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Dec. 2, 2012

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On bouncing back in the second half…
“I thought we played well. The coaches did a nice job, and we had some good things happen. It is not so much like we were resilient or out of the ball game because it was a three-point ball game. They have a lot of drive and a lot of fight to them. There was never any thought with this group of young guys about giving in, but like I said it was a three-point ball game. So, that was not a big deal. Our tight end coach did most of the work, Coach Roberts.” 

On Tyler Lockett’s momentum changing catch…
“It did, and it was something that we were trying to get to half of the night. Finally we did, and when they work, they are all good.”

On winning the Big 12 Championship…
“If you mean what it means to win a championship, it means an awful lot to all of us. It means a great deal to the young people in our program. They were excited about it. Obviously, I speak for everybody in our football family. I think it is significant and important for every one of us. I am pleased for a lot of different people especially for the people that genuinely support this program, our fan base and all of those people that stayed afterwards tonight. There is a lot of people that would invest a lot of emotion, a lot of spirit, and as much as anything caring, and certainly, that embraces all of our players, all of our staff and all of the support people have in our program. There are a lot of people that, indeed if this is a reward, there are a lot of people that are certainly very deserving. I am happy for our players. They work diligently and have gone through an awful lot. To come back after what happened down in Waco, I thought that was quite formidable.”

On what winning the Big 12 Championship means to him personally...
“I do not always show all of that. It means a great deal to me as well for a variety of different reasons. It is not just the championship itself; it is what it means to so many other people. It is very, very gratifying to me.”

On responding well after today’s events…
“I do not draw a lot of conclusions about things. I am just like you. I do not have all of the right answers to the questions. An awful lot goes on. We had the issue up in Kansas City. That has an impact on young guys. I mean they are sitting around in a hotel room for half of the day. Playing these late ball games, they see all that. They see Oklahoma beat TCU, and as much as I tried to forewarn them, I am quite certain there may have been some letdown. I say I am quite certain, but I do not know that for a fact. There is just a lot of those things that you do not have control over. It is how you respond to those things that I could not project one way or the other prior to it happening. After the fact, I think they responded very, very well, and to couple that with the fact that we are coming off a disappointing loss.”

On the tragedy in Kansas City…
“The essence of it was that we need to be extremely grateful fopr that which we have and that it is so significant for us to do things the right way and allow good people in your life. Also to allow people to help you be the best you can be in all facets of your life so that you do not run into those kinds of things. I do not know where we all fall in the event that took place. I know we got the call early this morning shortly after it happened. It is a very sad thing.”

On Collin Klein deserving the Heisman…
“I do not know about everybody else. I do not know of anybody that means more to his football team than Collin Klein.”

On the impact of a Heisman for K-State…
“It would mean that we have to have a really great out-of-season and move onto spring practice and try to get better. It would be a wonderful thing. It surely would, and particularly, for whoever wins for Collin and for his family and his teammates because Collin is a sharing young guy. He would carve it up in pieces, I would assure you that, and hand it out to his teammates.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On tonight’s win…
“It is tremendous. It sounds like a simple thing, but it has been amazing how coach Snyder has been talking about improving in every team I have been on and every single year that we have had here. The last couple of years have gotten better every year. Obviously we got one more than we did last year. It feels great, but I am still absorbing it right now. I am just so grateful that God has given me this opportunity, brought me to this place, allowed me to contribute and be part of a great team.”

On winning the Big 12 championship at home…
“It is pretty cool. Our fans are awesome. On the road it does not matter. They really obviously came out tonight, just like every other game. It was great to be at home.”

On his touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett…
“It was a great call. We kind of set it up with the things that we had been doing. He ran a good route. We got a lot of good action out of Braden (Wilson) and John (Hubert) with the fake. Tyler did a good job, he got open and I did not want to miss him.”

On the loudness of the crowd…
“I think that the K-S-U (chant) was darn near probably one of the loudest I have ever heard. I loved every moment of it. It was amazing. From where this group has come, from what we have gone through, from the work and the preparation that has led up to this time. Straight down the list, you can go right down the roster every single person has contributed and bought in. When a bunch of guys do that, it is amazing what happens. To be able to share that and be together, it is awesome.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On playing for a Big 12 championship at home…
“I think what really helped us out was that it was Senior Night and we wanted to do this for the seniors. We do not want any seniors to lose on their Senior Night so we just went out there and played for each other. Even though we know we missed our chance at the national title we still have a chance to do something that Kansas State has never done, which is win 12 games, so we had to start out with this game and fortunately we won and we have to prepare for the next game.”

On tonight’s game…
“We wanted to win for the seniors and it was a home game which we obviously want to win, but also we wanted to go out there and win it for Collin (Klein) and do it for Arthur (Brown) those guys that are up for those big awards and we wanted to do it as a team.”

Senior Linebacker Jarell Childs
On the season’s outcome and success…
“It is a great way to end our season, but we still have one more game left to play. The Big 12 Championship is a great addition to my senior year.”

On describing the championship…
“It is pretty sweet! Just to end the season with a Big 12 title is a good feeling.”

