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Oct. 5, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
 On nearly overcoming 12 penalties and five turnovers to win the game...
 "It's difficult, as it always would be. In our history, we just have not been that kind of a football team. I mean, we haven't always been extremely good, but we haven't always turned the ball over and we haven't always been penalized. We had a chance to win even with it, like you said, but it sure makes it a heck of a lot harder."
 
On how OSU changed the tempo on its game-winning series...
 "I think it has been situational for them over the course of there, and it was today. When they get you on the move, the better they go, the faster they go. I can't speak for Mike [Gundy] and his people, but when they're moving the ball, they're going to go faster. When they're not, they're going to try and slow it down a bit and try to pick and choose the right things."
 
On the defense's ability to make key stops and keep OSU out of the end zone...
 "I was really pleased with the effort and what they did in the second half of the ballgame. I thought that early in the ballgame, we had some real issues, but they got them corrected. Some of the things that hurt us in the first half of the ballgame, we were able to better defend in the second half."
 
On quarterback Daniel Sams' performance...
"Well, the good things we all saw, and the bad things we all saw. It was just exactly like we saw it. We started him because we were trying to do some things that we knew he could do and get him invested collectively in the ballgame. As you can see, he came in and threw the ball just fine. I certainly don't like the interception. Aside from that, he was throwing the ball well early in the ballgame, which gave him a chance to be the balanced-type quarterback that we want him to be and that we know he is capable of being."

Quarterback Daniel Sams
On what went wrong today...
“I would probably say communication. The crowd was loud. It’s no excuse and we still need to just do our ball.”
 
On playing this game...
“I decided to be ready for whatever comes and a lot of playing time came today. It felt good to do it, but we came out with three interceptions so you can’t beat anybody doing that.”

Wide receiver Curry Sexton
On the game overall...
“I think we play played well at times, but we made way too many mistakes across the board. Any time you turn the ball over five times you aren’t going to win. Obviously, you saw when we put a dive up there without turnover or penalties we were able to move the ball down the field. It stings because you realize we were able to do that, but we kept killing ourselves. In the end it kept taking us off the field.”

On the penalties...
“Lack of discipline is all I can think of. The crowd noise probably had a little to do with it, but there is no excuse for having that many penalties. I don’t know how many we ended up with, probably around 15. I can’t ever remember having over six or seven since I’ve been here. Double digit penalties and five turnovers, that’s a recipe for failure every time.”

Wide Receiver Torell Miller
On the dual quarterbacks...
“It’s one of those things. You kind of get familiar with the quarterbacks once you have reps with them over and over in practice. At the same time we’re using all of our quarterbacks. There’s no difference between them. You have to step up and be ready. I wouldn’t say it’s more chemistry, it’s about executing out on the field."

Wide Receiver Kyle Klein
On issues at the line of scrimmage...
“Honestly I think it’s just communication. The coaches are calling one thing and then half the line is calling another thing, Quarterback is saying something different and the wide receivers are getting a different signal so we just need to communicate better as a team.”
 
On the offensive unit’s progress today...
“It was one step forward and two steps back kind of thing. We did make some progress, we learned how to make some plays under pressure and we learned how to prove we could do it. Honestly, mostly to ourselves we proved we could do it. We have to be more consistent so that we are capable of doing that every time.”
 
Fullback Glenn Gronkowski
On how the offense went today with Daniel Sams...
“It went pretty good I thought. I don’t really pay attention to overall. We take it one play at a time and we do our best every play.”
 
On the penalties...
“All week we focused on discipline. Obviously, we came out here and didn’t execute the way we wanted to and the way we talked about all week. We had way too many mental mistakes and we need to stick to our game plan to do better from now on.”

Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On the game overall...
“Throughout the whole game we just had mental collapses with the little things and the penalties. Those just really hurt us early on but we were still in the position to win the game. We feel like we beat ourselves tonight. Oklahoma State has great players and great coaches, but we feel like we left one out there on the table to win and we didn’t get it done.”

On not having Termaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett...
“Having Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett would have made it a different game. Those guys are such playmakers that it can affect the game. We have a lot of talent on this team. We’re a young group that’s talented. We’re just going to have to step it up during this week’s practice and focus on your keys and be a good young team.”

Linebacker Blake Slaughter
On the difference between the two halves...
“A lot of it is you understand what they are going to do coming out to the second half. You’ve made adjustments and you are able to play a little faster. In the first half, they hit us with the flea flicker. It’s a tough play no matter what. You take the flea flicker away in the first half and that’s 10 points. I just felt like we did a decent job throughout the day. We just have to find a way to win." 

Defensive Back Ty Zimmerman
On how they fell short...
“The credit goes to Oklahoma State they did what it takes to win. We made too many mistakes to do what you have to do to win the game, but credit goes to them.”
 
On strides that the defense made today...
“I really feel like we got better. I feel like our energy was up but still we could have created more turnovers. We still have room to improve but I feel like we did improve this week.”

Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy
Opening Statement
“It was a great game for fans and people who were the television audience. It was a tough game for coaches. Kansas State had a really nice plan, and, as always, they’re very well coached and played hard. The difference in this game as compared to last week is turnovers, and we were much better in the kicking game. We kicked four field goals, had one block, we let a guy come right through the gap, and it could’ve been anyone in the country kicking and it wouldn’t have made a difference. They blocked it, it was a big turnover, and we gave up seven points. The difference, obviously, was that we forced turnovers. You can say it any way you want, but in this game, offensively we have to find a better way to keep the football. That’s our fault as coaches. That’s not on the players. All five or six of us that are in communication came up with some plays, and the choice was poor. We have to keep the football, and we’ll get that cleaned up as an offensive staff—that’s me included. We’ll make sure that we put our kids in a better position to keep the football in the end and we won’t have to face a two-man situation. I was proud of the defense. There’s been a number of games here in the last 20 years that I’ve been involved with where teams went right down the field at the end and scored on the defense. That was different here with these guys. They continue to get better. They worked hard. They’ve bought into the system, they’ve bought into our coaches and they’re finding a way to get it done in the end. We have a long ways to go as a defense, an offense and on special teams. When you get into league play, as we are, you going to see a lot of games like today. That’s my opinion. So, it should be an exciting run from here on out, and we just looked forward to another open week. We get back at it the next week for TCU.”

On the struggles the offense faced...
“I really don’t have a clue. I wish I could give you a better explanation so it would sound better on the news tonight, but we need to become a better football team from the seven-yard line in. That’s a fact. As I mentioned earlier, at the end of the game the defense gave us plenty of opportunities to score touchdowns and maybe put the game out of reach against a team, who in our opinion may not be a great two-minute or a great throwing team. We needed to take advantage of that.”

On the solid offensive performance in the last few minutes of the game...
“Whoever flipped the switch, I wish they would’ve flipped it earlier. I don’t know what to say. It was very well executed. Guys made plays, and we also had some drops earlier in the game. We have to take better care of the football, and when the ball is thrown with the right air, we have to catch the dang football. You just have so many plays in a game that turn it. You don’t know how many. At the end of the last drive, the biggest play may have been when we had the quarterback scrambling and kind of man-under coverage where he was going to run for 20 yards then step out of bounds, and Shaun Lewis lays out and tackles him, grabbing his ankles, which forces them to line back up. I watched the clock, and it cost them 18 seconds to get lined back up. He would’ve run 20 yards down the field, stepped out of bounds, and the clock would’ve stopped. That may have been as big a play as any on that last drive.”

On Ben Grogan’s performance...
“He’s in a tough situation. To be a field goal kicker, you’re isolated. In today’s cyberspace, media and internet chat rooms, it’s a tough gig now for a guy to miss a couple of short field goals. You hear about it a lot. I told the team that I thought he did a great job staying focused. He practiced well, and kicked the same way in practice as he has the last three weeks. It’s not easy, and I’m very proud of him for being a freshman and stepping up and knocking them through there.”

Quarterback J.W. Walsh
On scoring 10 unanswered points to win the game...
“It shows the maturity of our team. Even with some young guys out there, we can face adversity and overcome some tough circumstances. To be able to come up with a big drive and a huge stop on defense was huge.”
 
On the ability to bounce back after last week...
 “This was a huge win. Not only that, but the way we won. The defense and offense both played really well. When one unit wouldn’t play well, the other had its back. It was a great team win.”
 
On the late touchdown drive to take the lead...
 “It was one of those situations where the guys on the field knew we had to go down and score, and if we didn’t we may not win. We knew we had to take care of the ball and go score. We just put the ball in our playmakers’ hands. When we do that, good things happen.”
 
Wide Receiver Charlie Moore
On his late touchdown catch...
 “I wasn’t in for that whole series, but near the goal line we ran a play we had run earlier, where they denied me an inside release. I came to the sideline and said we should throw an out route there. We called it up and it worked.”
 
On how the offense was able to get rolling late...
 “First, I have to give credit to the defense. They made huge plays. Offensively, we always have confidence to make the plays to win. We know we can put together drives like that last touchdown every time we go out there. It was just a matter of pulling together and knowing that it could happen at any time.”
 
On getting the first conference win of the year...
 “It feels great. It was great to get a win here at home and to beat Kansas State. It’s always good to win those close ones. It gives you confidence, moving forward. It was a great team win.”
 
Safety Daytawion Lowe
On being able to force five turnovers...
“That was right at the quota. We strive to force five turnovers per game. When we get that done, we’re achieving a lot. We’re putting our offense opportunities to score when we succeed.”
 
On his late interception and return...
“I was just running to the sideline. I wanted to make sure that if I fumbled, either we could recover or it would just roll out of bounds. It was just a matter of making a play.”
 
On being able to make big stops late...
 “We knew they would try to control the clock, so at the end of the day, it was all about making stops, and we did when we needed to.”
 
Linebacker Shaun Lewis
On the how opportunistic the defense was...
“Our goal in every practice and game is to get those five turnovers. For us to go out and do it is a huge credit to the coaching staff and guys giving phenomenal effort.”
 
On the defense being able to pick it up when the offense was struggling...
“The ultimate goal for us is to keep the opponent out of the end zone, and get our offense back on the field. No matter how we do it, we have to get it done. We can’t really pay attention to the score or whether the offense is clicking or not, we just have to go out there and play defense.”
 
On his late diving tackle to prevent a big quarterback run...
“Relentless. That’s our motto as a defense. We had to make a play, and someone had to do it. The opportunity presented itself, so I just left it all on the field.