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Oct. 6, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On his thoughts about today’s win over Kansas…
“I am equally as angry about how we played early in the ballgame. But as all of us coaches say, you have to give credit to the people on the other side of the ball. (KU) did a nice job of moving the ball against us and kept us off the field. We did a miserable job to start the ballgame. We had a three-and-out to start the ballgame and then they walked it down the field. So again, I was not too excited about our first-half performance.”

On K-State’s mistakes…
“It was pretty much what I just said. It was about understand responsibility about how to play the game intelligently and that is not what we did, both as players and coaches. We made some mistakes in the ballgame and come to find out, there was a great deal of uncertainty on our part and that created some things that should not have happened. Those things do not happen in high school football or elementary school football and should not happen at this level, either.”

On his team’s second half improvements…
“There were a number of things, I guess. No. 1, I think we played a little better, we reacted a little faster, we had more pressure in the second half than we did in the first half and that created a little quicker-than-they-wanted throws. We got some sacks; I think we had eight or nine tackles for loss and five sacks. We forced some errant throws and obviously, that indicates that we did a little better with our pass rush. We brought some five-man pressures that created some problems for them.”

On the play to end the first half…
“That is a coaching error, my error. We should have taught Collin (Klein), which I have not, that the play when were running down there, and that was not the issue. When he gets the ball close to the sidelines, he needs to get out of bounds. I am not saying that it was his fault, we just have not taught him. We would have lined up and gone for the field goal, so in a sense, we gave up three points that we should have had. It was a bad start and a bad ending in the first half.”

On the play of running back John Hubert…
“I think the good guys in front of him helped a great deal. Nobody can do it without some people up front. Our offensive line did a nice job, his fullback Braden (Wilson) had a nice game blocking for him and he is pretty good about not making an awful lot of mistakes fitting the ball where he does not have a chance. He does not run it in the wrong holes; he puts it were it needs to be. He has got good vision and is able to see more than what is just right in front of his nose.”

On his team’s time of possession…
“We had a lot of short drives and a lot of positive things even though we had the fake punt and the fake field goal against us, we did a nice job of creating a turnover on the kickoff, which put the ball on good field position for us. We got some turnovers on defense. The bottom line is we had some short fields to work a good portion of the time and that was a big part of the fact that we hit short drives but we got some big plays, obviously.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On K-State’s miscues today…
“We made some errors that really hurt us. We knew they were going to come out and fight us, so you have to give them credit for how they prepared for us. But I was really proud of how we responded from some of the miscues in the first half.”

On bouncing back from a slow start…
“As a player, you cannot get too up or too down when things are going good. You still have to keep plugging along when things are bad. It is the same thing; you have to get yourself out of the game to get back into the game. Obviously, there was some frustration because we knew that we left some plays out there and did some things that you cannot do.”

On responding to adversity…
“Every game has its own unique identity. It has its own things that you can take away and put in your pocket moving forward. We were just able to learn and take those tools and lessons for the week. We responded to adversity. We knew that they were going to come out and hit us in the mouth.”

On the team’s chemistry…
“We had a lot of guys up front that did a great job. We were playing together with discipline. We really just enjoy being around each other. It is just a fun, amazing family and when you have that, great things happen.”

Junior Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On his thoughts on the game…
“We started slow but we did not do that in the last two games. We managed to come out in the second half and capitalize on the turnovers that our defense forced.”

On Bill Snyder’s halftime speech…
“It really was not as bad as you might think. He was definitely trying to motivate us by saying that we were going to get beat if we continued to do the things that we were doing. It was not a lot of cussing, he was just trying to motivate us.”

On starting slow after a bye week…
“I am not going to blame it on the bye week. We were just not focused enough at the start of the game.”

Senior Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On the first half of the game…
“We started slow. They came out and played well. They showed us a lot of things that we did not see on film and they came out and took it to us.”

On the mood of the team at halftime…
“It was fine. We were not losing. We knew we would come out and execute well in the second half and that is what we did.”

On the 32-yard touchdown run by John Hubert…
“It was big. The offensive line blocked great. Torell Miller’s block really helped him get into the endzone twice on both of his long runs.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On the momentum shifts during the first half and third quarter…
“The momentum was crazy, especially Kansas doing two fakes in the same drive. Coach Snyder always talks about how to respond to adversity and we were able to do that, even though things did not go the way we planned for them to go.”

On the performance of the offense…
“We did well, even though we had around 40-45 plays on offense. Usually, we get around 70. If you look at the stats, we were able to be really productive with a minimum amount of carries. I think the offense did pretty good, but there are still some things we need to work on.”

On the time of possession during the game…
“Yeah it was weird, especially since it was cold outside. The defense had some good interceptions that allowed us to have great field position. We did not have to run a lot of plays since we were so close to the endzone.”

Junior Defensive Back Ty Zimmerman
On today’s win…
“It feels great. As a child, I always watched the rivalry growing up. It has become more hostile over the last couple years, and I am glad to be a part of it and keep it going.”

On the turnaround from the first half to the second half…
“The coaches did a great job of adjusting at halftime to some of their schemes, and we came out with more energy. Our offense seemed like they were scoring as soon as they got on the field. They did a great job, made the adjustments and executed in the second half.”

On what the adjustments were…
“We had some run fits, short, quick passes, and making sure the defense was running towards the ball and swarming it and then tackling as well.”

On the Allen Chapman’s interception…
“We have a lot of guys who make big plays in key situations and Chapman is one of those guys. He does it in practice all the time, so it was not a surprise.”

