Postgame Quotes - Oklahoma State

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On Oklahoma State's opening drive…
“We played a little bit better. We got ourselves into some better things. We got acclimated to a little different personnel group. They played with four wide receivers a good portion of the time, that has not been their No. 1 look. It just took some adjustments and some recognition on our part. We let a few things get away from us, but later on we came back and played them a little bit better.”

On Tyreek Hill’s focus…
“He is an awfully good, young player. It is easy to say that he can just run fast. I was impressed with the way he played. We probably looked at it as his speed being the element, but he can do some other things too. He made some people miss from time to time. He had the big play catching the ball down the middle on that first drive. It indicated that he is a well-rounded player, as well. I think he is going to be a fine player. We did not play him as well as I had hoped that we would, but after we got acclimated to what was going on, we did a little bit better job on him.”

On whether coming back from 0-7 to 7-7 gave the team a lift…
“That is a good observation, because it did. You have a lot of guys, sometimes, when that happens they are just standing around looking at each other wondering what is going on. You do not have time to do that. I think, personally, it had a major impact not on the outcome of the ball game as much as just the mindset of our players in that early stage of the game.”

On the offensive line giving Jake Waters a lot of time to throw the ball…
“They did a nice job. I think we only had one sack, although I am not positive about that. The protection was good, and that is against probably two of the best pass rushers off the edges in the conference based on what we have seen up to this point in time. Our tackles had to do a good job, and our backs had to dive a little bit once in a while. It was not always perfect, but overall I think we did a pretty nice job.”

On defensive pressure…
“It was inconsistent. We had four sacks or something along those lines. It is not always the sacks as much as just forcing some errors or forcing the scrambles. I thought it was a combination. We had some good movement up in front and some hard pressure off the edge and the inside. On a couple of those sacks, he did not have anywhere to go so that cost him some extra time and we were able to get to him. It was a team effort.”

On the performance of the special teams…
“With the exception of two snaps in the ball game, I thought our special teams played extremely well. We had the blocked punt because our punter was counting laces on the ball. On the offside of that, every facet of the kicking game was really good. I was proud of the way we hit the ball, and proud of our place kicker. I hated having to make one of those decisions to kick a field goal with the score what it was, but we really needed to see where his range was. All of his field goal kicks have been 32 yards, 33 yards, etc. I think his longest may have been 38 yards. I do not know what that one was, but it was normally what we would consider out of his range. We just wanted to see if he can do it and give him the experience of doing it. I apologize for that.”

On upcoming games…
“I think today we played collectively, not without mistakes in all facets of the game. I thought we played reasonably well. This is a difficult stretch, but we are only looking at it with next week. That is all we have in mind right now. We are not looking at the cumulative schedule as it goes. We are just staying up with the time starting with TCU. I think they have made amazing progress. They are a tremendous football team. I know they had some struggles today, but they have proven what they can do. We will more than have our hands full, I can assure you of that.”

On the Jonathan Truman fumble and what the defense is all about…
“I think what it has really been about is a lot of guys playing together, and a lot of coaches doing a nice job with their personnel. It still goes back to the discipline of it. When we had difficulties, discipline is probably where you could go to find fault with it. I think our group is becoming more and more disciplined. Our defense is about being in the right place at the right time doing the right things. Normally, that is the way they played. I was pleased with Jonathan (Truman). I am going to go back and put a stopwatch on that return. He might be a little faster than I have given him credit for. I thought he ran pretty well, he looked like a running back. I was happy for Jonathan because he was kind of excited about it. He is a pretty special young guy.”

On the performance and progress of Travis Britz…
“What I really appreciate is how he is maturing into playing the game. He is kind of a different youngster, he is kind of loose and just has a good time with everything. How seriously he took it earlier, I am not certain, but I have seen him become very serious. He is a fun guy to be around. He has really invested himself in trying to get better all the time and he really works at it now. Both of those guys, Valentino [Coleman], practice like the play. That is the way we want to get all of our guys to do. Travis has just gotten better day in and day out. It is because of the effort he has put into it and the mindset that he has that he can improve. He is just always trying to get better.”

