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Postgame Quotes


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Oct. 7, 2010

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
Opening statement…
“Maybe we’re not quite as good of offensive football team as somebody might have wanted to project at some point in time. We’ve got a lot ahead of us. That’s something that rests my shoulders to make sure we do the right things, whether it’s opening the playbook or not, you still have to be able to do the things that you put on the field and execute them well. But it’s our responsibility to make sure that we get our players to be able to execute them as well.”

On Daniel Thomas against the Nebraska defense…
“Well I think that they are a very, very fine defensive football team. A significant part of it is us. It takes as I said so many times and this should not decrease from anyone’s assessment of how good a player Daniel is, Daniel is a very fine player, but like any other player it takes a whole bunch of guys to make it happen. You know (Taylor) Martinez is an extremely fine football player, but you know he had some help tonight as well. They have an awfully good offensive line and some receivers that were knocking people down left and right downfield. So you know it takes more than just one individual.”

On the injury to Broderick Smith…
“Well I don’t know the extent of it right now. It didn’t look good at all. But I have not heard for the doctors at this particular point in time. My guess is that he’ll be out for awhile and that just leaves us with one less receiver.” 

On the confidence in the passing game...
“We didn’t run the ball very well, we didn’t throw it extremely well, we didn’t play defense against the run or the pass very well. I told our players that this could easily come down to the kicking game and we did well enough in the kicking game that everything else fell on its face. So I don’t think it’s one aspect of it that I’m as concerned about, I’m concerned about all of it collectively and just how good we are in any aspect of the game.”

Senior Quarterback Carson Coffman
On the offense’s struggles…
“It just comes down to finishing the drives, we talk about it all of the time but we did not do that tonight. We felt like we were moving it pretty well at some points, but we just could not finish.”

On the gameday environment…
“It was awesome. The fans were really into it and we were feeling good but it kind of got out of hand early in the ballgame. The fans got out of the game, but we know that is our fault.”

On Nebraska’s defense…
“They were definitely a very good defense. Their corners are very good and we did not throw it down field because of that. I felt like we had a good gameplan going in and I thought they had a good gameplan as well. They just ended up beating us tonight.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On his first touchdown as a Wildcat…
“It was bitter-sweet. We were down by 30 points and Brodrick (Smith) had just gotten hurt, but you have got to keep fighting. You can not ever give up, no matter what the score is. We still have to go out there and get better. The season is far from over.”

On hitting his career-long 48 yard field goal…
“We have to execute. The coaching staff put us in some good positions, but we did not execute like we needed to. We left a lot of points out on the field, and we are going to see that tomorrow on film and we will get better from it.”

Senior Kicker Josh Cherry
On converting on 46 and 48 yard field goal attempts…
“I thought it went pretty well for me tonight. It was a big confidence booster, I think that those two field goals were the longest of the season for me. To go out there and hit those, no matter what the outcome of the game was, was huge for me personally.”

On hitting his career-long 48 yard field goal…
“I had no idea how long it actually was. I always try not to look at the distance when I go out there, because that usually just psyches me out. I just went out there with a positive attitude, telling myself that this one was going in and I had worked on this all week. I’m just glad it went in.”

On the disappointment of the loss…
“Especially with Nebraska being my home state, I really wanted it tonight. You have your ups and downs throughout the season and tonight was definitely a down for us. We will rebound from this, we are going to work really hard this week in practice. Everybody is just going to try to fix their mistakes, and hopefully something like this won’t happen again.”

Junior Defensive Back David Garrett
On Nebraska Quarterback Taylor Martinez…
“He was a good player and very fast. That doesn’t have anything to do with how we came out to play. We did not execute like we are supposed to, like we tried to do all week. Martinez is a good player and he came out to play today.”

On Nebraska’s team speed…
“I would not say that they had more speed than what we thought. We just did not come out and execute like we needed to. They came out to play and did not make mistakes, they were the ones that did execute tonight.”

On the disappointment of the loss…
“Every good defense will have a down point. This is a big loss for us, but like I said we have got to swallow it and start getting better for next week.”

