Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On his feelings after 200th win…
“I am thinking about spending some time with my family and all that goes along with it. We have a reception going on for all of the seniors as well. But with that being said, what I said to the players in the locker room is that 200 is a number and that stands for a lot of wonderful young people that have come through this program and every single one of them has contributed to that particular number. If you think about coaches that we have had through the years, coaches we have presently and others, and you think about the wonderful support staff that we have had and people that have been here and even some that have been here the entire duration. We have a lot of coaches who are awful close to having 200 wins. Then I think about my own personal family and the trials and tribulations and the hardships that they have had to go through. As I said to our players, it is also about our University and the leadership in our University and how they have supported our program over the last 25 years. This community and the University, everybody is invested in anything good that happens here. There are more people than you can name and without them it does not happen. That is the way I feel about it. I probably do not sound in a very good mood but I am responsive to how we played, and today we played rather ugly. I do not feel good about that, I can assure you. ”

On his 200th win coming against Kansas…
“There is no special emphasis on it really. Like I have said before, our mantra so to speak is whoever lines up against us is the most significant game you are going to play. Today, that happened to be the University of Kansas. I understand for the players there is somewhat a special significance to young people who are from the state of Kansas. I think for the vast majority it is just part of the process. The next one up is the most significant. That does not negate the meaning of it and I say that probably more so for the people of Kansas State and the people throughout the community and throughout the world, they are Kansas State people and it does have some significant value to them as well. I will say this, the University of Kansas is making headway and I can assure you that. They have done a nice job. The record does not always tell you what the real answers are, but they are getting better and better.”

On errors made by the team…
“It is a number of things and you can name a bunch of them. We started getting penalties again in the first go around in the ball game and when you go back and look at the penalties, which I have not done, I think when I do what I will see are substantial penalties for 15 yards. Field position was extremely important today and wind was most certainly a factor in the kicking game. Obviously, we cannot afford to have turnovers. Some of the execution from our defense, and we really played well after the first drive where they went down and got the field goal and then after that we played extremely well until we got midway through the second half where we gave up a 95-yard touchdown pass. I probably told the team about big plays five-thousand times this week and probably half-a-million through the course of the year and that was disheartening when you give up big plays, and probably not being able to move the ball as consistently as we need to. At certain times when the game is still in question we were unable to get the first down, so there were a number of things. Again, that does not negate some very fine performances and some very fine plays over the course of the game individually or collectively.”

On Alex Barnes’ touchdown…
“Well you know, that just goes with the territory. Not so much the finish as much as it is the fact that he is playing so well. He runs explosively, stays on his feet and you really have a hard time getting him down. He has good balance and really runs aggressively and the guys up front did a good job blocking for him on numerous occasions as well. But obviously it is with his effort.”

On Donnie Starks’ interception for a touchdown…
“What was significant to me was the fact that Donnie has played as our nickelback all year and then when Duke [Shelley] got hurt we moved him out there and so he is in a new position. Cre Moore comes in to play the nickel spot so that is new for him as well. So it was two guys really, for the most part, that played extremely well with very little experience at what they were doing.”

Junior Linebacker Elijah Lee
On the influences of Bill Snyder…
“I think he is an amazing role model. He is someone who is not complacent. I think that since my freshman year I have been able to recognize that and that is kind of how I live my life now. The accomplishments, they will come, but you have to keep your head down and keep grinding.”

On the emotions of Bill Snyder…
“I think he [Bill Snyder] wanted to. It was just very funny. He allowed us to pick him up and carry him off the field. I really did not think it was going to go in our favor, but you know it turned out to be a good thing.”

On Donnie Starks’ pick-six…
“That is a big lift. You know, coming from a guy who has not had interceptions in his career and then they are just starting at Baylor and it is carrying over. You know you just live for those moments and you are happy and proud for him.”
On the defense…
“I would like to say we had a pretty solid effort. But you know, right now I am in the moment and just enjoying getting the win over a rival.”

Senior Defensive End Jordan Willis
On initial reactions…
“I feel like we could have done a lot more. The first series, the tempo was picked up. Obviously they run on the script like anybody else on the first series, so they were moving pretty fast. They were getting some yardage on us. Then we made some adjustments and started to shut them down a little bit. At times they made big plays, like the one down there when we had them in their end zone and they throw a bomb. We had some coverage issues right there. It was too close of a game; I think we could have done a lot more than what we did to them.”

