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Dec. 3, 2011

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Raphael Guidry's performance and injury...
"He's got a knack for some of the things that he does. I don't know about his injury right now, but I hear he is moving around pretty good. To block the point after, I thought that was a pretty good effort. That is three that he has blocked, and four or five that he has hit this year, so he kind of has a knack for it. He played interchangeably with our other two down linemen and held his own. He said on the sideline that he really did catch the interception, even though they were trying to review it. He is pretty athletic and he has always been that way. He has good movement and good change of direction. He is a good guy to run your slants and stunts upfront. It was a nice play and a good reaction."

On focusing on the running game...
"Considering the way we started, having six yards of total offense in the first quarter, I would suggest we did a miserable job of keeping the focus on the running game. Over that period of time, you do not want them to just live in the game. They have got to just relax a little bit. I thought that we needed to have a minute of that, and obviously it wasn't as good as it needed to be. We just did not get the type of start that we wanted."

On adjusting to Iowa State's scheme play...
"Well I think assimilation, probably as much as anything. You just get accustomed. You watch it on film for two weeks. You work against your scout squad people which cannot produce for you what you are going to see on Saturday. So that long period of time without having a competitive environment with the opponent doing exactly what they do, and they do it quite well. Iowa State is a very, very fine football team. I do not think their win a few weeks ago (over No. 2 Oklahoma State) was a fluke by any stretch of the imagination. They are very competitive. They execute their offense as well as anybody, and they have been a very strong defensive football team. You cannot come out and hold a football team, us or anybody else, to six yards in a quarter and not be a good defensive football team."

Defensive Back David Garrett
On the winning streak...
"We just stick together. A lot of adversity happened in that game, and we know that it is going to happen. We stuck together and continued to play. We just refused to lose."

On winning 10 games...
"It feels great. Since I got here my sophomore year, we have improved each year and to finish my senior year like this with the underclassmen helping me finish the year like this is great."

On looking at the schedule in the preseason...
"I did not even do that. I knew we had some tough teams, and that we were going to have to play every week, but it is nothing like what my teammates and I go through every day and week. I knew there would be some tough games, but 10 wins is 10 wins, and we got it."

On team chemistry...
"I think it is special because everyone brings their own thing to the team. We do not have a lot of five-star recruits or big athletes like other schools, but we all stick together and do our role. We continue to work hard until we see all zeros on the clock."

Linebacker Tre Walker
On players' speeches this week...
"The one that fired me up so much was Arthur's (Brown). If you know Arthur, you know he does not talk a lot. He just stood up and said we have come through the fire, the pain and rain, and he made it clear that we got better. Every step of the way and every day we got better. We never sat down and wallowed in our defeat. We always made an effort to get better. People have started to realize that we have come a long way. This has been a long ride, a great rollercoaster, and today we ended out on top."

On the linebackers...
"Arthur (Brown) and Emmanuel (Lamur) are like my brothers. I just thank God for both of them. They are outstanding football players. If you get outside of one of them, the other one is coming to get you. That is so important because sometimes you need someone to have your back. You are not always going to be 100 percent on every play, so it is nice to have someone have your back just in case you mess up. That is very important and that is what we do well."

Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
On the 10 wins of the season...
"We have been through a lot and to get 10 wins in our last season, we could not ask for more."

On senior day...
"It was a very different feeling coming out of the tunnel for the very last time. We got to talk to our family right before the game, which never really happens. Our guys pushed through it, and the seniors did very well of handling everything and coming out strong."

On the team's tenacity...
"We are fighters and half of the games that we won, we had to come from behind and find a way to make plays and in the game. John Hubert had a really great run to end the game, and that is exactly how it has been for us. We have those playmakers ready to make the play to win the game."

Defensive Lineman Raphael Guidry
On the team...
"We just found a way to win. We scratch and claw any way we can to win. I love this team."

On his senior day victory...
"It could probably have not gone any better. It was a very surprising game, and I am happy we came out with the win."

Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On the confidence he brings to the field...
"A lot of it comes from our 16 goals we strive to get every day. We have one that says never give up. We have one that says expect to win. We just really keep those with us on the field. Even though times are hard, we fight through adversity and we just find a way to win."

On the significance of 10 wins...
"It is very significant for the seniors especially. They have not done that since they have been here and to send them out of here with 10 wins means a lot to me personally because I love all the seniors. We care about all of them; they have done a lot for this program. They went through some bad times. It is fitting that they get those 10 wins on their senior year."

On this season...
"It is just crazy. This whole season has been a magical season for everybody on this team. We expected to do well, but I do not think a lot of people expected us to be where we are right now. It is good to see all the support we have from our fans."

Running back John Hubert
On his touchdown to take the lead in the fourth quarter...
"It was a pretty big play. Coach called the play, and it was very right. I had the ball and I saw the opening and I entered full speed. I rolled down the sideline and made the play to get into the end zone."

On the leadership of the team...
"It felt really good to get in the end zone, and I would like to get there more often. Collin (Klein) is the man. I tip my hat off to him. He is a good leader, and he does whatever it takes to win, including scoring all of the touchdowns."