On being able to sit back and appreciate Tyler Lockett’s highlight reels during the game…
“I saw the main one. He made several nice catches. Some of them that he made were heavily contested that more often than not probably get batted out of your hands. The one you are talking about really was an excellent catch. When they did come off the field after they scored, I was certainly happy and I let him know that I was and that I appreciated what he did. It is heartwarming to a certain degree. I have said it so many times about Tyler (Lockett), he is a self-made man in regards to being an athlete and a football player. When he came, he could not catch a ball any better that I can and he has worked at it. I can catch a ball pretty well, but he works at it so diligently. You have heard me say so many times that he is the last guy off the field. He is out catching punts, and he keeps the quarterbacks out there until they feel like they are not going to miss him. He works at it, and he cares. I do not know what else I can say about him. I enjoy any of our guys when they have success like that and do something a little extraordinary.”

On the team coming together at the right time…
“Every week is the right time in my way of thinking, and in our way of thinking. I think the players would tell you exactly the same thing. The important thing is just trying to stay healthy this time of year, and that is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Are we getting better? I think so, but that is a gradual process as well. I would say we are a better football team right now than we have been, but it has just been incremental. There will be dips in the road, but I think we are a pretty good football team.”

Quarterback Jake Waters
On offenses rhythm…
“I thought we did okay. The first couple of drives we were clicking, then we stalled a little bit, and then we got going again. There was all the stuff that we did, like penalties here and there, that I wish I could take away, obviously. For the most part, putting up that amount of points on that good of a team makes it a good day.”

On individual improvement from last week…
“It was all right, I obviously didn’t play my best. A lot of throws I want back, like the one to Tyler (Lockett). It is stuff like that that keeps me hungry and trying to get better because I know I need to make those throws.”

On the offensive line…
“They do great every week. Sometimes they get overlooked here or there, but they did great. They give me a lot of time to throw and with the type of receivers we have, if we have the time to throw, we have a high chance to be pretty successful.”

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On being matched with the toughest defensive players…
“The biggest thing is that whichever team we play, they might put their best defensive act on me.  Last week with Texas they did it, this week with Oklahoma State they did it, but the biggest thing is, I have got to go out there and compete. Just because they put their best player on you, does not mean you are going to get shutdown. It is all about competition. It helps when you have people like Curry [Sexton] to take all of that pressure off of you when they have those amazing games like he did today.”

On corner endzone play…
“First, I just want to give credit to Jake [Waters], that was a great pass.  We just called a play and Jake threw me a ball and gave me a chance to go get it.  It is just one of those things where you have got to make the play and luckily I got two feet in.”

On diving catch and potential touchdown…
“I think everyone saw that it could have been a touchdown.  It was hard on Jake [Waters] more than anybody else, but I was excited we completed it. If it was a drop, it may have be even worse than it really was. It happens and luckily we were already up by a lot.”

On being number two in receiving yards…
“It means a lot. Jordy Nelson is a great wide receiver.  Every time I get a chance, I watch him, and if I do not get to watch him then I will probably see him on ESPN on the highlight tapes just making great plays.  It is an awesome experience for me. I have got to give God all of the credit, and I am just going to keep on playing.”

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On the defense’s play…
“The game was pretty much ours. We left a lot of plays out there, but I think as a whole unit: from special teams, to offense, to defense, everyone chipped in. It was fun with Tyler [Lockett] and I. Then Deante [Burton] stepped up and did some good things.”

On touchdown in the second quarter…
“That was a good throw, the wind was kind of playing with the ball. I kind of made a poor adjustment to it, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on it. I was not sure if I caught it or not. Jake put it in there nicely, I just had to go up and make the play.”

On offensive rhythm…
“We had some poor drives where we would get something going and we would go one-two-three and punt. There were some drives we were unhappy with. For the most part, we had a good rhythm going and we have to stick with that, although a couple times it got away from us.”

On scoring in the second half…
“That was huge, we got up early in the second half, then we stalled out. They were probably in their locker room thinking they had a shot with a kickoff or stop and they would be in this game. To go out and get seven points and put us ahead by three possessions, that was awesome.”

On dynamic with Tyler Lockett…
“Him and I are like bothers, we mess with each other, we have so much fun together.”

Running Back Charles Jones
On his performance tonight…
“It felt great.  There was a slow start but we finally got a big play off of that kickoff return.  We were looking for that special teams’ area and we got what we were looking for. It was a great win.”

On the way the defense is playing…
“We do not feel any pressure. We knew our defense was going to play lights-out and it is pretty fun to watch our defense play.”

On a big win tonight before playing on the road…
“It was nice to get this win.  We look forward to TCU after focusing on all OSU this week. I know we will watch film on them and will be prepared for Saturday.”

On the hype surrounding the TCU game…
“Coach Snyder does a good job of keeping us prepared and focused each day until game day comes.”  

