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Sept. 15, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the team’s performance in tonight’s game…
“I do not know if I am surprised. If you do not prepare yourself well, most anything can happen. We were not very well prepared.”

On the areas where the defense needs to improve upon…
”Last week we tackled well, this week did not. Last week we lined up reasonably well, this week we did not. Last week we began to communicate better, this week we did not. There probably is not anything that we do not need to improvement on. That is true for both sides of the ball. “

On his team’s lack of energy in tonight’s game…
“It goes back to what I talk about all the time, and that is taking something for granted. We were flat and we did not practice well. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday we did not. We missed a hundred tackles. We ran around on the practice field and did not go through the fundamentals of tackling and consequently we did not tackle well in the ball game. I think it was the attitude that we took into the ball game and the approach as related to the practice environment had as much to do with it as anything.”

On special teams…
“Special teams saved us. We gave up a couple of bad returns on kickoff in the third quarter. Aside from that, I thought we played extremely well on special teams and it made a difference in the ballgame. “

On the play of Tramaine Thompson and Chris Harper…
“I thought Tramaine (Thompson) made a very nice catch on the touchdown pass that he caught. It goes back to the interception when Collin (Klein) threw the ball to (Chris) Harper and it was intercepted. I liked his performance most of the night but we have to learn how to break those things up. He is in position to break it up and he has to learn how to attack the ball.”

On playing North Texas…
“I hated playing this game at night. It has been on my mind for a very long time and it certainly was for the course of the day. I try not to predict those things but it was not hard to see coming. There is another side to that too; any Dan McCarney-coached football team is going to be a pretty good football team. I have to give all the youngsters the credit. I felt that their offensive line knocked us around because they got into their stances, they came off the line of scrimmage and they played impressively. Their running backs ran extremely hard. The quarterback threw the ball well. They are an excellent team. Their defense I thought for the most part of the ballgame, played lights out. We did not run the ball well. We had those two three-and-outs right at the outset of the ball game that set the tone for a long time.”

Senior Quarterback Collin Klein
On lack the of consistency in practice…
“We just did not come out and execute and maybe we were not as sharp as we needed to be. It is just another step and we just have to get it corrected. We had four practices before. We have got to strap it up again. We will get it.”

On beating the schedule…
“It is kind of a mixed bag. When you have a team like North Texas, they are better than people think, first of all. They play extremely hard. They really run the football. Again, there is a lot emotion coming of a big game. There is a lot of emotion invested and expended in a game like that. At the end of the day that is where the great teams are the exact every single week, regardless of the situation. How big the game is, how emotionally drained, whatever dynamics are present. You have got to be consistent and do work. We did enough to win. We made some plays, some plays that we had not made before. We just got to keep moving forward.”

On maintain offensive rhythm…
“I think we had a good game plan, coaches did a good job of setting us up for that. We were able to settle in a little bit. I think we are trying to come out of the gates fast sometimes. We are not in sync. I credit North Texas, they really controlled the ball well and we did not help our defense out. Again, we ran six plays the first quarter and that is our own fault. We are not allowing ourselves the opportunity to even get into a rhythm, but I think we did settle in there and we made some progress.”

Junior Wide Receiver Tremaine Thompson
On putting up big numbers tonight against North Texas…
“Numbers are cool but I really like getting the win. I am just happy that I can do something to spark my team for that slow start we had going. I am excited about it, but it going to be short-lived. We have got to get ready for next week.”

On his performance in tonight’s game…
“It was really just the coaches calling plays that were set up for me and seeing holes in the defense. Especially on that first touchdown, we were planning and scheming all week against that coverage.”

On his thoughts on his second touchdown catch…
“I immediately pointed at the referee because I could feel my foot touch down in bounds. Playing receiver for as long as I have, you kind of know where you are at on the field at all times and you can feel when you are in bounds and when you are out of bounds.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On his kickoff return for a touchdown…
“I remember one play at the end; Tremaine Thompson blocked the North Texas player just enough so that he did not get me. Overall, I think it was a great play thanks to the other 10 players on the field helping me with that.”

On the team’s slow start…
“I think that we need this because you never know how we are going to play against Oklahoma coming out. Just because we came out slow in this game, we were able to respond to adversity, so that really helped us going into next week against Oklahoma.”

On next weekend’s game against Oklahoma…
“I think it is a really big game nationally, especially because we are going down to Norman where OU rarely loses. But it is just like coach Snyder always says, it is back to the drawing board on Monday. We have got to give it all we have got all of next week so we can get ourselves prepared to execute next weekend against OU.”