Senior Linebacker Jarell Childs
On the team’s attitude at halftime…
“We were all upset because we did not play up to our potential. I think we took it for granted a little bit. We wanted to come out and step up in practice like we have been and play like we have been in the first part of the game.”

On focusing early…
“I think coming off a bye week, it takes a lot to get back into the game attitude and game momentum. Stepping up and getting ready to play a game just after practice for two weeks, it is different when you have to step up and play another team.”

Junior Linebacker Tre Walker
On winning this game…
“It just meant everything to win this game. I know a lot of guys back home that play for Kansas. The trash talk, the tweets and the text messages you get. Just going and finishing the game the right way, on the field, like it is supposed to be done, feels awesome.”

On rebounding in the second half…
“We were emotionally angry because we felt like we should not have let them come out and show out like they did the first quarter and first half. For them to come out and make these fast drives, score back and forth like that, that is not our defense. That is not what we portray with the Lynch Mob at all. We just got together in the locker room and said we were not going to let that happen and that is what we did. We came out and stopped them.”

Kansas Head Coach Charlie Weis
On the differences between the first and second halves…
“That is a good question. It is the same things that I just finished talking to my team about, ironically. We played pretty competitively in the first half. We ran fairly effectively. We still gave up some big plays which was a bit ominous on defense because they made some big plays in the first half and ended up being the theme of the day on defense. It was big play after big play and it did not turn out the way we planned it. Offensively, we sat on the ball pretty well in the first half. I think we only had it four times, but scored two touchdowns and then missed a chip shot field goal on the other one. I was surprised that we did not play better in the third quarter because we kind of had a little gift because they (K-State) did not score on our interception right before halftime. It was only a one-score game, but we went three-and-out and they scored. Then we went on a long drive and threw an interception down on the four-yard line. From there on, K-State basically got the best of us for the rest of the day.”

On his team’s fumble after the safety…
“It seemed that the third quarter went on forever because, they were scoring quick. We went into the game to be methodical. Obviously, we were not going to go in there and throw the ball up and down the field on them. That was not the gameplan. The gameplan was to nickel and dime them, grind it out and be patient because that is how their defense plays. That turnover was a big one because this time you have the emotional high of a safety and then you have a emotional low of turning the ball over and them scoring. You always have to respond to a certain change or turnover in a proper fashion. They were scoring in chunks and had big play after big play. I am really disappointed because I rhetorically asked this question. We had been talking for two weeks about finishing games. So basically in the first half, it is a fairly even game. They are up a touchdown and it is a 21-14 game. It is a competitive and hard-fought game. In the second half, as the game goes on, it gets worse and worse. The bottom line is when you have a minus-five turnover ratio to a team that is as good as this, you lose like this most of the time.”

On K-State’s Collin Klein’s performance today…
“It is every game. It is last week, the week before that and the week before that. The one thing about this kid, is that he does not have to throw it too much for them to be good on offense. The two key ingredients with Collin is he can run the ball with power. He is not like one of those quarterbacks who has to get on the edge and be a read-option guy. He can run with power. Second, he can cause misdirection problems with (John) Hubert. If you are spending all of your time trying to stop Collin, now he is handing the ball off and I cannot tell you how many times in this game you saw the running back in space. A lot of time that space is caused because you are trying to stop a quarterback who is a fairly dynamic runner.”

Senior Wide Receiver Kale Pick
On Ben Heeney’s touchdown-saving tackle at the end of first half…
“Ben definitely made a big play for us and got the momentum back on our side. It was a great tackle and probably the play of the game. It kept us in the ballgame the first half and then we came out kind of flat in the second half and we did not play for a full sixty minutes and they did and it showed.”

On the negative effects of turnovers…
“No I do not think (it has a negitave effect).You always have to stay in the game and stay upbeat. That is what K-State does best, they thrive off turnovers and they thrive off of penalties. That is what they did real well today. We had some turnovers that lost our momentum and they took advantage of it.”

Senior Quarterback Dayne Crist
On the third quarter…
“We did not do the things necessary to make plays. It felt like it took forever.”

On if he felt like Kansas came out flat in the second half…
“We were not flat, we just did not execute. There was no sense of flatness at all. The guys were ready to go. We did not execute.”

On if there was a deflating feeling on the sideline as the momentum began to turn…
“It really came down to not executing. There was not a play that took life out of us. We are going to battle as long as there is time on the clock. It felt like it was taking so long because we were not executing.”

Senior Defensive End Toben Opurum
On what is going through his mind following today’s game…
“It is disappointing. It is really the main thing. We came out here with a good game plan. We thought we had an opportunity to execute really well against them, and for the first half I think we did. It kind of slipped away. We have guys not doing their jobs and wanting to make someone else’s play.  You stay in tune with what you are doing and stay focused, and just do your responsibility and not somebody else’s. I think we would have seen a different outcome.”

On if lack of focus contributed to giving up big plays…
“That is definitely what contributed to it. I think those big plays they were getting were on the same plays that we stopped on previous drives. A lot of stuff I feel like we handed to them by us not being where we were supposed to be and credit to them for taking advantage of that.”

On the momentum from the successful fake punt and fake field goal…
“I think things were definitely going our way. Our offense was able to continue to drive and keep working. I think we had momentum at that point and it is just something that we have to make sure to continue to build on into the second half.”

Senior Safety Bradley McDouglad
On trying to do much during the game...
“I was trying to do too much like you said I tried to be in plays I did not need to be in.”

On how hard it is to play against a team like K-State...
“Hats off to Bill Snyder and his team. They have a lot of good things and they use them well. They have a great quarterback in Collin Klein, but still our defense should have done stuff to stop them.”

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