Postgame Quotes

Oct. 30, 2010

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Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the missed field goal…

“It had an impact in a lot of different ways.  It takes a little air out when it happens. Then you go back to the end of the ball game, and  you have to consider if looking to get a touchdown and how far down you are. Ten points is different than seven points and that alters what you do on the kickoff.  That does not mean it costs you the ball game.  We had far more opportunities to play well enough to stay in the ball game other than that.”

 

 On the turnovers in the game

“It is just decision making.  Daniel (Thomas) threw one of the interceptions and he is not as experienced back there. But that is not an excuse for him.  Carson threw two of them, and by and large there are certain things that you have to be able to see during any segment of your passing game.”

 

On the defense and penalties in the game…

“I do not think our defense gave up 24 points.  We let them run one in, and the other turnover set up a score.  So I would say we gave up fourteen or seventeen points defensively.  I wanted to see our defense play well, and by and large we gave up some yardage, but our defense was on the field so long.  We had the time of posession in our favor, but at the same token, there were many three and outs, which was an issue last week.  This week we threw reasonably well.  Then again when we turn the ball over it negates the positives.  We hurt ourselves with penalties.  The last two games we have had a number of penalties, which puts you in long yardage situations, and we have not been able to overcome it.  Up until that point in time, our offensive line went five consecutive ball games without a penalty.  What’s changing? I do not have the answer right now.  But those kind of things are old school stuff, and penalties and turnovers were probably responsible for what we did today in terms of winning or losing. ”

                                                                                                                                                           

On Ty Zimmerman…
“Ty plays pretty consistently well, and Ty is a young guy that still has some things that he is running around pulling his pants up because he is a young pup.  He does not make a whole lot of mistakes, and I am very proud.  We know he is a physical player, but I am proud of his mental capacity to stay in the ball game.”

 

On Oklahoma State’s punting game…

“There were certain segments of the kicking game that hurt us, but Quinn Sharp is excellent.  It is not that he can kick the ball a long ways if he wants too.  It is how he makes the ball die inside the five yard line.  We tried to block one and did not come close to it.  The bottom line is when he was out on the field we probably should have tried to return it a little more than what we did.  We went into punt safe mode to make sure they punted and did not fake it.  We might have been better served setting up a return, but that is my choice to make.”

 

Quarterback Carson Coffman

On the offensive performance against Oklahoma State…

“I feel like we had a lot of opportunities on offense to win the game, but most of all I feel like I let the team down. I did not play very well today. I gave up two interceptions and seven points.”

 

On the lack of big plays on offense…

“We took some shots down the field but I turned the ball over twice. The big plays are lacking from our offense.”

 

On losing today’s game…

“It feels horrible especially since we have come so close. The defense played great today. They gave up 17 points to one of the best offenses in the nation, but I just did not get it done.

 

Wide Receiver Aubrey Quarles

On not being able to score to win…

“It was really frustrating.  We had a couple of opportunities and we just were not able to get it done.  It hurts really bad.  I do not want to put the blame on anyone.  I had a couple of missed opportunities.”

 

On the defensive play…

“My hat is off to the defense.  They held an explosive offense to seven points in the first half.  Offensively, we had an opportunity to get more points, but at the end of the day we were not able to take advantage of those opportunities.”

 

On trying to get the sixth win…

“We are not thinking about a bowl game – we just want to win.  Because the wins will eventually get you to the bowl game.  It is hard on us as a team and makes us work harder.”

 

Offensive Lineman Zach Kendall

On the offensive performance…

“We feel like we had a pretty good week of practice, but we let things slip by us and we were not very disciplined today.”

 

On the impact of the missed field goal in the second half…

“We had a good opportunity to score on that drive. We should not have had to leave it up to Josh [Cherry] to get us points. He is a great kicker, but we had a chance to score. We drove the whole length of the field, but we just came up short. That was a shot to us, but we need to be able to bounce back and we did not.”

 

Linebacker Tre Walker

On sticking together as a team…

“We are a team. Sometimes we [the defense] gets frustrated and sometimes they [the offense] gets frustrated, but the main thing we cannot do is panic. We have to stay close at all times and know that if something goes wrong on the offensive end, we will be able to take care of it and vice versa.”

 

On facing the high powered Oklahoma State offense…

“My job to my teammates as a player at Kansas State is to stay positive and do what we are supposed to do. We will never be scared or intimidated by an opponent.”

 

On physicality of the game…

“It is always frustrating when you have somebody that close especially when you are playing at home. It is frustrating when it is right there. It feels like something has been stolen from you.”

 

Linebacker Jarell Childs

On the message leaders of the team expressed after the lose…

“A couple of players of stepped up and got their point across that we need to step up, be more accountable, and act like a family.”

 

On Oklahoma State’s offense…

“They are a pretty good team. Actually they are a really good team. I think we did some good things that got us some big stops, but they are still a really good team.”

