Postgame Quotes - Texas Tech

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On satisfaction with start to finish play…
“I think we are making some headway and making progress. It is pretty easy to see that they left a little on the table, too. We are still a work in progress, but we are better today than way back.”

On defensive performance…
“I thought we did an excellent job with the exception of two long drives that they had. They had some extended plays, and it was not that they scored as much as it was, but we made some unacceptable errors that allowed it to happen. Those are things that we are going to talk about and make some improvements on.”

On reaction to early lead…
“You just keep on playing. Your reaction to any scenario is to keep on playing. There are about 170 snaps in a ball game and 60 minutes. The first four or five minutes are just a part of that. That is what you have to do.”

On Morgan Burns’ performance…

“I thought he did some very fine things and obviously the interceptions were big. (For our team) to get four interceptions is very significant in the ball game. Part of that, even thought we did not get sacks, we did put some pressure on the ball and make Texas Tech move around a little bit and make them somewhat uncomfortable. It is good to get interceptions. That does not give him a complete grade since he did have some issues, too, like all of us did. Turnovers were major, just like they are always major.”

On numbers skew on performance tonight…
“We did not have the consistency there. We had to throw the ball and that allowed us to keep drives alive. You would like to be able to do it with running game and create a little bit more balance, but quite obviously we are not there yet.”

On connection between Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett…
“Jake (Waters) is connected with everybody, it just is not Tyler (Lockett). If Tyler is uncovered that is who we will throw to, and if he is covered then we better be throwing to someone else. It is the nature of the offense like I have said so many times is about balance and who you get the ball to. If we are not getting it to the open receivers, then we better find another quarterback. Jake has been pretty decent about finding the right guys. When he threw to Tyler, he was open for the most part. Same is true for any of the other guys. They are both pretty good about working within the system I think.”

On Travis Green’s performance…
“Travis was just a back-up and he is just one of those guys that wanted to play so badly that he was willing to do whatever he had to do to get himself on the field. He is a very fine athlete and runs well. He is very physical, and he played against run because he had no other choice. Tonight he had to play against the pass, and he did pretty well. I am pleased with the way that he has been playing. If he is going to play that position, he better know how to play against a run and a pass.”

On drawing pressure from Tyler Lockett…
“I do not know. You just have to see week-in and week-out. How someone will lineup and play any of our receivers remains to be seen. You just have to filter through within the course of the ball game to define how it is going to be done. Hopefully you can define and move on. I have always said this, there is not anything that you cannot take away. You can take away the running game, the passing game, or virtually anything that you wanted to. Then normally you leave yourself in disarray in other areas and that is up to us to find what those are when that takes place.”

Quarterback Jake Waters
On possibly the best rhythm of the offensive season…
“I would have to say so, or argue that is was the best. We got in a rhythm pretty early. We had good plays and good drives most of the time, and we had the ball a couple plays here and there obviously. You know we got in a great rhythm tonight and that definitely helped us.”

On lack of consistency in the running game…
“I am not concerned because every game brings a different dynamic to it. You pass one game, you run one game. During the UTEP game, we barely even threw, but we had a great day for running so each game brings a different way to beat them with what they are going to give us. So, no I am not concerned at all with the line, the running backs, or anything.”

On Curry Sexton’s second touchdown catch and overall gameplay…
“That was one of the best catches I have ever been a part of or thrown. It was incredible. We had a good play call, and he just got open and sometimes your playmakers have to do that. He deserves all the credit because that was one of the best catches I have ever seen.”

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On jumping out ahead of Texas Tech’s dangerous offense…
“It was very important. One of the things we emphasized in practice was getting out to a great start. Coach Coleman told us wide receivers to go out strong after we did not start real well last week. We really wanted to come into this game.”

On Curry Sexton’s one handed catch…

“I was amazed. I saw the whole thing. Do not tell coach I did not run my route. Coach Snyder told us all to watch Curry’s catch on SportsCenter.”

On moving up on school receiving records…
“It is a great accomplishment. I give God all the glory, and it is just one of those things I have to just keep playing. Of course, my dad is number one and if it happens than it will happen, but as long as I continue to be a team player, all the things will turn out.”

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On his touchdown catch while he was covered…
“I guess it is better to be lucky than good. I do not know. I just stuck my hand out and it stuck. I did not expect to catch it. I will tell you that much.”

On Snyder’s comment about being on SportsCenter’s Top 10…
“I was sitting kind of far from him in the locker room postgame, so I did not really hear it. That is what someone said, but I had a tough time hearing it.”

On the catch being his best thus far…
“Someone asked me that in the locker room, and I would say probably. I did not play a whole lot of receiver in high school, middle school or pee-wee football, so I would guess so.”

