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Oct. 8, 2011

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On plays that the team could of done better…
"Right now, there are some things that I would take back; but by in large, I thought that our guys did really well. We played well defensively and had a few 20-plus plays go against us, but we played well when we did not."

On how the team played…
"What I am proud of is they understand it is a day, and tomorrow will be another day. If you have a bad day in the last four of five weeks, then it all goes by the wayside. You have to prepare for another one; a real difficult road trip. The important thing is that they are starting to understand that concept or that thought. I appreciate that. I want them to enjoy that victory because it was hard earned. We played reasonably well during the course of the ball game. Once again, it was a team victory and I thought that we did some good things on certainly on defense. This was a team that had 530-some odd yards against Oklahoma two weeks ago, and they had plenty of rest time. They are a talented offense, and for our defense to hold them under 100-yards in the first half, that is pretty special. We did not do a great deal on offense in the first half, other than take advantage of the turnover we had early, but to come back in the fourth quarter, and have those prolonged drives. I thought that the throw and catch to Andre McDonald was a substantial play in the ball game. That was a Pat Roberts play. Pat likes to throw to the tight end, so he called that one and he reminded me of that one a little bit ago. Some of the things we did on special teams; our coverage unit was so much better. I do not think that they had much return yardage on many of the punts. Ryan [Doerr] hit the ball well. We probably did not get very many kickoff returns out that I would like to, but we did get some really good position downed. My emphasis is on the fact that it was a team victory."

On the interception…
"The interception was big, but the most significant thing was that were we going to get away with seven points or three points, and to get seven, it made a really significant difference in that ball game."

On how surprising the team is doing this year…
"There is not very much that surprises me. I do not think that surprise would be the appropriate word. I have always thought that we were capable of it. The idea goes back to what we say all the time; it is just getting a little better. I have seen them do that from the very beginning. It goes back a long way. I thought that we were better in the spring then in the fall, and I thought that when we started up in two-a-days that we got better during that period of time. I think we have gotten better. It has been a collective thing, but I think defensively we have progressed throughout the course of the season. We have done this without any real lapses. We are still laying the foundation, and trying to move forward, but it does not surprise me. Young people do the right things and they do what they are supposed to do. We have some excellent coaches, and if everyone is doing what they are suppose to do than we will keep getting better."

On the team’s progression this year…
"I do not go about judging that, but I just think we have taken steps forward game in and game out. Every ballgame, I can look through there, and I do, and I really believe in nit picking. We find a lot of mistakes, and we make a lot mistakes during the ball game, but at the same token, I look at it collectively. We have gotten a little bit better week in and week out. Some days we do pretty well at this and not so well at this, but I am talking about a collective environment for a football team."

Quarterback Collin Klein
On the progress of the offense…
"We would have liked to take that command much earlier and not have left the door open at all. At the same time, that is something that we have not been able to do in the past. We are leaving a lot out on the table, which is good and bad. It is good in the sense that we are able to learn with wins, and we have a lot of room to learn and to keep going forward. The bad part is that we are still making some mistakes which is unacceptable and needs to be corrected."

On the offensive unit …
"There is more out there that we can do on offense. Coach Snyder preaches balance and to strike fast. Those quick scores are important, and we need them throughout the season. We cannot grow weary right now. We just need to hang in there and keep working."

On the team aspect of play…
"It is a team game. The special teams played a huge impact in today’s game as well. It really is a family affair. I say the same thing every week, but these are team victories. One component does not work without the other, and our defense played huge today. Our defense got us a turnover and short field, and our special teams made sure that our backs were never against the wall. Things like that are huge, and being able to play together is important."

Running Back John Hubert
On the adjustment of the offense at half time…
"We made a few adjustments at halftime and our coaches told me that I needed to come up big this game and have some huge runs. The offense did a very nice job of opening up the line. "

On being the go-to guy …
"I love being the go-to guy and having the team on my back. That is what I am here for and that is why they recruited me. That is what I am capable of and that is what I am going to do."

On the offensive game plan…
"Like coach Snyder said, everybody knows what we are going to do and that is run the ball. They (Missouri) have to stop it, and we were going to keep running at them until they stopped it. That was our game plan."

Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On beating Missouri…
"It felt really good to get the win because nobody on the team has beat Missouri before. A lot of the guys and coaches just wanted to get out there and get the win. You could just feel the intensity. It has been five years since we were able to beat them, and it was good to end that streak today."

On being 5-0…
"I think we have something special. We just cannot get complacent. We are getting more and more attention with each win, but we cannot just start settling and become happy where we are at."

On making big plays…
"I expect to go out there every game and make a big play. I just try to take every opportunity that they give me and make a big play. That is what my mindset is going into every game."

Linebacker Arthur Brown
On how playing Baylor prepared them for Missouri’s fast-paced offense…
"It was great preparation for us. Baylor is a great team, and Missouri is as well. The experience and opportunity to play Baylor, with the great offense they have, really prepared us for Missouri. "

On Zimmerman’s interception…
"Like coach said, it is just about continuing to build the foundation, which we are relaying each week. That is really what we have been working on.  Our main focus and goal is to come out and play tough. We want to be the toughest defense and the toughest team on the field. That is what we continue to stress each week in and out. We just want to be relentless and tough. "

On the defense’s ability...
"We as a defense need to look at the whole, and give credit to us playing together which is allowing us to put up great defensive stops against great offensive teams. We really need to recognize that and continue to do so."

Linebacker Tre Walker
On the identity of the defense…
"Like I said last week, if you could think of any word to describe the defense it would be toughness. We are tough, and we fight until the end. No matter what the outcome is, no matter what the sudden change is and no matter what is going on in the game, we are going to fight. Any time you do that you give yourself a chance.


On being opportunistic on defense…
"It plays a big role. The offense does not mean to make mistakes, but when it happens we have to go out there and fix it. We have to stop it and play ball. For any defense to come out and fix sudden changes are key in a lot of wins that happen."

On next week’s game against Texas Tech…
"It is a new team and a new week. We are going to scratch off this game and keep on moving. We have a lot of work to do and a lot of coverages to fix, but the key thing is to stay focused. Texas Tech is a great team. They have a great offense, and we will just have to stop them."

Defensive Back David Garrett
On taking a hard hit…
"I did not take any plays off. I wanted to get back in. The only thing that happened on that play was I lost my breath. "

On being the underdog…
"Missouri gave us no respect at all. They thought they were going to come in with an easy win. We can’t do anything about what other people think. We have to just come in and do what needs to be done. We can only control the team and the coaches that we have, who are doing a great job. We don’t have anything to lose, we just keep playing."

On Ty Zimmerman’s interception...
"That was a big boost. They (Missouri) were going to come in swinging. Doing that the first play of the game really sparked us. We kept the momentum on our side."

On the defensive line...
"Having a defensive line is a big improvement. Every time you do a good job covering you see the quarterback running around, scrambling trying to make a play. The effort that our defensive line has given us on this team is great."

Safety Tysyn Hartman
On sticking to the game plan…
"We know who we are as a team. We know we can run the ball on offense and take time off of the clock. We got off to a strong start today and played into our roles. I think that strong start helped us do what we wanted to do."

On beating Missouri…
"It feels great to win today. Beating Missouri is something that we have not been able to do while I have been here. I am one of the older guys on the team so being able to get this done is a big deal for me."

Punter Ryan Doerr
On special teams as a whole…
"It always feels good to help the team out like that. I was able to kick the ball pretty well today. They ask a lot out of you, and we practice kicking every day when we are out there. It feels good to have all of our efforts pay off and be able to help the team out like that. 
We go out there every week and practice every coverage unit, as well as returning the ball every day. It takes hard work and guys that want to be on the unit and help the team out."

On being a part of the team…
"It feels great. Not a lot of teams are 5-0 now like us. We are going to be humble about it and remember we still have things to work on to keep improving every week. I have never been a part of something like this in college. It is so great to be here. It is amazing."


Head Coach Gary Pinkel

Opening statement…
"Congratulations to K-State. They played a very good football game. They are a very good football team. First of all, we are just not playing very good football right now; and it starts with me. I am not doing a good enough job of coaching these guys. I make a lot of mistakes; this does not look like a well coached team. Overall, did some good things on defense. Offensively, here and there we did some good things, but we are really inconsistent. We had penalties, in critical situations. I am responsible for it and it does not look very good."


