Postgame Quotes

Nov. 6, 2011

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the effort from his team...
"We've played a lot of crazy games this year and this certainly fits the bill; it may top it. We gave away two touchdowns at the very outset of the ball game and I was very proud of our football team because it was a replica of last week's ball game with the exception of the fact that we came back and played a little bit better in the second half. By and large, we beat ourselves, and good football teams don't do that. I think we're a good football team, we just haven't proven that in circumstances such as what we had tonight and what we had last week as well. The fact that they played hard throughout, I'm proud of them, but we just have a lot to learn."
 
On Collin Klein...
"He's kind of like what we said all along: he's tough-willed, tough-minded, physically tough, disciplined, an extremely fine football player and person."
 
On if this loss is more difficult than the Oklahoma loss the previous week...
"That remains to be seen. Normally - thinking back to last week's ball game - sometimes if you get beat, it's probably good if they beat the tar out of you for that very same reason. This will be painful, more so (than last week). I don't know. You'll have to ask each one of them"
 
On the last offensive plays of the game...
"We didn't have a time out. We called the last time out that we had, so we didn't have any options but to throw the football. One of the plays that we did was an either-or with a running play, but we didn't have enough time to do it."
 
On Allen Chapman...
"The interception goes without saying, it was a very exceptional play on his part. He broke on the ball just down there; it was almost a replica of last week. And Nigel's (Malone) interception, that was major in the ball game, but you go back, I'm looking at a sheet here that says (OSU gained) 502 yards pass offense, so obviously there are some issues there and he's a part of that as well. We have to get it corrected. We just have to be better than that against pass."

Quarterback Collin Klein
On how the Kansas State offense played...
"We did some good things, but I also made some mistakes that we can't afford to have in critical field position situations. We hung tough, and fought together through the whole game, but ultimately we just came up short."
 
On the final sequence of plays...
"They were mixing it up a little bit, and they gave us some different looks. We tried to take a few shots and came close, but we didn't get it done."
 
Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On the back-and forth nature of the game...
"It was a tough game. Both teams fought extremely hard, and we didn't play well enough to get this victory today. It hurts, but we're going to go back to work on Monday and make corrections on the mistakes we made."
 
On being underdogs and gaining respect from this performance...
"We don't pay attention to that, we just go week by week and try to handle our business each week."
 
Defensive End Jordan Voelker
On how close the loss...
"It's extremely frustrating to know we were that close, and we were in it the whole game. Oklahoma State is a great football team, and it's just really frustrating that we could be that close and just come up short."
 
On Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon...
"I think they were the offense we were expecting. We thought we could shut down their run a little bit, and we knew they would bring their passing game, cause that's what they're good at. They did it well today."
 
Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On being three touchdown underdogs against Oklahoma State...
"I think we showed the nation that you can't just look down on us. This game showed that you can't look ahead when you play us. I think we'll be OK. I think it was another learning experience. New stuff happened, and we just have to get it right in practice again."
 
On moving forward after this game...
"Looking back at this game, it shows how far we have come from playing Oklahoma. I feel like we'll come into this week even harder, and just get ready to play Texas A&M."

Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy
Opening Statement
“That's enough excitement for one night. It's a good win for our team. I shared with them in the locker room that you're going to have some games like that when you play in a league that has quality football teams that are very well coached and prepared. We knew going in it was going to be a battle. Their quarterback has made plays throughout the season and he made some plays tonight. There were times we tried to get some pressure on him and he pulled the ball down and took off and made some plays on third and fourth down to extend some drives. They're a good football team. They're in the right spot in most cases on defense. They're good on special teams. We worked hard on coverage units. We were really good except for one return.”
 
On K-State QB Collin Klein...
“He's a good player. He's a good runner. He's smart and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He made some good throws down the field and he's a good football player.”
 
On having close calls...
“I've said this now for a while, college football has turned into March Madness and starts in September. I just don't know that there are going to be many teams that can make it through to the end that don't have some close calls. When you play a schedule that has enough opponents and you lose the turnover battle, which we did tonight, you take a chance on losing the game.”
 