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On his pass breakup…
“Looking back now, I am going to go watch film and see that I should have gotten more depth on my drop so that ball could have been my interception. I am glad I could get a hand on it and help Travis (Green) get it. As long as we get it, that is cool with me.”

On frustrating the opposing offense…
“That is a great offense. They are great at what they do. We just had to execute our game plan, and get off the field on third down. I think we did a fairly good job.”

On turnover on the first drive…
“The turnover was huge. They came in with the fake punt, and we had to respond. They got down in the red zone, and we just had to toughen up. Morgan (Burns) getting that ball, and Jordan Willis with that hit was huge in getting us off the field.”

Defensive Tackle Will Geary
On shutting down Texas Tech’s offense…
“All week in practice, we had seen their offense and we knew what to expect.”

On getting his second straight start…

“Getting that first start made this one a lot easier. I was a lot more acclimated to the climate, playing football, and staying focused.”

On grading his performance tonight…
“The grades will come in tomorrow. You always want to get better, nobody played a perfect game, and I do not think I played a great game at all. I am ready to see film. I will be watching it as soon as they get it up tonight and see where I need to improve.”

Cornerback Morgan Burns
On returning from injury…
“It felt great to be back and to play with my team, and I was proud of our defense holding a good offense for most of the game.”

On responding to the fake punt early…
“I think defensively, we responded well to the fake punt and held to little offense most of the game. We gave some big plays, but overall the scoreboard showed it all. I am proud of how tough our defensive played.”

On making the first interception…
“It happened so fast. I was trying to not give up the outside and the ball came to right me. Coach Snyder has been on me about being in the right place and it happened on that one.”

Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury
On the offensive performance…
“It was not good. That drive at the beginning, and then we went down and had an interception in the end zone and just never got a rhythm. We did not make plays and did not protect. So it was overall just not very good.”

On Jake Waters’ performance…

“He is playing very well. He is much improved from last year and able to move around and make a ton of plays. His receivers did a good job finishing the plays. He protected the football and did a great job.”

On the lack of completed passes for the offense…
“It was a little bit of everything. We keep hammering away, practicing, and working hard to get better, but then we get out to the games and it is not connecting. That is on me as the coach. I have got to find the disconnect and hit them, and when we do hit them, we have got to catch them. That is coaching, that is on me.”

On moving the receivers around…
“We are just trying to find answers and trying to find guys that will step up and make plays at different positions and put their best foot forward on the field. [Moving the guys around] will continue to change until certain guys will step up and take it over.”

On the quick three-and-outs turned into touchdowns for K-State…
“We got the ball back and were going into our two minute drill and miss a guy who is open. Then they get it and by the time we get it back again, it is 31-7. We just were not getting it done and not making good plays, and when we had good plays called, we were not executing.”

On the things they could have done to beat K-State…
“They are a solid defense. I thought we could throw the ball a little bit better than we did, but I felt when the score was what it was by the second half, we just took ourselves out of the game.  We just struggled.”

On the interceptions…
“It is just continuing to find a way to protect the football. You never want to turn it over, no matter what the score is.”

Wide Receiver Jakeem Grant
On coming together as a team…
“Last week was a great game. Then we came out here and basically laid a goose egg. That is what we are talking about as a team. We have to get ourselves together. If we can get that corrected, we can be a great team.”

On play of the team…
“We went out there, and we did not capitalize on the plays that we should have capitalized on. We had dropped balls, we had missed tackles, we had penalties, and with those we could not get the momentum our way and that is what killed us.”

On play of the offense…
“We are dropping balls and sometimes Davis (Webb) misses his targets. It is over all the whole offense. It is no all Davis’s fault. He is getting pressured, and he has to get rid of the ball. Coach Kingsbury always teaches to not take a sack. So Davis just tries to get us the ball. We just have to stay focused and capitalize on every play we can.”

Linebacker Pete Robertson
On the game vs K-State…
“We just got outplayed. We just could not stop them. Our offense got stuck in some bad positions, and we should have stopped Kansas State on third downs and fourth downs. We let them slip away and get touchdowns out of it.”

On defending a running quarterback…
“We just need everybody to play their assignments in their rush lanes. We had him on the run a couple of times, but he made plays. He is a good quarterback. We had him on the run, and we had some sacks. We just have to play our keys and assignments every single snap.”

On defense being on the field a lot…

“It is tough because it is D-1, it is the Big 12, and it is a power offense. This is what we work in the offseason for and it is meant for those long drives. If it is not, then it is not. This is what we worked in the offseason for, to go for long drives like that, to go for 80 or 90 snaps a game. It was really just the big plays that are knocking it off.”