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Al Golden's Sunday transcript following K-State loss

Here is the complete transcript of Al Golden's Sunday press conference following the 52-13 loss at Kansas State

> Where are you as a team after Saturday's loss... "I think we're 1-1. Obviously we didn't play well. I thought Kansas State -- give them credit -- played flawless. Their quarterback was exceptional. It was a tough place to play. We're sitting at 1-1. Now, we get a chance to come home. We're excited about kicking. At the end of the day we can't worry about if we lost by 1 point or many. We're 1-1 and home now for Bethune-Cookman."

> Is it hard to convince a young team that this was just one loss... "We've just got to move forward. We have to execute and we have to create some value from that loss. I know it's hard to do. But we have to learn. We got beat by a better team who played better. As painful as that is to say, they executed better than we did. Their playmakers played better than ours. They coached better. I thought they were flawless in their execution on offense and beat us in all three phases. The bottomline is you lose in all three phases that's the coaches fault. That's on me."

> Can you give us an update on injuries... "[Ereck] Flowers is going to be okay. [Allen] Hurns is still undergoing observation for a head injury. I'm sad to inform you [Ramon] Buchanan is done for the year. He'll undergo surgery this week. Terribly upset for the young man. He's put a lot into it. So, that's tough and Vaughn Telemaque will be out for the Bethune-Cookman game."

> Were you able to identify specifics breakdowns on defense with scheme or personnel... "I think there's numerous things we can do better on and that we can fix certainly. That blame is shared by everybody from the coaches to the players. I didn't see a defense that quit. I didn't see a defense that was lazy or didn't run to the ball. Hidden in that game are some really outstanding performances. Eddie Johnson jumps off. Deon Bush grew up. AJ Highsmith. But just too many breakdowns. Too numerous. We get some turnovers on offense that put us in bad situaitons and then it snowballs and everybody is trying to do something more than they need to do. We just need to settle them down. We've played a lot of young guys yesterday on defense, settle them down, stay with the system, really improve in our fundamentals and techniques. Just take a deep breath, try to get better tomorrow and go from there."

> Any personnel changes on defense this week... "We're going to lose Telemaque for this game and Buchan for the season. We're getting to the area where don't have much room to make changes as it is. I think clearly, we still have a lot of competition at some spots. I think AJ Highsmith and Deon Bush earned more reps as did Eddie Johnson. I thought [defensive tackle] Earl Moore played better in his first significant action against a veteran team. So, again, we didn't get any takeaways. We didn't stop them on third down. We only made them punt one time. I thought their QB was exceptional. I give Kansas State credit. We know the things we have to fix on our side."

> What troubled you about the offense... "We lost all three phases. We're down 7-0 and we're on play eight of a drive and we fumbled the ball. Instead of it being 1st and 10 on the 38, we fumble and it's 14-0. Next time down, we're 1st and goal at the 9 after Clive Walfor's play and only get three there. Then we're down 17-3 and we throw a slant on first down it looks like is going to be a touchdown and we drop that. Just too many mistakes there in all three phases. You have to be careful. Now we're down 17-3. 24-3. Then offense is pressing and defense is trying to do too much. It got out of whack. Stephen held the ball there a little too long at times and other times the offensive line got beat. We have to improve there."

> Your defense has given up 1,000 yards in two weeks. Do you simplify the scheme... "I think that's fair. But we're trying to be as simple as we can at this point. Again, I don't think it was a function of a lot of mental errors, it was really a function of our execution. There were some plays that we didn't really fit well. We didn't stop them going downhill. The times they took the ball to the perimeter it ended up getting more yards because we didn't play as well. Clearly when you play that operation, everybody has to execute and do their job. You can't really worry about anything else. Playing Georgia Tech in that respect. Clearly, they out-executed us. No excuses."

