KSU head coach Ron Prince discusses Saturday's game vs. the Sooners.
NORMAN, Okla. --
No. 4 Oklahoma plays Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family
Stadium in Manhattan on Saturday. FOX Sports Net has
the telecast beginning at 11:30 a.m. Bill Land will
call the game with analysis from Dave Lapham. Jom Knox
will provide commentary from the sideline.
OU held its
K-State head coach Ron Prince also met with the media
and complete quotes are below courtesy Kansas State
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Coach Ron Prince
“We have been working on trying to become a better
defensive team and working on the kicking game and
some of those things came together for us. I was very
encouraged watching the tape. We had a couple of third
downs converted against us that were tough ones. At
3:48 left in the fourth quarter, if we were able to
make a stop there, then we would have had plenty of
time to go down and score.
"I didn’t think that
14 points would stand against us. We need to score
more than that offensively. The four drives that ended
in two made field goals is just not enough, particularly
in conference play on the road and that really gets
you beat. We know that in conference play you have
to be able to go score touchdowns. That is something
we have been talking about. We were unable to run the
football in the red zone and that is a big part of
it. We missed two field goals and made two field goals.
Those are four drives that didn’t take very long
for them to top.
“I’m very pleased in the third quarter.
We were able come out and put a nice drive together.
In the fourth quarter, I thought our defense did some
nice things and we had some good things in the kicking
game along the way. We never got the type of field
position from our return unit when we forced them to
punt. We never really gained a lot out of it. When
they kicked off to us, we never really got the explosive
plays and were unable to get the terrific field position
that we have enjoyed from time to time. When we were
forced to earn it, we couldn’t. We had a chance
to go down and have the ball within Brook’s (Rossman)
range and it didn’t work out for us."
“We came back and evaluated all
those things and saw where we needed to make adjustments
for this opponent. From time to time, I say Texas is
the Yankees and Oklahoma is the Red Sox. These are
two teams that are always in the mix. They have great
recruits, coaches and fan base. With all those kind
of things, you are not going to find a bad player who
is incapable of playing on the field.
“There is a way to win every game. We are
going to have to take a look at it. Most of my concentration
has been on their offensive side of the ball. Our offensive
coaches will look at their defense and I’ll take
a look at that a little bit later this afternoon. The
kicking game and turnovers will have an impact for
us in a positive way."
On DeMarco Murray:
"I think their running back, No.
7, is about as smooth as they come.
real impressed with him, not only from a very physical
style of a runner, but the way he runs the ball. He
is very difficult to tackle. He has a good sense and
feel of the line’s blocking and a good vision,
but most importantly good runners have really good
feel. It is very difficult to get a square shot on
him. So, because of that he doesn’t really turn
the ball over."
On Juaquin Iglesias and the O-Line:
"No. 9 is a terrific, phenomenal
player. He is physical and does all the things that
you want a wide receiver to do and more. I think their
offensive line is big and strong. They really get after
it and try to punish the people they are playing against."
On Sam Bradford:
"Their quarterback has had a really terrific year,
the best ever, I believe, in their school’s history.
His five interceptions are just him being aggressive – they
are not missed reads. You don’t see a lot of
that and that is one of the things that surprises you
most when you watch the tape. The number of completions
that he gets that are seemingly uncontested because
they have a very good scheme. He understand how to
read the coverage and put the ball in places that only
his guys can catch it. If you couple that with what
they do in the running game, it makes them very dangerous."
On Oklahoma's Defense:
“From a defensive stand
point, I think it is very interesting. They have moved
a couple guys from safety positions to linebacker,
making them very fast. It makes them able to stay in
regular personal when you have multiple receivers on
the field. I can’t
see anything that they have lost from making that move
at all, maybe just some experience. They are very good
on both lines of scrimmage and that is what really
good teams do to be successful."
On Oklahoma’s offense:
“The lowest they have scored is 35 points in
two games against Cincinnati and TCU, which have very
good defenses. For them to be able to score the kind
of points they have scored in those types of games
are very impressive. I think that for us to go in and
say that we are going to limit them to 10 points may
be a tough task for us, but we are sure going to give
it our best effort. Field position will play a big
part in that. If we have it and if we have them pinned
back, that will contribute to keeping the points down.
I think if we do that, then the conduct of the game
will come down to how we perform in the kicking game."
On the Game:
“This will be a great opportunity for us to have
them at home. It will be our first time coaching against
these guys and obviously K-State and Oklahoma have
a long background and we would like to make this a
very good game for us. I think if we play well and
prepare well we will have a real good chance, like
every week, but I see signs of growth in our team and
we will continue to push forward."
On the Strength of K-State:
“Our kicking game. If we can get our returns
going, I think we will be as solid as anybody’s.
We missed a couple field goals and came up short on
some returns. It is hard to say that our kicking game
is our strongest point, but as far as our strengths
go, we are doing some nice things and challenging some