Postgame Quotes

Nov. 12, 2011

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Collin Klein’s play in the fourth quarter and overtime…
“It was very good. He is all that everyone says he is. He is a pretty special young guy.”

On responding in the fourth quarter…
“We have addressed that a thousand times. With the exception of one ballgame, they have done it week in and week out. There is no guarantee that it will be that way in the future. It is all about how we respond to things. With the exception of getting full of ourselves in the Oklahoma ballgame, I think we have responded quite well. I think after the Oklahoma ballgame we did respond well. When I say respond well, I mean, come back and play hard just like we did today. That is three games in a row where we have gone down by 14 which must be somebody’s magic number, but it is not ours. ”

On Collin Klein’s throwing game…
“He threw for over 250 yards today, which is the same as last week. He is just a very fine quarterback.”

On today’s turnovers…
“We have not learned all of the lessons we need to learn. You go back a week ago and we gave the ball up on the 5-yard line and 4-yard line, which is 14 points. That cost us the ballgame. We turn around and do the same thing again this week. So it is something that we needs to get better, and that is coaching. We are not doing the kinds of jobs we need to do to prevent that from happening. We have to teach our guys to execute better.”

On dedicating the game to Tyler Lockett…
“He is doing fine. He was here watching the ballgame. We are proud of him. He is a very exceptional, young freshman. I appreciate him a great deal as do his teammates. They have bonded together pretty well. I think he will be an extremely, fine athlete here.”

On special teams…
“I thought we did a nice job. Anthony (Cantele) did a very nice job not just in the sense of field goals and extra points, but he kicked the ball well on the kick offs. We covered much better on our kick offs, and I was pleased about that. Ryan Doerr hit the ball well. I was worried with the wind at his back that he might outkick our coverage. Yet our coverage was significant. Our kickoff returns were sometimes a hit and miss, but we still made big plays. I think our special teams was functional.”

Quarterback Collin Klein
On keeping the team focused…
“We have been through some big ups and downs. That has given us some good experience this year. We are able to get back up and start executing again when something bad happens. I am so proud of everyone for hanging together and playing tough. Coach Snyder instilled in us from day one that we have to do that. We really carried that out today.”

On the intensity of four overtimes…
“It is another opportunity. Each game provides its unique challenges and you never know what the other team is going to do until you begin to play. Texas A&M played great across the board and into the overtimes.”

On staying tough…
“It is about resiliency. We have been finding more and more depth lately. We are still growing as a team. We can play the whole game together even with so many mistakes across the board. We are able to bounce back each time. It is the same message after this game as is any other game – it is about getting better and not getting too high or too low.”

On third and goal in the final overtime…
“Some ideas were being punched around between the team and the coaches. We have great leadership and good coaches that put us in positions to succeed. Our guys up front played tough. Texas A&M threw a lot at us and did some really crazy things we were not expecting. Being able to handle it really helped us in the win.”

Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On playing four overtimes…
“That was the longest game I have ever played. I conditioned well for it because we have a good conditioning coach and do a lot of running. It was really not too difficult.”

On recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown…
“I was trying to block the safety when I saw the ball coming my way on the ground. I happened to be in the right spot and was able to dive on it for a touchdown.”

On Collin Klein’s performance…
“There are no words to explain Collin. He is our team leader and is very tough. He had some pain, as did the rest of us, but he made sure he did a lot of treatment so that he would be well for the game. He was able to be a leader the whole game.”

On feeling redemption in the win…
“It feels good to get our rhythm back so that everyone knows it is not a fluke. We really do have this kind of record, and we can do great things.”

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On his big reception in the fourth quarter…
“To be honest with you, I lined up in the wrong spot. I lined up where Sheldon (Smith) was supposed to line up. They checked the play to a route that I was the primary on. I just had to make a move on the safety, and Collin (Klein) threw a nice ball. Sheldon was giving me a hard time because that was supposed to be his catch. We all get along pretty well though, and play off of each other.”

On the excitement of the win…
“You are so locked in you do not realize what you are a part of at the time being. I think when you take a step back you kind of get a sense of what is going on. When you are a competitor, you try to go out there, make plays, ignore the crowd and ignore the atmosphere even though it is hard to do that sometimes. Tomorrow it will set in, maybe when the adrenaline slows down, but it is surreal. It is something you dream of as a little kid, a four overtime game, coming down to the wire and coming back to in the fourth quarter. Again, that is stuff that you do not think you are going to be a part of.”

