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Some Comments From Week Two
September 09, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy after his team's 59-38 loss at Arizona:
"It was poor coaching and poor playing. Bad combination. And we're all responsible for way too many mental mistakes. We were out of control. It really comes down to just undisciplined football."

Kansas coach Charlie Weis after his team's 25-24 loss to Rice:
"This is a new challenge. Because now it's, 'Let's see what they're gonna do after they lose a game like this.' Am I gonna have people throwing in the towel, or am I gonna have more people stepping up to try to make it right? ... The No. 1 thing they have to understand, is it's not OK to lose. It's not OK to lose a close one. It's not OK. We're supposed to win games, not play close games."

Texas Tech's Jace Amaro after the Red Raiders defeated Texas State 58-10 thanks to a productive passing attack:
"This was kind of one of those games where they couldn't guard all of us."

Miami (Fla.) offensive lineman Jonathan Feliciano after the Hurricanes' 52-13 loss at Kansas State:
"K-State is a good team upfront and all the way around. They did not do anything that really surprised us, they just executed what they wanted to do and you have to take your hat off to them."

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads on Jake Knott's game-clinching interception in the Cyclones' 9-6 victory at Iowa:
"Jake Knott made that kind of play in a series that will have him go down in history for that play he made," Rhoads said. "Who knows how he high he was, what the level of the ball was when he made the play. But to do that after 59 minutes of football, with our backs against the wall, momentum clearly in their favor, then to have the presence of mind to settle and find it and then intercept it, you don't make better plays than that in this game."

Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein who jumped on Knott after the interception:
 "I laid on top of him and said 'I love you. Great job. Great play.' Now let's get off the field and go get that trophy."

Rhoads on his team's resiliency:
"I think going into the football game, we've fully understood that this would be a 60-minute affair. I think when you approach it with that mindset that there's going to be a lot of momentum swings and you're going to have to respond, which our kids did, you've got a chance to stick around and never have your head up in the clouds and never have it in the sand, either. I think that's the way we played."

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