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Nov. 4, 2012

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On Tyler Lockett's performance...
"We had a few returns that were very positive. He and Tramaine (Thompson) are both quality return men, but it takes 10 other guys, and the other 10 did a nice job. I thought we had good protection on our returns when we had a chance to return them. We got a lot of positive things out of it as it would with anybody. It scared us when we got one return against us, so you look at the things that you do and what they did. That gave us some additional field position that does not show up. We were getting the ball around the 40-yard line with those short squib kicks. It had a lasting impact on that facet of the kicking game."

On the struggles on special teams...
"We had some young guys that just did not do the things that they have been taught to do."

On the negatives from tonight...
"We let them throw for 400 yards. I did not feel real comfortable about that. I did not like the fact that we missed a field goal. Aside from that, the rest of it is nitpicking. Those are the obvious things."

On Allan Chapman's performance...
"He made some tremendous plays. I was proud of the way he played for the most part. His enthusiasm to try and duplicate some of those snaps, he got himself into a little bit of a pickle and it was costly. Overall, the turnovers were major in the ballgame. It came at such appropriate times because they are a very good offensive football team. They moved the ball. The turnovers really occurred at very dramatic times, but when you look at field position where they were, when they get down in there, they are a threat to get it into the endzone. He did a nice job."

On the concern of the running game...
"They put a lot people up there to try to make you be one-dimensional, so it allowed us to throw the ball. I have never said anything different than that we try to be balanced. The defenses take what you can and cannot do. If you want to take away the run, you can take away the run and that is what they did. Collin (Klein) was able to throw the ball reasonably well."

On Daniel Sams' performance...
"I thought Daniel did reasonably well. He did not make any major mistakes, he ran out of bounds one time when we were trying to run the clock out. He does not have that figured out yet. Aside from that, he managed the game OK. He had Chris (Harper) on a deep ball in the end zone that he did not get up in the air enough, but aside from that I thought he played well."

Senior Kicker Anthony Cantele
On distraction of attention for the program...
"It is definitely difficult. We try to limit how much we talk about it as much as possible, but like you said with a new day in age and all the media, like Twitter and Facebook, it is pretty apparent and it is hard to get by that. We are just trying to focus on winning the next game." 

On joy or relief on tonight's victory...
"It is a little bit of both I would say."

On Tyler Lockett kickoff returns...
"No, he returns them; he scores. I know he has the ability, and there is nothing surprising about that. He is very talented."

On relief on other teams games tonight...
"We did hear about some of those games, after the fact.  It is just good to be 1-0.  Like we always say, we have to start focusing on the next one." 

Senior Linebacker Jarell Childs
On his play tonight...
"I thought I played pretty well tonight, I made a lot of mistakes. I could obviously do a lot better but I think I did OK."

On the change of Oklahoma State's quarterback...
"It was basically the same offense, we just had to focus on stopping them. We knew that they were going to pass the ball, so we just had to focus on stopping the ball.

On how much the turnovers helped...
"They got us a lot of momentum. It got the offense going and it got the defense going."

Sophomore Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown...
"It was pretty great. It was a big play in this game that got us going. Unfortunately, they answered back with one of their own, but we responded to adversity. Our kickoff returns were able to get us into good field position tonight."

On battling a tough Oklahoma State team...
"It is not over until it is all zeroes on the clock. So it just shows how we are, and we have to be able to fight back all the time and respond to adversity like we have done week in and week out. It just shows that we are a team that is not going to quit. When things do not go our way, we are going to keep fighting until the end."

Sophomore Offensive Lineman BJ Finney
On the team's collective feeling after the game...
"We felt joy, obviously, because we came away with the win. We are 9-0 and we are one step closer to what we have been working for."

On facing a tough Oklahoma State defense...
"Oklahoma State did a very good job of giving us looks that we have not seen before. They did a good job of switching their defenses up late in the snap cadence. We had a little bit of adversity to play through, so hats off to Oklahoma State. They are a great football team."

On Daniel Sams' performance...
"Daniel did a great job. He stepped right in and he knew what he needed to do. He was calling plays and checks, which were great checks. They were the same that Collin would have made. We just had to execute better up front in order to give him yardage and time."

Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy
On special teams...
"Without watching the tape it is really hard to say because it is hard to see and there are so many people involved. We will just have to look. They have always been one of the best return units in the country, we talked about it at the press conference on Monday, and we failed. We were terrible. When you don't give yourself a chance, we had two and a half big returns and a big punt return. We had too many yards. You don't give yourself a chance."

