Kansas State Head
Coach Bill Snyder
"Six turnovers in a ball game is major. I think they had a 100 yards of penalties as
I see on this deal right here. They did
some things to hurt themselves. They
are a better football team than that.
However, we played extremely well.
We played excellent football on defense. Take away five plays, I think; it was excellent against a very,
very good offensive football team and a great football player in Seneca
Wallace. But you can't get penalized
like that and you can't turn the ball over like that and expect to hang around
too long and they did that. But it was
a combination of them making some mistakes that they normally don't make and us
playing extremely well."
play of Ell Roberson...
"He continually made some improvement. Ell really improves when he really gets
focused on it. Ell is a very fine
athlete; we all understand that, I think sometimes good athletes subconsciously
can kind of float a little bit. From
time to time, he has done that. I saw a
really focused young man this week during the course of week in practice. He really did well. There were some things that happened this
afternoon that shouldn't have happened, we had what you would consider and look
out there saying he made some mistakes here and there, but I don't think he
really did. I don't think he made too
many mistakes. I think some of them
would sit on someone else's shoulders.
Mine in particular. But, by and
large, I think he played very well."
Walker scoring two touchdowns in a 23 second span...
"I want you to research that because I told Bobby that he
is the only defensive player in the history of college football that has scored
on consecutive downs and I would like to think that's probably true. You might be able to prove me wrong, but we
will labor under that assumption until proven otherwise. Bobby was 75 percent of that. The first one he fumbled and I am not sure,
I would have to see the replay, he got in or not. To me, it looked like he didn't and that is really disturbing to
me. The second one, he had both of his
hands and four or five other hands that he borrowed on the football. He was going to make sure that wasn't going
to happen again, but it being at the right place at the right time, which he
was, and that means he was doing what he was suppose to be doing and that was
Coach Elliott putting him in the right spot at the right time that allowed that
defending Seneca Wallace...
"Eleven guys doing what they are suppose to be doing. There are a lot of things and I cautioned
our football team about this there was so much said about Seneca Wallace and we
know Seneca and we know under any circumstances that he is an extremely fine
player, but Iowa State is not where they are right now just because of Seneca
Wallace. They have a lot of fine
players and they have a very polished sophiscated offense. They can do a lot of different things, but
if you put all your marbles in that one basket, you can get embarrassed in some
other areas. We just had to be
responsible and play sound football, get people where they are suppose to be
and needed to be to make the necessary adjustments with formations and motion
and they did that."
"I want to give a lot of respect
to Iowa State, they were a good team.
They were a lot tougher team than the score showed. Secondly, I want to give a shout out to the
offensive line because I'm down there battling with those guys all the time,
and I know how it is. It feels good to
catch a few balls in another big game like this, and that's what I play for."
On K-State's offense...
"We've actually been doing pretty well this whole season,
but later in the season it seems we're starting to come around a little
better. We've been doing a lot of the
little things better as a team, and so we're producing more points and
producing more offense."
On K-State's team...
"Team-wise we're coming together really well, practicing
well, throwing the ball well in practice and running the ball well. Sproles is a 1,000-yard rusher, so what more
can you say. A running game like that
really opens up the pass, and that has been good for us."
On his game...
"Any given day, I just go out there and take it
day-by-day. I just go out there and
play and try not to win the game myself, but just let everybody do their
thing. I just go out there and try to
play and not do too much. If it's open,
it's open. If it's not, try not to make
On defensive game plan...
"We (defense) knew what we had to do tonight. We knew we had to take Seneca (Wallace) out
of the game. He's a great player and
they're a good team. We knew the only
way to win this game was to take him out of the game and continue to get him of
his rhythm. We did that and we played a
really great game on offense, defense and special teams. I'm really excited about what we can do."
On momentum from the KU game...
"We saw that we can continue to play well, and how we play
as a team doesn't depend on who we play.
If we play as a team we can beat anybody. That's what we did today."
On defensive effort...
"I think we're peaking at just the right time. It is the best we've played all-around and I
think that's what we want to do, make sure we're a good football team. Not just offense, defense or special
teams. But, a good football team
all-around and this is a good time to show it."
On his two interceptions for touchdowns...
"I was handling my responsibilities, getting my job
done. I dropped down and saw that he
had faked outside with the ball. I just
read the plays both times. Whatever
Coach Snyder says I go along with it.
