Postgame Quotes - Texas

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On how well Kansas State needed to play to defeat Texas…
“We needed to be as good as we were. We played awfully well. I obviously think that no points make a difference in a ball game. I thought that they kind of set the tone defensively when we had the first three possessions that were all three-and-outs. That is really major for any football team. We try to get indoctrinated to it as well as we possibly can. We probably had some other opportunities. We put a couple pass interceptions on the ground, and we cannot do that. So there are mistakes that are there, but collectively we played well and aggressively. We did well on tackling. That has also improved this week. So, I was pleased.”

On how much he appreciates a “shutout” in this day and age…
“Well, a great, great deal. You are absolutely right, I cannot remember the last time we had a shutout. It just does not happen in this day and age. I thought it was something to be truly proud of.”

On how it feels to win the 500th game…
“Well, what it means to me is that when I first came here, it was the only program that accumulated in NCAA football 500 losses. We caught up. We caught up with our losses somewhere along the road.”

On how well the defense has done in this point of the season…
“We have a lot of football ahead of us. We are only as good as today, and tomorrow is a different day. To have the continuity and to be able to do it continuously, would be a good thing. We have not done it continuously all year. We got a ways to go.”

On the three big plays the offense had…
“Big plays are major for any offense playing against a very fine defensive football team. We got a few, and we gave up a few. In the second half, we had two penalties that erased two major plays in the ball game. That is not what we do. So we did not do a good job of having the discipline to not get penalized. We did not turn the ball over, and we did create a few big plays that were significant in the ball game. Certainly in that score and keeping drives alive, that was important because having the difficulty in scoring was, probably not my way of thinking, not significant as being able to hold the possession of the ball game. I think one of our possession times was 39 minutes. We had substantial time. It was two to one in possession time. That was important. If we made some of the big plays that we had the opportunity to and did not get penalized, things would have been a great deal different I think.”

On Jake Waters being able to play injured…

“As I have said before, I think Jake is a tough minded young guy. He can handle virtually anything. He has proven that he can do that. I am proud of the way he played, it took a little while to get going, but I think that was probably more our fault than his. I thought he played well.”

On how Kansas State took away Texas’s mid-field passing…

“Well, we did not always take it away. They did not get any points, so we did it well enough. When they did get a play,  that is where they got it. My concern was that they were going to take (Marcus) Johnson and fly him down the field and try to throw over the top of us, or they were going to take (John) Harris and run him down the field and just have the jump balls out there. They did that a couple of times, but we played the vast majority of those well. The stuff that came inside, when they moved and changed, they had a couple of drives that got down or into the field, both of them resulted in first downs.”

On Curry Sexton’s ability to catch balls in high pressure…
“Everybody that plays at one of those positions out there has to be able to be effective, because you do not know who is going to get the ball. They could take Tyler (Lockett) away. They could take Curry away. They could take anyone away a vast majority of the time. Everybody has to be a viable element. Curry is a very astute player. He is very knowledgeable about our system and knowledgeable about defenses. He runs excellent routes. He is not the fastest guy in the world, but he can run. He knows how to get open, and he can advance the ball up the field when he gets the opportunity. He is kind of like a quarterback. He is really good about deciphering defenses. We have a lot of dialogue on the sidelines about things we need to do, and other players, too. I certainly appreciate his comments. He is not selfish whatsoever. He is not one of those guys that is saying ‘Hey, I can get this, I can get that’. It is more of a dialogue about the nuances of the game.”

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On defensive units’ play…
“I thought it was really fun. Luckily the defense shut them down in the first half and obviously in the entire game, but being stopped on the first two drives of the game and to get six points that kind of hurts. As well as we were playing, they could have come in at any moment and scored and the game could have been 7-6. I need to give a huge shout out to our defense. They played an awesome game today.”

On getting down to business today…
“The biggest thing is that you cannot let a great team like Texas hang around. I think we kind of did that in the first half. Luckily, DeMarcus Robinson got a great touchdown making the score 13-0 and it helped us out, and we got the ball back in the third quarter. I think for us we really focused in on this game. They beat us last year so we knew it was going to be a tough and physical game. We knew that we were going to have to go out and fight and that is exactly what we did. Luckily, we got this win.”