 

On the confidence level of the defense…

“We know that we can play, we just needed to come out and show it. We played well in the first half, but we just need to learn how to finish in the second half.”

 

Head Coach Mike Gundy

Opening statement…

“This is a good win for our football team. I am very proud of the way we competed. We had a number of players get banged up during the game and had some young players step up and play well in their spot. It was a real nice effort from our defense to force the turnover margin 3-2 in our favor. We were effective with our special teams today. Our coverage on punts was very good. Our coaches came up with a good game plan and it was a very good win for our team.”

 

On the drives early in the game that stalled out in K-State territory…

“It was frustrating to have drives stall out. We need to get better at third and fourth and short.”

 

On the performance of his punter Dan Bailey…

“He was very good today. Pinning them that deep, the percentages go way down from if they were to get the ball near the 30 or 20-yard line for them to score. He may have been the MVP of the game and he has been real good for us all year. He was definitely a big part of the game for us today.”

 

On his defense…

“The turnovers they got were key. Having an opportunity to get your hands on the ball and catching it is huge on defense. Thomas’ (Johnny) interception for a touchdown was big for us at that point in the game. It made them go into a hurry, hurry offensive situation.”

 

On K-State’s defense…

“I thought they played good. I thought they were in the right spot most of the time. We were not able to throw the ball down the field real well early in the game. We finally were able to get the running game going against them which opened up the field for the throws down the field. I thought their guys tackled well.”

 

On handling adversity with Justin Blackmon out of lineup…

“We should be a good football team without any one player or coach missing. There are a lot of people involved in this program. We would have loved to have Justin but he chose to not be a team player. We had some good players step up in his absence.”

 

Quarterback Brandon Weeden

On his thoughts about the game…

“If you look at the yardage, we had some success we just were not able to score in those situations. We had a couple drops and a couple of over-throws on my part, but we settled in and guys really made plays. They played  a little bit more man coverage than we were expecting, but our guys just made plays.”

 

On losing their top receiver for the game…

“(Justin) Blackmon is a great player, but we can win without one guy. We said that all along, we can fill that void. The guys did fill that void today, they made catches and got first downs. I was happy with the way that the rest of the guys stepped up in his absence.”

 

On the play of the offensive line …

“They have been doing it all year. I think that today is the first day that I have scrambled out of the pocket. I got more praise for that than throwing touchdowns. They played great today. It gave me time to go  through my reads and progressions, I thought I made pretty good decisions because of that.”

 

Wide Receiver Josh Cooper

On the young group of receivers coming through…

“We had to have a lot of people step up this game. A lot of our young players came in and did a great job making plays. We started off pretty slow, but our defense helped us out a lot. They made three turnovers for us and got us going so that helped out a lot.”

 

On the touchdown at the end of the first half…

“That was a big play on offense. It kind of gave us the momentum going down there and scoring on that drive.”

 

On overcoming difficulties on the road…

“Yeah we knew going into this game, it was going to be a tough place to play. K-State is always a tough place to go in to. We just had to stick together and come over some adversities. At halftime, we were not down or anything, we had 200 yards of offense in the first half and that touchdown to end the half. We had to step up and make some plays in the second half and get it into the endzone.”

 

Running Back Kendall Hunter

On getting the offense rolling

“We started off slow, but we found a way to get over the hump. The line blocked well and I was able to find holes.”

 

On struggling to convert points off of drives…

“It was very frustrating, especially as an offense that is used to moving the ball and scoring a lot. It is just something that we have got to work on and get better.”

 

On the team’s halftime adjustments…

“We went in to halftime and made some adjustments, but not that many. It was basically us making mistakes that we could not allow or else we would be in trouble. We knew we just had to pick it up.”

 

Punter Quinn Sharp

On kicking against K-State…

“We worked all week on punting. We knew they had good returners all around. Their kickoff returners are number one in the nation and they’ve have some good plays on the punt return. My job today was to just get the ball up in the air and give my guys a chance to get down there and down it inside the ten. I got some lucky bounces and the ball just happened to go our way today.

 

On how he has improved since last year...

“I think the main thing is just my hang time added onto the distance of my punts. I’ve always had a decent distance on my punts but sometimes I just lack the hang time so guys just would get big returns on us because other guys don’t have enough time to get down there, but I’ve been working a lot on my hang time this year and giving our guys the best chance. Our return guys have done a great job of getting down the field.

 

Linebacker Justin Gent

On the win…

“It felt great to get that win under our belt with a lot of adversity. We just have to keep playing. The whole team feels like we played well today besides some bumps in the road. But if feels good to get back on the field and win again.”

 

On excitement to play again…

“We could not wait until Saturday. It worked out that it was an 11 o’clock game which was great for us because we were able to wake up and get right on the field to play. After a loss like we had you want to get back on the field to redeem yourself.”

 

On physicality of the game…

“Being physical was a point of emphasis this week in practice. We have to get more physical on defense and hit people. That is what defense is for to hit people. So that is what we did.”