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Sept. 1, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On what the defining moment of the game was…
“The defining moment was the first half of the ballgame. It was a 6-6 ballgame in the first half and we had yet to score a touchdown.”

On the offensive and defense line…
“It is all defined in the first 30 minutes, which were horrible. I thought in the second half the play got a little bit better. We still did not have a sack in the game and did not get the quarterback on the ground. We did not play so well against the pass, but they had less than 100 yards rushing so we played well against the run. With the two rushing touchdowns that Daniel (Sams) had and the touchdown that John (Hubert) had, the offensive line played well. We were playing error-free football until the holding call at the end of the game.”

On the team avoiding a slow start this season…
“I said that when I came back, I did not think there would be any generation gap, but I am beginning to believe there is. It seems like we are not very good at explaining what we are talking about. I am going to tell the team to have a really slow start next week and see what happens.”

On Missouri State…
“That is going to be a good football team. They were picked last in their conference although they have nine starters on defense. You have to realize that their defense kept us out of the end zone for the entire first half and into the second half. I think they are going to be fine.”

On Collin Klein’s pass-to-run ratio…
“That was what I perceived it too. Collin is Collin, and he needs to play the way he is supposed to.  He made some good throws, made some good decisions and we let him have the offense for a while during the game. The first drive we had came through him taking command of the ballgame and making the right calls. We were not as good at playing to our strengths in the first half, but we did a better job of that in the second half.”

On Daniel Sams…
“He has decent speed, but he is a running back type of guy. Had the game not been in the situation it was in, there would have been more balance to the offense while he was in. However, with the score being what it was, it was inappropriate to throw the football. I thought he played well.”

On if Collin Klein’s progression in the passing game…
“He tried to go downfield on numerous occasions but the defense did a nice job of covering us. They were also able to contain him well when he tried to scramble. I am comfortable with him throwing the ball any way they allow us to throw it. It is up to the defense to determine when and where he throws the ball more than anything. I am not saying he cannot throw the ball because I believe he certainly can.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On tonight’s performance…
“I think we learned and got better faster. We were able to get some things corrected and start finishing drives and touchdowns. We performed a lot better towards the end of the game and that is what it is all about.”

On fighting complacency…
“You are never going to be satisfied and the coaches make sure of that. I appreciate that since that is our vision and something that I am trying to adopt. There is always room to improve. We made a lot of good plays and good throws but we can make more and it is about improving.” 
 
On the similarities to last year’s opener…
“There was a little similarity. The first games are always hard. Everyone is so emotionally ready and charged for the game. I know it even took me the first half to get the feel of the game again. I know running the ball a little bit and getting the feel and sync of everything again. I feel it took us awhile to get there and I would have like to have got there faster. At the end, we finished strong and stayed together.”

Freshman Quarterback Daniel Sams
On getting into the game…
“I have just been waiting for coach (Bill Snyder) to call my name. He always preached that we are just one play or one ankle sprain away for me to play. My opportunity finally came tonight.”

On the emotions of the game…
“It was really all just a matter of waiting, I said if coach calls me in then my time will come. Just whatever comes, I am going to make the best of my opportunities.”

Senior Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On the offensive impact…
“I was a little surprised because we talked about starting fast the whole time and we kind of started to move slowly. Our guys were anxious to get our legs underneath us because it has been awhile so I think that is really what it was.” 

On what sparked the team in the second half…
“We just came out more ready. The punt return was a big play and there were also a few good blocks in that play.”

On Hubert’s run tonight…
“I am glad he broke because if he would have got caught, we would have been on him for awhile. He was talking about how he kept stumbling. I do not think he had broken one like that since high school. It was a good run he made the cornerback miss and made it to the endzone.”

Senior Linebacker Arthur Brown
On getting back to playing again…
“It just feels great. It is exciting that we get to do something other than practice. Just being able to get back out there in front of all those fans, it is just really great. It is almost like a stress reliever.”

On the overall defense play tonight…
“There are a lot of areas that we have to improve, I have to give credit to them (Missouri State). They did a great job of keeping the tempo and making us react and showed us the many areas of our game that we need to improve on. We are just going to take it day-by-day.”

Senior Cornerback Nigel Malone
On starting the game slowly…
“We did not necessarily start the way we wanted to, but at the end it is bend but do not break. We took that motto from last year against Eastern Kentucky.”

On why it is hard to start fast in openers…
“I am not too sure, there are a lot things going on. It is the first game and we needed to knock the rust off.  We have not played a game since January, so there are a lot of things going into it.  ”

On how the defense played in the game…
“They did a really good job on game-planning us. They found a chunk of yards, but like I said, it is bend but do not break. We came out in the second half and they had a big play starting the second half. We came out strong and tried not to give them a touchdown.”

On the message preparing for Miami…
“Smart, fast, tough-that is how we play. We prepare hard during the week, making sure we get our game plan down. We just go out and do what the coaches tell us.”

Senior Defensive End Meshak Williams
On the defense going into next week…
“We just have to build on this one. We have to find out what we are doing wrong and build on what we are doing right. We have to get better on our passing game and continue on technique and skill.”

On defensive line performance…
“We feel like our performance was average. It was not what we expected because we wanted to do better. It is the first game and everyone is excited and anxious. I feel like we will perform better next week.”

On not having a sack in tonight’s game…
“It was very disappointing for all of us on the defensive line. We talked about it in the locker room and given the circumstances, we feel like we brought a lot of pressure on them during the second half to break up the quick passes for the defensive backs.”

Missouri State Head Coach Terry Allen
On the performance of Missouri State…
“I think that if you are going to move the ball against K-State, you are going to have to have to throw it. If you look statistically at what has happened to them last year, we knew that we were going to have to throw the ball coming in. Obviously we have a new quarterback, so that is different for us. We were not able to execute. We had a kid fumble on the first possession. The red zone bogged down for us as far as touchdowns, but I was proud of Austin Witmer because he made all three of his field goals. The way that he has been ridden before, it has got to feel good for him.”

Junior Quarterback Ashton Glaser
On final score…
“It is pretty disappointing. I do not think the final score showed how we really played in the game but it happens. We missed some opportunities, and we have to take advantage of them next time.”

On his team’s opportunities in the third quarter…
“I just need to get on the right page with our receivers. Our line did great tonight. I had all day to throw, and I do not think we took one sack. As long as the receivers and I get on the same page, we will be a good football team.”

Senior Offensive Lineman Randy Richards
On the offensive line’s play tonight…
“I think the offensive line played very well. We had zero sacks. There were just little details that we have got to work on next week in practice but we will get it done.”

On the final score of tonight’s game…
“Well, it might be a little disheartening to the critics for us, but we know how hard we played and how hard we fought. We know what happened first-hand. There are just little mistakes we need to work on. We will be fine.”

Senior Outside Linebacker Nate Davis
On the level of defensive play before the fourth quarter…
“Defensively, we played really well, because tempo-wise, we matched with K-State. We were flying around, doing what we were supposed to do. We did not really allow Collin (Klein) to get out of the pocket, and if he did, it was not anything big.”

On K-State’s fourth quarter run…
“It was definitely fatigue on our part. We had a lot of cramping on the side, but we fought hard until the end.”

Junior Wide Receiver Dorian Buford
On competing against a Big 12 team…
“Coming into the game, I knew that I would be working hard all summer to prepare, and had not really taken any days off. That being said, I expected myself to make those kinds of plays and do what I had to do out there. Overall, they had pretty good defense and I learned some things playing against them.”