Postgame Quotes

Nov. 7, 2010

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the defense's play...

"I thought our defense practiced well all week and played well tonight. Our players and coaches all did a nice job for a substantial part of the game. Five turnovers were big obviously. I thought we played well but we were not without our problems from time to time. We could not stop the quarterback. Between he (Garrett Gilbert), Martinez (Taylor) and Griffin (Robert III) we have made the quarterbacks the No.1 rushers in the country. If we would have played the quarterback draw better than I would say that our defense played very well."

 

On running the ball the majority of the game...

"If it gets you in the end zone then keep with it. I would be a little upset if we would have changed course if it is working. We did not go into the ballgame planning to run it all day and throw it for nine yards. A great deal of it was that our defense was playing so darn well and getting turnovers. We did not get into the end zone on all of those turnovers so it is not like we knocked them dead. The score was such that allowed us to not take any chances. If you are running it OK then keep running it OK."

 

On Collin Klein...

"I thought Collin played well. He had a few mishaps early but besides that he was good."

 

On Stephen Harrison...

"I think all of our secondary played quite well. They have come along well and seem to get better and better as the season goes along. They played well."

 

On the team's attitude after the win...

"It is better than the alternative. Still it is the same thing, they are excited and I want them to be that. I would not be very consistent if I concentrated with the wins and losses. I just want them to get better and I think we did. That is where my interests are involved."

 

On the seniors...

"Well as I said early in the week I feel good for the kids and their parents. They are a good group of guys. I just feel badly that I did not have a longer period of time with them. They have taken good care of themselves, as I have said there is 22 of them and 13 have already graduated. So, they have done the right things and taken care of business. I am proud of them for that as well for how they played tonight."

 

Sophomore Quarterback Collin Klein

On the team's performance...

"It really was a team performance all the way around. My hat goes off to our defense and special teams for giving us some really short fields, starting with William (Powell) taking the opening kickoff back into their territory. It was a credit to our offense that we were able to execute much better than we had in previous weeks. We knew we needed to cash in on those opportunities and we did. Again, it was just a great all-around team effort."

 

On having only nine passing yards...

"I think that just getting that W is the most important thing. We did what we needed to win. With all of the short fields we didn't have to pass and were able to just punch it in."

 

On finding out he was starting only 30 minutes before the game...

"My head was kind of swimming as it was, but again, our team prepared very hard this week. Hats off to Texas, they are an excellent ballclub across the board, and we have had rough nights like that too. We have got to just keep preparing and keep trying to get better."

 

Senior Running Back Daniel Thomas

On the big win on senior night...
"We wanted to go out and make it a memorable game for all the seniors and for the fans.  It is our last home game, and we wanted to make it special."

 

On the confidence level during the game...
"We just did not want to go out with a loss with it being our last game.   So that was our main focus going into the game.  Everyone was focused on going out and winning."

 

On the meaning of beating Texas...
"Texas is Texas.  They are always going to be a good team.  Regardless of their record, they are still going to have the best players that can start on any team in the country.  A win over Texas is as good as a win over anybody else."

 

Senior Offensive Lineman Wade Weibert

On the emotion of the senior night ceremony before the game...

"It was just a really emotional way to start off a game. I think that the biggest thing that I was kind of worried about was whether or not that was going to mess with my focus or anything, but if anything I think it made me more focused. My stepmom has not had a chance to come to a lot of my games and the fact that she was here really meant a lot to me. She kissed me on the cheek and asked me to play for her, so I was definitely playing with a big chip on my shoulder because of that."

 

On the play of Collin Klein...

"Collin (Klein) took a lot of reps this week in practice, so as far as our offensive line being on the same page as our quarterback, we all felt extremely confident with it. Collin has done a lot throughout the spring and summer and even this entire fall to build confidence with us. I felt like confidence was never an issue. We were just able to go out there and just kind of pick up where we left off in practice on Thursday. I was extremely happy with the way that he played. I felt that he came out and just did awesome."

 

On the realization that tonight was his last home game at K-State...

