Postgame Quotes

Sept. 24, 2011

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the last play...
"Well, it showed a lot of courage for a football team, our defense.  It shows that we really do have excellent coaches as well to get us in the right position.  Our defensive staff did a nice job today.  I think our youngsters played hard, played well, right spot at the right time, doing what they're supposed to be doing.  It's part of the process.  I'm proud of them for a lot of reasons.  It's not just that play.  To have that stand down there was really special.  Some tough decisions went on because of the clock but I'm proud of our guys."

On John Hubert...
"He played reasonably well, he made some plays on his own, he broke a few tackles.  He wasn't without his mistakes.  He had the ball on the ground a few times, fortunately we got it back.  But I thought he overall improved his play."
 
On mixture...
"We'd love to have balance between a run and a pass and we're not there yet.  It doesn't show up every ball game. It kind of depends on what somebody may give you an opportunity to do and what you're capable of doing.  We were fortunate that we had the opportunity to run the ball a little more than we would.  Mixture is good."

On Collin Klein's confidence...
"I think it always helps a quarterback's confidence when he puts the ball in the endzone.  Jacory Harris gets a lot of, well, they chastise him a great deal.  He is a great quarterback.  You're not the No. 3 all-time passing leader in Miami history and not be pretty good.  We got one interception off of him, but he threw some awfully fine footballs.  He gave us some trouble."

On Arthur Brown's play...
"Arthur is awfully quick.  He's quicker than he is fast.  He just has a nose for the football.  He does a good job of avoiding blocks, getting where he needs to be.  To couple with the speed, he's learned to have some patience, which prevents him from overrunning the football.  They've got some speed and you can't deny that and Arthur caught some of that speed from the inside out.  You line him up and put the clock on him and he's not going to run as quick as they do, but he plays as fast as you can play and that's in a position that you have to play a lot.  To play fast when you're trying to process things is not an easy task and he does it well."

On the defense against Lamar Miller...
"I think we played well against him.  I don't know what his stats were.  He broke the one and we just got misaligned and that's our fault.  That's our issue and you can't afford to get misaligned.  It goes north and south, straight ahead but you take that one away and I think our defense did a nice job."

Quarterback Collin Klein
On his own performance...
"The answer is that it really was a team effort.  Our offensive line hung in there down the stretch and played an extremely physical Miami team.  John Hubert stepped up and had great production.  Miami's a great defense, and our coaches did a great job to put us in position to succeed and our players were able to make some plays to execute the plays."

On passing game opening up running game...
"We have got great leadership.  Our coaches do a great job.  Again, they got a great feel for what we need to be in at that time.  I'm glad that we were able to hang together as an offense and hang together as a team down the stretch."

On his own confidence...
"I'm just so concentrated on getting better.  Saturday's the test.  I want to do better next Saturday than I did this Saturday.  Our coaches will be pushing me and us towards that goal.  And once again, I'm just very grateful that we were able to hang together as a team."

On his jersey after the game...
"They were constantly working on it, blood all over the place.  Again, it was a physical game and we were able to hang in there.  Just want to thank God for allowing me to hang in there.  I was very tired at certain points, but he gave me strength to finish the game."

Wide Receiver Brodrick Smith
On Collin Klein's confidence after fast start...
"I think he had a lot of confidence.  Going into the huddle, just listening to the way he talks like, "hey we can do this."  I think he built a lot of confidence for the whole team."

On whether this was Collin Klein's gutsiest performance...
"Just being on the field and in the huddle with Collin, just being right there watching him take the shots, Collin had a great game.  I give him lots of props for coming back every hit.  He still wanted it.  He still wanted the ball.  He didn't back down for anything."

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On the win...
"It took a lot of work, but we were determined and dedicated to do it."

On final play...
"On the sideline, it was crazy.  All the sidelines, the crowd, everybody was just screaming.  We thought we stopped them, they thought they scored, and then all we had to do was look at the replay.  Once we saw the replay, we knew we had them."

On his first road game...
"I think it was a pretty good experience overall.  I try not to think too much.  I just trusted my teammates and I just wanted to do my role on the team."

On offense getting inspired...
"When you see Collin getting knocked down, just him getting up, we knew it was our game."

Linebacker Arthur Brown
On playing in Miami...
"It was great just going out there and playing ball.  One thing I was told coming in the game is that we're not coming in here battling the University of Miami, we're just playing a football game.  It was great getting the victory in the end, and I'm just appreciative of everything."

On last series...
"We're just laying a foundation as a defense, just establishing an identity.  And that's what it's all about.  On that series, that was definitely very important for us."