On handling talk of society…
“The thing is you really cannot worry about that. I believe we have five more games left. They are all against great opponents: Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia, Kansas and then we go to Baylor. We know that anything can happen in the schedule. Like Coach Snyder says, it is 1-0. This whole week we were focused on Texas. We were not worried about being ranked No. 11. We know that as long as we take care of business everything else will take care of itself. We are going to celebrate and enjoy this homecoming, but when Monday comes around we are focused on Oklahoma State and ready to go.”

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On mindset of the team after beating Oklahoma and Texas in consecutive weeks…
“Our offense has played well enough to win, and the defense has played great. Offensively, we’re still not anywhere near what were capable of. We are doing some good things and we are pleased with where we are at as a team but we are not content. We still have a ways to go.”

On the defense making the fourth down stop late in the game…
“That was a huge play and obviously was a big momentum swing. We were up 16-0 at that point. If they would have gone in, scored, and converted a two-point play it still could have been anyone’s game. The defense really picked up the offense all day long when we were only putting three points on the board.”

On dealing with the noise off the playoff and being on the outside looking in at this point in the season...
“I don’t think we worry about it, and people might not believe us when we say that but that’s truly how we feel and that is how were taught in this program. We control what we can control and that’s our preparation in practice Monday through Friday, and how we perform on Saturdays. We don’t worry about the stuff on the outside, if we take care of the things we can control then everything else will take care of itself. We can’t afford to look at the bigger picture.”

Running Back DeMarcus Robinson
On toughness of Jake Waters…
“Yeah, Jake [Waters] is the proven leader of this team and of the offensive. We are not going to expect anything less of Jake.”

On controlling possession time…
“That is a tough defense across the board. I think coming out in the second half we felt better about what we were doing than in the first half.”

On getting points on the board…
“Yeah, that was a tough defense. We started out all right, but we did not get as many touchdowns as we wanted to. We still have to make a lot of adjustments.”

Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On shutting out Texas…
“It was awesome. We take a lot of pride in shutting them out.  It was definitely a goal coming in. I am glad we can check the box off.”

On the personality of the defense…
“Trying to be consistent, keeping everybody level-headed, upfront being gap sound, winning one-on-one match ups.  If someone is double teamed, the other guy keeps him one-on-one.

On taking the pressure off the offense…
“Putting them on our shoulders, [we] have no worries about it.  We know the offense is going to get into a rhythm.  We need to go out there and hit them in the mouth.  It is a lot easier to do that than playing catch out there.  Just take pride in our work and being a low scoring game. It is going to come down to who is going to break first.  And just try to keep the guys level headed, being consistent when we go out there.”

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On first conference shutout in 11 years…
“That is the goal.  I am glad we got that. That is a great team we just played, and I am confident they will get better each week.”

On playing physical against Texas…
“Oklahoma was a very physical team, we expected Texas to be just as physical and they were.  I think that kind of set the tone and got our minds set for this week.”

On what made the defense successful…
“We have a ton of guys on our defense that have so much will to win.  They care so much about this team and they care about each other.  It is awesome to be a part of that defense, but our game plan was great.  We executed well.” 

Defensive Back Dante Barnett
On the defense’s play…
“I feel like the defense has been playing really good. We go each week and try to get better and better. We try to limit our mistakes out there and just try to get better each season.”

On improving after this game…
“We are going to go in and watch film and fix the small mistakes that we made. Then we are going to go out and execute for the next game.”

On the shutout game…
“It was pretty hard. Being a defensive player we love challenges. That is what we went out there and did.”

Defensive Back Randall Evans 
On the feelings of a shut out…
“It is an honor for the whole defense that we can give them that goose egg. I am just proud of my team. We all worked hard and it showed in the game.”

On strategy of defense…
“We had to correct our mistakes. We had to stay sharp in practice and critique anything that we were unsure of.”

On coming out after rough game last week…
“It was hard. It just shows the toughness in all of us. Every week we know it is going to be a tough game and a cat fight. All of the teams we play are good. Texas has a great offense. We just have to make sure we are where we want to be at on our defense at every position.”

