Kansas State game quotes
Head coach Mack Brown
On the loss affecting BCS Championship chances: At Texas there's never a good time to lose, Ohio State wasn't good timing either. What you do is play the best that you can play, do the best you can do and tonight we just didn't win. Half the teams in America feel the same way. I told these kids they should not have their heads down with as many games as they've won in their careers. I think it's emotional every time you lose. It's not good. You put too much into it, you work too hard. The kids are really disappointed but like I said, these kids have lost very few so it's something they're not used to.
On the loss of Colt McCoy: We had the great drive to get it started and I guess he got hurt on the quarterback sneak. I thought Jevan (Snead) did a great job. The kids did a great job trying to rally around him because he hasn't played a lot, a true freshman, in this environment on the road, that didn't think that he was going to play - I'm really proud of him.
On Jevan Snead's performance as a replacement: All of the sudden you're standing over there in the cold weather and you're told you're going to play - get in. It's a little bit of a shock but I'm proud of him. I think everybody sees the player that he can be. That's part of the game. You have no excuses when you get beat. It's a credit to you when you win and when you get beat you get beat.
On Kansas State's big plays: We gave up too many big plays tonight and that's a credit to Kansas State. We just didn't play well in that one stretch for sure. They ran two or three trick plays and some of them we were just standing there and some we weren't. We miss judged some balls and the kids are disappointed.
On turnovers and the third quarter scoring: You just can't have it. One of them we were about to go take the lead. We were at the 20-yard line going in and the ball was stripped. They got the ball and that led to a score for them. Then we came right back where you have to answer, right after that - because their defense played so well to start the second half - and we fumbled again. That's where it all started. It took a life of its own with the two touchdowns after the trick plays, then the blocked punt. That's when I am really proud of our staff and our coaches that they hung in there and came back and still gave us a chance to win.
Senior S Michael Griffin
On getting to a BCS bowl game: I don't think it cost us the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) but then again our first goal was to win the Big 12 South, and we haven't done that yet, so we still have another game to attain that goal. After that we still have to go the Big 12 (Championship) and play for a championship and end up in a BCS bowl which will probably not be the National Championship. We still have good things happening for us though.
On the trick plays that K-State ran: In my opinion that shows our defense a lot of respect, that you can't run the ball and have to do trick plays in order to score a touchdown and get yardage against our defense. I think that shows our defense a lot of respect that you have to run trick plays to get things going.
Head coach Ron Prince
On the final change of momentum in K-State's favor: I didn't feel good about this one until the very end. We were coaching our brains out down there at the very end to make this thing go the way we wanted it to go. We had a sequence of plays there where we answered and that is one of the things I felt really positive about the Iowa State and Colorado games. There was some momentum switched there and our kids did a really good job with it. That was an unbelievable drive that they put together on us and they executed and made big plays. The kids never faltered and I was really proud of how they handled it. It was terrific and we'll obviously enjoy this one.
On the final pass play to Jordy Nelson: I learned something when coaching for (Virginia head coach) Al Groh and he told me something that I'll never forget. He said, 'Think players first, then plays.' That is something I have always tried to do as a coach. I try to get our players in the best position to make a play. There is nobody I trust more than Jordy Nelson and if there is ever a critical situation like that the game is going to hinge on. Those were my words before we went out there. I told Josh (Freeman) 'I trust you with the ball in your hands and I want to make sure that we get the ball to our best player Jordy Nelson.' He has been clutch for us ever since he came back. It is just right and fitting that he makes that kind of spectacular play. It is really no different than what he did last weekend.
Senior DT Quentin Echols
On the teams' nerves down the stretch: No, we were not holding our breath. We were just ready to go out there and give it whatever we got. You only hold your breath when your scared and we weren't scared. We were more excited to go win, instead of scared of losing.
Senior K Jeff Snodgrass
Senior LB Brandon Archer