Postgame Quotes - Oklahoma

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the being out gained...
“Well, maybe we just made fewer mistakes. Both teams are wishing they played a little better. Ourselves, and Bobby (Stoops) probably feels the same way. Those kind of numbers don’t always—a perfect example is last week. Oklahoma is in the locker room with a lead and they have 28 yards total offense. Texas is behind in the locker room at halftime and they have 280 yards or whatever it was. Those numbers are not significant. Turnovers, those are significant. In all reality, that is the difference in the ball game. We get a turnover and get seven points out of it and we don’t turn the ball over. The right numbers can tell you something, but not yardage.”

On the third down stop late in the fourth quarter...
“You just keep trucking as they say. We always say keeping sawing wood, keep rowing the boat. If you want to get where you are going you have to do that and we did.”

On the play call on third down late in fourth quarter...
“The one with two timeouts? Probably went through about five play calls. It was just a good throw and a good catch. We had the capacity with the timeouts to basically see how they were going to get lined up. I would have preferred that we didn’t get out of bounds but we didn’t really have any options.”

On it being nice to be on the winning side of a “weird kicking game”...
“Yes. Truly. And the youngster that missed the field goal, he will go another hundred years without missing another field goal. So we were just lucky. That happens. The other one—we deserved to block it. What I was concerned about was picking it up and running it back. We had a couple guys that didn’t have the discipline to do that. They should understand that and they didn’t. Oklahoma almost picked it up and ran it in.”

On Jake Waters being banged up...
“He is a tough young guy. When I asked Jake ‘can you do this’ he said ‘I can do it coach’. I asked if there was anything we need to be restrictive of and he said ‘I can do it all, if you want me to run it, tell me, if you want me to throw it, I’ll throw it’.”

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops
Opening Statement...
“My compliments as always to Coach Snyder, their staff and their team playing another hard-fought football game. They won it. Again, I’m still proud of my team and the resiliency, the way we kept fighting back and competed all day and the way the game transpired. Cody Thomas comes in and leads us on a touchdown drive after Trevor is out. Trevor comes back out and picks it back up. We kept answering back. Statistical watchers, that’s what everyone was a week ago, wanted statistics. Statistics don’t matter much now do they? Now we are on the other side of it in a tough game and we lose. A lot was positive but, again, too many big mistakes that you can’t overcome. You can’t overcome an interception for a touchdown, you can’t overcome missed field goals, you can’t overcome not getting the ball in the end zone when it is third and one, you can’t overcome not being able to protect an extra point. Those all were factors that put us in the spot we were in. I feel for Michael (Hunnicutt). He has been a great kicker for us and a great young man. We all love him. I feel that for him, because with the kicker it sticks out. It’s more than just Michael. Like I said, the extra point that was blocked shouldn’t happen. That’s just poor execution inside. When those things happen and you can’t execute in those areas, you are not going to when against a good team. They are too hard to overcome. That’s what it was and that is how you end up one point short.”

On if he would take Hunnicutt in that situation 100 times out of 100...
“I would, and I still will. I put my arm around him in the locker room. I feel for him because that sticks out, but there is more than that.”

On if they ran a certain stunt on the blocked extra point...
“Everybody piles up and moves around in there. That’s just really poor on our part.”

On if he knows what happened on Hunnicutt’s second miss...
“No. Well, he told me he was rushing it.”

On the improvement of the offense as the game went along...
“It’s execution. I know when it isn’t right, and I said it all of last week. Sometimes it’s precision in our route running. Sometimes it’s pressure. Sometimes it’s spacing. Sometimes it’s timing. Sometimes it’s accuracy. Trevor (Knight) had a good day, other than the one major play, in all of those areas along with all of the receivers and people protecting him.”

On defending the quarterback run game...
“It’s always a challenge. They got the extra half (?) with the quarterback and in today’s world they like to throw the ball when everyone is blocking downfield. There is such a grey area there. If you’re going to play the quarterback run game, your linebackers and safeties have to do it and now they’re throwing the ball. It’s complicated.”

On losing FB Aaron Ripkowski to the targeting call...
“That was hard to overcome too. We lose Aaron Ripkowski and we lose Blake (Bell) at the end of the game. Normally, down on the goal line like that, we are in our base sets. That really hurts. We’re not used to being down inside the one with the edges open. The two guys who have consistently been there through the year are Blake and Rip. Again, that’s not an excuse, but it is the truth. It threw us off a little bit when you get down in those tight, tough situations when you don’t have two of your guys.”

On being down to one timeout with 11 or 12 minutes to go...
“Well, they are all different. We burned one, I know, with the offense to avoid delay of game. We made good use of that one. The other one we had to make sure we were exact on third down defensively and we were. We got off of the field. When you’re going through a game, those things happen.”

On the interception return for a touchdown...
“It was a poor decision to make the throw. It was one of those where you hand it off or throw it if it’s an easy throw. The throw wasn’t an easy one.”

On WR Sterling Shepard’s performance...
“Sterling had another incredible game. He just competes. He is such a great competitor to go with the talent. He is really special that way.”

On his message to the team the rest of the season...
“Well, just that we have a lot of games to go. We have to respond from it and do some of the things that we are capable of doing like protecting the field goal and doing all of the things we talked about. We did a lot of good things today, but those major mistakes you can’t overcome it.”

On if the failed conversion in short-yardage late was a missed assignment...
“I think they just beat us up front in that situation on third and short. Again, we didn’t have some of the guys we were used to having with Ripkowski and Bell out. That was another thing we couldn’t overcome. It’s just how it was set up.”

On the reverse pass by WR Durron Neal...
“I didn’t even talk about that one. That’s another scoring opportunity with the wind and we throw an interception.”

On if a lot of times he will take 30 points and rely on the defense to win the game...
“Well, if we don’t throw a pick six, it would have. 30-24, if you’re counting. When you play these guys that’s how it’s going to be sometimes. You throw a pick six, that’s not the score. It’s not 30-24 anymore. And as you said, you score 30 points and have the opportunity for seven more that we are used to having the way he kicks.”