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Postgame Quotes


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Oct. 27, 2012

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On adjusting from the first half to the second…
“I think it was not so much in terms of adjustments because we were playing well defensively. Offensively we did not have it quite figured out yet and you kind of have to spy a little bit until you find some answers. It was not an adjustment it was just being able to get into the right thing, which we did not initially.”

On Collin’s composure…
“Well you know Collin has all those qualities that I talk about so often and a tremendous amount of discipline. That combined with the right type of confidence allows him to be composed and I think he always is. I do not think it was any different than he has been any other time.”

On Meshak Williams’ blocked field goal…
“Meshak plays well and he has been improving and just falls in line with what we are talking about. He just gets better and better and better and I think maybe 3 or 4 ballgames ago he really started to come into his own. His improvement was there and it was kind of small and then it just took off. He is playing well now. He has made an immense improvement.” 

On the defense getting enough credit…
“That is for you to decide. We stay confined to right here. Whoever you want to give credit to, I am all in favor of. I am pleased with all of them. I think our defense has played extremely well. We played well collectively across the board. If you want to play well then we have to do it in all three facets of the game. We have to play well across the board and if one group falls out then we have got problems. But I think the defense, just like the offense and special teams deserve quality credit because they have gotten to where we are today. Tomorrow is another day.”

On the team’s maturity…
“I mean you look around the country and they make more of college football than they do of the Presidential elections. That shuts down on Saturday and all it is is football. Everybody gets caught up in it. The world gets caught up in it and it is so easy to lose sight of things. I am proud of our young guys up to this point in time because you do not know about tomorrow. Up to this point in time they have handled it well. They go back to work. It is not easy, it just gets harder. I keep saying there is a border right there and what we do from this point in time, on, will define us collectively.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On the slow start…
“There is a lot that goes into it. It is a certain amount of scheming on both sides of the ball, trying to get certain looks, trying to call certain plays. It is a fun part of the game, but sometimes it takes a little time to get into. Texas Tech is a very good team, and they have a good defense. They fly around. They play very hard. Again, we were able to settle down and execute. We cannot start that slow and expect to be successful.”

On the offensive execution in the second half…
“We were able to make some plays. Our defense got us the ball, and we got some good plays with special teams that gave us a pretty short field. It helps a ton when we can score quickly and get in that good spot. Again, it was a team effort. We were able to hang in there together when things were not going so well in the beginning. We just hang in there, and it will come.”

On the pressure of being undefeated…
“I think I have been very blessed. God has provided my upbringing in a way that I have had parents and coaches who have invested in men and have provided a foundation to show me what is really important. Success is fleeting in this world. There are bigger things at stake, and I recognize that we are human and we do make mistakes and are susceptible to complacency or whatever you want to call it. But that is the first step to be able to identify, attack it and go against that sin nature every day.”

Senior Linebacker Jarell Childs
On the defense’s performance throughout the year…
“I just have to give props to our defensive line. They have been doing a good job getting pressure on the quarterback. We [the linebackers and secondary] have been doing a good job with our assignments, but the pressure has been the main thing, forcing the quarterback to get rid of the ball quickly.”

On the pressure the team feels being undefeated with only four games remaining…
“We are not feeling any pressure. We are not worrying about the wins and losses, we are just focusing on getting better each and every day of the week.”

On his fumble recovery being pushed back for penalties…
“I really did not see at first until I got back to the sidelines. I was kind of tired. I was a little upset at first, but I told everybody it was still a touchdown in my book even though it did not count. Then they all laughed at me.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On responding in the second half…
“I think the talk that we had at halftime that woke us up a little bit, especially starting off slow. But we were able to respond to adversity during these last couple of weeks. That is what really got us going.”

On the fumble recovery in the first quarter…
“Even if the other team makes a big play, the possession is not over until the referees blow the whistle. We just kept playing, and, luckily, it fell in our favor. Jarrell (Childs) was able to pick up the ball and run. I wish we would have had the touchdown, but things happen.”

On Collin Klein…
“Collin Klein is a great player. Collin is a leader. He was able to lead us, especially at halftime like we have been doing. We were able to bounce back in the third quarter, like I said, and score. Being able to have Collin as a great quarterback, it really influences us in many ways.”

Junior Safety Ty Zimmerman
On adjusting to the Texas Tech offense…
“That was a great team, and we knew that coming in that they were going to hit us in the mouth. That is what they did in the first half. We kind of struggled there for a little bit, but we made some halftime adjustments and came out in the second half and did a great job.”

On the adjustments made in the second half…
“Mainly, it is just fitting some of those attachments. We are making sure those linebackers are getting good depth on those dig routes. We are making sure we keep running to the ball and tackling. Like I said, we are making those adjustments, and we came out in the second half and did a lot better job.”

On solid consecutive defensive performances…
“We talked about our performance last week and how we were going to face another good offense. So we had to come out and do it again. That is what good defenses do, is put good weeks together. This is our second time doing it, so we have to keep that going until next week.”

Junior Running Back John Hubert
On his electrifying four-yard touchdown run…
“I knew the safeties were going to come down hard. I got the ball, and the hole was kind of clogged up. So, I knew how to bounce it, and I made one person miss then beat the safety to the outside and made it to the endzone.” 