"Honestly the thought that this was my last home game hasn't really set in yet, and I think the fact that we still have three more games plays in to that. I definitely had to stop myself and not take anything for granted today. Towards the end of the game when coach Dickey told me that I was done, I had to stop and kind of realize that was the last time I would hear that in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. When we were walking up the ramp to go into the locker room for the last time, I took a moment and had to turn around and look at the stadium and take it all in."

 

Senior Kicker Josh Cherry
On the play of special teams...
"I went back to the sideline and all of us on special teams were talking and it just seemed like everything went our way today. That play kind of did tell how the day went."

 

On his thoughts during the 2-Point conversion...
"I actually do not know what was going through my head really, I just told myself, let's go, let's get in. What an adrenaline rush, the next thing I know I was looking up at the referee and he was signaling that it was good."

 

On having six wins and being bowl eligible...
"No matter if it is Texas or anybody, right now we are six wins and bowl eligible, that is something that us seniors have not done since we have been in college here. Nobody has been to a bowl game here so it is definitely emotional . We are so happy that we won but it is great knowing that we are going out on our last game here knowing that we have a chance to go to a bowl now."

 

Freshman Linebacker Tre Walker
On the progress of the defense ...
"We feel like we have gotten our niche back for the defense, we felt excited again like we wanted to play. We realized that we had to keep our momentum up and keep our spirits up for the outside fan looking in."

 

On being bowl eligible his freshman year...
"It was great but I am not really too worried about that right now. As coach we just try to take it one game at a time and we just keep on building from there, whatever happens, happens."

 

Senior Safety Tysyn Hartman
On the preparation for Texas ...
"We talked about it all week, the stakes at hand with bowl eligibility, Texas at home, and beating a national power team that went to the national championship last year was on our mind all week and went into our preparation. "

 

On the interception to start the second half...
 "Coach always says that the first five minutes of the second half is the most important and I did not expect for it to happen that soon. (Stephen) Harrison did a great job with the breakup and it just fell right into my hands."

 

Sophomore Linebacker Blake Slaughter
On being bowl eligible...
"It is pretty huge.  We have not been bowl eligible since 2006, and I was not even here.  So this is huge for us to establish ourselves as a new class coming in." 

 

On trying to achieve a sixth win...
"I would not say it was a weight on our shoulders, when every game is a weight on your shoulders.  Every day you go out there, it is pressure to win.  The bowl eligibility factor of it is in the back of your mind each game."

 

On defense tonight...
"I feel like we did a good job against the run tonight.  I really cannot explain it from one game to another.  We may have prepared better this week.  I feel like we had a good week of practice, and we made Texas one dimensional."

 

Texas Head Coach Mack Brown

Opening Statement...

"I am very disappointed in the game. You have to give Bill Snyder credit. He is one of the best coaches in the country. He took his backup quarterback and came in here and ran the ball all night. We had nine guys on the line of scrimmage and could not stop the run in the first half. All of the things we needed to do to win on the road, we could not do. We had to win the kicking game. We opened up trying to kick it out of the back of the end zone against the number one kickoff return team in the country, but they returned it 63 yards and got points. We then throw an interception and they get three points and now we are down ten... We did not do the things that fundamental sound teams do and they did. We had five turnovers and gained none. I thought the kids tried and fought hard in the second half. I did not think they laid down and quit, which was a positive, but they understand that we cannot have five turnovers, force no turnovers, and lose some plays in the kicking game and expect to win."

 

 On Coach Brown's feelings coming into the game...

"I thought we would win. I knew we had not played well against Kansas State, but I thought this would be a good place to turn it around, on Senior Day and on the road. This is a well coached team. I even thought we would win the second half. Obviously I missed it and I am really disappointed. The kids are still trying. They are disappointed. They are embarrassed. They are fighting and trying. We just have to make more plays."

 

On whether there was any surprises Kansas State presented...

"The offense surprised us because the quarterback did not play. We knew that number seven [Collin Klein] was a good runner and that they put him in some on third down, but we did not expect to see him every snap. I thought the guys did much a better job on him in the second half."

