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Oct. 12, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
Opening statement…
“I was really pleased with the effort of our football team. With one exception in the entirety of the ballgame, I thought we played as hard as we have at any time during the course of the year. We played as physical as we have at any point and time during the year. I think at the end of the day, it comes down to mistakes. We made four mistakes defensively in the first half of the ballgame and those cost us 21 points. I thought, considering who we played, we played awfully well defensively. Like we said in Tuesday’s press conference, Baylor was a big-play offense and you cannot afford to give up the big plays. If you take away their big plays, it is a different ballgame. But by the same token, you cannot turn the ball over. We only turned it over one time, which was an improvement, but it came at a bad time, quite obviously. Again, I do not fault our effort. We just have to keep trying to get better.”

On the play of Daniel Sams
“Here is a guy who is trying to make a play and that is what he does, he makes plays, and again it goes back to the discipline of making the right decisions at the right times. I have never faulted his effort, I could never fault his effort but he has to make appropriate decisions. I thought Jake (Waters) and him both did a good job. They ran the ball better. They let a couple of throws get away from them that were high but I thought they both played up to par.”

On the improved performance of the offensive line…
“It is a combination of things but the effort plays a huge role in it. Execution in terms of discipline and to get your assignments right, not to have any illegal procedures – we had one – so there is a reduction which means our discipline was a bit better. We probably should have executed a little bit better. I would probably have to watch the tape to give you and honest assessment but I think, obviously, we got a little bit better this week and made a couple things happen.”
 
On the defensive miscues that led to Baylor points…
“I think that we had some issues during the last long touchdown that they had in the second half, we busted a coverage because of some miscommunication where someone was not disciplined and focused enough to get what the scheme was. In the first half of the ballgame, we had four mistakes; the late hit out of bounds which showed a lack of discipline and we then we let somebody just run by you three different times. It is that simple.”

On the play of Ryan Mueller…
“The one thing that was probably a little different was he played with greater discipline. I said this last week, nobody plays or practices harder than Ryan Mueller, nobody. Last week, he made a gargantuan mental error and you can play hard but you have got have the ability to make the right decision and do the right things. I think he did that today. I thought he played very, very well in all aspects of the game today.”

On the loss of defensive back Kip Daily…
“I thought it was a double-edged sword. His replacement comes in and gives up a deep ball and then after that, he played extremely well. Nine out of 10 snaps were good but that one cost a touchdown.”

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On rushing stats during the game…
“I do not go out there to try to get massive stats. I am just trying to make plays, play like myself, and play for the team. I did not try to go out today and get over 199 yards, but in the end I just wanted to make a play. Everyone just went out there today to play.”

On getting use to switching quarterbacks…
“Yeah, we are used to it. We just keep each other up, and we tell each other to go out and make plays. It tough, but we have to be tough and do it.”

On what to work on during the bye week…
“We just have to go out there and come together. We cannot let this get to us. We cannot fall. We have to use this to pull each other up.”

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On how the offensive line played today…
“Our offensive line did a great job they made some great holes for not only me but all of our rushers. They really came to play today. I think their performance gave us a great running game today.”

On Kansas State’s performance today…
“Every lose we have to get back to work. We are a lot better than we show. We had our chance to win today. That is all you can ask for in the Big 12. Each game is tough. For the most part, I thought we played well enough to win the game. We just have to make those plays to get the win.”

On playing in a two quarterback system with Daniel Sams….
“We really do not know what is going to happen. We kind of have to go with the flow of the game. We both accept that. We are both going to do whatever it takes to win the game. It is not tough to come in cold. You just have to go in and have no excuses. You have to make the plays that present themselves to you. It is not bad if you come with the mindset that it is my opportunity to play.”

Junior Center B.J. Finney
On rushing yards of the offence…
“It was a good day for us on the ground and executed well upfront. We wanted to play great. We wanted to make a point, show that we are improving, and the only way to do that is show them on Saturday, to show how much we want it.”

On less mistakes…
“Every mistake is huge. Even just a small step by an inch, it all adds up. Those just changed a possession or two, or kill a drive which is huge. Every little mistake adds up.”

On play of the offensive line…
“We needed to play great. We have been questioned all year about what kind of unit we were. We have been questioned personally, challenged by Coach (Bill) Snyder. We have been challenged by Coach (Charlie) Dickey. It was one of those that we just had to step up, we need to answer this, and show what kind of unit we are.”

Junior Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On the defensive performance against Baylor…
“It is extremely frustrating as a team. We just have to go back to the film room and correct our mistakes. We have to be able to practice, and apply everything coaches say to us. Doing things right will help us win games. We tried to make them one dimensional. They just got us on a few big plays.”

On his strip and fumble recovery...
“The corners gave me enough time to get to the quarterback. The quarterback rolled out, I moved out to my side, and then I just saw the ball. It was right in front of me, and I just took it.”

On his motivations for today’s game…
“I just remember the feeling I had last year playing Baylor. It was devastating last year. I tried to play for the seniors last year. I wanted to dedicate the game today to them. I am sorry we could not get the win. I know each and every one of last year’s seniors was watching the game today. I just tried to carry last year’s feelings to this game.”

