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Postgame Quotes Kansas State vs. West Virginia


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Oct. 26, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head coach Bill Snyder
On the game being hopeless…
“I was concerned Monday, it never changes. You are always concerned. Was I hopeless? No. I never have been, I never will. You just play the next snap.”

On finishing late…
“When we are good that is what we do. We have not always been good. I never was pleased in that respect. Just in regards to what it means to our improvement and to getting on track to do the things we do. We did not start off that way. I said last week it is about giving up big plays, not turning the ball over and not getting penalized. We started it right off the bat with the early fumble, then another fumble later, then we have penalties and we gave up that big play for a touchdown. We did not get that message across, but I am still awfully proud of our youngsters for coming back. We had a good third quarter and a good fourth quarter. We finished, we have not finished every ball game that we have played this year. You look at some of our losses and all were viable opportunities. We did not finish those games. In all honesty we just need to be tested again after our first half, in regards to what we are all about. I was pleased with the way we came back.”

On the play of the wide receivers…
“As I said after the ballgame to our players, I thought if anyone played well I would let them know. Our wide receivers I thought played very well. They caught the ball well. I have yet to thoroughly investigate the blocking quite yet. Once you go back and look at some of those catches there are some extremely fine catches and they held onto the ball after some serious contact. Curry (Sexton), Tramaine (Thompson) and Tyler (Lockett) all played very well. I was extremely proud of them.”

On the way Jake Waters played after the early turnover…
“I am proud of him. When things do not go your way that is what you are supposed to do. We are all supposed to do that. That is what life is all about. I think it will be meaningful and beneficial to him. It will benefit him 20 years from now.”

On the confidence of the team…
“I do not think they lack for confidence, I really do not. I think there is a lot of reasons. Number one as I said, I thought our wide receivers did a whale of a job. We were 18 out of 21 on pass attempts today, so that is pretty good. That could have easily been 10 out of 21 if they do not make some of those catches that they made. I think you have to have pass protection and fortunately enough we did that. We had a good enough pass protection to throw the ball down the field, because that takes a little bit longer period of time. There is a lot of reasons and that is not to take anything away from the quarterbacks, because they did a good job of putting the ball where it needed to be.”

On the way quarterbacks played …
“I was pleased with the way Jake (Waters) and John (Hubert) ran the ball today. Jake needed to do that and he has done that before. It is beneficial, because it is important to us. It is important to their teammates and the football team that both of them can do both. When you look at their stats, both of them are positive in the run game. Daniel (Sams) was 8 out of 8 in the passing game. Jake 10 out of 13 in the passing game. I hope that refutes the idea that Daniel cannot throw it and it refutes the idea that Jake cannot run the ball. That is what we need, balance of what they both can do. We have addressed this many times before. They have capabilities in both segments of the game.”

On the way John Hubert ran the ball…
“Maybe. I would have to go back and look at it. That’s the most consistently that he has ran hard all year. I cannot think of a snap of where he did not run hard. That is improvement. That is good.”

On the return of Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson…
“You would think it would have a big impact but I did not see it during the week and I did not see it during any course of the weekend. It was just doing what you are supposed to do when you are here. I think just based on their performance and the catches that they made that it was significant for us. It was very beneficial that they are back. How did it impact the others? I do not know you would have to ask them.”

Kansas State Player Quotes

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On finishing the game…
“We were saying on the sideline, ‘We have to finish anyway possible.’ I think we did a very good job of that today. Our offensive line created holes for John (Hubert), and John running super hard. That was really big for us as a team to finish that today.”

On his performance today…
“I think at times yes, but I still had that costly turnover in the beginning of the game, a couple throws I want back and check downs I could have had. For the most important, I think the whole second half we played well as a team, when we got that kind of time from the offensive line. When we have our wide receivers getting open, John running the ball and Daniel (Sams) coming in to run the ball, it really opens up our offense tremendously.”

On Lockett and Thompson back on the field…
“It was big. Whenever you can have two guys like that it is big for your offense. You want to get them the ball, and that definitely opened up the run for Hubert. “

Junior Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On his performance…
“It feels good.  A lot of times when you sit out you get to see how much exactly you missed the game.  You just want to come back stronger and I think that at the end of the day, even at the beginning of the day, the biggest thing we wanted to get out of this was a win.  Fortunately, things began to happen and we got out of there with a win.”

On turning point of the season…
“It has been a long time since we all got a win.  It was very great to be able to celebrate it like that and I think that as long as we remember exactly what we did between Monday and Friday I think we could do a lot of good things, especially with the five games we have left.  Like coach [Bill] Snyder said, we have to be 1-0.”

On getting into an offensive rhythm…
“I think that helps out a lot too, especially when a lot of things did not go our way.  Coach was talking about resilience and we have to be resilient and keep fighting.  Fortunately, things began to open up for us.”

Junior Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On how it feels to win…
“It feels good to win again.  It has been six weeks or something.  It has been a long time coming and we persevered today and fought through a tougher staff.  We were able to come out and get a win and it feels good.”