 

On the play of Daniel Thomas...

"Daniel is a great player. He will be a great pro player. He makes plays every week. Our goal was to keep him under 100 yards which we know would be really tough. The quarterback hurt us and it opened up some things for Daniel. He is a great player. I told him after the game that he would be in the NFL."

 

On the lack of confidence the team displayed in tonight's game...

"I think getting our confidence back is our biggest problem right now. They just are not playing with confidence. We had a fake field goal and we faked everybody out but the snap was high. We went down to score at the end of the half and maybe seven points turns things around, but we throw the interception with time left on the clock. We just do not have any confidence at all and that is on the coaches. That is on me more than anything else. We have had teams that have played with confidence, but this one is not."

 

On the performance of Garrett Gilbert...

"He played so well last week and made some progress. His first interception was tipped and I thought he was going to get it to Marquise [Goodwin] to score because the cornerback bit, but the linebacker's hand got up and they intercepted it. He has not had much luck. Hopefully he can continue to get better and have more luck at home. Garrett is as tough as nails. He is a guy that will let one play go and come back and play the next. That is what your quarterback has to do. He has to have a short memory and he does that. I know he is hurting tonight, but we have to help him."

 

On his team's mentality after the loss...

"I told the kids not to give up and that if any of them were thinking about it, it would affect the rest of their lives. They cannot give up. The tough times are when people really define who they are. I am going to stay strong here and I am going to compete as their head coach and they need to do the same. When your back is to the wall, when you are struggling and when everybody is pointing at you that is when you better stand up and stay strong." 

 

Quarterback Garrett Gilbert

On tonight's loss...

"I put our defense in some bad situations tonight. But we still felt like we had a chance going into halftime, and then we went out and turned the ball over on two of the first four snaps (to start the second half) and that did not give us a very good chance to win tonight."

 

On Texas's goals for the rest of the season...

"Right now, our goal has got to be to get bowl eligible. Obviously, that is not a goal that, at the beginning of the season, that we had our sights on. But that is where we are right now and we cannot pick our circumstances. We have to deal with what we got. We are going to look at the film because there is plenty of stuff to learn from it. We have just got to move forward."

 

Offensive Lineman Britt Mitchell

On tonight's loss...

"Things just did not work out like we wanted tonight. You have got to give K-State a lot of credit. But we had a lot of turnovers and we did not do the things we needed to do to win. We just have to move forward."

 

Defensive Back Blake Gideon

On the disappointment of tonight lost...

"Obviously, I am very disappointed, that is never going to change (after a loss). I am a winner that is the way I was raised. I got out there and expect to win every week and anytime we fall short of that, it is not a good feeling."

 

Linebacker Keenan Robinson

On being prepared for K-State's Collin Klein...

"We knew that (Klein) was more of an option-quarterback, but when we watched film, we just knew that they were going to get the ball to (Daniel) Thomas because he is a playmaker. But tonight, (Klein) was keeping the ball and running it more himself rather than giving it to (Daniel) Thomas. That is something, in the second half especially, that we had a tough time stopping.

 

Defensive End Sam Acho

On the problems the defense faced against the Kansas State offense...

"Our guys were not tackling very well or covering our gaps. We just have to get better and keep working hard."

 

On facing Kansas State's style of running attack...

"We have played this running style before and we have stopped it before, so it is pretty frustrating that we did not do our job this week."

 

On the mentality of the locker room following the loss...

"It is frustrating because this is not Texas football that we are playing. We know we have fighters so we are going to fight."

 

Linebacker Emmanual Acho

On the feelings on the result of tonight's contest...

"It was a tough one. We came out and played hard and did not end out on top. It is a tough one to swallow."

 

On the frame of mind of the team following the loss to Kansas State...

"We are in a hole and we are scrapping to get out of it. We are trying to fight it. We are just worried about getting the next win."

 

On what needs to occur to move forward...

"I am a little disappointed, but at the same time there is no time to be. We cannot dwell on the past. We have to focus on the next team and make sure this does not happen again."