Junior Linebacker Tre Walker
On the  improvements needed before facing Oklahoma…
“I think the biggest thing we need to improve on is our run defense. We were enthused and our skill was there. Many of times you can get glitches and I think that is what happened today.”

On taking a step back with communication…
“I think the biggest thing needed is communication and we did struggle tonight with our communication. In practice a lot of schemes came out and we tried to handle them as best as we could.”

On major improvements after tonight…
“I think the biggest thing is communication, like coach said. We really just need to try to get lined up and get guys moved while trying to communicate with the defensive line. A lot of people do not realize how loud it is on the field. Trying to listen to the call is difficult, but it is something we have to handle.”

Sophomore Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On getting North Texas off the field…
“It was really difficult to get them off the field. They kept running the ball at us.”

On adjusting to North Texas’ offense…
“Everything they ran was very basic. They played smash-mouth ball and took it to us.”

On this week’s practice efforts…
“It is just hit-and-miss sometimes. These games are hard to prepare for. We know these types of games are usually dog fights.”

Senior Defensive Tackle Javonta Boyd
On performance of tonight’s game…
“As a team, we all just need to go out and get better no matter how bad or how good we play.”

On clicking on the defensive line…
“We are all together. There is no individual player. We all come together as a team. We love one another and go out to play for each other.”

On playing an offense that holds the ball…
“We are used to it because our offense holds the ball also. We just have to buckle down and play hard when things get rough.”

North Texas Head Coach Dan McCarney
Opening statement…
“Congratulations to Bill Snyder and his football team. It is a great program and it is an example of how to build a college football program, how to sustain one and how to win on game days. A lot of good effort by the players on our football team, but it was not enough to win the game. Our football team came in believing they could win, not hoping they could win. I did not sense any hope that we could win a game, but instead more sense in belief. We were not good enough to do it tonight.”

On the game’s physicality…
“It was a very physical game for both sides. I think we ended up plus two in the turnover battle. We had a chance to win a game and we did not. We had some positive things, but in the end I thought they were more physical in the second half. They made more plays and Collin Klein is outstanding in person as he looked on tape. “

On coaching against Bill Snyder….
“It is in honor and always will be. It was an honor to coach beside him for ten years. It is an honor to coach against him. I hope he has a lot of years left for him, Kansas State, Big 12 and for college football. I hope he keeps his health, his passion and his energy at the level it is right now so he can stay with K-State for a number of years. He is an unbelievably special guy.”

On special teams…
“I mean they were a liability all night on special teams. You have to win games. It is one of the things that is a plan to win for us. It takes great special teams to win, but they really hurt our team tonight, no question. We need to get it fixed, coaches and players alike, starting with me. Overall special teams were pathetic. We gave up one kickoff return, missed an after point, missed a field goal we need them to not be a liability. I know we are not perfect. We played an outstanding K-State football team but our special teams really hurt our football team tonight.”

On time of possession as a strategy…
“I thought we did some things well. It goes back to your offensive line, if you can sustain blocks and drives you got a chance to do that against a real outstanding K-State team but in the end we did not make enough plays and if you came to a game with K-State you do not want very many three-and-outs and we had a couple of those in the second half. They made more big plays in the second half that was the difference in the game.”

Junior Quarterback Derek Thompson
On his team’s game plan…
“I thought we moved the ball all over the place. We had a great game plan against them. The key was we didn’t execute to get a first down and keep the drive going.”

On not capitalizing on Collin Klein’s interception before the end of the first half…
“We did not capitalize in the first half when we had opportunities, especially right before the half. After that interception, I did not think we managed the clock very well, that was partly my fault.”

On getting Brelan Chancellor the ball…
“A lot of the things we did tonight were based off what they were running. There was a lot of check-with-me’s and I made a lot of audible calls, but we just took what the defense gave us. Now for the most part I thought we were successful, but like I said, there were critical moments where we just did not execute. He is one of the most dependable guys I have ever had at receiver for me, and I am going to continue to get him the ball, but the other guys made some great plays too.“

On time of possession…
“I thought we did a good job of that, we ran the ball well when we needed to. We kept our defense off the field. We tried and give them a break, unfortunately we did not execute when we needed to.“

Junior Linebacker Zach Orr
On the game mentality…
“We played defense like we wanted to. We are upset, and we have a 24 hour rule. We need to put this behind us.”

On tonight’s defensive effort…
“We were playing fast, no mental busts. In the second half, we had mental busts that allowed big plays. That ultimately decided the game.”

Junior Wide Receiver Brelan Chancellor
On controlling the clock…
“We made our plays and did everything that we were supposed to do; making the right checks, the right calls and getting after it.”

On being more involved this game…
“I felt like I did my part. These past two games, I have tried to do my best to help the team to put us in good situations.”