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Postgame Quotes Kansas State vs. North Dakota State


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Aug 30, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On North Dakota State rushing for 215 yards...
"That answers the questions. It is not very good."

On getting enough preparation for the game...
"In hind sight I would probably say probably not, but I think we prepared reasonably well. I do not think our effort was ever where I would like for it to have been during that period of time. It was a long, hard period of time for them. Certainly give them that, but we have been there before as well."

On North Dakota State being a good football team...
"Well I certainly do not want to take anything away from a quality football team like Craig (Bohl) has. It is obvious that they are national champions. They are an extremely fine football team. They play very hard, and they are a tough football team. They played harder than we did. They were tougher than we were. They were better coached than we were."

On thoughts of NDSU's last drive...
"I was thinking that we need to get them stopped, and I was worried about the timing when they got the ball with I think eight minutes and fifteen seconds to go. I was worried when they moved the ball, and they were not having a whole lot of difficulty moving the ball, it takes up some time and I knew that they were going to run the time off the clock as well. The first thing I did was tell our coaches to get their two minute offenses ready, because if they did score then we would not have a whole lot of time left on the clock, which was true."

On the offensive linemen...
"I do not know if it was communication. I do not think that was the case. They are bright enough and played together long enough. I just think we got beat on the other side, and did not do all the things that we needed to do. Some of the things that we needed to do, we did not."

On Jake Waters' performance...
"Jake threw the ball reasonably well. He just made some mistakes and got into a little trouble. When you turn the ball over then you got some problems. Overall for his first ballgame, I thought he played reasonably well. Daniel (Sams), that was poor coaching on our part. We put him in one play and he is in the end zone. That falls back on us not utilizing him more."

On the emotions in the locker room...
"I would like to see a whole bunch of mad guys in all honesty. I did not see any. That is concerning, that is for sure. They are certainly disappointed, and they are hurt. I think they knew it was going to be a difficult ballgame, and North Dakota State was extremely talented and a fine football team that plays extremely hard and would not give in. They came from two down to win it in the second half, but nobody is knocking any walls down I know that."

On the new guys on defense...
"When they march the ball down the field for 80 some odd yards in eight minutes it is probably not as good as you would like."

On the events of today making the loss worse...
"Well probably so. I am sure it is tremendously disappointing for our fans. They have always meant so much to us, and we let them down. I feel badly about that, and hopefully our players do as well."

Kansas State Player Quotes

Senior Linebacker Tre Walker

Emotionally summing up the lost…
“Any time that you have the lead like and you let it go to a good team it is upsetting. You got to give North Dakota State credit, they played well and stayed with their game plan, even when they were down they kept fighting. Tonight we came up short.”

On the final drive for North Dakota State…
“That is very upsetting, to hold them on first and second down, and then come back on third down to just let something slip like that and do it time and time again. That can be frustrating. But that is where we have to come together, we have to set up and make those third down conversions and get off the field, and give our offense a chance to close out the game.“

On his postgame thoughts…
“My father always told me that you get knocked down sometimes but you got to get back up and fight. Now people are really anxious to see what type of team we are going to be. What type of leadership we have. Are we really about everything that we talk about. Now is the time to take all of the mistakes we made, come together and focus. The season is certainly not over, we still have a lot of success to obtain, but right now we just need to regroup and get it back together.”

Senior Safety Ty Zimmerman
On tonight’s game…
“It is just a tough one to swallow. You work so hard for six months out of the year to get ready for the season and you lay an egg like that it is just tough.”

On the last drive…
“It was really frustrating, the ball was in our hands and it was up to the defense.  I felt like we had them on third down, 3,4,or 5 times and they kept picking up first downs.”

On the new defense…
“It is hard, but we cannot use that as an excuse. We had all spring together we had three weeks of practice together. I really thought we had a good camp. We did some good things, but we made a lot of mistakes.”

Senior  Wide Reciever Tramaine Thompson
On the outcome of the game…
“We did not play up to our abilities. North Dakota State did a great job. We have to make more plays down the stretch.”

On how the offense performed…
“We played sloppy. We did not play good. In the game we did not run or pass the ball well. We just did not make plays.”

On Kansas State’s last two possessions …
“We shot ourselves in the foot again and again today. We had opportunities to do what we had been planning against North Dakota State, but we did not execute when it was time to execute. We did not show up.”

On what team will take from this loss…
“We have to refocus and put this behind us. We can use this to motivate us at the same time. We have to have a great week of practice and come in and refocus.”

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On Thoughts of his first game…
“Obviously it was not the way I wanted it or we wanted it to end, but it was a great atmosphere and it was great out there playing with those guys. But it is not the way that we wanted it to start off which is tough. We got to move on because it is over, and come back ready to work tomorrow.“

On if he thought K-State could lose before the game…
“They are a good team who are back to back national champions, but we were more focused on ourselves and doing things right. We made a lot of mistakes, me included. I will be the first to tell you that I made a lotof mistakes tonight that I wished I could have back. AS a team we just did not play as well as we can, and when we play a good team like that who knows how to win, that is going to hurt you.”

