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Postgame Quotes Kansas State vs. Oklahoma


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Nov. 23, 2013

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Oklahoma vs. Kansas State Postgame Quotes

K-State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Bill Snyder

On the effectiveness of Oklahoma’s offense…
“We didn’t see anything we haven’t seen before, we just weren’t as well prepared for it, and we didn’t play as well and got in some bad situations.  Oklahoma played very well. I thought their quarterback played well. They felt comfortable with him being back there and I thought he threw the ball well today. But it was the zone-read play that did the most damage to us today. It is something he has been very good at and we have seen a lot on tape. We knew he was going to run it, but we didn’t defend it very well.”

Thoughts on the teams play in the fourth quarter…
“First off, we backed ourselves up and didn’t do anything about getting off the goal line. So part of it is offense, but we hit the ball poorly and covered it poorly. All three of those things added to the problem. Overall, this game was a collective loss. Take your pick, we just didn’t play well. Oklahoma was the better team. They played better and coached better than we did today. That is not the way we have come through the second half of the season, but it is the way we played today.

On the play of quarterback Jake Waters and wide receiver Tyler Lockett…
“Jake threw the ball well on many of the throws he made and Tyler, well all of our receivers really, did a nice job. Tyler had a bunch of catches today, but he also had some drops, which is not the norm with him. We had some high throws, that is something that we have to be better at. Everything that we got was with big plays. We didn’t move the ball well on offense in terms of drives. We had one good drive there at the end, but, by and large, everything was big plays. Part of it was defensive breakdowns and part of it was just our guys doing a nice job.”

On how the absence of Ty Zimmerman affected the defense…
“Wherever they ran it, it impacted our defense. Dylan (Schellenberg) didn’t play poorly, he has been a good player for us. It wasn’t that position that did all the damage; it was equally shared across the board.”

On losing the game despite Tyler Lockett’s 278 receiving yards…
“Regardless of how many catches and yards he gets, what concerns me is we lost the ball game.”

On Oklahoma scoring two touchdowns in 68 seconds...
“If you invest a lot in your preparation and you are not successful, it is painful. It was painful in pieces, and it was painful collectively. It was not a good 68 seconds to say the least.”

On Bob Stoops passing Barry Switzer in career wins at Oklahoma…
“Bobby is a tremendously talented football coach. I think everyone is well aware of that, as well as Barry Switzer was. Two really wonderful coaches, both very talented and successful. I am sure it certainly means something for Bobby. It was not a good win because it came here, and I told him that before the ball game. I wished him well, with the exception of today.

On the impact of the poor punt and coverage in the fourth quarter had on the game…
“It was a major play in the ball game. The interception was a major play in the ball game. There are major plays, but there are so many things that led up to it. Tell me why we are down 14-0? That had an impact on the game. As you go through it, you can’t take just one element and say that was major. There were a lot of major plays in the game that added up to what happened.”

On the success Oklahoma had on third down…
“We have not been tremendously effective in that arena. I think their quarterback did a whale of a job most of the time. He did good throwing the ball. He made some nice throws. The field goal they got before the end of the half happened because he made a nice throw on third down and got a considerable amount of yardage on it. He played well and the receivers hung onto the ball. From our standpoint we didn’t defend it well, but that doesn’t take away from the very fine plays that he made.”

On the struggles of the running game…
“Most teams can line up and take away whatever element of the game that they want to, and that was their choice. It is understandable and they did it successfully. Our option was then to throw the football and I thought we did okay with that. I would have liked to have been successful in the run game, but their defense had a lot to do with that.”

On the importance of next week’s game…
“They are all major ball games. You only get a chance to do it 12 times a year. The players work so hard over the course of a year and only get 12 opportunities. There are no less than significant games. They are all important. Make all you want about the in-state rivalry, etc. and it certainly has a great deal of meaning to everybody, both universities, both team’s players and fans, but what I am trying to say is there are no insignificant games on your schedule."

Senior Wide Receiver Tramaine Thompson
On expecting the game to be pass heavy. . .
“We work towards it every week. It just depends on what the coaches call.”

