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Nov. 2, 2013

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Kansas State vs Iowa State
Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes

K-State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the connectedness of the team…
“The answer is yes. We do not have a stretch of imagination. We have made strides in a lot of different ways. Like I shared in the press conference on Tuesday, we are getting better at the right things, and those give you an opportunity to play better. I think we played better, and we played better because we prepared better. Preparation encompasses how you practice and what type of approach you take at practice and how you bring ‘those translucent values’ to the table day in and day out. We are getting a little better.”

On vision of offensive rhythm…
“Well I would like it to look a lot better than that. I thought we started the game off well. In the first drive, we had an excellent play. During that drive, we scored, and got the ball back again and went down and got off course and had to kick a field goal. I think 2, three and outs after that. We were pretty close to it anyways. I mean there was that stall phase that we went through. That is consistency. To be a really good football team, you need to have continuity to succeed. I was pleased the way we started. We have to play that way all the time.”

On importance of scoring on the end long drive…
“I think it is big. They all are. Field position has been our calling card through the course of the year. Drives have to be extended, and the worst thing in the world is to get those long drives and end up trying to hit it in the up right. We have to do a better job when we get into the ‘red zone,’ and get them all in the end zone. So that made a very positive score for us, but all of them are. I mean it was not about what was the score at half time; it is about how well we are playing. We are playing well enough that we can convert when we get the ball inside the 30-yard line and get touchdowns instead of field goals.“

On involvedness of the team…
“Well I would love to have played one hundred and twenty guys. We have and we have not had the opportunity to do that much, or who has their hands on the football or who is making the tackles. Sometimes when one of those guys have a lot of tackles is not always a good thing. Collectively as a team is what I have to look at. Everybody has to contribute, and guys that do not get numbers, do not complete passes and guys that do not get yardage on the ground, somebody upfront is not doing a good job as well. So it really is a collective effort to be that way. There are no options. It either works that way or you are not going to have continued success which is what we are after. “

On not having a shut out…
“Immensely disappointed.  Those do not happen often in college football anymore. Our youngsters played well enough that they deserved to have the goose egg. I mean I probably am more disappointed than they are which is fine. It was not the neatest thing that happened today.“

On overall defensive play…
“Defense played well. We played well collectively throughout the course of the ball game. I mean Iowa State had some difficulty personnel wise and lost a lot of guys. So that kind of was a dismembered football team right now. They did not have all the people that they needed. They are like us in terms of depth issues, but that does not take away how well we played defensively at all. I was pleased with the way we played. We did not give up any big plays; that was major, in my eyes. We did a pretty good job on third down.”


Senior Safety Ty Zimmerman
On play of the defense …
“You know coming in to the season we lost eight or nine starters, it was kind of tough there for a while. I think we have built our trust in one another these last four or five weeks.  It has really shown on the field.”

On the well rounded effort…
“We have some unselfish guys on the defense that do not really care about how that stuff goes.  The guys just go out there and make plays and I think that is just part of trusting one another.  Trusting that everybody will be in the right spot at the right time and that definitely showed out there today.”

On not getting a shut out…
“We are a little bit disappointed.  That is definitely something we talked about on the sideline.  We cannot remember the last time we got a shutout.  It is tough there. I got put in a tough situation but hopefully we can improve and take it to them next week.”

Junior Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On the defense wanting to be on the field…
“I would say that the defense likes being out there.  We love playing the game, no doubt.  I am definitely that way.  I would rather have the defense score points and have the offense sitting on the bench instead of us.  That is just kind of the person that I am and a few guys on this defense are like that.  We want the offense to score, so that means we want to be sitting on the bench I guess.”

On what the team can do down the road…
“Everything so far has been going well for us.  We have to have that mindset that we are not really where we want to be yet.  We are 4-4 and obviously striving for perfection from here on out.  The sky is the limit for this team and we have just got to keep climbing.”

On the complete effort of the team…
“I think this was a good team victory as a squad.  Like I just said, we are all kind of hitting on all cylinders and really coming together as a team.  The sky is the limit for this team and I am glad we are hitting it now instead of too late.”

