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Postgame Quotes


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Sept. 21, 2013

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K-State Head coach Bill Snyder
On the fumble of the drive to start the third quarter and the final outcome...
"There are a number of things you can draw out but it was quite obvious that it had a dramatic impact on the ballgame. Some other things did as well, but at that time it was very disruptive."

On the quarterback situation concerning all the substitutions...
"Sometimes they went in. Sometimes they came out. That’s what substitution’s all about."

On the difference of Texas’ defense when Daniel Sams was in or when Jake Waters was in at quarterback...
"They played the same scheme all the way through. When Daniel went in the ballgame, he ran the ball, and he ran it fine, so it was not as though they didn’t wind up to take it away. I don’t know what he had, but I think he had a decent number of yards. We just didn’t throw the ball with him, which is what we need to do. We did run Jake a little bit. Both of them have the capacity to do either side, but by and large, we just have to do a better job. Both of them deserve to play. Both of them are good players. They made a lot of mistakes. We’ve got to do a better job. We didn’t coach this game very well. We need to do a better job being able to utilize both of them because they’re both going to play. It’s that simple, but we’ve got to do a better job utilizing them to their full capacity."

On the game plan during and what they wanted to show...
"Balancing the offense. We wanted to be able to run it. We wanted to be able to throw it. Sometimes we were successful, sometimes we weren’t. The execution was not good. We got penalized when we shouldn’t. We had created the turnovers. You can’t beat good football teams turning the ball over and getting penalized. It’s not more complex than that."

On what the defense didn’t do...
"We gave up the big touchdown throw. If they don’t get whatever that is, five-yard post on us, we probably go in and it’s a 10-7 ballgame. You give up big plays; you’re going to lose ball games. You turn the ball over; you’re going to lose ball games. You get penalized too much; you’re going to lose ball games. This isn’t rocket science."

Senior WR Tramaine Thompson
On where things went wrong with executing the game plan...
"We weren’t running the ball like we should have and we dropped the ball when we shouldn’t have. We made some mistakes down the line. I made one. We just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch to win."

On your poise as a football team...
"At times we were pretty flustered. The clock snuck up on us a couple of times. We didn’t get in from the sidelines a couple of times. That’s just all stuff that we practice all the time and yeah, it’s pretty frustrating when we don’t do the things that we practice all the time."

On Texas’ defense:
"They did everything that we thought they were going to do. They just had the game plan in place and we just didn’t make the plays when we were put in position to."

On the rhythm in the second half with Jake Waters at QB...
"It’s not just that. It’s that we kind of got accustomed to the game and atmosphere a little bit. I think that coming out here we didn’t bring the fight to Texas. Texas definitely came and hit us first. Once we caught our barring I think we performed a little bit better in the second half."

Senior LB Blake Slaughter
On Texas RB Johnathan Gray...
"He is obviously a great running back first of all. I think Johnathan Gray is a great runner, great player. I just felt like we didn’t stop him enough. I think he ended with 132 yards so he’s a great runner obviously and a guy that a lot of people respect. We just didn’t get it done."

On execution to start the game...
"It was just a bunch of stuff coming together. I think that there were some mental errors on our part; some things that we didn’t do well as players. Then around the second half we were able to figure the breaks out a little bit; slow them down a little bit more. That’s the most frustrating thing for me that we weren’t able to do that in the beginning."

Senior DB Ty Zimmerman
On losing to Texas...
"It’s a tough one. The Lord has blessed us with a lot of wins the last couple of years. We really haven’t had this feeling a lot. You kind of forget what it feels like until it happens. All the credit goes out to Texas. They out executed us all night. We made a run there at the end, but we ran out of time."

On turnovers and not getting defense off the field...
"We talk about turnovers all the time, we talk about non-offensive touchdowns and we have gotten some the past couple of weeks, but we were unable to do that tonight. We couldn’t get off the field when we needed to and we kept our offense on the sidelines."

On Texas RB Johnathan Gray and his performance...
"We knew he was talented. We played him last year. He’s a big, physical guy that runs hard. But like I said all the credit goes to Texas and how hard they played tonight."

Junior WR Tyler Lockett
On his performance...
"I think it was pretty tough to get into a rhythm because Texas held the ball a lot on offense and held our offense on the sideline and that’s something we usually do. We keep teams on the sideline. You got to give credit to Texas. They had a great scouting report and just out worked us. We started to find our rhythm in the second half, but you just can’t do stuff like that against a great team like Texas."

On if the quarterback rotation held them back the first half...
"No I don’t think so. We were trying to find a way to get some spark into our offense. Everybody tries different things and this time it just didn’t work out in our favor." 

Texas Head coach Mack Brown
Opening statement... 
"Really proud of the guys.  They fought hard for 60 minutes.  We forced three turnovers and didn't have one.  Overcame a lot of adversity during the ball game.  Just really proud of the way they played and excited about being 1-0 in the Big 12.  Happy that we've got a 10-day period here so maybe we can get some guys well.  Marcus Johnson stepped up when Mike Davis was out.  I thought Kennedy Estelle played well.  I don't know how much Sedrick Flowers played.  Really proud of Marcus.  Played like he'd been out there a long time and did a great job.  Proud of the offensive line, Johnathan Gray.  Thought both quarterbacks did some good things.  And the defense played their hearts out." 