On mistakes...
"That is as poorly as we have played on special teams and obviously turned the ball over in a long time. I'm not saying they do not do a good job but a lot of them are self inflicted "

On playing against Kansas State...
"Well they did a good job and took care of the ball. I don't think they turned it over. We had a nice return on them one time but their punter did a good job of downing the ball deep a few times. They were better in the areas that we needed to win in, in order to have a chance to win the football game."

On being surprised about the loss...
"Yes I am. I thought our plan was good in all three phases. I thought we practiced well. I know they felt like they could win the game. So I guess, yeah, you do not ever feel like it is going to turn out that way."

On Clint Chelf coming into the game...
"It seemed like he did really well. For the first time he had been in a game where it really mattered. It looked like he was very effective. He seemed poised, calm and threw the ball really well. He made a mistake there in the end, but I was proud of what he was able to accomplish on such short notice."

Junior Quarterback Clint Chelf
On finding rhythm in game...
"I was just going through the reps.  I have been here a long time so, I have been able to see what other quarterbacks have done ahead of me.  I just went out and did the best that I could do."

On how OSU played...
"I mean we lost the game so obviously not good enough.  My job is to go in there and win the game.  We did not do that.  We turned the ball over that many times on the road to the No. 2 team in the country, that is how it is going to go."

On sticking with the game...
"It was extremely tough.  You just have to keep going and know the guys had confidence in me.  I wanted to help the team and so I just have to keep after it and take advantage of the chance you get." 

Junior Running Back Joseph Randle
On not giving the best shot...
"It was a tough loss, but they played great. They deserve where they are at being 9-0.  They just played a great game."

On turnovers within special teams...
"It was frustrating, but it is what it is. We just have to get ready for West Virginia."

On staying in the game...
"We just wanted to fight until the end and give them our best shot but we know we made plenty mistakes, but it is what it is."

On coach's postgame speech...
"He said we have plenty of work to do.  Our mistakes are definitely fixable for next week."

Senior Kicker Quinn Sharp
On tonight's kickoffs...
"They did not go well, obviously as you can tell. We did not cover well at all. I am not sure if they had a good scheme or if it was just the way we got blocked, or we did not run down the proper lanes. They gassed us a couple times. We will have to go back to the film and make corrections next week."

On being the last line of defense...
"Normally, I will put my head in there and make a play. The last one I did, even though Lockett was still on me, I tried to push him to the sideline as hard as I can, and I made a play, but the other one's I just had three or four guys coming through the hole at the same time. There was nowhere I could go. I could have gone head up against someone, but he had me by a 100 pounds, and I just did not know if I would have been able to get there from the angle I was at."

On playing the No. 2 team of the country...
"They are a great team. They deserve everything they got, but you cannot turn the ball over five times and expect to beat the No. 2-ranked team in the country. We thought coming in here we definitely had a shot to knock these guys off. We just had to do things such as not give the ball back to them, give them free points and we just made more mistakes. They did not make mistakes, and that is why they are No. 2."

Senior Defensive End Cooper Bassett
On his team's overall play...
"That was a big key for us this week was just to play well, and it was a disappointment. They are a team that capitalizes on any mistakes we made, and they are extremely disciplined. That is something we failed miserably.  We had too many penalties and turnovers. Defensively we had too many missed tackles and did not force any turnovers. We had a few times when we were out of our gaps. Special teams we were not sound either. If you do that against the No. 2 team in the nation, you are going to get your butt kicked. Unfortunately, that is what happened to us tonight. "

On Collin Klein....
"Like we said before, he is a great player, and I am sure his performance tonight will only help him be a Heisman frontrunner, and he deserves it. He's a great guy, he's a great player, and he's a great leader. I know he had a great game tonight, and I am sure everybody is going to be having him as the Heisman frontrunner after this game."

On Chelf's performance...
"I went up to him at the end of the game in the locker room and told him how proud I was of him. It is easy to get down on yourself and kind of mentally get out of focus when you are third on the depth chart. He hung in there whenever Lunt went down. Lunt came in and was a starter and had to sit again. He just took his time. Tonight he stepped up and played really well for us. Not just his play on the field, but his intangibles leading the offense and making checks on the line.  He did a really good job tonight, and I was proud of him. Hopefully he can carry that momentum into the next game if he is the starter."

Junior Free Safety Daytawn Lowe
On K-State's offense...
"It is tough to play, whenever you have an offense that takes care of the ball.  They move the ball down well and they have a quarterback like Klein who is big and powerful; it becomes difficult." 

On turnovers...
"You have got to be ball hungry.  They do a great job of taking care of the ball.  It just comes down to us to get the ball back and keep making plays."