decision to not force overtime…
“We had 40-some seconds left of football and we had two timeouts that we were operating with. We wanted to see if we could get a drive started with a couple of easy plays, get a little bit of momentum and push it out of there. We started on our own 19 earlier in the half and popped out of there on a run. Quenton Bundrage did it on an easy pass and we were out at midfield. We wanted to see if we could get it started with a non-risky play like that. We wanted to push it out of there and operate with our two timeouts that we had. With the wind at our back, we knew we could be outside the 30 and be in Cole Netten’s field goal range. If we got it started with one of those plays, then we were going to try and continue. If we did not on that second-down play, we were going to take a knee and go to overtime.”

On having extra pressure with results of last few game…
“In this profession, on this side of the table, I wake up every day with the challenge of putting the best football team on the field that I possibly can. I go to work to get that job done and so does the rest of our staff. We are in this profession and plan this game because we like the pressure that is associated with it. Absolutely, there is pressure. There is pressure every day when my alarm goes off.”

Quarterback Joel Lanning
On expecting to take a knee at the end of the game…
“Yeah, that is what everyone thought but that is not what coach said so we go with coach and back him up. We wanted to get one more first down.”

On what coach said about not kneeling in the locker room…
“He just said it was a decision he made and there is nothing we can do about it now. It is over with. Whatever decision they go with we (the team) have to go with and execute it. 

On if the ball was slick when he fumbled at the end…
“No not at all. For me at the end of the game I was just scrambling and did not have the ball put away.”

Defensive Linebacker Luke Knott 
On what happened in the game…
“I can only speak for the defense because I am on defense. We just came out flat on the first couple of drives to open up the half. Coach was preaching all half time that we need to come out fast in the second half, come out aggressive, and play to win, not to lose. As a defense, it took us a couple of drives to get our feet going.”

On what the locker room was like after the game…
“After a loss like that it is pretty quiet. Everybody on this team puts in so much effort and time, coaches, players, strength staff, really anyone that is really associated with our program puts so much time and effort and to drop the ball at the end of the game obviously it hurts.”

On it being surreal losing…
“Definitely. I caught myself thinking towards the end of the game, if we make a few plays, we got the game in the bag.”