Postgame Quotes

Oct. 1, 2011

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Arthur Brown…
“He plays inspired football and like I have said so many times is that his real value is outside of being a wonderful person is that he has that old adage that he has a nose for the football. He knows how to find it and goes and gets it. If we could play with 12 guys then we would be great on defense. If we did not put him on any assignment and let him run then he would make a 1000 tackles but there is some kind of rule that says we cannot do that.”

On the mood of the team after the quick score…
“Well there was not any doubt that it would be a close ball game, but I do not know if that would of dampened the mood or anything. That is not us, if are going to cash it in after a quick drive then it would have been a 100 to seven ball game.”

On the way the offense played…
“We are playing in the Big 12 conference and we are going to have some three and outs. It is going to happen sometimes, we just have to get better in the redzone. We were not initially but over the last couple of weeks we have been improving. We had many opportunities so the game did not have to be so close.”

Quarterback Collin Klein
On expanding Coach Snyder’s values…
“Our defense was playing great and kept at it. It was all across the board. We had the one drive with six or seven minutes left, but again the defense came back with a turnover and we were immediately in field goal range. We tried to take as much off of the clock as we could, and obviously came up with a big stop at the end. “

On the physical tolls of the game…
“The win erases a lot of the pain. I am going to focus on the good feeling I have inside and not the external feeling. The external will heal. There are good people taking care of us down in the training room.”

On coming off of the win against Miami…
“It was good that we showed a little maturity and were able to build on it. I will speak for the offense in that we did not execute at times. We would have liked to turn those field goals into touchdowns. At the same time we did not quit, and we did not let down. We did not allow the emotional high from last week ultimately affect us down the stretch. Like I said, I am so proud and happy to be a part of this family. I thank God for protecting me and giving me the strength to finish the game.”

Running Back John Hubert
On today’s win…
“I am very satisfied. I have a lot of fans back home and teammates I played with in high school on Baylor’s team so it was an exciting win. “

On his success so far this season…
“My role model was Darren Sproles. He opened up a lot of doors for small backs. I just give my all and remember that size does nott always matter in the game of football.”

On back-to-back wins…
“It was dedication and toughness. Coach talked to us about being tough, and we wanted to prove to him that we are that team that can be tough and can win when it is time to win even in crunch time situations.”

Wide Receiver Broderick Smith
On the success of the offense…
“It took a lot of heart and we had to dig down deep. Before we took the field we talked about how much hard work it took this week to go out there and perform for our fans. We had some great calls on offense today. We went out and executed and it felt good to get the win. “
 
On Collin Klein…
“Just being with him outside of football you see that Collin (Klein) really is a warrior, and he has a lot of heart.  As a teammate and as a person outside of football, I have a lot of respect for him as a man. You have to give him a lot of credit for what he does. He pulls his offense together, and he is out there giving his all and we should all do that.”

Linebacker Arthur Brown
On Robert Griffin III…
“He is a great player; we will probably never face another quarterback like him. As a defense we did just enough to maintain the victory.”

On the defensive effort late in the fourth quarter…
“That was a big stand for our defense, a great opportunity against a great team and really just a chance to identify who we are as a defense. My energy from that last play came from me seeing enjoyment from my team.”

On today’s win over Baylor…
“The opportunity has been given to us is a great time to really build character and really build on something that was good.”

Defensive End Jordan Voelker
On a key defensive stop in the fourth quarter…
“We knew we had to get the ball back for the offense to score. We were down by two possessions and at that point the game was on the line. We just tried to do everything we could and left it all out there. We did not want to come up short and in the end we won the game.”

On the pace of Baylor’s offense…
“I think after their first drive we were able to slow them down a little. Their tempo was very fast in that first drive so it just took us a while to get adjusted to that. We practiced defending it, but we do not have the speed on the scout team to go that fast.”

On Robert Griffin III…
“He (Robert Griffin) is a really great player and is near the top of the Heisman race. He is a great quarterback. We were able to negate some of his speed, and we were able to keep him in the pocket and help our secondary.”

