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Gus Malzahn: “This was a game that will help us in the future”

After a hard fought win in Manhattan on Thursday night, Auburn’s head coach Gus Malzahn, running back Cameron Artis-Payne and others took to the podium to talk about the Tigers’ 20-14 win.

HC Gus Malzahn: 

Opening Statement: “We are very happy to get a hard fought victory. We knew it would be tough here. Going on the road in non-conference against a top 20 opponent. They were everything that we thought they would be. I am very proud of our defense. I think we held them to 40 yards. I think that was a big thing. Forcing some turnovers in the red zone I thought that was huge. Second half for our offense I think we were 8-for-11 on third downs, and we were able to have the ball more and take some clock down. Our guys found a way to win. I told them after the game that this was a game that will help us in the future. We faced some major adversity tonight and our guys responded well.”

On Nick Marshall’s 4th quarter play: “He has that knack for when the game is on the line. He did it all last year, and he did it tonight. He helped find a way to help our team win the game.”

On slowing down Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett: “I thought that was a big key to the game. He is just such an electric and impactful player. A lot of our focus was on him. We tried to get our hands on him before he could get going. I think that helped us and throw him out of his rhythm. He is a phenomenal player. You know on the punt returns he really hurt us bad.”

RB Cameron Artis-Payne:

On Nick Marshall’s leadership: “You know Nick is always level headed and he keeps his spirits up no matter what. Whether he completes three passes in a row or whether he gets ten drops in a row, he is our leader so we look to him. So he has to stay level headed.”

On Kansas State’s defense: “It was just discipline, and they stayed at home. They did not get out of their gaps. They stayed in their gaps, and it did not create a lot of cut back lanes for the zone read. They were tough.”

DB Jonathan Ford

On the atmosphere in the stadium: “This crowd was very, very hostile. It was a very nice crowd. It was very big for our team as we go on the road and play tougher opponents for us. It was a great test for us defensively and offensively.”

On the defense’s play: “It was a great game for the defense to step up. We were really focused in the game, really locked in. We were ready to play.”

DB Jonathon Mincy

On the defense making key stops: “As the game went on, we were getting stronger and more confident. We played together, trusted coach, and went out there and had fun. We saw what we were made of mentally tonight”

On changes in personnel in the secondary: “Our coaches had a great game plan throughout the week and did a good job of shuffling different guys in and out. The main thing is just being confident, and trusting the game plan the defensive coaches made for the game”

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