On significance in this win at time at Kansas State…
“This is by far the biggest win. We have not won a bowl game since I have been here, and we still have a chance to accomplish that. This is the best feeling I have ever had at Kansas State.”

Senior Fullback Braden Wilson
On best thing of the night…
“The celebration was probably my favorite part about tonight. Being surrounded by how ever many fans will be a moment that I will never forget. The locker room was wild, and everyone is just enjoying this big win.”

On significance of being a Kansas boy with the win…
“It is a hard thing to explain to someone who is from outside the state of Kansas. Everyone around here is having this same feeling too. Having the privilege to play in this game is hard to explain on how big this game is to my teammates and I.”

On bouncing back from the Baylor game…
“We were extremely upset about the loss of the game. We bounced back and gave it about a week. The only thing we could do at that point was pick ourselves back up and work hard and go out and beat Texas.”

Senior Defensive End Meshak Williams
On what the game meant to him…
“It felt good, it really meant a lot to us coming out of this game Big 12 champions. We knew we had a lot in front of us and we could not let it slip away from us. We had an opportunity and we took advantage of it.”

On feeling pressure coming into this game…
“A little bit, but we have been through it before. We fell down against Baylor so we knew we had to bounce back. We had two weeks to prepare and we prepared well and that showed on the field tonight.”

On what the locker room was like…
“It was crazy in there, everybody was happy even Coach (Bill) Snyder was smiling. You do not see that much. It was crazy and I am going to cherish every moment of this.”

Texas Head Coach Mack Brown
Opening Statement…
“I want to congratulate Kansas State on being Big 12 champions.  They have a really good football team and you understand that after watching them play.  Collin Klein did some great things in the fourth quarter and was physical and he also made the perfect throw that really put us in trouble.  Proud of the effort our guys put out.  I thought they did exactly what we asked them to do. We will leave tomorrow, learn where we are playing our bowl game, and we will regroup and get ready to work.”

On the close game through three quarters…
“The third quarter was still tight. We moved the ball and did some good things in the fourth quarter but we had two turnovers and a missed field goal and you cannot do those things.  They played really well and we were matched with them in the third quarter we had to keep matching them and we did not do that.” 

On Collin Klein…
“Collin Klein is a great player not a good player.  I have watched him for three or four years now and he is so big and unselfish.  I think that is what makes him so special.  He is also hard to tackle, is accurate with his passing game, and that is what makes him such a great player.  I know he will be in New York and there is always really good players.” 

On Bill Snyder…
“Bill is unbelievable I have said many times that I think what he has done here is the best in the country from start to finish. The crowd is also unbelievable those fifty thousand were there an hour, hour and a half before the game and never sit down.  You have to give K-State a lot of credit they have built a wonderful place here and it is a tough place to play at.”    

Junior Quarterback Case McCoy 
On where the game got away from them…
“I do not think it ever got away. It came down to turnovers, I guess we turned it over three times and gave up 21 points off of them. That is something that happened tonight.  We have been preaching about it, it cannot happen.”

On responsibility leading up to the bowl game…
“My class, the upcoming seniors, have to step up. Send out these guys (seniors) right.  They have done everything right for the program, there are so many guys I can name off of the top of my head and it is time for us to repay them with a good bowl game.”

On what was the difference between the first half and second half...
“They got a little bit of momentum and got the crowd back into the game, that is just a part of college football.  As long as we fight it does not matter what bowl game we go to.  We will have a great shot at winning.”

Sophomore Running Back Malcolm Brown
On Case McCoy’s performance…
“He led very well. We knew what Case could do coming into this game. Coach started him for a reason, so we are very proud of Case.”

On getting back out on the field…
“It was great to get back out on the field with my team. It has been awhile. It is not about me or anything. We just wanted to come out here and just play our best. Nothing was solely just on me. We did not come out with a W, so it was disappointing.”

Senior Guard Mason Walters
On the fourth quarter….
“We were sitting there and K-State had just taken the lead and we had been going back and forth, back and forth. Our offense had a drive that stalled out. They played good defense on the drive. We just could not get anything going. They proved they were a good team down the stretch.”

On halftime adjustments…
“We have seen the film and we knew coming in here, K-State is a really good team. They made some adjustments at halftime, just like we tried to do to take advantage of the things they were doing. We went back out and really it comes down to execution. In the fourth quarter you have to do that, and we just did not do that.”

Senior  Free Safety Kenny Vaccaro
On the second half…
“We just had some breakdowns on defense, and the goal of this game was to do your job.  Like I told the team, if you do not do your job, K-State capitalizes on the those plays. ”

On having faith that the team will improve next year…
“Of course I have faith in them and first of all I would like to say sorry because us as seniors did not get them back to where Texas has been.  There is a bunch of younger guys and a larger senior class and the team will have more help out there.”

Junior Safety Adrian Phillips
On the third quarter…
“Basically, they just out-executed us. They did what they were supposed to do, and we did not come out to do our job after halftime. That is why we got hurt.”

On the Collin Klein’s strength…
“I do not think it came down to him being stronger than us. It came down to us doing our job. We each have a job, and we came out in the second half and did not do our job.”