> Some guys mentioned there was "freelancing" on defense... "One thing is you have to give Kansas State credit for the freelancing. They're creating illusions, running one play or faking one play and all of a sudden now you get behind and guys are trying to go and make plays as opposed to letting the game come to them or just doing their job and executing. I didn't talk to those guys. I'm sure that's what they're talking about. We didn't fit runs very well yesterday and when you do that it usually means one guy is out of whack and that creates a whole chain of problems. Again, give them credit, but we know what we need to fix after watching it here today and we'll start getting it fixed tomorrow."

> Can you expand on the Buchanan injury... "I didn't know the extent of either injury until this morning. He's a redshirt senior. Didn't know extent of either injury. Allen Hurns needed assistance to come off the field."

> Could Buchanan apply for a sixth year... "That's a good question. That's something we're looking into. I'd hate to comment without knowing. Very proud of the way he's fought back this year and leading. This is an unfortunate circumstance for him."

> Can you expand on how you can create value out of a loss... "We're talking about a team that hasn't lost much there. We're talking about a tough environment. We're talking about a team that played in the Cotton Bowl, excuse me played in the Sugar Bowl a year ago and was a Top 10 team. So, we're not talking about some team that we all thought was going to roll over. We went on the road two weeks in a row. We didn't respond. I told the team as I said to the media following last week -- it wasn't going to be good enough to go to Kansas State with the Herculean task to go beat them out there and to spot them 14 points and then have errors on defense the way we did. To be honest with you, the special teams was part of the issue as well. We didn't punt particularly well. We didn't kickoff particularly well. And we got beat. So, we got beat in all three phases. At the end of the day that rests on my shoulders. It's my fault. I'm not making excuses, but I am here to work and we have a lot of great kids that are going to bounce back this week."

> A lot of players took to Twitter and it seems flushing the loss and ready to move on... "Today is our day off. I asked them to leave that game in Manhattan. I hope they didn't say anything foolish on Twitter. At the same time, if that's how they expressed themselves, that's how they expressed themselves. We're not going to let this game beat us twice. It has no impact on the ACC, especially the Coastal. We just got to move forward. Our team got significantly younger today because of the loss of Telemaque, because of the long term loss of Buchanan and because the loss of Hurns, which looks to be the short term. But it's a loss nonetheless. We have to pick it up and move forward and one of the ways you do that is to leave that game in Mahnattan."

> After a loss like Saturday's do you make any changes in process... "With all due respect, we're starting over. This whole team right now is not the same team as last year. We're starting from scratch. We have a multitude of players that are playing for us for the first time, that are experiencing college football for the first time, let alone playing on the road. So, we're going to teach them that process. We're not going to deviate from the plan. We have a lot of kids that are trying to do things the right way and we just to got make sure we settle them down and trust them and teach them how to go about this, have some poise in those situations and then move forward. We're disappointed, but we're not discouraged. We're not going to change the way we do things or go about things. I told the players that last night. These coaches are going to work their tails off. They're going to be the same. We're going to move forward."

> Do you spend more time with individuals because this is a young team... "Absolutely. Without question. To teach the number of young kids that we have, it has to be hands on. Everything they're experiencing is for the first time. Not only did they go on the road once to start the season. They went on the road twice. They're managing study halls, everything and we've got to teach them to stay on schedule, stay on process and teach them how to do it and have the discipline to do so. It's no easy task. But embrace the challenge and we're excited about moving the team forward."

> Do you worry about team morale in light of the injuries and the loss... "I think morale is always a concern. I don't think there's a coach that wakes up today and doesn't think morale isn't a concern or a focus. I woke up last week the same deal. We had some upperclassmen that didn't play as well as some of the younger classmen. So, there were some morale issues there. I was worried about guys losing their focus because we did win. But, I wasn't fooled. We had too many mistakes that if we played the same way in Manhattan, Kansas it wasn't going to be good. And to be honest we made more mistakes. All three phases made mistakes. So, again, that's what I said what I said. When all three phases fail, that's a reflection on the head coach."