On why they were so successful running the ball and stopping the run...
"I think running the ball was because we opened up passing it more early and we were more balanced.  We were about 230 and 240 in the run/pass category.  We ran 81 plays and slowed it down in the fourth quarter.  We didn't do that last week against Ole Miss in the fourth quarter.  We have to.  That's who we need to be.  We have to come out firing on all cylinders and being aggressive. Defensively, you have to give Greg Robinson and the other coaches credit for bringing them back.  The players are obviously there.  We played good tonight.  We missed fewer tackles.  We chased the ball better.  There were fewer people wide open.  I thought that's the kind of defense we wanted to play coming into the season." 

On if he was able to breathe a sigh of relief at the end of the game...
"I'm not there yet.  Not there yet.  Give Kansas State and Bill Snyder credit.  They kept fighting, kept after it there at the end." 

On if he thought they’d be able to run the ball that effectively...
"We thought we could be balanced.  We did not think that we could just line up and run it.  We thought we had to do both." 

On if he made a decision on David Ash or the doctors did...
"Doctors.  I wouldn't have made a decision to take him out."

On what Ash’s status is moving forward... 
"I talked to him.  He seems to be doing okay.  It's just with the new concussion rules, if they have symptoms pop back up, they take you out, period.  He had symptoms at halftime.  They said he couldn't play the second half."

On what did he said to his guys with all the external talking going on the last couple weeks...
"You know, I actually said to those guys what I've said to you all.  Handle it any way you want to, but beat Kansas State.  The rest of it doesn't matter.  If it bothers you, don't look at it.  If you enjoy drama, look at it.  It's up to you.  I don't look at it, but you can do what you want.  I'm going to be doing everything I can do to beat Kansas State.  That's it.  I haven't heard one word about any of it."

On the defense and whether it was scheme or effort that led to the performance...
"I think scheme, confidence, and therefore you get better effort when they're not giving up big plays.  I think it's a combination of all the things.  The fact that Greg (Robinson) and Duane (Akina) had worked together in '04 is immeasurable to make this work.  They've done such an amazing job.  They argue, they fight, but they did in '04.  Then they come up with good stuff.  They still don't have all the stuff in.  They'll be better when we get to Iowa State because we'll have another 10 days to prepare.  The fact Greg was working so closely with Bo Davis and with Oscar Giles in technique and that kind of stuff early just made the whole room work.  You got to have great chemistry in the room.  I'm just really proud of those guys.  The seniors have accepted Greg so much, they've all welcomed him in, they all bought into it.  This was really important for us to win tonight, and they knew that.  They wanted to get the Big 12 started off right."

On how different this Kansas State team is to ones that have kept him from winning... 
"I think they're the same ones, same team, same Bill Snyder, same runs, same jerseys.  They said Bill Snyder never graduates.  He was out there.  Great kicking game.  We did an amazing job tonight in the kicking game.  I'm not going to go over the last punt.  I'm not going to get into that, like I said.  The fake punt, the kickoff coverage, the kickoff returns we had, they wouldn't even kick it deep to us.  They pooched.  That and the turnovers, our ability to run the ball, stop the run, were the difference in the ballgame in my estimation."

On the fake punt...
"No, we had worked on it.  Most people will not fake a punt when they're in punt safe.  About two weeks ago we decided why not fake one in punt safe because everybody's soft.  Just makes no sense that people say, Oh, they're in punt safe, our fakes are all off.  We call them all off, you get across the 50 or at the 50.  We decided tonight if it was fourth-and-3 or less on our side of the 50 we would fake it." 

On Kansas State’s running quarterback... 
"He was a fullback in high school.  We know he could.  I told him he should have scored, but he has a really good average." 

On how important it was that Kansas State didn’t make any big plays on special teams... 
"Yes.  We went back over the last two years and said that we had gone into the fourth quarter with a chance to win, even only giving up 120 yards total offense to them two years ago.  The difference both years were turnovers and quarterback runs.  We stopped the quarterback run enough they started throwing the ball more, stopped 33 because he's a good player, All-Big 12 last year, forced them to be more one-dimensional.  That's not who they want to be." 

On how big the touchdown was that put them ahead 17-0...
"I think that was really huge.  Last week we were more conservative in third-down situations, didn't go for things.  We said, We're going to have to score some points in this league to win.  So let's go for it." 

On if he has any opinions he can share on the targeting rule... 
"I can't do it.  My opinion on targeting across the country is not one as the head football coach at Texas or as of the head of AFCA (that I can make).  But to me take them upstairs and don't have a penalty on a guy and not be able to call it back if it's not a penalty." 