On the defense...
"Everyone did a great job.  I'm really proud of them.  And they're all proud of each other as well.  The defensive line, they did great up front and they really held the holes.  All we could do is be there to back them up and that's what we did."

On the game as a whole...
"Miami's a great team and I give a lot of credit and have a lot of respect for them, as I do for my team.  I'm just really excited and really proud of them all for just holding it together.  That's what it's really been about throughout this time, throughout the offseason.  We really wanted to establish and unify the team and just play for one another and that's what we're showing."

Defensive Back Allen Chapman
On the play of the defense...
"It says that we put in the time every day at practice.  Like I said, I think were one of the best conditioned teams and we showed that at the end."

On mixing it up on offense...
"It wasn't that much different. It might've been a little different. But we didn't do anything out of the ordinary."

On Collin Klein's play...
"I told him since we're in Florida, you're having your Tim Tebow moment."

Miami Head Coach Al Golden
Opening Statement...
"A disappointing end.  I thought our kids fought hard and had a chance to win the game.  Obviously, we did not execute from the two yard line with four shots.  That is on us, we have to be able to execute down there.  We have to be able to execute it in and we did not.  You have to give Kansas State a lot of credit.  Collin Klein played tremendously and obviously John Hubert played excellent in the second half.  We did not tackle well, we let them convert on third down too many times and it is hard to overcome that.  This is a disappointing loss.  I thought we fought and were competitive.  We never looked out of it.  We were fighting back but it was not good enough to win."

On Jacory Harris...
"He had only one bad throw in the first half and the rest of it was really good.  He is improving and we just need one more play.  He played a lot better this game.  He stood in there, threw it down the field and took a big hit late in the game.  I am proud of the way he played.  He is a resilient young man and mentally tough to come back and do what he did in the second half.  We have to rally around him better."

On the final play...
"We had three options and I think he did the right thing.  If he is going to run it there we have to score.  We had two runs before that, that we need to get in.  We had Clive Walford open on the first play and we did not execute and that is unfortunate.  We have no one to blame but ourselves."

On the defense...
"We knew their game plan coming in.  Collin Klein made some tremendous plays.  We let them convert too many third downs and that kept them with the ball.  We have to stop them to give our offense more opportunities.  We did not take the ball away.  You have to give Kansas State credit.  We had him hemmed up a few times and he had some good plays.  Klein was running through tackles.  It would be third and forever and we would let them convert.  Those are big plays, momentum killers, and we did not stop them in the red zone."

Quarterback Jacory Harris
On what he was thinking at 1st and goal at the two-yard line with four chances to get it in...
"I'm thinking we are going to get it.  That's the first thing that went through my mind.  Not once did I think we weren't going to push it in.  We have a great offensive line, great running backs, tight ends that are going to block for us.  We should've got that in."

On his own play in the second half compared to the first half...
"Remembering that I'm not playing for anybody but my team.  You listen around, you hear the boo's, you hear all that stuff.  I'm happy about that, it fuels me.  And I'm glad that fans want to be that way.  The team just stood behind my back, gave me extra fuel.  As a team we just had to come out there and overcome everything that was happening.  So we came out, pushed through everything, and unfortunately we came up a couple inches short."

Wide Receiver Travis Benjamin
On if the team was ready for the game...
"We came out ready to play, but it seemed like every time we made a play, Kansas State made a play.  It was back and forth."

On being at the two-yard line with four chances to get in...
"We have an excellent line and we tried to punch the ball in.  But Kansas State played well, played hard and played tough in the goal line."

On how to improve in those late game situations
"We just have to put the loss behind us, go in practice and compete harder."
 
Offensive Linemen Tyler Horn
On Kansas State's defense...
"They're a great team.  Arthur is a stud.  We knew that, he's as good as it gets.  He's so fast and he plays so hard.  I knew that from when he was here, that's how he's always been.  He's always worked hard.  They played hard and at the end of the day we didn't play harder than they did and that's why we lost."
 
On the locker room after the game...
"Just silence, heads down.  But we have 24 hours to get over it.  We've got to focus on the game ahead.  We have a lot of football left to play.  We can be a very, very good team.  When we're firing on all cylinders we're one of the best offenses in the country and when our defense is playing with a lot of emotion we're one of the most dominant defenses in the country.  We just have to come to work tomorrow."

Linebacker Sean Spence
On if he thought the offense would get in in the last possession...
"I had faith in my offense that we were going to punch it in, but unfortunately we just came up short."

On how tough this loss is...
"Every loss is tough.  But this one at home, being on the one-yard line thinking you're going to score is very tough."