K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference

Allen Chapman

Nov. 15, 2011

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Anthony Cantele's play against Texas A&M...
"I was very proud of him. When you consider the circumstances with which he hit the ball, both of the field goal kicks that he made were win or lose situations. I was immensely proud of the fact that he hit it so well there, considering the fact that one of his kicks was from a position where his misses had come from. That was added pressure to him. To couple that with the fact that he kicked off for us and hit the ball deeper than he has in previous ballgames, which was beneficial in the field position in the ballgame. Overall, I thought he did quite well."

On Collin Klein's best attributes...
"I think his fortitude and his genuine desire to continue to improve week in and week out. He really does take that seriously. He strives to be the very best that he can be and all the other things we have talked about in here so readily, so often - leadership, toughness, etcetera."

On the threat of scoring within the five-yard line...
"First and foremost, you have five guys up front - particularly the inside three - if they do not score, you do not score. They have to be able to do that now. The comforting level was the fact that you have four downs. Sometimes you have to be careful that you do not beat your head into a stone wall. We do not want to do that either. There was not any doubt in Mike Sherman's mind what we were going to do. Our guys were still able to accomplish that, so it is a real tribute to them. That is hardnosed football when you get down to that."

On Texas' offense...
"They are a football team that maybe has a little more balance in their offense than what we have normally seen, maybe a little bit more skewed to the running game but certainly capable from the other aspects of it. I think from an offensive standpoint, very athletic offensive line with guys that can get out and run. They get the ball on the edge and make you have to run with them. You do not like to do that because they have an awful lot of speed to go along with it. I think maybe just a little more run oriented, as far as the offensive side of the ball is concerned."

On Texas' defense...
"I think they are excellent. I think they are a tremendously talented football team. They do a lot more than what a lot of people would expect or anticipate. The nuances you see on tape that you might not see just watching a ballgame up here, so there is a lot of things that you have to be prepared for. They are fast, they run extremely well, they are athletic. They have some powerful people up front, and they have good range. These are all 6-foot 4-inch, 6-foot 5-inch guys up front. They have the strength and the ability to move rapidly. You put that all together, it makes it difficult."

On the development of the passing game...
"I think putting him (Colin Klein) in a position to do what he has done, the capacity to have some balance in our offense, which you are not as quite as predictable in terms of when you are going to throw it and when you are going to run it helps a great deal. We have had some fine performances from some of our receivers that have made some very, very fine catches as well. It is a collective thing. It is not Collin, it is everybody who is involved with it."

On being the underdog each game...
"I think it probably does have an impact on them. I think there is something more important than trying to prove them wrong - all of the things we talk about without trying to be redundant. That is where I would like to believe their focus is and what their intent is and what they are trying to accomplish. I cannot say that they know how the odds makers perceive it. If they are fortunate enough to overcome that, then I think they feel good about it. I think over the years we have probably distorted the odds makers vantage point. In other words, we have probably gone against the odds, whatever they were, more times than anyone. I do not know that for fact, I was told that a long time ago. Again, I do not sit down and study that. I do not really know."

On if falling behind early is the key to victory...
"I do not know. That is an interesting stat. It truly is when you think about it. I would hate to think that a magic formula is to fall behind. We need to be better. Bottom line to the whole thing is we need to start better than what we have been the last three ballgames. Good football teams have to have some consistency about them. Part of it is having to start ballgames in such way where you do not fall behind considerably. As everyone says, it is 60 minutes of football. Every player, every fan and every coach would suggest that you need to be good for 60 minutes. You need to play the best you can play, and coach the best you can coach for the full 60 minutes. If you are not doing it the outset of the ballgame, then obviously you are not achieving what you set out to achieve. It is significant why we have been so fortunate, other than reasons I have said before, you have to have that great appreciation for the competitive spirit, that never-say-die approach and attitude of our players. By the same token, I think it is significant to be able to start better. I mean, it does not mean you can start great, and you have a letdown and someone else comes back, or you start great and you do not finish at the end. It all goes together. Start, be consistent and finish. The great football teams, the good football teams, do that more often than not."

Offensive Lineman B.J. Finney
On keeping the mindset going to Texas...
"We have to keep doing what we do every week - hit the reset button, one game at a time, come to practice and work on something every day."

On the pride the team has by being the underdog...
"I would not necessarily say there is pride in it because you do not want to be the underdog every week. Just coming out and doing our thing the K-State way - playing ball and coming out with a win is always satisfying."

On the series history between K-State and Texas...
"I always know that it is a really good game between the two. I know recently it has come out in K-State's favor. Texas is a solid team this year. They play fast and play physical. We are going to have to come down and execute and play one of our best games."

Defensive Back Allen Chapman
On erasing early deficits...
"I have never seen anything like that. I just think that we need to come out with more enthusiasm."

On the team's mental state...
"I think that we are focused. Playing in Austin is big, and we have to go in there focused."

On playing in front of a large crowd...
"I think that it will be exciting. I do not think that it will bother us too much."