Postgame Quotes

Sept. 21, 2013

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Head Coach Skip Holtz

Opening Statement:

"I was really proud of our team today. They really competed today. Ryan Higgins, for a freshman quarterback, getting first collegiate start on the road against a Big 12 opponent, he competed his tail off. I thought the offensive line did a much better job than a week ago. Our offensive productivity was much better. We're moving the ball better, as far as yardage. But when you're looking at production as far as points - we turned the ball over twice inside the five-yard line going in and we missed two field goals. That's a good way to lose a football game on the road. I was proud of the way Kenneth Dixon and Ryan Higgins competed; it's just unfortunate that they were two of the ones to make mistakes in the red zone going in. I thought Kenneth ran incredibly hard; it's nice to have him back. He definitely makes a difference on offense on your football team. I was proud of what the defense did today. Unfortunately, their (Kansas) scores came after turnovers in the red zone. We weren't able to get `the' stop, but I thought our defense competed really hard today. Kansas' kickers were the difference in this game. He (Matthew Wyman) makes a 52 (yard field goal) and we missed two inside of that. They averaged 57.5 yards a punt; when you start talking about 57 (yard punts) compared to 39 (yard punts), you're talking about 20 yards of field position every time you have to punt the ball. I thought their punter and their kicker were the difference in this football game. It was a hard-fought game. I applaud Kansas for a home game win. I thought they really competed and they were able to get it done at the end."


On Louisiana Tech's fumble on the goal line:

"I saw it was in the far corner; they kept showing the replay on the Jumbotron over and over. I really thought his foot was on the line when the ball came out. I saw a very similar play in an event last night, when Boise State played Fresno State, only his foot was just over the line. Unfortunately, he (Dixon) just reached the ball out and the ball came out of his hands. No one feels worse in that locker room right now than Kenneth Dixon. But I don't know that anyone competed any harder or stepped up any more than those two kids, Kenneth Dixon and Ryan Higgins."

Ryan Higgins, FR., QB
On Louisiana Tech's effort:
"I thought it was incredible. We worked extremely hard, (it was a) tremendous effort. We just kept thinking, we've got them. It's just a couple plays that hurt us and really we're going to fix everything on film that we can and get better."

On his first collegiate start:
"It's a pretty intense feeling. After the first kickoff, everything kind of zones out; you don't worry about anything else, you just kind of focus in. It's really tough and exciting. (I) wish we could have handled some things better, but I thought overall we did very well."

On his performance:
"I felt we kind of started to pick up the rhythm. We really started to move the ball after the first couple of drives. I know I struggled a little bit at the beginning with some jitters, but the team was behind me and everybody was really supportive and we began to pick it up and move the ball really well."

Daniel Cobb, SR., LB
On Kansas' final drive:
"We knew we had to get back out there, a sudden change. It was 1:30 left and we couldn't let them score. Unfortunately, we let them get into field goal position and that was that."

On Louisiana Tech's defense:
"I feel like we did great. We're improving every week. Through three quarters, they had three points. I think that we played great as a unit."

On stopping Kansas' offense:
"It's scheme, coaching and we've got great coaches. We've got a bunch of guys who are believing and buying into the program and doing their turn. Our young guys; we don't have time for them to be young with simple mistakes. We're all buying into the program and playing as one."


Opening Statement:
"The couple of turnovers late gave us a chance. We bounced back and tied it. Then we went for a play that we practice almost every day in practice and Wyman goes on to win it with his field goal."

On choosing Wyman to kick the last field goal over Pardula:
"This year from that distance Wyman has been 80 percent in practice. Of course that's 80 percent with a hard rush on you. Now I'm a play the odds guy, we don't practice Trevor (Pardula) very often at field goals. And when I saw that the kick was going to be 52 yards I felt it was within Wyman's range."

On two late offensive drives:
"We were grasping some because they were handling us on the inside and we couldn't get anything going. Then we started to get some outside runs going and they expanded their defense to stop our outside run. That ended up forcing us to do a mix and match of plays. Down the stretch (Rodriguez) Coleman made a few big catches and next thing you know we flipped field positions and we ended up having our chance."

On Jimmay Mundine's touchdown:
"It was good for Jimmay and it was good for his confidence. I was happy for our entire team but I was especially happy for him."

On how he prepares for his kicks:
"I visualize before every kick. My dad always told me to visualize and picture it going through the uprights."

On his journey being a student last year to game winning kicker:
" It's a lot to take in, but I always have had confidence in myself that one day I'd be kicking out there."

On watching the game winning field goal:
"It was a great experience. We practice those situations all the time and Wyman stepped up big for us. "

On how the team stayed together late in the game:
"We just have the mentality of if our offense is down the defense will have our back, and if the defense is down our offense will have their back. It's a team effort and we have each other's backs through everything. "

On the value of this game going forward for KU's confidence:
"It helps us a lot just building our confidence that when we're in a slump we can get through anything."

On the last drive of the game:
"It was incredible that we were able to battle through adversity the whole game. Our offense kept battling and our defense kept battling and I think it shows our team's character. It shows the strength of our team and having chemistry with one another."

On his thoughts during the time out to ice Wyman:
"My stomach was turning and I was very nervous just waiting for something to happen and felt helpless not being on the field. This is a huge win for our football team. It may not have been the prettiest win, but it was a huge win for our locker room."

On his 78 yard punt: 
"It felt good, it felt really good. When you hit a good one, especially those (good) ones when you get a hold of it, it doesn't feel like you're even kicking anything, it just pops off so quick, it definitely feels good."

On the emotion after the game:
"I knew (Matthew) Wyman was going to make that right when he went out there so I buckled my helmet up because I knew we were about to celebrate. It's a good feeling."

On Matthew Wyman making the game winning field goal:
"I knew he was going to make it. He makes those in practice every day. It's rare for him to miss, we practice for that every day. Coach Weis will say if Matt (Wyman) makes it, we don't have to run, if he misses it we have to run. He's (Wyman) been in the pressure situations before. I knew he was going to make it."

On the two Louisiana Tech Fumbles inside the five yard line:
"They lost the ball and we recovered it. I think Michael Reynolds on that last one down on the 10 yard line, I thinkMichael Reynolds went and stripped it out while the guy was falling down. The ball hit nearly every player, I touched it,Jake Love touched it. It was bouncing around on the field everywhere and then I finally saw Keon (Stowers) fall on, so I knew we had the ball."

On his fumble recovery after the second Louisiana Tech fumble:
"It was a pressure call, Michael Reynolds came off the edge and made the tackle and forced the fumble. The ball bounced around and went to their player, then to our player, then back to their player, he [LA. Tech player] kind of had it in his hand, and then I ripped it away. I put both hands on it and I wasn't letting anyone get it away from me. I even had guys on my team trying to rip at the ball, I was like 'nope, my ball.'"

On the win:
"Great, great, great effort and fighting until the end of the game, that's it. There wasn't a magic wand, it was a great team effort obviously. The offense started off a little slow, but the defense was still there. We held them to 10 points, we bended a little bit, but we still got them. We came up with some big plays like my fumble (recovery), and Tony's (Pierson) big catch, and definitely (Matthew) Wyman's big kick. It was a whole team effort, we came together as a team."




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