On Snyder’s 200th Win …
“It is a big deal. It is probably more of a big deal to him than to me. I have only been here for a couple of them. It is exciting. I have never been a part of something when we carried the coach off of the field. I saw a different side of Coach Snyder today.”

On the run defense…
“We did a good job. Then again, I think we could have done more if we would have just been a little more gap sound at times. With the pass rushing, we got to them at times and it was just a matter of coverage and us rushing. We did an okay job. We did a good job batting down passes. I think we did a good job of fixing the quarterback today.”

Senior Cornerback Donnie Starks
On interception return for a touchdown…
“It was a Cover 2 call and I had two receivers to my side, so I thought it was likely the ball would come my way. Then the quarterback threw it right at me. I recognized some tendencies and the stars aligned so everything just played out right. ”

On playing corner instead of the nickel position…
“It is a little different. With cornerback, you have a sideline to work with that is beneficial. In the nickel back, you are kind of freestyling out there.”

On interception creating a spark…
“I think it gave us a great spark. Everybody was excited and hyped and I think it really helped us out.”
On scoring the first touchdown on Senior Day...
“I was on the sideline and told Cre [Moore] ‘I cannot believe I got a touchdown on Senior Day. That is amazing.’ It was just a great, great feeling to have on Senior Day with my parents here.”

Freshman Running Back Alex Barnes
On carrying Coach Snyder off the Field …
“It was just exciting doing that for Coach [Bill] Snyder. It was a really big win and something I hoped he will remember for the rest of his life, because I know I will.”

On his diving touchdown…
“I just saw they tried to slant. Dalton [Risner] did a really good job sealing the edge and Winston [Dimel] kicked somebody out and the hole just opened up for me. I just saw the pylon and knew I had to try to get it as hard as I could, so I did.”

On winning against in-state rival Kansas…
“It is huge. We get a whole year to keep the state purple. Hopefully we converted some people back home. We have a lot of Jayhawks back there. It means a lot for us Kansas natives.”

On having success running the ball past few weeks...
“It is just a testament to our O-line. Coach Dickey is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country. He draws up all these schemes. We become so prepared to run the ball that it is easy on game day. We see so many looks in practice it just comes naturally on game days.”

Senior Wide Receiver Deante Burton
On game being closer than expected…
“Not so much as I expected, but it was way closer than it should have been. We could have come out and we could have dominated a little more than we did. We lollygagged a little bit. We left them in the game. But, a win is a win and we will worry about it Monday.”

On if team has the “killer instinct”…
“I think we do. Sometimes I think we get up and we kind of mess around a little bit. I think we have the talent and the ability to put teams away early. I think once we figure it out, whether it be long after I’m gone or once these guys figure out how to do it with the youth and the ability they have on this team, they are going to be very dangerous.”

On what this means moving forward…
“Everything we want is right in front of us. It did not start how we wanted to, but the finish can. It would be nice to go beat TCU. We do not know where we are going to end up, but I am sure you guys have a spreadsheet of all these bowl games and all that stuff. To me, I would just drop a pin on a map and figure it out if that is okay. I think it will be nice to see where we are going to go and we will go from there.”

Senior Guard Terrale Johnson
On Coach Snyder’s 200th Win…
“It feels good. Like I said, just to know it was my final game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, all the fans were great and to just be able to contribute to that win. It feels amazing to beat our rival. Coach [Bill] Snyder says it [200th win] is not that big of deal. It is just numbers. But just for us to get him that win feels good for us.”

On emotions during senior day…
“Yeah, as you know my dad passed in 2013, so his brothers and sisters came down to the field so just for him. My mom was out there and my brothers, it felt good. I was a little emotional, but I did not cry so I was alright. ”

On beating in state rival Kansas …
“Throughout the week when we broke it down, all the Kansas boys that would come in and lead it. Just to be a part of that win and for Coach [Bill] Snyder, it feels really good. Knowing about the rivalry since I was a kid just growing up here, it feels really good.”

