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Iowa State at Kansas State Postgame Quotes


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Nov. 9, 2002

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IOWA STATE HEAD COACH DAN MCCARNEY

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the game...

"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."

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On the 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."

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On Bobby 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 to happen."

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On 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."

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Kansas State Player Quotes

Junior Tight End Thomas Hill

On the game...

"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."

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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."

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Junior Quarterback Ell Roberson

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."

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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 stupid decisions."

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Junior Linebacker Josh Buhl

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."

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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."

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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."

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Senior Free Safety Bobby Walker

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."

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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."

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Junior Defensive End Andrew Shull

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."

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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."

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Iowa State Head Coach Dan McCarney

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."

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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."

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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 postseason."

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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."

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Iowa State Player Quotes

Linebacker Jeremy Loyd

On 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."

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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."

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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."

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Defensive 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."

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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."

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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."

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Quarterback Seneca Wallace

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."

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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."

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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."

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