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Postgame Quotes - Kansas State


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Sept. 4, 2010

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the play of running back Daniel Thomas…
“He was pretty good. He turned the ball over one time which nobody likes, but other than that I thought he did quite well. Daniel is such a quiet young guy, most of you have interviewed him and he doesn’t have much to say, but he plays so hard. Second, third, fourth effort, that is just his way. I am awfully proud of him.”

On the spark provided by backup running back William Powell…
“William has missed a lot of practice because he has been banged up a little bit. To come back and pick things up again as quickly as he did was good. That is what you expect out of him though. He is like Daniel. He’s a hard worker, a good second effort guy, hard to get off of his feet and a very humble nice young man.”

On the play of quarterback Carson Coffman…
“We need to have more than what we got. We have to just make good decisions. The thing that he did, with a couple of exceptions, he managed the ball game. That is what we want him to be able to do. He did some good things with the option from time to time. He had some throws that he just missed on. They were awfully close. I do not think that we would ever break the ballgame open, but we had the chance to get some breathing room earlier in the ballgame. He threw one that was probably going to get into the end zone, but we ended up catching it out of bounds.”   

On the early injury of offensive lineman Ethan Douglas...
“I really do not know because he will have to have an MRI. Right now, it is identified as a sprain but we will have to wait and see.”

On the play of his defense…
“We played so well on defense. Now we gave up some yardage in the second half in the running game defensively, probably to UCLA’s credit. They did a nice job of running that no-huddle offense, getting up to the line of scrimmage and snapping it, going quick. We were just a tad slow getting ourselves set and ready to play, but that is very correctable, I think.”

On the significance of the win…
“I think it is good for everybody. Wins are hard to come by. I do not care if you are the coach, the quarterback or the water guy. They are hard to come by, and they are important and good for everyone involved.”

On the heart that the defense showed…
“I like the way that our defense responded to adverse situations. You remember in the first half. Our offense turned the ball over, the defense had to defend a short field, and we held them to a field goal. They had some big plays against us, but the defense turned right around and put the brakes on them. They did give up that late touchdown but then turned right around and stopped the two-point conversion. There is some character there. That takes more than just being a good football player. We have all been faced with adversities in our life, but it is how you respond to tough times that tells what kind of an individual you are. That is what I was proud of our defensive football team for.”

Senior Running Back Daniel Thomas
On his feelings about the game…
“I feel good. I think we played well and it was a good win for us today.”

On rushing for 235 yards…
“I did not even realize I got it until after the game was over. The offensive line blocked really well. They were able to open big holes so that I could break through the line and then make some good cuts.”

On wearing down the UCLA defense in the second half…
“I think we just learned from last year that you have to come out in the second half and continue to push and work hard. Coach said that we needed to come out and finish the game and fortunately we did.”

Senior Quarterback Carson Coffman
On wearing down the UCLA defense…
“Our offensive line is excellent. Daniel is a great player, and anytime you are running the ball like that, your defense is going to get worn down.”

On his touchdown pass…
“It felt good. We have been running that play all week. Coaches drew it up, and it is a great play. I am just excited that they put me in that position to make the play.”

On the changes from last season…
“Last year and the years before, I don’t think we had this finishing attitude. I think we got that back, and I am really proud of our team.”

Senior Running Back William Powell
On his confidence level…
“We are very confident in our running game. In practice we get better every day at it. We work on it very hard, and we are very confident.”

On the impact of Daniel Thomas
“Daniel was outstanding.  Words cannot explain it. He is a great running back, and that is all I can say. Daniel gets the whole team excited. I see him making plays, and that just makes me want to play that much harder. When he comes out and I go in, I don’t want there to be any discrepancy. I want to get in there and be able to produce just like he does.”  

On is practice throughout the week…
“I made it a priority to work on my balance and to really be able to come off tackles. I feel 100-percent. I am ready to go and ready for more.”

Senior Defensive End Antonio Felder
On stopping the two-point conversion…
“We were disappointed at first because they scored too easy, but when it got down to the two-point conversion, we practice that every day, we just buckled down and had to get it done to win the game. ”

On having control of the game…
“I think we had control at the end of the game and then we lost it a little bit. We made a few mistakes when they started moving the ball, but we got it together.”

On defensively growing…
“We grew up a lot and we came together. We played together, communicated and played well.”

Junior Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
On how the defense played today…
“We have been working hard. It is about time our stats can show how hard we have been working. We did a good job of getting into position because we had a pretty good idea of what they were going to do. It comes down to execution and fortunately it got the job done.”

On having Brandon Harold back…
“He made plays and that is why he is important to us. It is great to have him back.”

On breaking up the two-point conversion…
“That meant a lot, plain and simple. It was a huge momentum swing for us. It was great to stop them when we needed to. We brought up the Iowa State game and how important it was that we stop them when we need to.”

Senior Defensive Back Terrance Sweeney
On the defensive effort…
“It is all due to the hard work this off-season. The two-a-days, weights and sprints all pay credit to our effort. All four quarters we played hard and we had to take it upon us to stop them when we needed to.”

On how he thinks he played in his first game…
“I think I played pretty well. I knew what I was doing out there because I prepared well throughout the week. I know I have room to improve though.”

On playing defense against the tall UCLA receivers…
“We knew they would have a height advantage so we had to be physical against them. We had to keep hitting them and keep hitting them and then get to the ball.”