Senior Linebacker Blake Slaughter
On K-State’s defensive mistakes…
“Obviously, if you make mistakes, you lose. That is kind of the game. If you are in the right place doing the right thing, you win. If you make mistakes you lose.”

On if the defense takes any positives from the game…
“Yes and no. You play to win the game, so we wanted to win the game. We expected to win the game. There was no doubt in my mind we were going to win going into the game, despite what everyone else thought. At the same time, I see us growing as a defense.”

On K-State’s improved third down defense…
“Obviously third down is a huge down, and we definitely want to get off the field. I think emphasizing it more in practice has been huge. Just doing stuff like yelling, “It is third down,” in practice and getting guys excited about that down and to focus in more. I think it has been better.”

Senior Defensive Back Ty Zimmerman
On the upcoming bye week…
“The positives are we get another week to prepare, to correct those mistakes. The negative side of that is you still have that sour taste in your mouth that we had after that Texas game, same situation this week. Hopefully we get that stuff corrected, and go into our next opponent with a positive mindset.”

On the team’s mindset beginning conference play 0-3…
“It is just tough, very frustrating. We felt like we did a lot of good things, a lot of things that could have given us the [win]. Obviously, those four big plays hurt us. We just cannot do that. Last year we had a lot of close games like this, and we were winning them. I do not know what you can account for to that, but we were just flat out getting it done. This year we just have not done that so far so hopefully we can take some steps forward.”

On cleaning up the little mistakes…
“Those penalties just come from focus and discipline, knowing when to hit guys and when not to. They do not come from a lack of effort. Guys are out there playing hard. Little things, tackles and stuff, are easy to correct. We just have to focus more in practice, and take our tackling drills serious. Hopefully we can get those things corrected.”

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles
Opening Statement…
“First of all, there are good coached football teams and there are great coached football teams. I think Kansas State, Bill Snyder, and his staff here are just great.  It just makes other coaches like myself, think I have a lot of work to do, and think where I need to be as a coach and directing our team.  They played tremendously with a lot of heart and effort, which our guys did too, but we have a tremendous amount of respect for them. Our football team knew how the season has gone. Everything has been fairly simple, and everything has been in our favor playing at home and catching everybody at a good time.  We knew that it would a very tough environment today.  We came up here two years ago in the same situation and did not get away with a win.  We came up here today, faced a lot of adversity, and we got a tough win on the road.  So I think that shows the direction of our program and the character of our student athletes.”

On overcoming adversity…
“All you can do is get out there.  The defense played well enough.  We held them on both two point conversions, which were huge.  It was a huge factor in the game.  We knew it was not going to be clean.  We saw the first punt and knew they were going to come after us. They have never been ten up and one back this entire season, and going back into last season, always having two returners. We knew that was their plan.   I knew that they were probably going to do that because they did not have 86 (Tramaine Thompson) and 16 (Tyler Lockett) today.  So they were going to come after us instead of getting a return.  We overcame a lot.  We got a score and came back ahead.  We did a good job finishing the game.”

On tough time running the ball…
“It is all about momentum.  They do a great job here in Manhattan and we all know that.  With not being in any flow we only had six offensive snaps in the third quarter.  That is our fault. We were not moving the ball and we turned it over.  A lot of our games are predicated by tempo and how we move it in our run game.  We were just not able to get into a good rhythm today because they kept us out of it.  They played good defense and did a good job.  They have played well all year defensively.”

On when Kansas State took the lead…
“I think it shows a lot about our character as a team and the progress of our program more than anything.  There will be a lot of people that come in here without a W this year and it has been like that for 20 some years.  They have been hanging around and doing a good job for a long time.”

Junior Quarterback Bryce Petty
On the dynamics of the offense…
“What we have to do is just focus on Baylor. I do not think there is a team out there that can stop us when we are on our stuff. We had a couple of drops today. I missed a couple of reads, and we had that fumble. You have to expect in road games that things do not go your way. The guys did a great job of bouncing back. “

 On being a starting quarterback…
“It has been a journey, and one that God has played a huge role in. That is why I am so happy right now. I have waited four years for this. I have waited four years to be a part of this family and contribute. As a backup quarterback, you cannot contribute that much and it can kind of weigh on you a little bit.  That is why it is a team game, and you have got to love it.”

Senior Wide Receiver Tevin Reese
On the last touchdown pass…
“It was a roll-down cover 3. The corner tried to get a good press on me, but you cannot just stop releasing. It was a great ball, and you have to make the best of it.”

On the dynamics of the offense…
“We have a lot of explosive players. The football game is changing, and we have to adapt to that. We went out there with a great coach, and it was a hard win.”

Senior Wide Receiver Antwan Goodley
On how the team has improved…
“It is great. Two years ago, we were up by two, and (K-State) came back and we lost by three. We still remembered that. So we had to come back here with a chip on our shoulder. “

 On being tested on the road…
“It feels great. I think we needed it. I feel like we have to grow from this. We have more games that we have to win, and I am just excited for our team.”