Postgame Quotes

K-State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On how K-State performed following the Auburn game…
“I just know how we played today. I know how we got started. We were great on defense, so from a defensive perspective it was advantages. From the offensive perspective, without realizing it, we started fuller on offense.”

On special team’s performance today…
“We do not have time for that. I still do not understand it. We did some wonderful things, and then we fell apart. We had some two’s go on the field that were not ready to play, and consequently some bad things happened. Outside of that, when the one’s were on the field, I thought we did an extremely fine job. We let one return go back and the kickoff outside of that and the penalties. The young guys got penalized and two of them had two called back. We had our punt return come back. In reality, we had four game-changing plays. Two blocks and two returns that would both go for touchdowns, but one return got called back and a block got called back. I should not say called back, we just had somebody out there that was dreaming and failed to catch the ball. I thought we played well when we had to play well in the ball game. From my standpoint, we always have to play well. The two’s always have to be ready to play. If they are not ready, there is a problem. That was the case today.”

On his emotions toward the officials…
“Number one, I was clueless in regards to what they were trying to tell me. Number two, whatever the ruling was just did not seem to be appropriate. Apparently there is a rule to that effect that I am totally unaware of. That is the first thing I am going to do when I walk out of here is find that rule. They did the best they could. It just took them an hour and a half to do it.”

On holding UTEP to less than two yards per carry…
“I was very pleased. In the first half, we had five consecutive three-and-outs. You cannot get much better than that. On the sixth and last possession of the first half, they got a first down. I told our players that I was kind of glad it happened because it gave me something to complain about when I got in the locker room at halftime. Otherwise, I would have been speechless. I do think they played well. Jonathan (Truman) played extremely well. He has made a few of those mistakes that nobody sees, and he worked diligently this week. To my knowledge, today he was perfect. He is just one of those young guys that will work hard to get his shortcomings corrected. If you get 22 Jonathan Trumans, you are going to be alright.”

On Tyler Lockett’s long runs…
“I can tell you what they did well, and I can tell you why we had two of them that got called back because of penalties. They were major returns, one of them for a touchdown. We just did not have the total discipline that we needed. If you are going to score from 75 yards out, there has got to be some discipline to the 11-man team, and we did not have that today. I thought we did a nice job of getting a blocker on a defender, and maintaining our blocks. I think Tyler (Lockett) did a nice job of being able to sort and pick his way through. Curry Sexton, on our punt returns, did a nice job of getting Tyler started. On our kickoff return, Charles Jones did a nice job of getting Tyler started. We did not get too many of those. Most of those turned out to be punt returns. Tyler was a part of it, and he did some excellent things, but some other guys did as well.”

On Tyler Lockett passing Aaron Lockett for third all-time in receiving yards…
“I am sure it has some meaning for him, and I am quite certain it has some meaning for Aaron and Kevin, in a very positive way. Aaron was here on Thursday. It was great to see him again. He had an opportunity to spend some time with Tyler, and that was good. It has been awhile since he has been back. They are an excellent family. Good players and better people, as they say.”

On the thought process of choosing the white windbreaker over purple…
“The truth be known, I got a memo from the conference office that said whatever bowl was on the back is no longer a conference. So I thought that if we cannot get that bowl game again, I am not going to advertise for them. That is a true story.”

Quarterback Jake Waters
On the offense showing improvement…
“When you are moving the ball and scoring a lot, we are having fun doing it. We struggled to execute on the first couple of drives, but then we played the way we know how, we can be a great offense.”

On having control of the game…
“We had a lot of opportunities to make plays, and we knew that they were a good team with the way they played Texas Tech earlier. The coaches put together a game plan, and our line was blocking well, receivers ran good routes, and the running game was strong. So we were able to work on all facets of the game.

On playing clean football…
“That was really important to get last week behind us and come out strong today to help us prepare for conference play. Today, we started slow but then started to execute and got things going for us that will give us confidence going into next week. Finishing drives was great for us to give some reassurance that we can focus and execute down there.”

Running Back Charles Jones
On the Wildcat offense…
“I am pretty confident in it, especially with the coaches trusting me to do it. We experimented a little bit at camp because we lost Daniel Sams, and we needed somebody to fill that void. I am pretty glad that they have confidence in me running the wildcat.”

On the performance of the offense this week versus last week…
“I feel like we kind of got stuck, especially in the endzone last week. So for us today putting emphasis on getting the ball to the endzone and getting points makes me feel like we had a good game today, and we can continue to work for next week.”

On many people scoring touchdowns…
“The offensive line had a great push, and they did everything right.  They knew they had to go man-on-man, and they had a good day.”

On running for three touchdowns for a career high…
“I did not really think about it. I want to do everything I can to get the win and be successful. There were a lot of great play calls and great blocks so we celebrate as a team.”

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On passing his uncle’s All-Time Receiving Yards record to reach third…
“It is a great accomplishment. My uncle came down earlier this week, and he kind of gave me the heads-up on it because I did not really even know. He told me it was only going to take ten yards to beat his record, but it was one of those things that I did not really even think about. I just wanted to come out here and win after we had a loss last week and bounce back.”

On first punt return turning into a touchdown…
“It was a great feeling especially the first time we scored. I think it was kind of a teaser because the first one, that I actually had, was called back. You have got to give credit to the other 10 that are out there because they held up their guys. I caught the ball and there was nobody within 20 yards close to me, so you have got to give them a great job for that. They did their part, and I just had to do my part.”