On a slow first half…
“We just always come out in the first half and start slow. Coach Snyder will get on us to come out and pick it up. We came out in the second half and picked it up. We finished great.”

On the strategy behind the running game…
“We knew coming into the ballgame, they were going to try and stop our run. So we knew we had to be two-dimensional. We had to run and pass the ball to open up the run, and that is what we did. We had some great passes that opened up the running game.”

Sophomore Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On sacking Seth Doege…
“That was my coach (Joe Bob Clements). He put me in position. I just sniffed it out and saw the running back right in front of me, and I saw what the quarterback was trying to do with the ball. Coach put me right in position to make a play.”

On adjusting to the Texas Tech offense…
“They were throwing a lot of quick passes. For the D-line to be a factor on it, we had to run to the ball, and I felt like we did that towards the end of the game once we started getting a feel for what they were trying to do.”

Senior Linebacker Arthur Brown
On Snyder’s halftime speech…
“He definitely woke us up, and he gave us a great perspective to look for. We really just turned up, and as a team, we sealed the deal.”

On a sluggish first half…
“It depends on how you look at it. Texas Tech is a great team. So you definitely have to give credit where credit is due. It is all about making adjustments. That is really what this game is all about. We were able to come out in the second half and make those adjustments that need to be made.”

On the pregame strategy…
“We knew coming into the game, we expected a dog fight and that is exactly what they gave us. So it was not unexpected and woke us up as a defensive unit. We just had to respond to it, and that is what we did.”

Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
Opening statement…
“Obviously you cannot go on the road and make the mistakes we made today, it looked a lot like last week where we were very inconsistent on both sides of the ball. The first quarter we played pretty good defense, after that I do not think we made them punt, you cannot do that against a good football team. We knew that we had to play perfect and we had a couple of calls go against us which were tough. We moved the ball and got some yardage but you cannot turn it over. We gave up 17 or 20 points on offense. We were very average on the kicking game. An eight yard punt, a couple of free turnovers just put our back to the wall.”

On K-State’s pressure on Seth Doege…
”The pressure was not bad. He held on to the ball too long on a read play which caused the first fumble. It was all on him. I thought our offensive line did a good job. We had good yardage in the air, we threw the ball well and made plays. We threw an interception for a touchdown and had a fumble on the first play of the second half. That was a killer for us. You just cannot turn the ball over on the road. We play at a high percentage offense in terms of turning the ball over, we have to be more focused.“

On K-State second half changes…
“They did not really change anything different. They started running the ball more inside and our game plan was to make them run inside and not to let their fast running backs get outside. We did not do a good job adjusting. (Collin Klein) started running the ball inside. He is a good player and they do a good job controlling the ball and do not make a lot of mistakes. They do not turn the ball over and they only had one penalty. We would have had to play perfect to have won today with the way they played.”

On his team’s start…
“We looked good and fresh. Our defensive front played well. We did not miss tackles at the point of attack. It seemed like last year, they got stronger as the game went on, in terms of their offense, we did not make them punt after the first quarter and that was key. We did not play well on third downs. We gave up a couple of third down plays at the beginning of the second half. I think that it was third-and-eight and we probably should have pressured a little bit, but once they start running the ball inside, pressure does not help. You have to make sure you get him on the ground. “

Senior Quarterback Seth Doege
On the turnovers in the second half…
“That is what shifted momentum. We could not finish. We would move the ball well, every time we had the ball it felt like we moved it well.”

On the team’s lead in the first half…
“There is a small margin for error in this league. Anything like a fumble, that is momentum totally shifting. Especially in a big game like this. There were a couple of plays that went through my mind that could have changed the game and changed the outcome. You never know what could have happened, if that did not happen.”

Junior Linebacker Terrance Bullitt
On where the game got away from the team defensively in the second half…
“I think the entire second half really. We knew what they were going to do, but to be honest, they came back and beat us. They had a good game plan they executed. They didn’t make mistakes and we did, and we shot ourselves in the foot a lot. We just have to bounce back next week”

On the difference between defending Collin Klein in the first half compared to the second half…
“They made adjustments and maybe their adjustments were better than ours. They came out and knew what they were doing. The thing about K-State is that they are consistent throughout the game. They are never too high or too low and they trusted their quarterback. He made some good runs. Credit to the offense, they just came out and beat us.”

Junior Defensive End Kerry Hyder
On giving up a couple of big third down plays to K-State…
“It was frustrating because we gave up a lot of key third down plays. We have to get off the field on third down.”

On the running of Collin Klein…
“We did not focus on our technique, we would have been able to tackle him. We just have to come out and use our technique. If we did that, we would have plays stopped.”

Senior Safety Cody Davis
On where the game got away in the second half…
“K-State just came out prepared like they always are. They did not make any mistakes and we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We could not get adjusted to the things they were prepared to do. They kept going back to the things they were doing, and it got out of hand.”

On what changed in the second half from shutting down Collin Klein in the first half…
“They decided to throw the ball a little bit more. We had some bad matchups out there with one-on-one coverage in open space. There was not much help, and they exploited that. Once we adjusted to it, they went back to the run game and they kept us on our heels.”

On K-State not beating themselves during the game…
“That is what they pride themselves on, not turning the ball over. They will not beat themselves and we went out there and made too many mistakes. That is the story of the game.”