On Tyler Lockett’s performance. . .
“I expect that from him every week. I know what kind of player he is. He is an awesome football player and I was proud to see him perform that way.”

On how Lockett got so wide open against Oklahoma’s defense. . .
“We made some good plays on the zone and had some good schemes that left him wide open. Other than that, it was just Tyler making plays.”

On the emotions of the team going into the KU game. . .
“Motivated. We haven’t had a team devastate us like that in a while. Now we just have to move on to next week.”

On his thoughts of this being his final home game. . .
“I love my team. I could not imagine playing for any other school. I love the K-State fans. I love this family here. It seems like I’ve seen so many classes come and go and I always felt like my time would never come, but it is finally here.  I will never play another game here. I have cherished every moment and I will never forget this.”

Junior Quarterback Jake Waters
On the interception. . .
“We needed to make a play and we needed a first down. I trust my receivers one-on-one. I did not really see what happened, but it made us uncomfortable.”

On the dynamic between him and Lockett. . .
“They challenged us to throw the ball and our receivers stepped up. The day that Tyler (Lockett) had just proves that he is one of the best in the nation. He made me look a lot better today too.”

On what Lockett does that is so special. . .
“His routes and just how he gets open. The other team knows that we want to get the ball to him because he is our big time playmaker, but somehow he still continues to just get open. It just amazes me how he does that.”

On the 90-yard touchdown pass to Lockett. . .
“It was one-on-one coverage and it was a called post route. I just kind of threw it up to Tyler and he ran under it.”

On if he expected this much playing time today. . .
“Every game we do not really know how they are going to react to me or Daniel (Sams), but they were challenging us to throw by giving us one-on-one coverage and stacking the box. They just went with me and we continued to throw it.”

On how this loss feels. . .
“It is for sure disappointing for those seniors. We had our chances and kind of just let it slip. It kind of just proves that we are almost there, but not quite where we want to be. We still have a lot of room to improve and a lot of work to do.”

On the impact of the wind. . .
“Going into the wind, it was not too bad actually. The hardest part was the cold and just trying to keep our hands warm. For the most part though, it did not affect us.”

Junior Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On losing to Oklahoma on Senior Day…
“It is definitely frustrating to send the seniors out in that type of fashion. We wanted to come away with the victory today but it did not happen. The best thing to do is move past it, move forward from this and focus on KU,which is going to be a tremendous task for us. We have to come away with a victory next week. It is a must-win game, which all games are for us, but this one especially. Just being a Kansas kid myself, you have to be ready to go and get the job done.”

On OU’s running game…
“Their whole running game was good. They ran all over us. I do not know how else to answer that. They ran the ball on us and we did not stop the run. It was extremely frustrating.”

On his feeling after the game…
“Just for the seniors, sending them out on a loss. Whether it was by 50 points or a close game, a loss is a loss to me. Sending them out in that type of fashion was not in the gameplan whatsoever. We did not get the job done and it is extremely frustrating.”

Junior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On the loss to Oklahoma…
“We tried our best. Oklahoma is a great football team and they came out to play. We were prepared for that but untimely, they just played well enough to win.”

On OU’s running attack…
“They are a great football team. They have their fits on their offensive line. Give credit to them and their running backs, they ran hard and made good cuts.”

On the play of Trevor Knight…
“He is a talented guy. We respect him a lot. The things that he can do, throwing the ball and also with his legs, are good for their football team.”

Senior Linebacker Blake Slaughter
On defending Oklahoma…
“They have some big guys up front. They do a good job of getting themselves into the right play, which would be difficult for us to handle. They do a great job of staying on blocks and getting movement. If you are not fitting right, someone is going to get exposed and that is what they hang their hat on. That is what they did, that is what they have and they did a good job today.”

On OU’s spread formations…
“They did the same thing a little bit last year. They spread it out a little bit, but their bread and butter is still running the ball.”

On the overall play of Trevor Knight…
“I feel like Trevor was prepared. You saw him at the beginning of the season when he was competing really hard in practice, so I knew that was going to happen.”
 