Kansas Head Coach David Beaty
On how the game went…
“First, I just want to say congratulations to Coach Snyder on his 200th career win. He has done a great job and what a career he has had. They certainly did a good job today of doing what they needed to do to get a win. I thought we continued to play after we put ourselves in a hole early, which was good to see. We just made way too many mistakes for us to overcome. I would have loved to have seen us punch it in the end zone after the onside kick that we recovered. We were trying to get it to two scores and we got it to that, but we were not able to do anything after that point.”

On what he told the seniors…
“That is the last time that we will ever be together in a locker room. I wanted to make sure that we as coaches and the players got to thank those guys properly. The work that those kids have done is not easy. The foundation work that they have done is very difficult and the results have not been very high. For those guys to continue to persevere and be resilient, I think it is going to serve them well in their life. They continue to fight and they continue to move forward.”

On the pick six…
“They clouded the boundary and we had a hitch called. I do not think Carter [Stanley] saw the defensive back’s feet. We know when they are moving between coverages and his feet were telling us that. I think maybe he did not get his eyes over there quick enough to see what was going on. As he popped his hips, he never even saw him. I will have to watch the tape and see exactly what happened with LaQuvionte [Gonzalez] over there, but we should have been okay. We actually had a good play called and if we would have read it right we would have been okay. Unfortunately, those are mistakes that you cannot make in a game like this.”

On second quarter…
“The second quarter was obviously frustrating. I thought that we did a lot of things to ourselves on both sides of the ball, which was not good. Along those same lines, I saw our guys stand up, fight and continue to move forward and get back in the game in the second half. That is something you are going to look back on and think, ‘Man, that was a bad second quarter.’”

On Bill Snyder’s accomplishments…
“We study all the greats. I am the biggest thief in the world. If you do something good, I am going to steal it. I am not very smart, but I know who does it well. We are going to watch it and we are going to emulate it. Bill Snyder is one of my coaching heroes. That guy has done as good of a job with this program as anybody could ever do with any program. I know our fan bases and I get that, but I do not know how you can dispute that. Bill Snyder has done an unbelievable job.”

On reason for Snyder’s success…
“He has a very disciplined program. They do not beat themselves and they never have. From the very beginning, he has stressed discipline and not beating yourself. You are going to have to beat K-State when you play them. It does not matter who you are. They do not make mistakes. You have to go beat them. I think that is the number one thing. If you think about the amount of time his coaches have been with him, that just does not happen in college football. They stay with him and you can tell it is a family. I think it says ‘family’ on the outside of this stadium. I love the humility that he possesses. I think it has always been about the kids for him.”

Sophomore Linebacker Keith Loneker
On Kansas State’s team play…
“They are a very smart team that is coached very well. They came out ready to play and they made some plays. We also made some plays, but they seemed to have made more.”

On fight and resiliency…
“The thing I am most proud about this football team is how much we fight and how much we love football. You need that on any team, especially successful teams. I am glad to see a lot of those guys coming back and seeing us go in the right direction. That fight that we had was laid down by our seniors, so it is something we get to build off from them.”

On playing to the end…
“Coming down to the wire, I felt like we had a shot. I know that if I believe, everyone else does for sure. Every time we get on the field, we expect to get the ball. We never think the game is over, even if there are thirty-seconds left. We are hoping for the best. Maybe we can get the ball, score, and get an onside kick to get it back.
Sophomore Wide Receiver Steven Sims
On Carter Stanley…
“Carter [Stanley] is very tough. I told him after the game that I like the way he fought today and that I liked his toughness.”

On punt returns…
“It was pretty cool. I was kind of nervous on the first one, but I just listen to what coach tells me and I just do it. The one I had to dodge at the last second was the scary one. I was trying to get away, but the ball curved toward me on the bounce. I thought it touched me at first. I definitely want to get more punt returns next year though.”

Senior Fullback Michael Zunica
On finishing KU career…
“I feel disbelief. We keep saying ‘eighteen-days left, ten-days left.’ This week we keep saying ‘Last Wednesday practice at KU… Last Thursday practice at KU.’ This is the last everything. It has been really special to do it with this group of guys. I am sad that it is over, but I am happy to have experienced it with them.”

On what KU has taught him…
“It just taught me to work hard and taught me to grind. The coaches have taught me a lot, even the ones that have been here for only a year. They taught me the game and taught me what it takes to win. I know we did not win as many as we wanted to this year, but I think they will be a force in the next years.”