On shifting momentum…
“I want to be a playmaker for this team.  Everybody wants to be a playmaker for this team.  I have opportunities to do so and I have capitalized on them.  Definitely a lot of credit to the guys who play behind me and who put me in that position and give me enough time to make those plays.”

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On if this was the offense’s most complete game…
“I would say that. I know that coach (Bill) Snyder and all of the offensive coaches expect more from us. I think we all expect more from ourselves. We played well today. We did not finish sometimes in the redzone and we had one turnover. Ultimately, that is what we do not want to have. We played well today to get the job done, but we still have room for improvement.”

On his opening drive…
“It was good for momentum. No matter who is in, we have to put points on the board regardless. It is something that we still need to improve and continue to get better at.”

On his scramble pass to Tramaine Thompson…
“I have faith in those guys. I just threw it up because I saw that it was one-on-one coverage, and he made the catch. That is really what we expect from him. I will not take any credit for it, I put it up for grabs and he did what he had to do.”

Junior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On the defense’s improvement…
“That is a big part of what we do every week. We try to get better every day, not just week by week, but every day in practice. Monday thru Thursday, when we are practicing, we look at our mistakes and try to get better than the day before.”

On the defense’s accountability…
“We are very accountable to one another. I know personally that if I do something wrong, I am letting down my whole team, and it really hurts me. I know that every single one of my teammates are the same way. If they mess up, they feel it. It hurts worse when you know that you are hurting your teammates. If I mess up and it is just on me, I am fine. If it is on everyone else, I am going to try and make that better.”

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On if the offense is looking the way it should…
“We started off really fast today. That is the way we want to do it. Then we slowed it down a little bit. Overall, putting 41 points on a good defensive team like Iowa State, that is what we are trying to do with the offense.”

On where the offense has grown the most…
“Continuity with the play calls. The type of calls the coaches are going to call and what we are going to expect. Playing with these guys, you get more comfortable with them. You know where they are going to be in certain situations. So that is big that we have a bunch of games under our belt to really help us.”

On what has happened for the team to be clicking now…
“I could not tell you, but I think we have gotten better every week. It depends on what you go to practice for, you go to get better. With the way the defense played today. If they do that every week then we will be in every game and have a chance to win every game. We were so close at the beginning of the year, and we are finally starting to put the pieces together a little bit. That is giving us confidence. When you have that confidence in play then it makes you better as a whole.”

Junior Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On the Daniel Sams scramble throw…
“That was a crazy play. I was trying to figure out what happened by watching the replay. I know Daniel said he was scrambling, and I tried to take my guy up the field just so he could be able to scramble. He ended up throwing it, and it was up for grabs, but Tramaine (Thompson) made a heck of a play. It helped us out because we scored on that drive too.”

On the importance of the drive before halftime…
“I think it helped out a lot because we had the ball coming back out of the gate. So that helps out a lot as well, but I think the offense was just clicking out there. It showed that we have a little bit of luck with it.”

On improving the last couple of weeks…
“Like coach Snyder says, it always starts in practice. We had a great week of practice. The coaches even said it before we even came out here and played. I think it really helps you out a lot. Being able to prepare for whatever team you are going to play, such as a great team like Iowa State. I think we were able to establish the running game, as well as the passing game. We were finally able to see all of us clicking at the same time, whether it is passing or running the ball.”

Junior Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On Tyler Lockett and him being the reason for the offense clicking…
“Yes, and no. I think John (Hubert) is just getting a feel for the schemes and yes because they ran a different offense those two weeks that we were out.”

On the team having fun…
“We just do not have anything to lose anymore. Everybody kind of counted us out after some tough loses. Everybody already, before the season started, counted us out since I have been here. When we lose everybody turns their back to us. We go out there and have fun. You will see us jumping around, pushing each other, getting each other into it. The coaches are into it. I think it just helps us by creating a spark.”