Defensive Back David Garrett
On gaining confidence from today’s victory…
“This has given us a lot of confidence. It is another stepping stone just like we had last week. We will need to continue to grow from it. “

On the defensive stop to end the game…
“We just needed to make a play. Everybody played with responsibility and made the play that we needed to make.”

On Robert Griffin III…
“Robert Griffin is a great player. He is very smooth at what he does. He is a very confident player and anybody with confidence is hard to stop.”

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles
On the turnovers during the game…
“We cannot have turnovers and penalties in special teams and expect to win the football game and that is what we did. We have not been plagued with that throughout the last couple year. I am not sure when the last time we had three turnovers in a game was but I am betting that we did not come out on top .”

On not scoring at the end of the third quarter…
“That was demoralizing. We felt like we needed to get points, at least a field goal, to separate just a little bit and then it would have been a twelve point game. We just had a bad third down there. We made some good plays to get there. We converted on I think two first downs but just got down there and stalled out. We did not make the field goal, it was a 47 yarder which is well within the reach of scoring but it just did not look like it came off clean.”

On being comfortable with a two score lead…
“We felt like we had to eat a little clock, give our defense time to rest. We knew we had to stop them. We could not let them score there. If we held them there, then everything would be ‘ok.’ We received a penalty that let them move on the drive after an incomplete pass.”

On the offense and Kendall Wright’s play…
“We just have to be more consistent. We do not want to be gasping, we want to be breathing easy and doing everything at a pace where we know what we are going to get everytime. We have to do a better job of having a better plan offensively.”

On Collin Klein’s play…
“He kept plays alive. He did a great job of keeping plays alive. He really did.”

Quarterback Robert Griffin III
On their game plan to close out the game…
“We wanted to try to get up by two scores against a team that is a ball-control team. If we would have scored, the game would have been over, but we did not do that so they came back.”

On his first interception of the season…
“I am not going to point the finger at anyone else. I am the one in Heisman race, and I am the one with the ball in my hands. They picked it off, so do not go look at the film and point fingers because it is my fault. “

On their last drive of the game…
“All we had to do is do what we do. They made good plays on defense, so hats off to them. I believe we are a better team than that, and we will just have to move forward.“

On their offensive performance…
“I do not think it was a waste of time. We got it on film, and we played well. We will just have to move forward. (K-State) got a good win on their home field, and now we have to go protect our home field against Iowa State.”

Wide Receiver Kendall Wright
On the game in general….
“At first we could’ve stopped something.  We didn’t get beat, we lost the game. There’s a difference between getting beat and losing the game. It was the turnovers and Griffin’s pick at the end, which is unlike him. We can’t make any excuse, we’ve got to go out and come back to work tomorrow and prepare for Iowa State.”

On not getting the ball in the 4th quarter…
“They tried to double me, but I had to run out there and be a decoy. I’d rather be a decoy and for my team to get seven points. “

On Baylor’s conservative offense…

“They were a little bit conservative. We should’ve just kept playing like the Baylor offense and put up some points, but it didn’t turn out that way and we’ve just got to keep our heads up and stay positive.”

Wide Receiver Tevin Reese
On their final offensive possession…
“We did have an opportunity, but we let it slip through our fingers. Our offense was not clicking, and we kind of shot ourselves in the foot. It is hard to let this opportunity go, but we will have to overcome it. “

On his touchdown catch…
“I just ran my route, and Robert (Griffin III) did a good job of throwing me the ball, but it does not matter because we did not get the ‘W’.”

Defensive End Terrance Lloyd
On letting the game get away…
“It’s tough if you don’t execute, big penalties, 3rd down conversions, 3rd and 13, there’s a lot of stuff we’ve got to fix.“

On Collin Klein breaking containment…
“A lot of simple missed assignments, that’s stuff that you want to fix if you’re going to be a good defense. We’ve just got to play good defense. It’s what we do after the pass rush, simple things like that.”

On the last 9 point deficit before the Wildcats scored…

“I know that we needed one more stop; it felt like we played it great all day. We need to do a better job of helping them out and taking full responsibility. We all have to do our part.”