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Nov. 16, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the team’s mental standpoint after the TCU 56-yard field goal…
“Well, right is right and wrong is wrong. When you make a mistake, you make a mistake. We just have to be a team that can go back and make the corrections that need to be made. I do not think it shields anything and I make that apparent to young people. I mean, I am proud of them – the fact that they came back and won the back and forth ball game. I certainly am awfully proud of Cantele. There was a great deal of pressure on a young guy like that and everyone else than was on the field goal unit. And also our offense for finally waking up, getting some movement, and getting the ball down in field position anyways. We almost got ourselves out of field goal position, which was not very smart of us. Defensively, we played well a good portion of the time, but we gave up way too much. Anyway, the bottom line is we did not play nearly as well as I would have liked for us to play. We played well enough to win and those are things we will address on Monday. We want our young guys to enjoy the fact that they won another ball game.”

On if he considered using his last timeout before Cantele’s winning field goal…
“No because I visited with Sean [Snyder] and Sean wanted him to go and kick it right then, so I did. Now where I made a mistake, and this is not on the players, is not taking a timeout before they hit that 200-yard field goal. They have tried him at 62 [yards], so there was not any doubt in my mind that he could do it, and we were bantering back and forth in regards to if they were actually going to kick a field goal. I should have taken the timeout. That was my error.”

On the receiving corps’ performance…
“I think Tyler [Lockett], Tramaine [Thompson], and Curry [Sexton] – each of them made plays that contributed immensely to the outcome of the ball game. All three of them did. Now, we put a lot of balls on the ground. Coach Robert’s tight end cannot catch it, but outside of that the guys that I mentioned really did a nice job.”

On the defensive strains without Ty Zimmerman for much of the game…
“Well, [Dylan] Schellenberg really played well, I thought, with one exception when he let that ball get over the top of him. It was a big play and we cannot afford to give up big plays. Those are what bit us in the fanny early in the year. Aside from that, if you are able to take what you can – you cannot take one snap out of the ball game, but if you did then he played really well prior to that. I was proud of him. And, he had some opportunities this previous week because Ty [Zimmerman] was out and he stepped up and played pretty well, so I have been proud of him.”

On the team’s progression since the first game…
“I think we have addressed that throughout the course of the season. I think we have gotten better and better as we have worked through the course of the season. We have gotten better because we are learning, I guess. And, it is not just about football. It is about other things that I think our players needed to be addressed to. I think our players have become just a little bit more value driven and I think they have a little bit better understanding of what it really takes to succeed. The most important thing is that, for the most part, they have made a genuine commitment to doing the things that they have realized really make a difference in how well they succeed and how well they play. Yes, we are a far better football team than we were. Today I am not so sure that the stars did not align up right. I said at the very outset that TCU is a very dangerous football team. Defensively they have been as good as anybody in the country and offensively they were just ready to come out of their shell, so we were fortunate to win,  but we did beat an awfully good football team.”

On the unfolding of the game after TCU’s equipment penalty…
“Well I do feel badly for whomever it was that was responsible for it. I do not know which one of them that it was, a coach or anything, but I feel badly because it is a shame to lose a ball game on somebody’s error. I mean, you think, there are 50,000 people here and millions watching regardless of which team they are rooting for, so when it comes down to one individual having made a mistake that is costly – that speaks to, what I have said so many times that the game has gotten out of hand and they are 18, 19, 20 years old. Whoever made the mistake, I feel awfully bad for them. How did it impact the game? I do not know. It seemingly had a major impact.”

On Jake Waters’ efficiency on the final drive…
“For the most part, [Waters] did. We took a loss in there that was not scripted the way we had liked for it to happen, but I thought Jake did a nice job and made some plays. He had some help, as it was brought up just a moment ago having some guys make plays on the other end of those throws. You cannot put yourself in those positions where you take the loss yardage plays. We knew where we had to get in order to have a chance to hit the field goal. I think with one exception he did a reasonably good job.”

On simulating the pressures of game-winning field goals…
“First of all, we start every single one of our practices with field goals. After everybody stretches, the first thing we go to is field goals and some other segment of our kicking game. Then during the course of practice like our offensive team period, we interject with our field goal unit at various places on the field. So, he hits probably four or five kicks during the course of a practice with as good a game-like environment that we can provide. Now, we do not do anything crazy. Guys will harass him as he is doing that – other players will, but outside of that we do not do anything.”

