Postgame Quotes

Sept. 3, 2011

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the performance in tonight’s contest…
"I told them that first of all, we were blessed and we were the most fortunate people in the state of Kansas. I was proud of our defense. I thought defensively we played extremely well and I do not consider the seven points on the board any ownership of the defense. I shared with them that it was a blessing in disguise. I think offensively people thought we were better than we actually are and it showed up tonight. The other good thing is that we have two weeks if we invest ourselves and try to correct our problems. We have two weeks in order to do that and I hate to have an open date at this point in the season, but maybe it will work on our behalf."

On the performance of the defensive line…
"We just played hard. My hat goes out to them (Eastern Kentucky) and their football team. They really played well and we always knew they were a good defensive football team. They struggled on offense because they did not have their best receiver or number one quarterback, but they still managed to do well. So first and foremost, you have to pay great tribute to Eastern Kentucky and the way they managed to try and win the ballgame. Defensively, even though it was not the offensive team we will see in the future, our people played hard and made a few mistakes, but not very many. You go back in the first half they had 75 yards, but 43 on the big play from the goal line. It is little things like that. Giving up 129 yards is really pretty good, but if you take away that big play, there is an opportunity to score. There are just so many things that play in the course of this ball game, but defensively I thought up front that they played hard and that they were where they were supposed to be. We played vertical and go up field well. They (defensive line) were not soft on the line on the line. I was pleased with the way they played."

On the play of defensive players Jordan Voelker, Adam Davis, and Meshak Williams…
"They kept the pressure on and we missed some tackles. You go back to as well as we played on defense and you mention some guys that did exactly that. We had some opportunities to get the pinned and truly did not. Our pass rush was good and we played reasonably well against the run, but we missed some tackles and that is something that is going to happen no matter who you are but we made a few more than I would have liked. I liked the way Jordan (Voelker) and (Adam) Davis. I thought both of them did well and I thought Meshak (Williams) put himself in a position to make some plays and he made some, but he missed a couple. I thought overall all three of them got passing grades.

On Collin Klein’s play in the second half…
"He has the opportunity (to lead) from the first snap just like he has that opportunity all of the time. We take 70 snaps on offense because that is his mantra and that is what he needs to be able to do. I think he played with poise. We made some first time mistakes and probably did not play as well when he practiced a certain period of time in our camp. He never backs down from his leadership. He is always stepping forward and he cares about this team. He really puts himself forwards in a way different than he did a year ago such as accepting responsibility and I appreciate him a great deal for that."

On the true freshman, Tyler Lockett…
"As I said earlier, Tyler (Lockett ) has really put himself in the position to be a player. I would not let him on the field if he was not going to play and play a substantial amount of time and he certainly will. He is involved in the return game and he is one of the top receivers we have. He put the ball on the ground and you do not like that, but once again, that may be a blessing in disguise. We have to realize he is a true true freshman and that is the first time he has been on the field. I was really proud of him in terms of the return game and the fact he was able to hang in there even when the wind was blowing pretty good. Even Ty Zimmerman put one on the ground and he is very reliable back there. He (Lockett) was able to handle it pretty well. He had some decent returns, but there again, the discipline catches up and we get penalized and that gets called back too."

Quarterback Collin Klein

On the team’s performance…
"It is one of those things, across the board, that we did everything that you cannot do when you are trying to win. We had too many penalties, turnovers and missed assignments. It is obviously not where we hoped to be, but at the same time give credit to Eastern Kentucky for their game-plan. Also, hats off to our defense for their performance when we needed it. They were solid and strong for the whole game."

On the game-winning touchdown…
"It was a good call. We did not stretch the field out like we wanted to all game. It was a good call by the coaching staff. (Chris) Harper did a good job of getting open and putting it in."

On his mindset heading into the final drive…
"We all looked at each other and said that this was our time. We put it off long enough and at the same time we were just trying to get it into the end zone and take off as much time as we could. It was not easy, and it was not fun but we made it out with the W."

Wide Receiver Chris Harper

On scoring K-State’s only touchdown…
" It does not matter if it is a run play; we have to run it like it is a passing play. I think that we had Eastern Kentucky back on their heels a little bit, and then we finally got it. We were setting it up the whole game because they were giving it to us."

