Baylor Kansas St Football, Matt Rhule

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, left, talks with Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman, right, before Saturday's game in Manhattan. The Bears won 31-12.

For the second time in as many seasons, Baylor coach Matt Rhule and his team tasted victory over Kansas State. Last year, the Bears held on for a 37-34 win in Waco, Texas. 

It wasn't nearly as close Saturday, as Baylor cruised to a 31-12 triumph at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Afterward, Rhule and players met with media members.

A sampling of their quotes are below, provided by Kansas State's sports information department.


MATT RHULE, BAYLOR HEAD COACH 

Opening statement

“Good football team today, very proud of our guys. Tough place to play, great crowd. Kansas State was certainly ready to play. I thought our guys hung in there, battled early, found a way to get a halftime lead and then ground it out in the second half. A lot of credit to our defense; (we) won the turnover battle, which hasn’t really happened. Offensively, we found a way to have some really long drives. I thought that Kansas State’s third-down defense continued to be dominant, had we been better on third down we really could’ve had a better day. But I thought that in all three phases we made enough plays to win and I’m really pleased to send our guys home with a 'W.'" 

On starting quarterback Charlie Brewer’s injury status ...

“I don’t know about anything status-wise right now. I know I went onto the field and he said ‘Hey Coach, put Gerry (Bohanon) in for a play. Let me catch my breath.’ And Gerry hit that play to RJ (Sneed) that went for a touchdown, so I know they were holding him. Other than that, I really don’t know and probably won’t know anything until later today or Monday.”

On the play of backup quarterback Gerry Bohanon ...

“He ran a base play, and what an unbelievable play by RJ (Sneed). And then we just did some zone-read stuff with him, got a run or two, and then great play by (John) Lovett to hit it for a touchdown. That was one of the things we wanted to do was emphasize running the ball in the fourth quarter. With Gerry in there, he gives us a chance to have kind of a dual-threat type of guy, and it paid off at least on one play. I’m proud of Gerry, who's waited his turn, got in there and did a good job.”

On the play of the team's defense in the red-zone ...

“They were wonderful, (we) held them to field goals. They really had a chance on that goal-line stand there at the end. We thought they had a chance of maybe making that play, so credit to those guys. They were able to get pressure and played a lot of man coverage. Just a really nice job, I thought, by our defense overall. (Defensive coordinator) Coach (Phil) Snow did a great job; he coached until the very end. Christian Morgan was a little banged up, Grayland (Arnold) was a little banged up and to get a pick — I know it got called back — but to get a pick-six and some of the things we had today, those were things we haven’t had in a while, so it was really good to see those things.”

On the performance of the Bears' defensive line Saturday ...

“They made some big plays. There were some times when (K-State quarterback Skylar) Thompson looked like he was going to come out and (be a) force, but Grayland (Arnold) and those guys made some big plays. So (defensive ends coach) Joey Maguire and (defensive line coach) Frank Okam have done a great job coaching them all year. And really, the biggest thing on our defensive line is the young guys: Niadre Zouzoua, Gabe Hall, having T.J. Franklin back today, and they’re playing well enough that we don’t have to play the three starters the whole time and wear them down. So we knew it was going to take a lot of people to play today against Kansas State, and those guys hung in there and battled.”


TYQUAN THORNTON, SOPHOMORE WIDE RECEIVER

On the win ...

“It was big for us. The emphasis in this game, just knowing that we were coming into a hostile environment, (was that) we just needed to be all about us and play our game, Baylor football, to come out with a win.”

On his 29-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter ...

“It was big for us. We knew they couldn’t handle the tempo, so we had to catch them on their heels and I gave the DB a double-move and it was a great throw by Charlie (Brewer).” 


BRAVVION ROY, SENIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

On the difference in the defensive line compared to previous years ...

“The experience and the amount of trust we have in each other. We just have a brotherhood like no other. We’re just closer than I’ve ever been with a D-Line since I’ve been here.”

On the six sacks the Bears recorded Saturday ...

“It’s big. We still had some mess-ups that we need to fix. It (could) be even more. We didn’t play to our full potential, and people look at that as a good thing. We know what we can put on tape, so we just have to get that ready for next week.”

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