> Who replaces Ramon Buchanan... "Jimmy [Gaines] has made some progress. He's starting to play more snaps and feel healthier. Jimmy will certainly be in the mix there. Gionni Paul has to come through for us. Thurston Armbrister has to continue to make progress. Of course, Tyrone [Cornelius] has been playing over there with Buchanan. Tyorne will get a chance to be a starter. He'll probably get a chance to compete with Jimmy Gaines. But we need all those guys to step up for sure."

> When exactly did the injury happen to Buchanan... "I really don't know. I wish I could tell you for sure. I mean I saw it this morning. I don't have the time code. It was earlier in the game for sure. I believe it was his right knee. He got his right knee underneath him and like a pile fell on him, fell backwards on him."

> The offensive line took a step back this week... "I think we got beat off the ball a couple times for sure. I think we got beat at the tackle spot a couple times and we have to get that fixed. We had two uncharacteristic penalties. We convert a third down and get a hands to a facemask and then a holding. We can't have that for sure. The other thing is some of the sacks were Stephen holding onto the ball and not getting rid of it. Again, it's a combination of it. You can't be in third and long in Manhattan, Kansas and think you're going to convert. And once we got behind a lot of what your saying is a function of us being behind and the other team just teeing off. They don't care if you hit a run in there for 12 yards or not. They're just thinking sack, fumble, sack, fumble and they did. It was definitely a combination of all three units and we got beat."

> This past week you couldn't stop the run or run the football... "Kansas State did a great job. We didn't fit the runs exceptionally well. It wasn't just one player or one play. It was a number of plays. So, I don't think there's any question we have to do a better job stopping the run. You know what's coming up [Georgia Tech in two weeks]. We're going to have to do better against the run. There's no question about it. In terms of the offense, we're sitting there at 24-6 at the half and I'm thinking we're going to get the ball and go down there and score and make this a game so they can't just go into a shell and run the ball and eat up the clock. And of course we didn't do it and it went the other way. Now you get to the point where you're abandoning the run. If I wanted to keep it respectable I could have just run it a bunch of times and just gotten out of there. But I wanted the guys to compete and try to finish and make some plays."

> Any thought to going for it instead of kicking a field goal before halftime... "I thought about all that. What I would have done differently we didn't get lined up our second converted first down. We didn't get lined up accurately, so one of our receivers had to go from the field to the boundary and it took about 16 seconds. That's after a made first down. You should not have that problem in college football. You should be able to get lined up. So, that's where we had a breakdown. One of our young guys went to the field instead of the boundary. It's the first two minute drill of his lifetime in college. We got to do that better and I clearly could have used it up there had I known it was the case. And I don't think we operated with the sense of urgency that we needed to. To be fair, I think we made the right decision at the end to kick it. But ultimately we could have done a better job of managing it."

> Shayon Green had eight tackles Saturday and leads the team overall... "I think he's playing hard. He plays physically and he's very responsible in terms of being accountable and doing his job. He's one of the guys who does his job everyday and understands that. He does a good job fitting the runs and plays with a great motor. We got to get more production from other guys, but Shayon has done a really nice job so far.".

> What is Luther Robinson's status... "Luther was reinstated today. He was suspended last week for conduct detrimental and that's all I'm going to say about that. But he's reinstated today.".

> Linebacker Eddie Johnson looked really good... "I think he's making a lot of progress. As I said last week, it's just developing consistency in his approach and preparation. He's got to continue to do that He's blessed. He's talented. We got to continue to get that out of him by teaching him how to approach this thing. It wasn't too big for him. Eddie played hard. For all the things he did well in the game, he was one of the guys -- although he was being aggressive -- that didn't fit the run well a couple times well. We still have some issues like that we're working out. But as a defense there were times he didn't fit it right and it created a seam. We got to work that out with him.".

> Thoughts on tight end Clive Walford... "I just got to done talking to [offensive coordinator] Jedd [Fisch] I think on Thursday about Clive running a lot better. He looks 100 percent and looks healthy and is playing with more speed. Good to see him make that play.

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