On the struggles of the running game…
“I am not really sure. Obviously they have a really good defensive line and we have a really good offensive line, and for them to hit us in the mouth a little bit. We just did not get into a rhythm tonight. That is a credit to them.”

Junior Center B.J. Finney
On the performance of the offensive line…
“We made a lot of mistakes, and we took a lot of things for granted North Dakota State did a lot of good things with game planning. They gave us looks that we were not ready for, and they did not give us looks that we were looking for. We just have to be better overall as a team and as a unit.”

On performance after the 14-point lead…
“I cannot answer that for sure. We made too many mistakes tonight. The first half and the second half we made too many mistakes all together. North Dakota State is a great football team, and you cannot make that many mistakes or you will lose, just like we did.”

On the struggles of the offensive line…
“It was a lot of things. You cannot just nail it down to one. We have to get better at them all. That is just the way it is. We have meetings and film tomorrow, and we have to come in dedicated and learn from it. We need to get better, and we need to get this thing going now.”

North Dakota State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Craig Bohl
Opening statement…
“I would like to congratulate all of our players. It was a great effort on their part showing determination and resolve when we were down. Many, many teams have come in and Kansas State has jumped up and those teams have folded; our guys did not do that. I thought our assistant coaches made some really excellent adjustments there when we needed to - certainly the fourth down play was huge in the game for us to get that and it was a great win for our program. For me personally, I have a great deal of respect for Kansas State and coach Snyder for all those years in Nebraska. They are a tremendous program, so for us it is a great win.”

On the final possession…
“Well that is part of who we are and we had talked about that coming in, that we needed to take it into the fourth quarter and somewhere in the fourth quarter fundamentals are going to slip and guys are going to get tired. I thought we were in excellent shape and that became apparent as the game went along, so we played for that drive. We knew we were going to get the green light once the time possession and field position changed to get four downs. We squeezed every second out of the clock, so I want to say congratulations to our players.”

On building on the past two seasons’ success…
“We have a remarkable program. We have a remarkable group of seniors and they have a tremendous amount of confidence. They are not cocky, they have a strong conviction, and we even talked about that during the course of being down by a couple possessions. It certainly does not surprise us but I think it is just another notch. We have had a lot of these type of wins, but never over a program like this.”

On the magnitude of the victory…
“I do not know if our players really understood the type of program we were facing. They are so dog gone tough and naïve, and they just play hard. Personally, I knew. I knew how it was going to be and how it was going to be and what it was going to take. We certainly did not play error free, but you cannot fault our guys. I thought the plan that was in place with our conditioning over the summer came in place. I want to give a big shout out to Sanford Health. We did a lot of things with hydration, and when Kansas State’s guys were cramping, we were still playing. I thought the people at Sanford Health did a great job of preparing us to go through that last drive.”


North Dakota State Player Quotes

NDSU Quarterback Brock Jensen
On his team’s game-winning drive…
“We had to score a touchdown. It was a scenario that we have practiced frequently - every week in practice. It was just one of those moments where we just had to gut it out. It was not easy by any stretch - we were tired and they were tired - but we found a way to just gut it out. That was the guttiest performance that I have seen in my entire life on any level. I am so proud of my team and I just thank God for letting me be a part of this.”

On the role of the heat in tonight’s game…
“It had an effect on all of us. You cannot really practice or prepare for this. In Fargo the previous week, it was pretty hot but it is just something that you cannot prepare for. You do not know how many drives you are going to get in a game, you just have to gut it out. It is not going to be easy but you just have to look each other in the eye and realize how hard that you worked in the offseason. When it comes down to the last drive, those are the things that you live for.”

On the performance of NDSU’s offensive line…
“Our offensive line was phenomenal tonight. Josh Colville did a tremendous job of stepping into the center position tonight after playing guard last year. He did a great job with the transition with it being on such a big stage. I am just proud of him. But our whole line was the MVPs of the game, along with the defense. They gave our backs running lanes and they gave me throwing lanes. We just did a great job of sticking together as a team and we just found a way to get it done as a team.”

On tonight’s win over K-State…
“Coming into this game, we knew this was going to be one of the toughest matchups in our program’s history. We have seen Minnesota, Colorado State and Kansas – not taking anything away from those teams – but Kansas State is a different animal. They are an extremely good football team. They were Big 12 Champs last year and I think it is fair to say that aside from the National Championships, this is the biggest win in our program’s history.”

Running Back Sam Ojuri
On his team’s outlook before tonight’s game…
“We came into the game with the confidence that we could do this. There was a point in the third quarter where we were down by 14 points and coach Bohl told us that a lot of teams just lay down against K-State, but we were not going to do that. We just believed in each other and were able to fight back and get the win.”

On his long run in the second half…
“That is all a credit to the offensive line. Everybody dug out and they created a seam for me and all I had to do was run.”

On his thoughts on tonight’s win…
“It is a great win but it is a non-conference game. We want to win our conference, we want to go through the playoffs and we want to win another National Championship. That is our main goal, but to start off like this gives us a lot of confidence.”