Defensive Tackle Travis Britz
On Oklahoma State’s opening drive…
“Our defense is made of great leaders and great followers. That is what you need to be a great defense. After [Oklahoma State] scored on the opening drive our leaders let us know our mistakes and we corrected from there and made adjustments to not let it happen again.”

On defensive pride…
“We take a great amount of pride in being a good defense. We focus on getting better each week in practice through our preparation. We do not do a whole lot of messing around.”

On facing TCU next week…
“We acknowledge it is an important game, but every game is important. Your next game is always the most important game of your life, so that is how we will approach TCU.”

Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy
Opening Statement…
“We lost the game to a better football team today. They made more plays than we did. We are not good enough on offense to overcome penalties, and that is what happened to us after the first couple drives, and we got sacked too much. Combination of the penalties and the sacks is what set us back on offence. We came in with a plan. We had some schemes that were going to give us a chance to move the ball and score. Then defensively we hung in there, but we just gave up too many big plays. Late in the third quarter we missed a few tackles, and then we had that roughing the passer (penalty) right before halftime. We have to give them credit. They are a good football team. We did not play very well just because we shot ourselves in the foot with big mistakes. Like kicking it to them and letting them bring it back on the kickoff. Everyone knows, you work all week on it, we do not give up the return yards for a touchdown. We worked our butt off for the first five minutes to get a 7-0 lead on the road and quiet the stadium. Then 10 seconds later we gave up a return for a touchdown. That is kind of the way it is going for us this year, but we just need to work to get better.”

On chances to get better and getting the sixth win…
“We are so far away from even thinking about that, the sixth win comes at the next win for us. We have an open date so we can hopefully get some guys back that are not healthy and get some practices before the next game.”

On play of Tyreek Hill in the second half…
“We were just working some other guys in. He cannot stay in there and carry the ball 25 or 30 times so we have to work some other guys in. Rennie [Childs] was running the ball effectively, but we could do a little bit better job blocking.”

On the shift of momentum…
“We do not have a lot of room for error right now. Being as honest as I can is that we are exposed. We have made mistakes in the past and over the years, and we were not as exposed as we are right now. We work our tails off and use five minutes on the clock and get a touchdown then in 10 seconds we lose all of our momentum and it is a tie game. We have to do a better job covering.”

Wide Receiver David Glidden
On first couple of drives…
“Tyreek (Hill) was running it, guys were making blocks and we were just executing.”

On drives following opening drives…
“K-State did a great job making adjustments. They are a very well-coached team. Their guys started making some plays. A couple things go this way, the ball bounces that way, it is just the way it goes. Their defense made some adjustments. They stepped up.”

On K-State’s kickoff return…
“That is always tough. You think you have the momentum and then they get it right back at home. Those are the kind of things that after you think you have silenced the crowd, it brings them right back into it the next play. It hurts a little bit, but like I said before, they are a well-coached team and special teams is something they have always been pretty good at.”

Cornerback Kevin Peterson
On defensive game plan early…
“The defensive game plan worked really well early in the game. We wanted to put pressure on the quarterback because they had a really good game plan coming in trying to run the ball at the quarterback position. We missed some plays and missed some tackles. They executed when they needed to and they came up with the win.”

On defensive alignments…
“With a smart team like this, they don’t make many mistakes. The quarterback sits there and reads the linebackers and the safeties and how they are setting up also how the corners are setting up. We tried to play with that alignment sometimes and change it a little later. It was a little more effective like the plays we ran earlier.”

On K-State’s kickoff return…
“It was definitely a momentum shift. The offense really got going, and that is the first time that they really got going that well so far. You know they are going to make a lot of plays on special teams so you know when they come out it is going to be like that. We need to go out and capitalize on defense whether they have that kick return or not.”

Defensive End Emmanuel Ogbah
On the momentum slipping away during the game…
“We just have to come out and do better.  Kansas State came out more prepared than us, and as a team we have to fix that.”

On staying positive after a loss…
“We just have to keep our focus; sometimes you lose and sometimes you win.  We just have to keep fighting for our next opponent.”

On team moral…
“It is a tough loss tonight, everybody is down.  We have to talk to each other and keep our heads up.  We still have more games to play.  We have to get ready for Texas, they are a good team.”

Safety Jerel Morrow
On what the OSU season has been like so far…
“It has been pretty eye opening.  We have game plans and we work to those game plans.  As a whole we have been trying to figure out where to put people, we are still pretty young as a team.”

On team moral…
“We are just trying to focus on being together and working together for our next game.  We have great coaches that know how to keep us together.  As a team, we care about each other.”