On the goal line stop at the end of the game...
“Our guys know how to win games. I told them in the locker room that I've been involved with Oklahoma State football for almost a quarter of a century and I've been here a lot of years when an opponent has a first down on the four-yard line at the end of a game and we didn't stop them. I've been around our defense now for a couple of years and they are finding a way to stop people.”
 
On the mood of the sideline when Kansas State tied the game at 45-45...
“Our guys are okay. I think they play with a lot of confidence. We have mature leadership and we didn't see any panic. I think they're comfortable. I think they believe in themselves and the system. Our coaches do a good job of keeping their composure; they don't panic.”

Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken
On his team...
“We have good players. They keep their heads about them. We have a great quarterback and a great receiver and they don’t hang their heads when they make mistakes like that. That’s a credit to them. Obviously we’re all disappointed when you turn it over. Those are the little things you don’t want to do and unfortunately they happened at inopportune times: one going the other way and one that kept us from scoring. The good news is they believe in themselves and just bounce right back and play.”

“We have a good group of players with guys who have been there before. I didn’t sense at halftime any panic. We just had to play better.”

Defensive Coordinator Bill Young
On Collin Klein...
“He is an unbelievable player and had a tremendous ball game. We knew he was a great runner but didn’t know he could throw that well and he certainly can. That ball that got them down to the five-yard line was a great throw.”

“It’s difficult to prepare for in practice because if you start to gang up to stop the run then they hit you with the passes. They are very patient. They are a very well coached football team.”

“We have a tremendous amount of confidence in our players. We didn’t play as well as we needed to, but when it really came down to the tough time at the end, they sucked it up and did what they needed to do.”

Quarterback Brandon Weeden
On the game...
“We have a lot of fight. We knew we were never out of it. We practice every Wednesday with our two-minute drill. We didn’t worry one bit. There was no worry on the sideline because we knew we were going to go down and score. Our defense stepped up in a huge way.”

“There was still a lot of time left after Blackmon’s touchdown. It’s tough. When you have to face an offense like that, one that’s uncharacteristic of the Big 12 and they just pound it and pound it and made a lot of big time plays. Until that clock says zero you never know, especially with a good team like that.”

“Those touchdowns stick with me more. Those interceptions are over. It’s part of playing quarterback.”

Inside Receiver Tracy Moore
On the game...
“I was definitely in that zone. I don’t really know how to explain it. Somebody had to step up and make a play and I said ‘Why not me?’”

“I’m definitely proud of my brothers. We stuck in, we stuck with it and we played an amazing game tonight. We gave up some turnovers but that’s something that’s rare for our offense. Justin doesn’t really fumble much and Weeden doesn’t really throw picks that much. It was kind of an up and down game but I’m proud of my brothers.”

“This kind of game is definitely what you play for. This kind of game shows what a football team is made of.”

Defensive End Jamie Blatnick
On the game...
“That was a tough game. It felt good to get the win. You have to give props to Kansas State. They came in here and put up a good fight. They’re a good ball club. We came out with the win but it could have gone either way. ”

“We play for games like this. It was an exciting game. When it comes down to it you just have to dig down deep and you have to make a play. We did that today.”

“It’s one of those things when you know the season is on the line. We’re definitely not going to back down. There is no way we will break and let the game get out of our hands. We have a great time and we fight hard. I’m proud of us.”

Cornerback Brodrick Brown
On the game...
“The first thing I thought when the clock hit zero was thank God it’s over. We did it again. We made a stop when we needed it. I want to congratulate my teammates and defense for all their effort and success we’ve been having.”

“Klein is a big, physical quarterback and it’s hard to bring him down after the first contact. We have to wrap up. He makes some big runs and he was doing his thing out there. He got some big runs on some crucial downs. He is a quarterback who moves the ball and can do anything."