Defensive Back Nigel Malone
On the team…
“We have heart. We are not going anywhere. We just want to show everybody that we will bounce back from a couple tough losses.”

On Texas A&M…
“Our motto is bend but do not break, and we came out and we did that on the last play.”

On the interception…
“I saw the quarterback roll a little bit too far for a post route. He kind of eliminated his options. Once I saw his arms go back, I thought I better go and get that.”

Left Guard Nick Puetz
On the turnovers…
“We did a lot of things to shoot ourselves in the foot. We know we got a lot to work on. We did not play near optimal at all. Texas A&M is a heck of team, all the credit to them. We cannot shoot ourselves in the foot though.”

On his teammates…
“I would say heart over power. That is what we have going on. We do not have any four- or five-star recruits out there. We are all three or two stars guys, but we play with a lot of heart. We are always there fighting till the end.”

On the win…
“Well, 8-2 sounds a lot better than 7-3. Let’s go get these next two and see what happens.“

Defensive Tackle Vai Lutui
On wearing down…
“We are already used to it. How Coach Snyder has us practicing, you do not want to give up. Breaking down is not within our system. Everybody played well and we were fortunate to beat the Texas A&M team.“

On the critics…
“There are still going to talk. We still have to prove ourselves, and we have still got to practice. The critics need to worry about them, and we will just worry about us.”

Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman
On his thoughts of the game…
“I was proud of how our defense played and I thought we could keep them out of the end zone.”

On a big play…
“I was watching the protection and watching the quarterback and it looked like a play he should’ve made, but I have to go watch the tape.”

On whether the game was about missed opportunities…
“Yeah, it’s been a missed opportunities this season, not just this game. We certainly had chances to win the game. Last week we dropped 11 balls, and we dropped some ball today. It hasn’t been a characteristic of ours. It’s not ours at practice, but certainly been ours lately, and we’ve got to make catches when the balls on the money, and the quarterback as to put it there.”

On whether he should’ve taken the field goal in the 4th overtime…
“We haven’t been great at it all year long, look at our fourth down conversion rate it’s not very good. It’s something I continually look at, but I just felt like at that point we had to kick it.”

On using Showers earlier in the game…
“It’s been something I’ve been talking about for quite some time now to get him more involved in the game, and he’s a talented kid. We’ve spent a little more time on it this week then we have in the past.”

On Tannehill’s left leg injury…
“He’s got a knee and an ankle sprain.”

On getting them ready to go…
“We’ll get them ready to go. We just have to be able to capitalize on opportunities when they come our way, and we got to make the best of it. They’re very disappointed; they’re a great group of kids. They wanted to win this game badly. The locker room was alive before the game and at half time. We’re just very disappointed.”

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill
On how hard this is to swallow…
“It was a really tough loss.  We fought…just tough to swallow.”

On missed opportunities…
“I think this was a game of lost opportunities.  We had a lot of chances in regulation and in overtime…and we didn’t make it happen. That’s part of why it’s so hard to swallow.”

On Hicks' big run…
“I thought he was going to keep running, but he slowed up. It was just miscommunication.”

On ending on a 2-point conversion…
“I thought it was going to end on a two point conversion. It was a play ran we’d run earlier and scored a touchdown on it, only in the first overtime.  When we came back to it, it was a tough play. I thought we had it.”

On dropped passes…
“It’s tough. Our guys are working hard and I still have faith in them. They’re out there working every day, but drops are tough, and they kill drives. We definitely need to fix that.”

Running Back Cyrus Gray
On tough loss…
“It’s definitely a tough loss. Probably one of the biggest games I’ve ever played in, and we didn’t come up on top. The team will handle it well; we just have to get back to what we do best.”

On two upcoming games…
“We could play harder. We’ve got Kansas at home, so we have to do it for the seniors. We have to step up big time and make plays to win the game.”

On losing the lead late in the game…

” It’s hard all the way around. It’s a tough loss when you go into overtime many times and you don’t come out with the win.”

On yardage…
“We have to have more movement. As a running back, I’ve got to find my own holes and creases in the defense to make plays.”

Cornerback Terrence Frederick
On interception…
“We went through practice and went over some of their plays, which helped. I just jumped the route and made the play. “

On loss…
“Every loss is tough. We just have to put this behind us. We can’t dwell on it and not move on. This is football, and next week is just another opportunity to go out there and play like we can.  We have to go out there and keep playing our game. They made the plays just like we did…they just capitalized.”

On impact on younger players…
“We just have to tell them to keep their heads up, and there are many years ahead of them, so not to worry about this game…just go out there and play.”