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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the offensive line…
“I thought they did a pretty decent job. I was very pleased with the way they played snap after snap. We had some good and not so good plays, but they were competitive, spirited, and they fought the battle. I was very pleased.”

On defense in the red zone…
“I think today it was a little more of being able to force the ball to be punted. I do not think we are doing anything different. I guess I really do not have an answer. They just stiffened up, so to speak, when they get down there. The schemes are not any different, but it is a little tougher for an offense to go in down there because the field tightens down so much. We certainly found that to be true.”

On the botched trick play near the goal line…
“It was just what it looked like, but it was not supposed to look that way. That is not the players fault. We just got too fancy. We ran a couple of plays in the red zone, and it took us out of a scoring position. It put us into a field goal position. We just have to remember how we got the ball down there.”

On Collin Klein…
“He is the same guy. He improves at everything because he works diligently to get better. He has improved in the passing game and he is making an improvement in leadership. He is also making improvements in the management and running game. He is just a guy who works diligently to get better, and he just keeps getting better across the board.”

On the special teams…
“When you go to special teams, once again, it is a lot of people. It is not just the specialists. Somebody has to protect for Anthony Cantele. He did have some excellent kick offs. I was really impressed with special teams with the exception of the last one. With those mistakes that you mentioned, I stuck my ugly head in the huddle. I should have just let Sean (Snyder) do it. I said you are one kick away from having the best performance of any kickoff unit at any time in Kansas State’s history. Bad choice of words.”

On offensive balance…
“In all reality, we were not as balanced as we were last week. The outset of the ballgame we were throwing the ball a little more. On first downs last week, we were fifty-fifty. Half of it was run the other half of it was pass. We were far more invested in the run. The yardage is the same. The difference was the emphasis of how we ran the ball and when we threw it.”

On defensive improvements…
“I was pleased. We held them to around 40 yards as far as rushing is concerned. In the passing game, we gave up a little bit of yardage, but considering it was not as nearly as much as last week. Miami is a team that has the ability to run around and throw the ball. There were a couple of schemes that we had difficulty with. You are going to give up a little passing yardage, but there were just a couple of schemes that we had difficulty with and Miami was very consistent in being successful with those schemes, which allowed them to get out of those third and longs to keep possession of the ball. Overall, I thought we improved defensively. I was very pleased with the progress we made.” 

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On execution…
“It is a step in the right direction. I know seeing things last week when we talked about execution and it really is the little things. We were staying ahead of the chase. Those little execution things are the difference of one or two yards or five or six. It is a big difference when you are talking third and two instead of third and six or seven. Those little things, like you said, we were able to lock in. I credit our coaches with a great game plan, going in and putting us in some really good opportunities. Hats off to Miami, they are a really good ball club, they run their football and they will smack you. I experienced that first hand.”

On taking a step forward into the season…
“It is just a step and coach is rubbing off on me because what I am thinking about right now is the two field goals we kicked inside the ten. That is what I am thinking about right now. Again, we did a lot of good things, we made some progress, but there are some things we need to sure up.”

On his backwards' pass...
“It was our timing. It got a little disrupted and we got a little off on the throw when it happened. We had a little penetration on the front side, rushed the timing a little bit and made me to where I could not go forward. I think if it works, then we are talking about it, but it did not so we are talking about that. Again, thankfully it did not cost us too badly.”

Senior Wide Receiver Chris Harper 
On how much the trick play in the first half was worked on at practice…
“We had a few, but Miami showed us a different look we had not seen yet.” 

On the balance of the offense…
“It was great. I saw Collin’s (Klein) stats and saw that he completed nine out of his eleven passes, so he was really efficient. We ran the ball well too. We had 500 yards of total offense and I do not remember us ever doing that while I have been here.”

On how he feels about the football team…
“I feel great. I expect us to always come out and play well. We came out and executed well tonight.”

On what would have happened with the trick play in a perfect world…
“I would have walked in for a touchdown. The coaches said I was wide open, and when the cornerback came over with me, I knew it would work. Miami got inside and Klein had to run the play just a little bit quicker than he wanted to.”

On the flow of the game being easier because of a quick score…
“It shook us up. We are not used to scoring as quick so it is a little different. We came out more focused than last week, but we did not emphasize the start. Last week, we were anxious to start and then that slowed us down, so we did not focus on it as much this week and just played. That allowed us to start fast.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On his touchdown catch…
“They played the perfect coverage for that call. Collin saw that it was going to work because he saw the corner drop and he dropped into cover three. I do not think I could have been more open and Collin could not have thrown a better ball. It was a good situation and we executed it very well.”

On what was going through his head on the catch…
“I honestly do not remember. I did not know what was going through my head. I did not know what I was doing. You do not think about what you are going to do. I was actually just talking to Deante Burton and he said ‘What would you ever do if you scored?’ And I said ‘I do not know.’ I just took off running. It was pandemonium, really.”

Miami Head Coach Al Golden
On quarterback Stephen Morris play…
“I think we all could have played better. We just did not convert on our third down conversions. The bottom line is that we just were not as crisp as we needed to be. Give them credit they had a very good pass rush.”

On a particular turning point in the game…
“There are a lot of plays. We had a bunch of opportunities to score in the red zone. We only had one takeaway. There were just a bunch of turning points, I will just have to go back and check the film. One play was not the difference in the game. They out coached us and they out played us.”

On the injury status of Allen Hurns…
“We obviously held him out of the game. I do not know what the injury was, but it was a tough loss early on in the game.”

Freshman Running Back Duke Johnson
On dropping passes…
“I should not have let that happen. I just got too excited.”

On his lack of success today…
“I just was not making the best of my opportunities,that is all. I gave up opportunities time after time and I just did not do my best.”

On facing adversity in today’s game…
“That is basically what football is about, overcoming something and that is something that we tried to do time and time again. We did not make the best of our opportunities.”

Sophomore Offensive Lineman Shane McDermott
On his thoughts on today’s game…
“We came into the game feeling pretty confident but like coach (Golden) said, we just left too many plays on the field. We are just going to go back to practice and fix everything that we did wrong and we are going to get at it for the next week.”

On K-State’s defense…
“We knew coming into the game that K-State was a tough team and we knew that they were going to be a good pass-rush team. At the end of the day we left too many plays on the field.”

Sophomore Offensive Lineman Jonathan Feliciano
On K-State’s defensive front…
“K-State is a good team upfront and all the way around. They did not do anything that really surprised us, they just executed what they wanted to do and you have to take your hat off to them.”

On scoring in the final minutes of the game…
“We were happy that we got points on the board. We just wanted to overcome the adversity that we faced.”

On the differences between Boston College and K-State…
“They are both really good teams but Kansas State played really well today. You just have to give them credit.”

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