On his running rhythm…
“I am starting to get comfortable back there. You have people like coach [Andre] Coleman and even Sean [Snyder] teaching me and telling me things like trust your speed and that I do not have to cut back. My coaches have already done it before, especially Coach Coleman, so really listening to them and going out there and actually trying to apply it.”

On the feeling of being third on the all-time receiving yards record…
“It is a great achievement and a great accomplishment, but I just look at it as an individual thing. I could look back on it at the end of the season, but right now I want to win as many games as possible and get to the playoff.”  

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On winning against UTEP…
“It is big. I think we finally broke through in special teams and punt coverage did some great things. To get our punt return going and get one block. It is huge for the guys on the team. Now we know we can do it, and we should expect it. It will be big for us going forward.”

On the start of the second half…
“Obviously, we started off slow. At the start of the third quarter, we did not do what we did against Stephen F. Austin. We went three and out against them. The biggest thing was to get the ball and go down and score, and just keep putting points on the board. We were able to do that which is good for a lot of different reasons. We got some of the younger guys experience in game situations. It is good anytime we can get points on the board early.”   

Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On grading the defensive performance…
“I hate handing out grades. I look at the final score and see that they still had 28 points, and it was a direct result of the run. We have to do a better job. Overall anytime you win, it is a step in the right direction.”

On Jonathan Truman’s performance…
“He communicates everything up front and gets everyone in position. He is a leader and definitely a guy that most of the players look up to on the team. I am more of the vocal leader, while he leads more by example.”

On Will Geary…
“Will (Geary) has always been a beast in practice. We were just waiting for him to put it all together and completely understand the defense. Combine that with a great attitude, work ethic, being a disciplined football player, and knowing the defense. He is going to be a special football player. He will take it one game at a time. I think this game helped him get his feet wet in becoming a great interior defensive lineman for us.”
Linebacker Jonathan Truman

On how well K-state preformed against UTEP…
“It just comes down to our preparation every week. We have to give a lot of credit to our coaches and my teammates for doing a great job preparing well and showing it on the field. I think we just had a pretty good game plan on them. Our guys just made plays when we needed them to.”  

On improving his tackling angles through the season…
“That is something I needed to work on. Since the Iowa State game, I had a few missed tackles in that game. They were from bad angles, and I have to know to stay inside. I cannot get cut back on or beat. I feel that I have improved and can still improve.”  

On how shutting down an offense creates confidence…
“It is a good feeling to just see our preparation payoff. Our coaches do a phenomenal job at what they do game planning and coaching us up on techniques. When it comes down to it, it is the players that have to go out there. I am really proud of our defense.  Our confidence level is pretty high. If you prepare well you should be confident.”

UTEP Head Coach Sean Kugler
Opening statement…
“We dug ourselves a hole in the first half. We could not move the ball, and they were a big part of that. What we talked about at halftime was coming back and fighting, and I was proud of the way those kids came back in the second half and fought. I like this team. It is a different feeling with this team. They fought until the end, and I am proud of that. Kansas State has an excellent football team, and we just did not matchup. We are going to put this one behind us quickly and get ready for conference play.”

On K-State’s run defense…
“Kansas State’s defense is one of the best run defenses that I have seen in a long time, and they were very effective stopping the run. They forced us to do some things that were a little out of our comfort zone. I thought the offense moved the ball efficiently in the second half. We just dug ourselves our own hole in the first half. To me it was about fighting back, and I thought the kids did that in the second half.

On special teams…
“We had some returns and some blocks. It was not a good day on special teams. We have faith in that group. They have been good all year. I will attribute a lot of that to Kansas State. We will try and clean up the errors that we made and get ready.”

Quarterback Jameill Showers
On the game…
“Their first drive was kind of what got the momentum. I think we fought back in the second half, but I think we dug our own hole.”

On touchdowns in the second half…
“That is a big way to build your confidence as a team. I think it shows what we should have been doing and what we aim for as a team, more as a unit on the offense.”

On receiver Ian Hamilton…
“He is a big target for me. It is going to be a good season once we hit conference play.”

Running Back Aaron Jones
On K-State’s defense…
“It was hard to get things going out there against them offensively. Our coach just told us to keep fighting out there no matter what the outcome was.”

On K-State's running the same defense that they ran against Auburn…
“K-State’s safeties and linebackers flowed down hill hard, and their defensive line plays extremely physical. We saw that in the game film against Auburn, and they did the same thing again today.”

Wide Receiver Ian Hamilton
On K-State…
“They are really physical up front. They play well. They play sound. It was difficult, but we definitely responded in the second half and played well. Hopefully, we can take that into next week. They are definitely a good top-25 team. They played well, and I wish them the best in conference.”

On catches…
“I was taking shots and going up and making plays. All we can do when the ball is thrown our way is to make a play.”

On K-State’s defense…
“We shot ourselves in the foot early. I had a drop, and we had assignment errors. We did not execute like we needed to and we know we can. In the second half, we did that.”

Linebacker Alvin Jones
On what to take away from the game…
“We have to play consistent. We started off strong by holding them to a field goal. As the game continued, [K-State] started to do what they wanted. You could say we slowed down, so we have to find a way to keep playing hard the whole game.”

On a comeback at the end…
“We did not give up. I know last year the team would have given up, and [K-State] would have put up 60-0. It is good to know we have people that are going to fight no matter what, even after we were down 31-0 at half time.”