Oklahoma Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Bob Stoops
Opening Statement…
“Like always, I want to congratulate Coach Snyder and his team. It was a hard fought game and they really turned it on over the second half of the season, and I knew that it would be a difficult game. They always play hard and physical and it is always great to see Coach Snyder. He is a really special coach and person to me, as well as a bunch of other guys on their staff. Coming here is always different for me, having spent seven years here and I love all seven of them. I am proud of our team. I thought that we battled throughout the day. Offensively, I thought we did well with the football. Trevor (Knight) was great running and throwing the ball. The interception was not really his fault, it was the receiver’s fault because he was supposed to break his route off in front of the defensive back and that is who Trevor was counting on. That did not happen and he threw the interception. The rest of the day, I thought he was great. Our defense was really great against the run game, which I thought was the most important thing. I thought we did cover well but they beat us with some big plays. Of course, (Tyler) Lockett is an excellent player and he got us on a few of those. The fact that we were able to control the line of scrimmage in the run game was a big factor and in special teams, we came up with a few big plays.”

On becoming OU’s all-time leader in coaching wins…
“I do not look at anything individually. I am supported by a great administration that has been here for all 15 years. I have had great assistant coaches who have had a hand in it. They are great to work with everyday. We have had a good group here for a good period of time but I do not have time to look at it, to be honest. It is something that I will reflect back on down the road.”

On playing today’s game in Manhattan …
“Like I started off with, I loved my time here. I loved working with Coach Snyder and I still have a lot of friends here who are still on the coaching staff. The fact that it was here (in Manhattan), I do not look at it that way. I wish these guys all the luck in the world.”

On the play of Brennan Clay …
“Brennan Clay was sensational. I think he came into the game in the top two or three in the conference in yards per carry. He just had a great day running the football. Let us give a lot of credit to our offensive line and Aaron Ripkowski, they did a great job of blocking to help Brennan.”

On the play of Trevor Knight …
“I think that we are seeing more and more how well he throws the football. The more we go; I still believe that there is still so much there because he throws a great ball. We just have to keep getting him comfortable in the moment. He has got great speed, quickness and he makes things happen when they are not there and he has got great talent to make them happen when they are there. We just have to keep getting more of it.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard
On OU’s offensive balance…
“When you have the combination of both (run and pass), it is hard to stop. We got things going early and we tried to get into the end zone early. We feel like when we start well, we end up playing very well.”

On the play of Trevor Knight and his fellow receivers…
“I thought Trevor (Knight) was throwing the ball well. Durron Neal caught a ball for a first down. I think I got one and Jalen (Saunders) got one, so we were able to spread the ball around.”

On the overall play of Trevor Knight…
“I feel like Trevor was prepared. You saw him at the beginning of the season when he was competing really hard in practice, so I knew that was going to happen.”

Sophomore Defensive End Charles Tapper
On OU’s defensive performance…
“I think we played a solid game on defense. They passed the ball early in the game and we made a couple mistakes here and there but our offense came out and they help us out a lot in the first half.”

On the physicality of OU’s defense…
“We have to get more power on the field. We just have to sit down, play more power football and stop the run. That is what happened today.”

Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Trevor Knight
On OU’s ability to start fast on offense…
“We have talked about starting fast all year long but it has not happened for us all year. Today, we came out on that first drive and we were kind of hitting on all cylinders and we put up points early and that really set the tone for the day.”

On the play of OU’s offensive line…
“It was great. Those guys mashing them up front were the key and we hit a few shots and kept the defense on their toes. Then we went to the read-game and messed with them a little bit so I think that balance early in the game really opened things up.”

On preparing to start against K-State…
“I knew early on in the week and it was just like every week. I have to prepare like I am the starter. I came in and I worked my butt off all week and I think it paid off for us to get a big road win.”

On maintaining balance on offense…
“The passing game opens up the running game and we knew that. It opens up holes for our running backs and we are not one dimensional and that gives us a chance to be successful.”