Senior Defensive End Antonio Felder
On trying to stop Nebraska’s running attack…
“It is always frustrating when a team is being successful. You just have to go to the sideline and try to adjust series-to-series.”

On Nebraska’s speed on offense…
“Film speed is definitely different, because you always feel like you are faster than who you are watching. Once you get into the game and get moving you start to get a feel for how fast the other team is. We were not able to adjust to their speed throughout the game.”

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini
On the team’s performance…
“I thought we played pretty well. I thought there was a lot of good things on offense and defense. I did not like the way we played special teams wise. Overall, it was a pretty good effort against a good football team. It is still a work in progress. We still have a lot of things we can improve on.” 

On quarterback Taylor Martinez…
“He made some mistakes, but he did a lot of good things. He ran for a lot of yards. He is an explosive player. He creates some problems for defenses.”

On the defensive play against Daniel Thomas…
“I thought we did some good things. We kind of got out ahead, which takes them out of the game a little bit. Overall, our guys played well against him but he is a good football player.”

On the motivation of playing Kansas State for the last time…
“We are a motivated football team. We have goals that we have set. But yeah, that is a part of it. We are going to play all of these teams in the Big 12 for one last time in the near future. So there is probably motivation there on both sides.”

On playing in Manhattan for the last time…
“Well I have not been here much. I have not played here many times. I have not been a part of this rivalry. Just by its location, by what Coach Snyder has done with the Kansas State program, but you know, you move on. I thought it was a good rivalry on both sides. And it is part of the deal I guess.”

Quarterback Taylor Martinez
On first Big 12 game…  
“I am glad that this was my first Big 12 game and we came out on top and played very well.”

On his touchdown pass
“It was a play-action pass that I threw deep to Kyler Reed. He made a great catch and outran the safety. I just tried to get the ball to him because I saw he beat the safety so bad.”

Running Back Roy Helu, Jr
On getting the win…
“It feels good going on the road and opening up Big 12 play with a rematch of last year.”

On the offensive production
“Our offensive line played good, it all starts with them. Mike Caputo handles that. Taylor did well on his reads tonight and I think that was the key.”

Wide Reciever Niles Paul
On the South Dakota State game…
“It was a good thing we took our game up another notch, we played well this week and we were prepared for K-State.”

On the bye week…
“It gave us a chance to focus and get our legs back under ourselves. We got the fatigue factor out of it, we got everything out of the way and got focused.”

On the conference rivalry…
“The fans were saying some pretty harsh things when we got here, so we had to shut them up. We just are going to finish with a bang, win the Big 12 North and the Big 12 conference and then leave.”

Defensive End Conor McDermott
On Daniel Thomas….
“He’s huge, he’s a good player. I think last year he was more of a strategic ahead guy, I saw this year he was trying to cut back a little more.”

On K-State offense…
“We weren’t really surprised. I thought we were well prepared, our coaches did a great job of preparing us for games. We had a great film session throughout the week and we were well prepared for the game. I think it was just about stopping the run. We knew they were going to run the ball and we just needed to stop it.”

Motivation of the team…
South Dakota State was kind of a shock for us and I felt we came out with the correct mindset today. This is the beginning of the Big 12, we just decided to forget the preseason and whatever happened then, we came out and we played a pretty good football game.”

Safety PJ Smith
On motivation facing K-State for last time…
“We feel that way about every game in the Big 12. It is our last time, so we have to put a stamp on everything. We just go out and work hard every day.”

On questions about run defense
“We were upset about it. Coach talked about it. We knew we could stop the run. People are going to say what they want to say, we just ignore it and do our thing on the field. We just take care of it.”

On getting K-State out of rhythm
“It was very important. If we stop that, they have to try to open up and pass and we do not think they could pass on us at all.”

Linebacker Rex Burkhead
On hostile road games…
“You come out on the road to a hostile environment and it is the first Big 12 game. You want to come out and make a point, make a statement that we are here and ready to play.”

On having an extra week to prepare
“This is a huge statement. Hopefully, it gives us some momentum heading into the rest if Big 12 play. Hopefully we keep executing. We have a lot of things to fix and we can fix them.”