On their record at this time in the season...
"I do not worry about that. I go to the next game. All you can do is really win the next game; that is all that matters. You can sit there and try to evaluate good or bad, but then you go to the next game. That is all that matters."


On differences seen in film and in game…
"They [K-State] pretty much ran their offense, defense. They are very well coached. They do what they do. They had very good shoulder position most of the game. That is typical; if you are not moving the football, then that is what is going to happen. We struggled with their offense."

On if he believed the outcome would be like this...
"Oh no, no, no. If I did, I would have just stopped it [practice]. Again, I do not think it was a lack of care, we were just not crisp, we were not doing the real attention to detail that you need to win games. Are we coaching hard; yeah. I guess we are not coaching hard enough. Bottom line, it is what it is, and we have to try to fix it."

On if Missouri's offense was "sluggish"...
"
That might be an understatement. No question about it. We have been inconsistent where we have gone. We threw that kick right away; they took advantage of it and got down and scored inside the five yard line. Later on in the second half, we had a turnover. We missed a field goal. It is just a lot of things happening in the game; if you want to be good, you have to be better.

On what he was going to tell his team…
"That is between me and my team. Sometimes, things do not work out well. You test your character, you persevere; you battle through it. You compete and you fight. That is what you do. It starts with me."

On Grant Russell's kicking position in the first quarter...
"It was at the yard line where we had been working at to make it better, I just feel bad for him. Obviously, we have an issue, we have a problem there. There was a lot of plays in that game, shoot, there were a lot all over that field. At the very end, we got a face mask, a 15-yard penalty and it runs the clock out. There are a lot of things we have to improve to get better."

On three overturned calls…
"Well, they were accurate calls. I suggest that is pretty good. You just want to get it right, whatever it is. They got it right. It was unusual at that. It was probably the first time we have had one overturned in years; that was probably a stretch, but anyways, as long as they get it right, that is what you want."

On being plagued with penalties…
"We had a freshman rough the kicker. I think certainly, you do all the right things, and you get a turnover and come away with no points in a tight football game, there is going to be some frustrations. But, we battled through. The roughing was a good call; we had a freshman hit the kicker. Kept the drive alive, and then they went back and scored."

Quarterback James Franklin
On the challenges presented by the K-State defense…
"They [K-State] were a lot like our defense; we knew what to expect. We cover four and five. They forced us to make mistakes and we definitely made some. "

On the interception on the first play…
"I was planning to throw to Mike [Egnew] but he got jammed up. I am not supposed to throw if he goes over top; only if he comes underneath. That is what I need to do. If he does not, I need to look for another receiver and go to the other side, which, I did not do. That one was on me."

Wide Receiver T.J. Moe
On the slow start of Missouri’s offense…
"We[Missouri] did not answer until we fixed it in the fourth quarter. That has been the story of our season. We played great in the fourth quarter, but in the first there we have some serious trouble. We have to get the offense going. We have to make plays. I might have played my worst game as a Missouri Tiger."

On if Missouri will rebound…
"We [Missouri] are taking it one game at a time; we are not worried about our season. "

On K-State…
"They [K-State] are a really well coached football team. They have playmakers; they have guys who make plays. They have tough defense and a good coach."

Linebacker Andrew Wilson
On if the outside running game more effective…
"It was a few things. They [K-State] ran the option very well and they had the football; took it to the gaps and just forced it outside."

On what decided the football game…
"The points; they [K-State] had more points than we did. They are a good football team and they did good things. We [Missouri] did some things to hurt us. We are definitely disappointed. We will just have to watch the film and get back out next week. "

Defensive Lineman Jacquies Smith
On the frustration of preparing for today’s game…
"We [Missouri] cannot win games like that. Yeah, that is why we play on Saturday’s; it is to go out there and perform on Saturday. Not to perform on Tuesday practice, and Wednesday practice. We want to perform and Saturday and we did not get it done."

On key things he plans to work on…
"We [Missouri] cannot beat ourselves; we received foolish penalties and things of that nature. We have to start faster. We cannot wait until the last minute to try and make these runs. We just have to play better. "

On the K-State offense…
"They [K-State] are a pretty good offense. They made some plays, and they have play makers; that is what you expect from a good football team. You expect them to make plays, and that is what they did."

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