TCU-Oregon State Postgame Quotes

Sept. 4, 2010

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#6 TCU 30, #24 Oregon State 21
Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium)
2010 Cowboys Classic
Sept. 4, 2010
Attendance: 46,138

TCU senior quarterback Andy Dalton:

Team made mistakes and still won; what does that say about where you are?
“We fought hard the whole game. We knew all we had to do was win by one. We came out and played really hard. We never got too down and we never got too high. We kept fighting. We do whatever it takes to win.”

What does it mean to get the loss from 8 months ago behind you?
“Good to have it behind us. It’s a new season. Hopefully the momentum will keep coming and we’ll be ready for Tennessee Tech next week.

“We’ve set ourselves up to have some national goals. People are starting to portray us as one of the national teams that are pretty good. We have a lot of expectations for ourselves.”

Coming back from mistakes:
“I don’t let those [two interceptions] affect me. I knew I had to come back and win this game. At times I made some stupid mistakes but I also made a couple plays in the game.”

Versatility of offense:
“We have so many different guys that can make good plays. You saw what what Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker can do tonight. We’ve got a lot of guys that can make big plays. That allows us to be pretty diverse.”

National respect:
“The national spotlight and national attention will pick up. I think a lot of people will watch the game tonight and see how we play football.

“It was a bad play on my part. I definitely shouldn’t have thrown the ball. I should’ve ran it."

Playing in Cowboys Stadium:
“It was a great atmosphere to play in. There were a lot of fans here and it was great to see all the support we have.

Senior defensive end Wayne Daniels
On the heat during the game:
“Toward the end of the second half, we were both breathing heavily. You can tell that the heat helps on our part.”

On his second sack of Ryan Katz:
“It was just a play that wasn’t over. It was a hustle play, everyone out there is hustling and I am obligated to hustle too.”

On the rest of the season:
“We have a lot more to prove. We can be a little bit better than we were tonight. We just have to keep working and getting better.”

Senior safety Tejay Johnson:
On containing the Rodgers brothers:
“We needed to contain them, keep them from going over our heads. For the most part I think we were able to do that. They are great players, they both have great speed. But playing against them will get our team ready for other opponents down the road.”

On Ryan Katz’s arm strength:
“I was a little surprised. When I saw him throw that corner route, I realized he had a stronger arm than what I had thought. Coach Patterson kept telling us all week that he had a strong arm, but it was still surprising.”

On the game being almost too big to handle:
“Everybody on the team responds differently to these types of things. For the majority of the team, we have been on this stage before. It was just really exciting leading up to the game.”

On winning the game:
“It’s a great feeling. We were a little shaky to start, but to pull out the win and be 1-0 feels great.”

Senior center Jake Kirkpatrick
On the Oregon State defensive line getting tired:
“I think we were all getting tired, it was very humid in there. We tried to pick up the tempo a little bit and get them on their heels.”

On the Horned Frogs’ early season ranking:
“There is always somebody who is going to doubt us. College GameDay picked us to lose tonight. We are always going to have the underdog mentality. It’s just a number though and it’s just preseason. We just have to prove the voters right. We always try and play with a chip on our shoulder, that’s just how we are.”

TCU head coach Gary Patterson
Opening statement:
"For us, you’ve heard me say it, it was a like a blind date. You don’t know what you’re going to get.
The second touchdown they did, I told the secondary what the play was. I guess what I need to do is tell them a different play. Then we’ll cover the one we’re supposed to.

"I thought the heat made a difference. Tonight, I thought our kids, the conditioning we do, made a difference in the third and fourth quarter. I thought we fought through it and then made the plays at the end that we had to."

On the safety:
"The safety was a big deal. You go up by nine and you play the game a lot different. I was really proud of our offense, how physical they were. I thought they did a great job."

On Oregon State:
"You have to give Mike Riley and Oregon State a lot of credit. They came in, we had a bigger crowd, not very many things in their favor. It was a great ballgame.

"We’ve been working on Oregon State a little bit every day since last spring. We knew how big a game this was. I was hoping that [Lee] Corso and his three-touchdown underdog [prediction] will change his mind. I did text him. You guys thought that was a bogus text. That was me. I asked Chris Fowler, “Lee: Three touchdowns?”

On the atmosphere:
"What a great game to play in. I tell ya, if there’s a stadium better to play in than this one, as far as the crowd, and all the things that go along with it, I want to know what it is. Because this was awesome."



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