September 4, 2006

They said it: Kansas State 24, Illinois State 23

Kansas State started out the 2006 season 1-0 with a 24-23 win Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium thanks in large part to special teams play and an 81-yard punt return by Yamon Figurs. GoPowercat.com continues its coverage of the Wildcats season opening win today with a collection of noteworthy quotes from both the Wildcats and Redbirds.

"The main focus wasn't to win by 30 or 40. A lot of people didn't think Illinois State was a good team, but we saw the film and they played Iowa State pretty tough last year. We just wanted to win, and we're enjoying the win. I don't think we were tense, but we have a lot of stuff to work on, and we will work on that stuff."
-Kansas State defensive tackle Quintin Echols

"You have to be prepared to play every team. They are a (heck) of a team. They didn't come out here and lay down tonight. You see that by the score. They were ready, and we were ready. It was a good first game to come out and play."
-Kansas State linebacker Zach Diles

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