If he says that two interceptions for touchdowns is a NCAA record, I'll
go with that. I've had three
interceptions for touchdowns in junior college, but that's nothing compared to
Division I level. Especially against
Iowa State, they're a good football team and we just came out and played hard."
On tonight's game for the secondary...
"This game was very big for the secondary. We just wanted to come out and set the
tone. All year everyone has been
talking about the secondary and we just wanted to come out and play hard to the
best of our ability. We wanted to play
as one, and I think we did that tonight."
On Seneca Wallace's frustration...
"I think we may have frustrated him a little bit. After six turnovers I don't see how you
couldn't be frustrated. After the last
turnover I could tell we had taken our toll on him."
On the defensive game plan...
"We knew Seneca (Wallace) was a scrambling quarterback and
if we let him get outside the picket he could do some damage. So we tried to contain him as best we could
with the front four. I think the
interior guys did a great job tonight and the guys on the edge did great too."
Iowa State Head Coach
On the game...
"Kansas State was just an outstanding football team today
and the day that we played them I thought that was the best team that we've faced all year long.
They were just dominant on every side of the ball, all phases, offense,
defense, kicking game. We've been one of the top teams in the country
protecting the football and getting turnovers. We turned it over six times; we
are the least penalized team in the Big 12 Conference through three months of
football. The flags never stopped dropping. Very, very disappointing and very
uncharacteristic of our team. Credit Kansas State, they just dominated us in
every phase of the game. We've got to put this one behind us as fast as we can.
We'll grade it, we'll correct it. We've still got a chance at nine wins; it's
going to be very tough. We're going out to play in Boulder, Colorado. This is
not a 2-9 football team, it's a 7-4
team, although it doesn't look like it today."
On how the team came out...
"I thought we had great preparation, meetings, practices,
I thought we had a great preparation, but we were just dominated from start to
finish in this game."
On the length of the season...
"This is the toughest schedule in the history of Iowa
State, I've been saying it all season long. I know it's a very, very, very
tough, challenging schedule and then you go on the road and every team is
ranked on the road away from your place. It's real hard, it's a real tough
challenge, but we've got another one this week. They're going to be as ready as
any team we've faced all year so we've got to rise up to it. The schedule's not
going to change. We're going to go to Boulder; we've got one more game at home.
We've got to all we can to try to win a couple more games before we get into
On the interceptions by Seneca Wallace...
"(They were) just bad throws, just bad throws, it was a
bad day for Seneca (Wallace), a bad day for our team and great plays by their
defense. Outstanding plays by their defense, and we knew that coming in they
are nationally ranked in the top three or four in the country on offense,
scoring offense, scoring defense, they are a tremendous football team. It's
hard to imagine that team has lost two games this year watching them play. I
just thought they were a great football team in all phases."
Iowa State Player Quotes
Linebacker Jeremy Loyd
the game ...
"They came out
ready to play. We didn't. It's as simple as that. We beat ourselves in many
areas. They came out ready to play."
On Iowa State's play...
"I think that a bunch of times we did well. We just kept
killing ourselves. I don't know how many times we had mental breakdowns on
little, simple stuff, where we shouldn't have. But that's just the way football
goes. They came out ready to play. They played well. They played really well."
On being worn down...
"I don't think so. Coach (McCarney) has done everything
possible to keep us fresh. We're not worn down, it's not that. This is just a
game. We didn't come out and play the way we should have. You could see it."
Tackle Jordan Carstens
On the game...
"I said earlier in the week when you guys asked me what it
was going to take to we and I said that we had to be ready to play. We weren't
K-State was and they put it to us."
On always having a short field...
"It's hard to pin point what really went wrong on the
defensive side of the ball. As a team, we're going to take this as a loss,
learn from it and try and come back next week."
On getting harder to keep coming back...
"Yeah, it's tough to lose like this. I think that this
week is really going to be show the character of the team and what we're really
made of. Hopefully we can come back and have a good week of preparation and be
ready to play a good team (Colorado). That's about all we can do."
On the game...
"I just played sorry. I played bad. I take full
responsibility for what happened today. It shouldn't have been that bad. I made
a lot of mistakes that I usually don't do and they capitalized on them."
On the two interceptions...
"They had a good game and they played what we were trying
to do. They played it pretty well. I made a mistake and then they capitalized
on them. There is nothing else I can say about it."
On the Kansas State defense...
"They've got a good defense. We had something going there
in the first half and we just didn't execute. We had penalties. Penalties hurt
us. They've got a good defense."