Postgame Quotes - Kansas

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On how Jake Waters set the tone...
"I think he threw it well, I like that. Tyler (Lockett) made a good catch and I liked that. In retrospect to how it affected what came after that and the rest of the ball game, it probably had a good impact on it."

On the running game...
"Well, again, I think it helped it. It was not the yardage, it was the execution of the running game. I thought our execution was good. Our people up front handled things well. I think our backs ran a little bit harder than what they had and we made some improvement and that is the most important thing to me."

On big games from senior leaders...
"It goes without saying that it was a positive thing from them. I think it meant a great deal to them. I think they felt good about their performance. There are other guys that played well across the board on both sides of the ball and in the kicking team other than the penalty that we got."

On the recruiting game in the state of Kansas...
"It does not hurt it, I can tell you that. Young people chose to go to schools for a variety of different reasons. Some of them for the right reasons, some for the wrong reasons and some of them for reasons that we do not understand. Maybe someone will come to the winner of this ball game, but more often than not there are other reasons."

On getting momentum from the defense early...
"I think we played well on both sides of the ball. We had three or four three-and-outs with our defense, which is maybe not as many as we would have liked, but is still a significant part of the ball game. Turnovers are always big. We put one back and we had another one we dropped that we should have had, but I will take the two."

On Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton...
"They do complement each other and what I appreciate about them so much is that they are bright young men. They understand that they have a capacity to understand schematically the things that we do and what someone would do on the other side of the ball. They have a pretty good understanding to piece those things together. They are more than guys that can run routs and catch footballs, they are both just great young men."

On running game improving...
"As I said earlier, the execution was what I was concerned about not the yardage. The execution was vastly improved. We had some balance in our offense that I think gave the running game a little more of a chance. There are a lot of things that I could speak to that I will not in regards to that. The best thing I can say is that we ran it better and the execution of our offensive line and our running backs was better. Our running backs ran hard and that was not the case a week ago."

On importance of this game...
Our approach to this ball game is not different than any other ball game that we have played. It was the most important game that we were going to play today, and next week will be the most important and last week was the most significant. There is a consistency in the approach. It is certainly a rivalry, and what our players appreciate is how much it matters to the people in the stands out there. That means a great deal. It is not a matter of saying as a young student athlete that you have to live with it, we are talking about people that embrace it. There is a period of silence before every game that players dedicate their performance to someone that is significant to them in their lives, and a number of our players did that today for our fan base. They understand how important it is to our fans. We see it as a ball game and a stepping stone to where we happen to be going."

Quarterback Jake Waters
On the connection with Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton...
"It is awesome for us. Tyler (Lockett) had a great game especially with breaking the (receptions) record in front of all our fans cheering us on. It is awesome throwing the ball to him. Curry (Sexton) is always there and making good plays and to recognize the game he had means a lot to me. We are the best of friends on and off the field and playing with them on Senior Night is something I will never forget."

On the running game...
"It was way better than last week. We have been focused on improving and we are going to continue to get better than this. It helps out our pass game, opening things up and helps us for weeks to come."

On the emotions of Senior Night...
"It was kind of weird - it seems like I just got here and all these memories kept flooding my head of how I got here and seeing all my guys out there knowing it was last time I would be playing in front of these fans was pretty emotional. After that you got to be ready to play and that is what we did."

Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On his emotions after the game...
"I think the saddest moment was after the game when we had to go slap all the fans hands. I think that is when it hits you. You start to realize this is the last time we are going to be playing in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. It was great that it was Senior Night and we beat KU, who as you know, our rivals. Celebrating with the fans after the victory was the most emotional moment, I think."

On breaking the records...
"I have to give God all the glory for putting me in this position to even be the leader in all-time receptions as well as yards and even tying the touchdowns. It just says a lot. I give God all the glory. I have a great quarterback. Coach (Andre) Coleman puts me in great situations, he taught me a lot. My dad (Kevin Lockett) and uncle (Aaron Lockett) taught me a lot. I just try to go out there and just perform to the best of my abilities. This time I am able to celebrate it with a win, rather than a loss."

On what his dad say to him...
"I have not talked to him yet. We have a senior dinner in a couple of minutes, so I will be able to go over there and talk to him. I actually saw him on the big Jumbotron celebrating one of the touchdowns. Obviously, he was happy about it."

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On experience beating Kansas...
"It was fun to come out and play the way that we did in the first quarter and to get started like that was refreshing and to be able to put the ball in the end zone was nice. It was an all around great team effort and a fun day."

On feelings of last home game...
"It was pretty breathtaking. It was crazy and the amount of emotions just something that I have always been working for. I never thought that I would be able to do something like that. It was really cool to go out on the field and have the fans cheering for you. It was just really special."

On chance of sharing Big 12 title...
"That is what we have been working for all season - that was our goal at the start of the year. We want to win a Big 12 Championship and we have that ahead of us. We have struggled with Baylor over the past couple of years. The kind of ruined our season two years ago. I think we owe them one. It is a tough game and they are a really good football team.  We are looking forward to the challenge and going to be ready as possible."

Running Back DeMarcus Robinson
On finding the gaps...
"We made plays this week. Our offensive linemen made some plays as well. We just practiced running through the holes and I give a lot of credit to the offensive line."