Iowa State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads
On Iowa State’s biggest problem…
“Did not execute, for the course of our drives as an offense, and as you continue not to score and get into a trailing mode, we obviously do not have the offensive weaponry to come from behind and reel off touchdowns.  We went down the field, best we had all season on an opening drive and jumped off sides, it killed the drive.  Started another drive, got another penalty, and too many mistakes like that we do not have the consistency, the playmakers, the experience to overcome it.  So with that slow start, it puts us in a catch up mode and we do not play very well.”

On the quarterback change…
“Zero points and no finished drives. “

On the offensive play…
“Still too many missed decisions, too many plays left out there, not enough production in leadership of the offensive football team to get us into the end zone.”   

On the low production of wide receiver Quenton Bundrage…
“Certainly he has become obvious to people that he is our playmaker, so you are getting coverage’s designed to double him.  We need to do a better job with that knowledge, with witnessing what they are doing, and still find him ways to get him the ball.”

On keeping the team motivated…
“I think our program keeps them motivated, and it is certainly one of the things I spoke of after the game.  I am anxious to get to tomorrow, I am anxious to teach and help our football players become better and elevate the play of the team.  We have got four more opportunities.  That is four more weeks to become better, that is four more weeks to win some football games and make the best of what this season is.  Whatever that is whether you have ten wins or if you are two and ten, it propels you into 2014.”

On needing momentum heading into next season…
“How we finish up the next four games does not break the 2014 season.  It will not have a ‘be all effect’ of the eight months leading up to play next season in August.  Everybody likes doing things in life with a better attitude and certainly we can do that with better play.”

Running Back DeVondrick Nealy
On what was going wrong with the offense…
“Mis- execution, we did not do the thing that we came in, we did not fulfill the game plan from the get go. Things just kind of went bad for us tonight. We just kept turning the ball over.”

On his touchdown…
“That was one of the main plays that we practiced this week, we did not run it as much as we thought we were going to run it. It was one of those unfortunate things that we did not get to do a lot during the game.”

On what is the team’s motivation, since they are now not bowl- eligible…
“Pride. We have a lot of guys on the team that have big hearts and really care about the rest of the season even though we are not going to a bowl game. We just cannot keep looking that bad, and keep losing back to back games.”

On the energy in the locker room after the game…
“Everybody is down. Everybody is sad. They really wanted this game. It was going to determine whether we went to a bowl game. But, we did not come out successful. “

On if the Kansas State defense surprised you at all…
“They did exactly what we thought they were going to do, no surprises at all. We just did not execute on the things that we should have capitalized on. “

Iowa State Senior Linebacker Jeremiah George
On what can be learned from the game…
“From a leadership standpoint it is just the fact that I try to show my teammates you can count on me every single game. To the young guys, I want them to know we are never down and out, no matter what our record or what the score may be. Every day you put on that uniform, everyday you go to practice - you have to still work hard. Harder than your opponent.”

Toughest thing to stop on K-State’s offense…
“They did a great job just setting up their blocks. Besides that they just had more explosive plays that we can’t allow to win the game, especially in the first half. They had a lot of great plays on first and second down that we could not stop.”

On being eliminated from bowl eligibility…
“What are we going to do, lay down and die? No we are going to go out there and show everyone what we are really capable of. Honestly in my opinion we are not as bad as our record indicates. I feel like a game here and there, we could have two or three more wins.”

Freshman Quarterback Grant Rohach
On the problems with the offense…
“We haven’t gotten into the groove.  We need to buy some time and everybody is making their own mistakes.  We aren’t getting balls when they are right in front of us and are not converting on the third down .”

On what the offense has done right…
“Well, after looking at today, not a lot.  In my time, after watching plays on film I thought there were a few plays that we ran pretty well, such as on the touchdown, obviously.  As of right now, nothing really looked good out there.”

On momentum going into next season…
“I think we do need some momentum going into next season but it is hard to think that far ahead.  I’m just thinking to next week and our next opponent and trying to win that game.  I think we need big plays, which is apparent to anybody who watches.  We lack big plays and from the quarterback position, from myself especially, for not making those big plays that are right in front of us.”

On team injuries…
“It is tough to see a lineman go down like that.  Those are obviously very important guys but I have full faith in the guys that are back there and about to come in and play defense as well as a starter would.”