On his scoring play...
"I knew I was going to be one-on-one with the safety. I tried to stiff arm him, but he was too close. I was able to slip away from him. I knew I was close to the sideline and close to scoring a touchdown. I know we needed to score to win. I thought about it and got in the end zone."

Wide Receiver Chris Harper
On what winning 10 games means to him...
"It is something that has not been done in a while here. It means a lot to us."

On the significance of winning 10 games...
"We do not pay attention to the stats. The only stat we pay attention to is wins and losses. That has only been done so many times. We wanted to go 12-0, but we cannot make that happen.  We still have a chance to get 11 wins. There are a lot of guys here that have experienced tough times and have not finished over .500. We have a really good record, and that means a lot to the seniors who have worked hard here."

Quarterback Collin Klein
On earning a win on Senior Day....
"We have been able to come together in such a special way. I am just so happy for all the seniors who got to go out with a win. Give credit to Iowa State. They are a very good football team.  They play extremely hard and are very discipline. Their coaches put them in a position to succeed. Despite this, we were able to put it together to get a win."

On the weather delay...
"It is one of those things where a lot of us guys have been through it before. It happened to us against Central Florida last year, so in some ways, we kind of knew what to do."

On the play of John Hubert...
"I appreciate the heck out of John. He works his tail off. He is either blocking hard when I have the ball, or running hard when he has it.  He is also essential in pass protection. He also had a few nice catches where he was able to do something after the catch in critical situations of the game."

Head Coach Paul Rhoads
On the final two drives of the game...
"As it is the case a lot of the time, it is what we could not do. There was a play in there where we did not execute an assignment. We did not get our blocks filled. It was a curl flat route and we did not have people in the right position. On the touchdown, they executed a nice crack block and we did not get out on the perimeter to have enough people to make the tackle."

On Iowa State ending up in close games...
"That is the kind of team we are. We do not have the talent overall that these teams do on our schedule. How many players have we had in the past two years that were drafted? We just do not have those players yet in our program. I think this is our most talented team, and we will have a couple draft eligible players this year. That is part of the reason why this is our best team. I think we played smart, sound and fundamental football to give ourselves a chance to win over four quarters because we do not have the opportunity to blow people out. This is the number 11 team in the BCS, and with a minute and seven sounds left, we are driving down to tie it and go to overtime. Last week's team was one of the best in the country, and we held them to season lows by doing things that other people have not done. I am really excited about the direction of our program, and I am excited about having one game left to play in the season."

On the matchup with Kansas State...
"You take that fake punt in the fourth quarter, and they played it marvelously. The kid knew it was coming, and he laid off and two-gapped like he should have. Our kid (Kirby Van Der Kamp) did a fantastic job. It was not that they got caught sleeping. They just are not going to do that in their program. When the game was on the line, they had to take it down the field. They answered it and took it down the field with a great rushing attack and a smart throw-and-catch. I think psychically these two teams match up well, and this is one of the most exciting games to play in this season because of that. When you are the superior team, you should win. When you are the underdog, you are just fighting and if you pull something, fantastic. When you are matched evenly, it is really a challenge to see who the best is on Saturday, and they have been the past three years."

On Jeff Woody's fumble in the fourth quarter...
"That was not Jeff Woody's fault. He had nowhere to run. Woody tried to stretch the play and make something happen, and he smartly fumbled the football backwards to give us a chance. Otherwise, he is down. That had nothing to do with Jeff on that play. He just had nowhere to run. We were in a completely different personnel group out there, and if I am on the other side I am thinking that they have four wide receivers out here and cannot run the ball in this group. We should have effectively blocked and converted the first down, but we did not get it done."

On the kicking game...
"(Zach) Guyer's field goal was fantastic. I do not know if it is the biggest he has had, but I guarantee in these weather conditions and with the game on the line, it certainly was. They got a lot of push against us in the kicking game. They did not just block one against us. That is the fourth time that kid (Raphael Guidry) has blocked a kick this season. He is very special at it."

Place Kicker Zach Guyer
On summing up the season...
"Obviously we're sad about the loss coming off of a big win, but we'll come together and get this bowl game won."

On pressure as kicker...
"It's just another kick to me. Each kick you've got to just take your time and not put so much pressure on yourself, and things will work out."

On playing for Coach Rhoads...
"It's awesome. Coach Rhoads is a great guy and I love him to death. Just the confidence he has with our entire team is unbelievable."

Safety Ter'Ran Benton
On how Iowa State and K-State are similar...
"If you look at the statistics they look just the same. The offense was working, the defense was working, just the team that practiced and worked harder won the game. Seeing this is my last Big 12 game and I'm just heartbroken right now. It just seems like we could have worked harder and we could have done things that much better."

Quarterback Jared Barnett
On final game loss...
"Everybody is hurt. This was definitely a struggle. We fought hard and didn't come out with the win, and I think that's why it hurts so bad."

On Collin Klein's performance...
"He put his team on his shoulders and really did what was needed to win, and he was very successful doing that. I commend him."

Pu
nter Kirby Van Der Kemp
On weather conditions...
"Having to wait in the locker room with the delay of game, it makes you nervous about the weather. Luckily, it felt nice when we came out, and the rain was off and on, but it wasn't that bad at all."