On getting back on track and being 1-0 in the Big 12... 
"We told them in the dressing room, this is a start, this isn't the end.  We had to get this game tonight.  We had to get back on the right track.  We had to get 1-0 against the Big 12 champs from last year that we have not been successful against in a very physical ballgame.  All those things were good for us because nobody thought we could do it in any of those categories.  We did it.  I'm really proud of the guys.  I don't think this team will let up, I really don't.  We need to get David well.  We need to get Daje (Johnson) well.  We need to get Mike Davis well.  We need to get Josh Cochran, Greg Daniels well, some guys on defense well.  There are no excuses, just keep your mouth shut and go play.  We need to win." 

On his high expectations heading into the season and if this was the team he expected to see.. 
"This is part of the team that I expected to see and expect to see for the rest of the year.  This can be a really good football team before we finish." 

Texas QB Case McCoy
On beating Kansas State and ending their win streak against Texas...
"It was good.  Our team fought hard.  The last three weeks, we haven't finished it.  We had some adversity out there but we hung in.  That was good to see for all of us."

On Jordan Hicks leaving the game with an injury...
"Someone else has to step up.  That's just how this team is going to be.  When somebody goes down, somebody has to step up.  That's very important for us.  We hope to get him back soon.  We have time to let him heal up.  Somebody has to step up." 

On this Kansas State team in comparison to previous teams...
"It's Kansas State.  They're a tough team.  They always come out hard.  We knew we had to come out and play harder." 

On earlier games preparing the defense for tonight...
"We knew that they had a guy who was going to go out there and run.  Their starting quarterback could do the same thing.  We understood we had to contain them.  That was very important for us.  Coach Robinson had a great scheme for us to contain him."

Junior RB Malcolm Brown
On what made it click...
"I was just focused but what really made it click was that offensive line. They did a really great job, which they do every week. They were grinding hard this week, we were grinding hard this week – it was just all focus. They did a really great job of opening up the holes for us."

On the importance of the drive that answered K-State's score in third quarter...
"It was very important. Just to overcome the adversity and end the score with that. That was just something that we wanted to do, come right back with another punch and that's what we did today. We just really executed, and it was a great night for us. It was a great team win."

On whether it seemed if the holes were better tonight...
"We were just all clicking. Like I said, they do a great job in practice all week and we felt it during practice. We had a really good week of practice from them and from us running backs and from the team as a whole. It showed up today."

On how good the running game can be...
"It can be great. Obviously, you saw tonight that the offensive line was opening up those holes. We can find them if they're out there. Like I said, you saw tonight that it was great and we can do things like that every week."

On if this was the team they want to be...
"Definitely. That's just the thing we need to work on: being consistent. The team you saw out there tonight was the team that we can be and the team that we could have been in the losses that we've taken. We all know that and we all know the talent that we have on this team. If we just all focus and execute, we can pull out wins like we did tonight."

On how he thought tonight was different from the past two weeks...
"It was just focus. Those losses really hurt us and we just wanted to refocus on everything and just start over. It was the first Big 12 game and we just wanted to start everything over and leave those losses behind us, and at the same time focus on the mistakes we did make in those games. We understood that and we came out and fixed all the problems."

Sophomore RB Johnathan Gray
On his performance tonight...
"Our offensive line did a great job this week, preparation, knowing the schemes, what K-State was going to bring at us.  They did a great job of blocking.  I had some big open holes.  Our job as backs was to hit them and that's what we did tonight." 

On the mindset of the team...
"We weren't desperate.  You never want to go 1-2 in non-conference.  That gave us the drive for starting conference.  You always want to start the conference out right.  We put it in our minds to hit them in the mouth, prove a point, and that's what we did tonight." 

On the team’s thought process coming into tonight...
"Our thought process was beat K-State tonight, and that's what we did."

On how it felt tonight...
"I felt great.  As a team we played great.  That's always a plus for us.  We got to keep that alive and take it to Iowa State." 

On getting into a rhythm...
"Backs have to get in a rhythm.  Our line did a great job, like I said, just gave us a chance.  We took the opportunity and got yards.  They helped us out." 

On Case McCoy replacing David Ash after Ash’s injury...
"Case knows when his time comes, he has to strap it on and lead the team to victory.  Case does a great job of getting the team going and stepping in for David.  We play behind all of our quarterbacks.  When one is down, the other one comes in, we rally around whoever is in the game.  That's what we did tonight and it was a plus for us.  At first I didn't know David was out.  It changed nothing.  We kept what we were going to do for our offense.  We stayed with it.  That was a plus for us." 

Senior CB Carrington Byndom
On what was working for the defense...
"Play calling.  I mean, we knew we had to get things done.  We knew we had to get things turned around.  Today was a big game for us.  We had to just play our hearts out." 

On becoming more comfortable with the defense...
"I think we're definitely growing.  Of course, it was new when he (Greg Robinson) first got here.  But this is the second week.  We have no choice but to grow, and we will continue to grow throughout the rest of the year. Just keep improving."

On losing Jordan Hicks...
"If he is (out), he is.  We have to continue to go forward.  We have to have people step up and fill that role."