Kicker Matthew McCrane
On playing in the game…
“To get on the field and get some playing time I was definitely grateful for that. To get to play Texas has always been a dream of mine. Knowing that I am a Wildcat, I enjoy putting points up on the board for the Wildcats.”

On kicking the first field goal…
“The first drive we could not put it in [the end zone], but instead, had a short field goal.  It makes my confidence go up a little bit. No, matter what chance I have, I just try to make the best of it.”

On making his field goals…
“Like I said last week, ‘every kick is the same.’ No, matter what the distance it is it is always the same kick.”

Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong
On feelings toward the game…
“I like the way our guys went out and competed but you still cannot give away opportunities. We gave them too many opportunities. We got the ball, then drove down in the first half, and get sacked-out of field goal range, which would have given us some points. Defensively, we had to get off the field on third down and get them backed up. Then [we gave them a] big third down and then two third downs. We have got to figure out what we have to put together to play the game. One week it is the offense, one week it is the defense, and one week it is the special teams. All three phases have to play well and that is the only way we are going to win games. We had our chances and we just did not take advantage of them.”

On Tyrone Swoopes…
“Last week he made those throws and made a lot of plays. We would have liked to see that today since it was there for him. He just did not make them into plays when we had the chances to get it done.”

On scoreless game…
“You do not ever want to be shutout. You want to go get some points and score some points. We thought we had a game plan. Just go back to see the game plan. You look at it and every fourth-and-one we could get it down there and go get the first down to set us up for an opportunity to go in there and get the score. That would make it a 16-7 game, and that is a different ball game.”

Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes
On team shutout…
“We did not execute. We had the chance for some good plays but did not execute on offense enough to score. It is real frustrating because once we get that offensive confidence, we get into a rhythm.”

On the offense taking a step back…
“I do not think we did. We have been getting better. [We] just did not make the plays we needed to in order to get better. I think we stayed the same and just need to focus on getting better for next week.”

On being a team leader…
“It was real frustrating that we were not able to get anything going. I do not put the fault on myself or any of my teammates, just our offense as a whole. We did not execute, but we need to just get ready for next week so we can focus on getting to a bowl game.”

On K-State’s defense…
“They did not do anything we did not expect. We practiced against it all week. We just were not able to execute any plays today to have a strong drive. They are a good team, but we did not make the plays we needed to.”

Wide Receiver John Harris
On team shutout…
“I just do not feel like we played the way we have been playing the past few weeks, and it is just frustrating that we could not get anything going. I do not really have an answer. We just did not make good plays.”

On being in K-State territory seven times…
We just did not capitalize. Maybe we did not get some calls that might have changed things, but at the end of the day we did not make the plays we needed to. We got down there and just let ourselves down.”

On Coach Strong’s message after the game…
“He told us that we need to try and make it to a bowl game. We need go out and get a win next week and practice hard, so we can get to a bowl game.”

Linebacker Jordan Hicks
On the defense hanging in for most of the game…
“I think we battled. We were able to keep them out of the end zone for a little while, for the most part. There were quite a few drives where they were able to get some runs. There is a lot of stuff we need to correct. We have to make plays when they come to us, and I think we did that.”

On defense thinking they needed a turnover to score…
“We always believe that we have to get a turnover, especially if they get a turnover. Their defense got a turnover, but we were not able to do that.”

On where the team will go from here…
“The team will fight. We are not going to quit, yet. The team will fight and put in the work. We have to focus on the next game.”

On the performance of K-State’s quarterback Jake Waters…
“There were times we had to get in his face. He is a very good player. He was able to get out of the pocket and make some plays down the field off his legs. We just have to get back in line.”

Defensive End Cedric Reed
On the holds called in the game…
“I have seen a lot of holding. That is common. It is tough with the guys we are going up against.”

On holding K-State to field goals…
“I think we did well. We held them to a couple field goals. For the most part, I think we put them out. It gave us a momentum boost. We tried to rally as well as we could, but they had a couple big plays. We kind of gave in.”

On losing a game like this…
“It is disappointing, and it hurts. It especially hurts the defense because we had a good game, as in the last few weeks. It definitely hurts.”