Kansas 3, North Dakota State 6 Postgame Quotes

Sept. 4, 2010

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Postame Quotes

North Dakota State 6, Kansas 3

September 4, 2010

Kansas Head Coach Turner Gill

On his message to the players:

“I just said to them that it’s one game and that’s how you have to take it and move on from there. We have to take the things that we did do well and obviously the things that we need to work on. From an offensive standpoint, we just have to get those things collected and execute better. That’s the bottom line from that standpoint. Again, we’ll just take it as one game and move on. The next opponent is Georgia Tech and that’s who we have to get ready for.”

On quarterbacks Kale Pick and Jordan Webb:

“I need to watch the videotape so I can see a lot more details. You have to hope that you score more than three points, not to take away from North Dakota State, they played well, played well on defense, and they made plays when they had to make them. We got inside the red zone and were not able to execute when we got down there so they did a good job.”

On putting in Jordan Webb late in the game:

“Well my thought process was just to get a little change and maybe give us a better read; we needed to make some better throws. We had some situations with being offsides, illegal motion penalties as far as on offense and we had some dropped balls so again, we thought it would give us an opportunity for maybe a little spark and we thought he could give that to us.”

On how the defense played:

“Well I thought they played outstanding. I think holding a team to under 200 yards of total offense; you’d take that any day, so I think our defense played well. They hung in there and made plays when they had to and they did a good job but they have room to get better too.”

On moving forward:

“I guess when we come in tomorrow at 3 p.m., we’ll evaluate and then by 6 p.m., tomorrow this has to be behind us. We have to look at the tape and see what we need to get corrected. But after 6 p.m., tomorrow they need to be moving on and getting ready for next week’s opponent, Georgia Tech and be ready to get better as a player.”

Kansas Player Quotes

Sophomore quarterback Kale Pick

On the offensive struggles:

“We never really got our chemistry on offense. Everybody had their moments and everybody had rough points in the game. As a unit, we just didn’t click. We have a young offense. This is the first game of the season. A lot of these guys haven’t even stepped on the field yet. We clicked and then we didn’t.”

On North Dakota State:

“They played hard. Give credit to them. This was their bowl game, playing Kansas. They came out here played hard and played well. We knew they were going to come out here and play their hearts out. This is big time for them. They were the better team today.”

Senior linebacker Justin Springer

On the team mentality:

“It’s just one game. We have 11 more to go.”

On the defense’s performance:

“We have to get better. We can’t give up six points. We have to get more turnovers. We have to get better at tackling and stripping the ball.”

Junior cornerback Isiah Barfield

On his interception:

“I was pressing Warren Holloway. He was trying to get an inside release. I stopped it and then he ran a corner so I opened up, knowing he didn’t have much real estate back there. I didn’t really think the quarterback was going to throw it but he did so I jumped and caught it.”

On the defense’s performance:

“We fought around out there. For the most part we did a pretty good job tonight holding them to six points.”

North Dakota State Head Coach Craig Bohl

Opening comments:

“You never know what to expect in opening ball games. As a former defensive head coach it was a thing of beauty, 6-3 being the final score. I thought our guys really made a lot of plays. It certainly wasn’t error free, but our effort was much better. I think we significantly have more speed and athleticism on defense, which is certainly helpful, and we did enough on offense to move the chains enough to come up with a win. Obviously any time you beat a Big 12 opponent that is a big win, but quite frankly we got a Missouri Valley opener next week. We are going to enjoy this for 20 hours and get ourselves ready for Northern Iowa.”

On the big win:

“We came in to the game feeling like we have a heck of a shot to win the game and that’s not being arrogant. You know, we thought the situation was right, we have had good practices. The guys have worked extremely hard and we knew Kansas was in a little bit of a transition. So, it was a good win for us, but we can’t get too high. We have got to get ready for next week. “

On the young guys under the lights:

“Well we certainly had some guys you know, Ryan Jastram kicking the one big field goal. We had probably about somewhere around 40 percent of these kids never played in a college football game. We have got a lot of young talent out there. We are really encouraged about some of the things, but we have got work to do. Once we watch that tape there will be a lot of things that we need to correct.”

On how sweet the victory is:

“You know what, last year was so difficult because it seemed like we lost close ones. We felt like we just needed to keep plugging along. It is a sweet win, but our guys expected to win the game. I had expected to win the game and we played hard and we were fortunate we won it.”

On Ryan Jastram:

“That kick I believe was a 52 yarder and it was against the wind, so really he did a nice job. I am really happy for our football team.”

North Dakota State Player Quotes

Junior Defensive End Coulter Boyer

On how the defensive line played:

“It was a team effort, the defensive backs were staying on the receivers, which gave us a little more time to get to the quarterback.”

At what point they believed this was a winnable game:

“We always believed it was a winnable game. In fall camp we got in very good shape. It felt good tonight.”

On if he felt the team atmosphere was a little different:

“Definitely, it was a lot different, a lot harder. The coaches were more excited, we were more excited. It helped us get ready for the game better.”

On how they held Kansas to three points:

“We had a good game plan coming in. The coaches did a great job – and we just executed.”

On if this was the best game of his career:

“It was definitely one of the best games of my career. It was a great game.”

Sophomore Quarterback Jose Mohler

On how it feels to beat a Big 12 team:

“It feels good. Kansas is a great team. We came out firing every second and we just came out on top.”

On the key to the game:

“We were just staying together, controlling the tempo really helped us out a lot. That was huge. The offense wanted to try and control the ball. The offensive line did a good job up front with the run plays.”

On Kansas’ defense:

“I give them credit. They didn’t let us score a touchdown – we thought we had some flare coming into the game, but we got shut out. I give a lot of credit to them.”

On what the fans in North Dakota will say:

“This was a huge game. We don’t have an NFL team in Fargo and football is huge. These people are here for us and we brought them home a nice victory.”

Junior Kicker Ryan Jastram:

On the kickoffs:

“The coaches came up with a great scheme for kick coverage. We tried to pin them left. They broke loose at times but overall we were able to bring them down.”

On the atmosphere in the locker room:

“It was crazy. It is something I’ll never forget.”

On the second field goal:

“For my whole life the left hash mark has been my favorite place. I just got myself lined up right and it went right down the middle.”