Head Coach Gary Barnett
ON MISSOURI GAME— “It was really a solid performance by a lot of people. We did a great job on the offensive line. (Wide receiver) Stephone Robinson’s contributions really give us another dimension to our offense—a dimension that we have been looking for and trying to develop. I think we can continue to build on that, and Stephone is excited about his role. Defensively, it was another solid performance. (Defensive end) Maurice Lucas is a true freshman that stepped up and played a tremendous game. (Cornerback) Gerett Burl also played very well. I was really proud of a number of guys on the defensive side—(linebacker) Brian Iwuh, in particular, playing hurt won a plaque for his play. I felt like we took control of the game offensively and defensively and played really well.”
ON IOWA STATE GAME—“We are still in a position to control our own destiny. This is a dangerously close game if you look at the stats.
ON BOTH TEAMS’ SCHEDULES— “The schedule is what it is. When I looked at the schedule, initially I recognized in
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ON BALANCE ON OFFENSE—“Part of the balance of our offense has allowed us to maximize everybody in our offense. The only area I feel like we need to be stronger in is the rushing game. Going into the game Saturday, we weren’t going to force any issues; we were just going to take what they gave us. They gave us some things in the running game and the passing game which we were able to take advantage of. I would have to look and see how many drops we have, but we’re nowhere near where we were a year ago.”
ON ONLY COMMITTING FOUR PENALTIES SATURDAY— “I don’t know what to attribute the lack of penalties to. We just made a lot fewer mistakes and we did a better job of focusing on a lot of things. It makes it an easier and cleaner game from our standpoint when we don’t have big plays wiped away.”
ON IOWA STATE OFFENSE— “(Wide receiver) Todd Blythe is really consistent. He is so tall that you can (easily) get the ball up to him. What I am impressed with is (quarterback) Bret Meyer’s accuracy. He throws the ball high or low when it has to be. He is extremely mobile, but they don’t feature him in the offense like Brad Smith or Reggie McNeal. With Hicks, their offense is very balanced.”
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ON PK MASON CROSBY AND P JOHN TORP SHOULD—“They are really good players. It’s hard to see a lot of kickers and punters so you usually end up going on stats more than anything else (when voting for national awards).
Quarterback Joel Klatt
ON WR STEPHONE ROBINSON— “I don’t think we had a missing ingredient (in our offense). I know it hurt us when (wide receiver) Blake (Mackey) went down because we lost a presence on the perimeter. Stephone gives us a chance to flick the ball out when they load the box. And if they defend that then we can run the ball. We can present a lot of problems to a defense and he just poses one more.”
ON IOWA STATE DEFENSE— “I think they do a great job upfront and their defensive backs don’t get out of position. They force the quarterback to make good decisions and when you do force the ball you will get in trouble.”
ON IMPROVEMENT OF WIDE RECIVERS FROM LAST SEASON— “We worked extremely hard since the off-season making sure everybody is on the same page. I think you can see it paying off this year with the efficiency we are having in the passing game.”
ON OFFENSIVE BALANCE— “We pride ourselves on being balanced and efficient. When you do that it provides a great picture from my seat because they defense has to play base. They can’t load the box or just defend the pass.”