Postgame Quotes

Sept. 17, 2011

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the overall performance of tonight’s contest…
“I thought we played reasonably well defensively. But we were a little sporadic in the kicking game. We probably just did not hit the ball as well except for our field goal kicker. When we had the wind, the placekicker kicked very well. However, we shanked some punts. I thought offensively we played very well for 30 minutes, but they do not let you get away with playing just 30 minutes.”

On the play of the defense…
“I thought we played well enough to get the shutout.  I was pleased that we put ourselves in a precarious position in the fourth quarter where we were backed up against the goal line due to a senseless penalty, and still held them even though they had first and goal. I was very pleased that we did not allow them to score. I told our defense we were very proud of them. It has been a number of years since we have had a shutout. They are not as easy to come by today. “

On the improvements made in the bye week…
“I try to be as consistent as I possibly can. It is really about improvement across the board. I think part of it was motivation in regards to our offense feeling like there was something to prove. It was not an easy week of preparation. Our week off was geared towards making improvements and this week was in preparation for today’s game. It was difficult to prepare their [Kent State] defense, but our staff did a great job. I thought our offense did a very nice job in the first half. Our preparation time and improvement made was really focused towards that.  We still had a lot of problems that we need to look at.”

On accomplishing a shut out…
“I am always happy when we can do that. It is not an easy task. We were fortunate in that they were penalized in a few scoring situations. I am not sure what the numbers were, but there were a lot of penalties in the ball game. Both teams had some discipline issues.”

On Sammuel Lamur…
“Our number twos need to get in the game. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet to do it, but I have confidence in Sammuel [Lamur]. He went four out of six which was a nice showing. He needed to get on the field.”

On the development of Collin Klein…
“I do not think we gave him as many opportunities tonight as we could have, but he missed a couple. The ones that come to mind are the short throws that he came up short on. He did not elevate the ball as he should have. That would have given him two or three more completions. We also had a few overthrows on the deep ball. It is just a matter of time and placement. He just did not always place the ball where it needed to be.”

On the play of the offense…
“I think it was an improved performance. I thought we did well considering how difficult the preparation was and as many things as they [Kent State] did on defense. I think we did a lot of things that were very positive. I thought our pass protection was very positive. I thought our run protection was good for a large percentage of the time. We struggled on some occasions and gave up one sack which was a busted assignment. Other than that, we did really well.”

On the performance of Arthur Brown…
“It is not all about the numbers. It is about being where you are supposed to be and playing more aggressively than he [Arthur Brown] did tonight. It is not that he played bad. I do not think anybody on the defense played poorly tonight. We expect a lot out of our young players, and Arthur [Brown] is certainly at the top of the list.”

Quarterback Colin Klein
On tonight’s offensive performance…
“It was a lot better, but at the same time it was still not enough. Hats off to Kent State; they are a great defensive football team. They played extremely hard the entire game. We did a lot of things a lot better, but at the same time we left a lot out there. Like I have said before, this season is a marathon so we just have to keep plugging away.”

On tonight’s ground game…
“Each game is going to take on its own identity a little bit, and today it was my turn. At the same time, I thought our running backs played pretty well. John Hubert threw a lot of great blocks for me. Braden Wilson did a great job. Angelo Pease did some good things as did the offensive line. It really is a team game. Each game may take a weird turn, but it is all about being able to adjust. We were able to do that tonight as a unit.”

On the evolution of the passing game…
“I think I am getting better. Obviously, I made some throws that I would like to have back. My eyes were probably a little faster than my feet, and that cannot happen. Like I said, we are making progress. We are growing in our route running ability, and our pass protection is getting better. All of those things matter, and they have to come together at the right time. We are working at it, but we have a long way to go. We are excited to keep improving.”

Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On improvement of the Eastern Kentucky game…
“Two weeks of practice, we had more focus coming in and I was ready to play.”

On what the offense worked hard on in practice…
“Just getting better. Quarterback, line, receivers, and everything”

On what the offense needs to improve…
“For the receivers, I had two drops. We just have to focus in on that, and we still have to work on the fundamentals.”

On how coming out strong offensively…
“For me, I was trying to make some big plays. I did not have many explosive plays in the last game.”

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On last week vs. this week…
“Obviously in the first half we showed our capabilities a little bit more. Second half we did not come out and play like we were capable of they had that 10 minute drive in the start of the third quarter, it went into almost five minutes left in the fourth quarter. First half we definitely showed some good signs. Second half we fell off a little bit and that is something we need to work on. We need to play four quarters of good offense to win the big 12 as well as next week. The first half showed our capabilities that we have some fire power on the offensive side.”

On Miami…
“Obviously Miami got the name but to us it is just another game. In the next 5 or 6 days we just got to improve and get better as a team each and every day it is going to be a big test for us going down there in the dolphins stadium against the “U” it is something we are not used to out of conference but we are capable. We just have to go down there, play well, come out in the first half and things will go well.”

Defensive Back Ty Zimmerman
On what they worked on during the bye week…
“A lot of focus on the little things technique wise, gaps, and making sure our line is right. That bye week definitely helped.“

On David Garrett’s interception touchdown…
“Great, it set us off right. It got the fans into it right away. It put us in a lead and enabled the offense to get a flex and get a drive going.”

On  Arthur Brown’s contribution on the field…
“He is great. He just plays at a way different level. When we have a front seven like that, it makes our job on the back a lot easier. Arthur had a great game.”

On heading down to Miami…
“It should be a fun trip. I have not been down there since I was little, so it should be a fun game.”

Defensive Back David Garrett
On tonight’s shutout victory…
“It is a great building tool because it is always hard to have a shutout. No matter what level or who you are playing having the shutout was good inspiration for our team especially for our defense, and we have just got to build on it going into next week.”

On looking ahead to next weekend’s game…
“We are just excited to play whoever is on our schedule. Miami is not the only one on our schedule, but it is the next task at hand so that is who we are going to start evaluating.”

On his first quarter pick six…
“It happened really fast. I just saw him break so I broke, and I jumped the route. The next thing I know I am running down the sideline.”

Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
On tonight’s shutout…
“I have been here (Kansas State) a long time, and we have never done it so it was a nice accomplishment. I thought the defense and offense played well. It was just nice to go out and get a shutout.”

On Colin Klein’s performance…
“I thought Colin played really well. After the Eastern Kentucky game, he was really eager to get back onto the field to show what we can do. He did just that tonight. I thought he threw and ran the ball extremely well. He took some big hits, but he popped right back up.”

Linebacker Tre Walker
On personal defensive game…
“I think we played great, I think we could do better in lining up and setting our defense accordingly into our best offensive space. There is always work to do.”

On last defensive stop of the game…
“That was just awesome, because we fell hard. We controlled our guys and controlled them. Kent State is a great team. Their offensive linemen as well are great blockers and we just fought.”

Head Coach Darrell Hazell
On rushing game…
“We ran some power, we ran some zone. We were able to have a little bit of success in the running game much more than we had the first two weeks. It comes back to ‘Who Are We,’ and I’m not sure exactly who we are. I think we ran the ball a little bit better today.”

On penalties…
“Face masks are going to happen, and I’m not disappointed with them on the face masks, more so than the other penalties we had.“