On pressure of running game performance...
"Coach (Bill) Snyder did. He made sure to tell the running backs, run downhill. It was a challenge for not only Charles (Jones) and I, but also the offensive line for establishing the running game."

On final home game victory...
"It felt good. We made some plays early on in the game. Charles and I made some basic plays as well as some young guys made some plays in the running game. We felt good about the running game and it showed out there on the field."

Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On team defense performance...
"As a defense we played fairly well. We executed our game plan as we expected, but there are still things we need to work on and that is what we are going to do."

On the key to defensive success...
"Defensively, we had an attitude that we were going to execute our play calls. Getting off the fields, especially third downs were huge."

On being undefeated against Kansas...
"It is great to get another win and I think it is credit to my teammates for helping me achieve with betting KU every year."

Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On having Kaden Schroeder run out with you...
"Kaden was quiet and focused on the game; he is definitely level-headed and did not show too many high or low emotions other than focus. He had a great time. He was able to come in to the locker room and credit my teammates for giving him a great experience."

On the 2012 Baylor Game and the relation to the game upcoming...
"That was one of the most painful losses I have ever suffered with National Championship implications and we went in there thinking we were going to win it and nothing went our way. We think it will be a different environment for us this time and it all depends on who is going to prepare better and who is going to play better."

Defensive Back Morgan Burns
On how the two interceptions within the first 10 minutes affected the game...
"It think it was big. It gives the defense a lot of confidence. As a team, I think it gives us a lot of momentum and energy. It really gets the crowd into the game. It just goes out to Coach (Tom) Hayes and how well he has coached us and prepared us just knowing disciplines and techniques. I think it is huge."

On his thoughts going into next week against Baylor...
"Obviously, Baylor has been successful against us the last couple of years. Two years ago, I was there and it was just a heartbreaking loss. We had a lot going on in that game. I think going into this game, it is the most important game for us right now. We just need to prepare like we have never prepared. In our eyes, this is a Big 12 Championship on the line for us. There is going to be a lot on the line. I think the whole team is going to be really into this week as far as practice and preparation. It is a very important game, especially since we have not been able to beat them the last couple years. We want to come out on top, so we will do whatever we have to do for that to happen."

On how quickly focus switches to the Baylor game...
"In my mind, right now. Honestly, I am going to go enjoy the win with my family, but tomorrow, we have to start focusing on Baylor. We have to start studying, preparing and watching film as soon as we can."

Kansas Head Coach Clint Bowen
On getting down early...
"We came out and they jumped all over us. It was 14-0 before anything even happened and we did not need that. We are coming into a road game and everyone knows the story about our road woes. We were looking for something good to happen early, but it did not. I believe our kids continued to fight throughout the game, but the bottom line was that Kansas State was better than us today."

On the two early interceptions by Kansas State...
"The one down in the end zone was kind of a weird play with the ball getting tipped off of finger tips but I did not get a great look at it. You come into a game where you have to play a perfect game and play as good as you can possibly play, but starting off with turnovers is obviously not the way we need to go."

On the extra point giving Kansas State extra momentum...
"You score a touchdown or hit a big play and make the catch. Then you go down the field to get an extra point and it gets blocked. Everything you just got built up is taken away from you and you cannot even get the momentum back to start winning."

Linebacker Ben Heeney
On narrowing the gap between these two programs...
"That is a great question. I think the first step is hiring this guy (Clint Bowen) we have right now. [Bowen] has this thing moving in the right direction. I think that is the most important step right now."

On the blueprint for building the program...
"It starts with getting a permanent leader, and I think it is that guy (Clint Bowen) we just played for. It is up to the coach then to create the program. It just sucks that my legacy here is over."

On Coach Clint Bowen's message after the game...
"[Clint Bowen] was very appreciative of the seniors. The message he was sending to the underclassmen was to remember this feeling. Obviously, if you are not feeling like crap after this game, there is something wrong. Remember this feeling and have a snapshot in your brain and think about it every time you are training."
 
Quarterback Mike Cummings
On the interception where the ball was kicked in the air...
"That was a tough situation. I felt like the defensive back made contact with the receiver before the ball got there, but we are not playing at home."

On the interceptions...
"Playing this position you have to have short memory and tough skin. Once the play was done there is nothing you can do about it and you cannot go back and change it. I was just trying to get things going and move forward."

On the difficulty of being down early...
"Being down 14-0 is not like being down 7-0, there is no 14-point play in football. You have to put one play after another and then one drive after another to get points on the board."

Cornerback JaCorey Shepherd
On the difficulty of guarding the Kansas State's wide receivers...
"As far as receivers, they have some pretty good guys. They are good at running their routes and they never give up on a play. They are pretty disciplined and they stick to it."

On the emotions of the last game of the year...
"It sucks to lose. It has not hit me too hard because I feel like I played my hardest and I helped put the team in the best position to win. The feelings of it being my last game have not really hit me yet."

On what makes it's so difficult to guard Tyler Lockett...
"He is shifty and he is quick coming out of his breaks. I am a defensive back so that is what I do, regardless of if he is shifty, I have to be there."