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Postgame Quotes - Iowa State


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Sept. 18, 2010

Head Coach Paul Rhoads

Opening statement...

"Unbelievable showcase of effort from the student-athletes on the field today. A game is not won or lost with single plays. Yes, there are several key plays that happen along the way, but a game is won or lost by the full duration of the game. Generally, the team that makes that fewest mistakes is the team that comes out on top."

 

On Jerome Tiller...

"He did a very nice job. He showed poise on the sideline and in the huddle. He made good decisions today."

 

On Daniel Thomas...
"He is a great player. It is hard for me to say that this player is No. 1, this player is No. 2 and that this player is No. 3. I would say he is one of the top five (running backs) in the country. He is big, tall and fast and gets positive yards all of the time."

Quarterback Austen Arnaud

On his injury in the third quarter...

"It was just a bruise. I went back in, and it feels fine."

 

On what caused the late fumble ...

"I just got hitched up in the pocket and had the ball rolling. He hit me right where it was. He made a great play."

 

On the frustration of being out during a key time in the game...

"It was very disappointing. I was in here trying to figure out what the score was and nobody was in here. It was tough, but everyone on this team has confidence in Jerome (Tiller). He did it last year and won a big game over in Lincoln, Neb. The team has trust in Jerome and if I should go down like that again, he can step right in."

 

On if this loss felt worse than last week's at Iowa...

"We always play K-State tough, ever since I have been here. They are a great football team, and Coach Snyder is a great football coach. He has been around and he has seen about everything. When you are playing a team that has good coaching and good technique, you have got to execute and do everything right. We did not do everything right today."


Wide Receiver Jake Williams

On this game compared to last year...

"It felt like déjà vu. We did have a little stronger defense this year, but obviously it wasn't enough."

 

On penalties...

"That was definitely an issue. We had some good penalties come our way, ones that set us back, which definitely doesn't help our play. We got a holding and off sides. That definitely is a drive killer and it got the best of us"

 

On Austen Arnaud...

"He is a tough guy. He's a captain. He always wants to be on the field and play as much as he can. It's great to have that in your leader."

Linebacker A.J. Klein

On his performance...

"I just need to play as hard as I can for as long as I can. Individual performance doesn't matter as long as we win games."

 

On the defense...

"We game planned as much as we could, but we missed tackles. We just need to come off the ball harder. We lost a lot of yards in the first half. We can't allow that."

 

On Daniel Thomas...

"He's probably one of the best backs we'll encounter all season. He's a hard runner, he's big and strong, but then he shifted and showed he had speed too. I just can't give him enough credit he played a hard game."

 

Linebacker Jake Knott

On Daniel Thomas's play...

"He is a very elusive back. We didn't do a great job hitting the gaps and corralling him as a team. If he got one-on-one, he made someone miss and we should have made those tackles."  

 

On the play of the defense ...

"I think we did not capitalize as well as we should have. I think that with A.J.'s (Klein) interception that was great. It was a huge boost, but we did not come back out like we should have."

 

On if this loss felt worse than last week's at Iowa...

"They both hurt. They are both losses and they both hurt really bad."

 

On how they handled K-State's offensive line...

"Going against our offense every single day, with linemen over 300 pounds, you get used to hitting them. It is not really a big factor."