On his performance today…
“I could care less about my 100 yards today, to be honest with you.  It felt good to have Tyler [Lockett] and Tramaine [Thompson] back in it and have them go out there and make plays and help the team win.  If I had zero yards and a win I would take that any day over a statistic.”

On the passing game…
“Having Tyler [Lockett] and Tramaine [Thompson] back helped.  They allow us to stretch the field so much more.  I think some of the looks that their defense gave us, especially in long situations they were opening up the middle of the field.  First and 10 and second and 10 they were really key on the run game so we were able to exploit some of their spots in the zone and beat man to man coverage.  Jake [Waters]  and Daniel Sams were really throwing the heck out of the ball.  They might have had three incompletions today which is unreal.  Jake got in there the third and fourth quarter and started spinning the ball and putting the ball in spots where we could catch it and we really had no choice but to catch it.”

Senior Defensive Back Ty Zimmerman
On stopping West Virginia’s offense…
“It was huge.  We talked about it going in.  We cannot give up the big plays, that is what hurt us against Baylor.  We went to work on it this week in practice, but we still have to make corrections on the one that we gave up.  All in all, it was a good day.”

On the West Virginia fake field goal…
“It was huge.  Our offense was kind of stalling out there.  I think it created some momentum for us, and going into the second half it helped out a lot.  Our guys did a good job keying off of their keys and knocking it down.”

On K-State creating turnovers …
“Those plays are big for us.  We always want to create turnovers on the defensive side and give our offense good field position.  That is what happened.”

Junior Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On the fourth quarter…
“We had to win.  It was a must win for K-State.  I am glad our offense and defense came together.  It was just a team victory.  Today our defense was put into some bad situations early.  Luckily, we pushed them to some field goals early on.  I am glad we got the job done.”

On mentality at halftime...
“It definitely felt like here we go again, but we had to just keep our heads up.  We have been in this situation before.  How do we want to respond?  Do we want the same outcome? Or, are we going to step on the gas in the second half and get the job done?  I felt like that is what we did.”

On stopping them in the fourth quarter…
“That is just a compliment to Tom Hayes, our defensive coordinator.  He is doing a great job for us and making calls, and preparing us prior to the game.”


West Virginia Head Coach & Player Quotes


Head coach Dana Holgorsen
Opening statement...
"Credit to Kansas State, especially in the second half, for coming out and taking it to us. I thought we were ready to play. I thought our plan on all three sides of the ball was good. I thought we executed very well in the first half. We missed out on some opportunities to have a better lead. I do think we should have gone into the locker room up potentially 21-7. It changes the outlook of the whole game. We missed out on some opportunities in the first half. With that said, to go into the half with the lead, we came out and got outcoached and outplayed on all three sides of the ball. You have to give Kansas State credit for that."

On losing the lead in the second half for the second straight game...
"It is a huge concern. It is a four quarter game. We talk about it being a four quarter game and we talk about how we have to finish everything that we do. It is a concern. It does not happen to good teams."

On the playcalling of the fake field goal...
"Everything is my call. It was there. We had a first and five on the five and it was disturbing, which there are a lot of things that are disturbing that we do offensively. We had to settle for a field goal, which is fine, but we had the look that we wanted so the next time that we went out there, if it was there we had to communicate about it. We obviously did not get through to Mike [Molinari] what we needed to get through to him. It was not the correct look and it was not the correct call."

On the defense's inability to get off the field...
"We did in the first half. Did they do a better job of executing? I would say you have to give them a little better credit for that. They executed better in the second half than the first half. They had long drives and hit us on some big plays over the middle. We have to get better at it."

On defending K-State's two quarterback system...
"We anticipated that. I said all week that they had a specific offense for [Daniel] Sams and [Jake] Waters. Again, I think we had a good plan. I think we executed good in the first half, but did not execute in the second half."

Senior Offensive Lineman Nick Kindler
On the second-half struggles of the team...
"We are coming out and playing well, and getting things going quickly but we are just not making plays when we need to make plays later in the game. The same thing happened last week, we felt like we were doing things well and we were playing together, we just did not get it done in the end."

On if the team has given up on the season ...
"Not at all, we are all playing for each other and we are getting tighter each week as a unit. Both sides of the ball are playing well, we are just not getting it done the entire time."

On the loss to K-State...
"It is on us as an offensive line. Obviously, K-State played a hell of a game. They played well and beat us in the second half. But it is on us. It is all things that we can correct on our own."

Sophomore Wide Receiver Cody Clay
On the frustration level of the team...
"It is always frustrating for us to be playing and working so hard. I guess we just need to improve and continue to work hard to improve. We just need to stay positive."

On the level of trust within the team...
"We took a confidence hit but we need to bounce back from that. That is something that we definitely need to improve on. We need to not be afraid of making mistakes."

On not thinking too far ahead during the game...
"When we are in the game and we are on offense, it is not easy to think about the big picture. You are just thinking about the next play. We just have to keep playing and thinking about the current play."

On the team's confidence heading into the second half...
"At that point, I was thinking that we still made mistakes but we were still in the game. It gave me a little bit of hope and that is just something that did not work out, but we were all excited at halftime. We were excited but it does not matter. We made some mistakes but we were still winning the game. That was all that mattered at that point."