On his game-winning play…
"It was a good moment. The last time I scored, I got hit in my stomach so I really did not get to enjoy it, but then it kind of set in. It was just one of those moments that I will remember forever. Coach (Michael) Smith played in the NFL for a little bit, and he taught us the toe-touch so I was pretty comfortable in the back of the end zone."

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett

On tonight’s game…
"It was pretty crazy. I felt like we did okay, but we could have done a lot better. This just shows us what we need to work on these next two weeks before we play Kent State."

On his play…
"I think I did pretty well at returns and receptions. I was pretty nervous out there. Thanks to my teammates and the other team players around me, they really helped me and made it seem like I was not a freshman on the field."

Safety Ty Zimmerman

On his play…
"We definitely need to get better. The other team we played came out defensively. We were put in a lot of thought situations, which is an aspect I think we need to clean up. "

On the late scoring drive…
"I mean we did it last year against UCF. We need those situations for later down the road. Our offensive came together at the end. We got a score and the defense came out, got a big stop and another big interception from Nigel (Malone). It was good momentum for us."

Linebacker Arthur Brown

On his K-State debut…
"It was very exciting being out there with the team and having the opportunity to compete. That was the greatest thing about tonight."

On the team’s defensive effort…
"I think we are more unified. That really allows us to fill the gaps for any errors that might happen."

On tonight’s come-from-behind win…
"The great thing about it was that our defense really kept our composure. We were really confident that the offense would come out and score and all we had to do was continue to make plays."

Defensive End Jordan Voelker

On the defensive camaraderie…
"I felt like we were flying around and having more of a love for the game. We looked a lot more excited to be out there. I know that it was the first game and everybody was ready to hit again, but I felt like we were out there sweating and bleeding for each other."

On his play-making abilities…
"I am bringing my effort to the table because that is what I have to offer. I want to give it my all every play because I have the opportunity to make plays."

On continuing to improve…
"We showed a big improvement but I know we still have a long way to go. They had good offensive tackles, but it is not what we are going to see in the Big 12. I know that we have to keep improving every game. It is a good thing that we have a bye week coming so we can work on improvements."

Eastern Kentucky Head Coach Dean Hood

On his team’s performance…
"Our president came in and probably said it best. He said ‘I could be happier, but I couldn’t be prouder.’ I just hurt for the kids. They played so hard, put it on the line, accepted every challenge of every situation of the game and never backed down. I’m just really, really proud of them, just hurting for them because we really wanted to come away with a ‘W’, that’s just the bottom line in this whole thing."

On his team’s defensive performance…
"Every week is a life in-and-of itself but if we prepare like we did this last week and if we play like we did out there, we can play with anybody; I mean that’s a Big 12 team. But the bottom line is you have to prepare every week and perform.

On his team’s offensive performance…
"We have a lot of work to do offensively and we have a good staff. Coach (Dane) Damron will watch the film, our kids will rise up and take any criticism and look at themselves with a critical eye. They are good kids, they want to win, they want to work hard and they will do whatever we ask them to do. We will look at the film and see where it is we need to improve and we will get better."

Quarterback Jared McClain

On being overpowered by K-State
"Coming in, our plan was to run the football. Last year, we were a pass predominate team. This year, we decided we wanted to run the ball, and sustain the run game. "

On being a freshman starter…
"After the first snap, I felt like I’d done it before. I was nervous the first play, but after that it felt good
. It was a positive experience. I made some mistakes and learned a lot, so we’ll just carry that into next week and keep working."

Wide Receiver Tyrone Goard

On personal progress…
"I have been asking Coach [Hood] since my freshman year, ‘am I going to get to play,’ and he always told me I would get my chance, and one day he put me in, I showed him I could handle my own. This is a new year and I have to keep moving forward."

On his catch today…
"It was crazy they called pass interference on it, but at the same time, I knew I had to make a big play for our team. Playmakers make plays, and that is my duty. "

Safety Patrick McCllelan

On holding K-State
to 300 yards…
"We just kept going to the ball and kept hitting. That’s what we try to do every game, just run at the ball and keep hitting. "

On the end of the game and K-State
scoring…
"A little bit of both. We started to wear down and they played well. We adjusted to their changes but just not well enough."