On facing Oklahoma next week for Senior Day…
“Well, I think they are better than good. It is always an emotional day, regardless of which class it happens to be. There are some awfully good youngsters in this class, as there are in every class that we have. I am awfully proud of them and will certainly miss them. But, I hope it is a wonderful day for them and their families, who will be here as well. They deserve good things to happen and I really hope they do.”

Sophomore Kicker Jack Cantele
On how it felt to kick the game-winning field goal…
“I just really did not know how to react.  I was just so pumped.  I just started running, I did not know where I was running but somebody hits me from behind and I fall down and just start beating the crap out of the ground.  I did not know what else to do.”

On approach to making a game-winning goal…
“It has to be like any other kick.  I have to say I have been ready for this my whole life.  Everything up to this point has been getting me ready for this.  All other thoughts have to be out of your head by then.”

On Jaden Oberkrom’s 56-yard field goal…
“As a kicker you know how bad it feels to miss a field goal so you are always sort of rooting for the other guy to go ahead late in the game.  But I was happy for him after the game, but at the same time I was probably pretty pissed at the time.”

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On the play of the offense…
“The offensive line gave me all day to throw and the guys like Curry [Sexton] and Tramaine [Thompson] with Lockett just making plays for me, just getting open for me and then Jack [Cantele] coming in and kicking that field goal. Everyone played a part in it and that was a good way to end the game.’

On improvement of play at end of the game…
“Well I mean we won so I think I did okay, but it was not just about me and what I did. It was about the guys collectively making big plays and doing their part and when you do that, you can score like that.  It’s a good win for us.”

On the difficulty of throwing in wind...
“I did not notice it too much, you kind of had to keep it in the back of your mind. We have played in the wind like that so you have just got to go out there and make plays.”

Sophomore Quarterback Daniel Sams
On K-State’s final offensive possession…
“I had all faith in everybody that was on the field. I was just listening to the plays that were getting called and I was just seeing what the defense was giving us. Jake (Waters) made all the throws.”

On TCU’s defense…
“Everyone was flying to the ball and they were assignment sound. From the secondary to the defensive line, they were very sound.”

On K-State’s ability to run the football…
“It was tough, but our offensive line did what they had to do. If you did not hit the hole right, it was closed. Their pursuit was just crazy.”

On the team’s mindset heading into next weekend’s game…
“We just have to keep it moving. Keep rowing the boat like coach Snyder always says. We will preparing starting tomorrow and we just need to keep it going.”   

Junior Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett
On the “new” team…
“The biggest thing is that we have matured. This game was a prime example of not everything going our way. At the beginning things started to go our way, and then we faced diversity in the second, third, and even fourth quarters. It just shows that those first couple of games that we lost showed us what was going on that we needed to fix. Looking back and learning from the adversity we went through has just helped us keep fighting, and luckily we came out with a win.”

On the fate of the last drive…
“You could look at it that way, but some things just happen. You have to be able to be on top of it. You have to be able to look at the little things. It is easy to say, ‘Ok, it is fourth down, let’s go out there and punt the ball,’ but you have to know what exactly is going on all the time. You cannot just look past certain things. I was talking to Marcus [Heit] a little bit ago and I was just telling him good snap because we do not look at the snap. We just think the kicker has to make it. We never look at the person snapping. I think that was real big overall. ”

On the long touchdown pass…
“I was a little surprised, but we did a little double cut and he ended up biting on us. Luckily, everything worked out, but it was a battle the whole entire game.“

Senior Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On efficiency of the two-minute drill...
“It could have been better.  We screwed up a little bit, wasted a lot of time at some points, but it got us the win so I cannot really complain too much.”

On the win in a close game...
“It was crazy and then we got in trouble for running on the field like that, but it’s great to always get a win and it does not matter how we get it, as long as we get it.”

On the nerves going into the two-minute drill...
“There was some nerves going but we always kept that confidence that we know if we execute, we can make some special things happen. We got some momentum going, we had some good catches.  We had that big catch over the middle by Curry [Sexton] and then [Tyler] Lockett catches one.  We hurt ourselves when we had that penalty and we never gave up, we just kept fighting and we trusted everyone on our team. Then Jack [Cantele] went out there and knocked one through.  It was awesome.”

Junior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On the final two minutes of the game…
“When we were out there on defense, we got that stop on fourth down and once I realized that they were kicking it, I thought it was a really long field goal, so I kind of doubted it. I thought that our offense would have good field position and we could have run the clock out because we would have been ahead. But he booted it, and he had a great kick. I looked up at the clock and there was still two minutes left and I just said ‘Okay, we just have to get it going’.  It was in our offense’s hands and they did a great job and they found a way to win. That is all that matters.”

On the emotions of the team after Jack Cantele’s game-winning kick…
“It was crazy. We all ran out there but I looked up at the scoreboard and realized that there were still three seconds left. It was emotional and it was really fun just being a part of a last-second kick like that. With all of the emotions that go into it because we have worked so hard this week in our preparation. We fought so hard during the course of the game and for it all to come to one kick, is emotional and you really want that to happen. Jack did a great job putting it right through the uprights and we got the win. We are just happy about that.”

Sophomore Defensive Back Dante Barnett
On the mindset of the defense in the fourth quarter…
“We really started to get more focused and we started motivating each other to get a stop. We were getting close with all of the third downs but they seemed to convert most of their third downs, so we had to dig down deep to get a stop.”

On the effectiveness of TCU’s offense…
“We knew they had a lot of weapons, and with (Casey) Pachall back, we knew it was just a matter of time before they finally found their rhythm and show what they could really do.

On the absence of Ty Zimmerman…
“It was very tough but Dylan (Schellenberg) was ready. He has been in there the last couple of weekends, so he came in the game today prepared.”

TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
On the team’s performance…
“Yeah, we had as much to win as they did. There is only one person to blame and that is me. We ran two guys on the punt return that had the same number which we do not do and so we left our defense on the field and let them go on fourth down and that was the difference in the ball game. Down the road you have to make plays, and you have to be defensive. That is a mistake that cannot be blamed on anyone, but me.”

On confidence of the field goal kicker…
“From the first day he has been here he has kicked over sixties in practice. He has not been as successful as of late doing that, kicking the long ones. He has been leaving them long as of late, but with this one he kicked it and drove it though. He gave us a chance to win the ball game. You could not ask for more.”

On play of Trevone Boykin…
“The resurgence of Casey [Pachall] has seriously helped because we can let him [Boykin] play a lot of different positions, not just quarterback, which has made a lot of difference to him.”

On the play of the team…
“Like I said there was a lot of guys on both sides of the ball made some great plays. K-State had receivers with guys draped all over them and they still made plays. We had our guys when we had slant passes and there are just some great plays that really helped us stay in the ball game. They fought back last week when we let it slip against West Virginia and we fought back again today. There is a lot of fight at TCU, we just got to find away to win them instead of lose them.”

Quarterback Casey Pachall
On coming back near the end of the game...
“I thought after the field goal, I had a lot of faith in our defense. I definitely thought we were going to pull it out. Unfortunate events and things that happened early in the ball game put them in a certain situation that they should not have been in. It is football; things happen and things are always going to happen. It just did not go our way tonight.”

On the offensive line’s performance...
“They played very well tonight. There were still some things we did not pick up, but that is a part of football as well. Things are going to happen and the defense will fool you sometimes. It was just mistakes on my part or on the offensive line’s part for not sliding or not picking something up. I feel like they had a good day today.”

On the same number penalty...
“I was wondering why somebody did not notice, but there is not much we can say about it. “

On close games this season...
“It makes it very tough seeing how we played, mostly at the first half of the season as compared to the second half of the season. We know that we are capable of playing with these teams and beating them. We have to put a full game together every week. There are times that we did this and times that we did not. Things just have not gone our way. “

On Baylor being the bowl game...
“It is our next game and we cannot think of it any other way. We are disappointed and very upset that we are not going to a bowl game, but we are going to play as if we are going to a bowl game. Our mindset is not going to change, we are going to come out and practice the way we need to. In two weeks on Saturday, we are going to show up as if we were going to a big bowl with the right mindset. That is how we have to approach everything. “

Safety Sam Carter
On mood in the locker room...
’I am not used to losing. Everybody in the locker room is sad and we do not really know what to say to this loss.”

On a tough season...
“It is tough. We have had some good games and some bad games. Coach says sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it does not. This season a lot of games have not gone our way, so we learn from our mistakes and we will be better next year.”

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