TCU-SMU Postgame Quotes




Sept. 11, 2004

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Postgame Quotes
TCU 44, SMU 0
September 11, 2004
Amon G. Carter Stadium

TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
On the game
"We started the game on our heels on defense. Because of the toughness of Northwestern, it prepared us for this game."

On comparing the team's first two games
"The first game wasn't as bad as I thought after watching the video, and I'm sure this one won't be as good as I think it was."

On getting to play a lot of players
"We played a lot of `3s' from the third quarter on. That makes practice a lot easier on Sunday because they'll practice harder if they know they can play."

On how well the rest of the Conference USA teams has done
"All we care about now is going 3-0, and Texas Tech stands in our way."

On Kicker Peter LoCoco
"We still have to get better on special teams. We have to kick better. If he's going to miss them, at least he's going to miss them in a 44-0 game."

TCU Quarterback Tye Gunn
On why he left in the second quarter and did not return
"Last week I took a pretty good shot in the ribs and they were bruised. On that option play, I got hit pretty good. I could have come back in, but Brandon (Hassell) was doing a heck of a job."

On wide receiver Reggie Harrell
"He's a heck of a target for us. What people don't realize is he blocks pretty well too. He's an all-around athlete."

On Brandon Hassell's ability to play
"It pushes you on a competitive level. We're both pretty even. It gives me confidence to know that he is back there."

TCU Quarterback Brandon Hassell
On how he felt
"I felt a little rusty. I was a little slow on reading the defense, but it was good to get back out there."

On the offense now compared to the 2000 team
"I think we're a lot more balanced now with the run and pass. When L.T. (LaDainian Tomlinson) was here, the run was their bread and butter. This year, we have many more options."

 

 

On Reggie Harrell
"If he's not our number one read, we still know that he's going to work his way open. We can look for him and he'll be there."

On being a backup quarterback
"I do the same things to get ready for the games as I would if I were starting. It gives me a little bit of an advantage to watch from the sidelines to pick up the defense for when I go in."

TCU Safety Marvin Godbolt
On the performance of the defense
"This is TCU defense. We expect to play like this every game."

On the defense as a whole
"We were more prepared for the game speed this week. We were prepared to come out and play."

TCU Wide Receiver Reggie Harrell
On the offense
"We're clicking right now. As the only senior on the field, it's my job to help the younger players grow up. It's fun for me to watch them."

On Tye Gunn and Brandon Hassell
"There's really no drop-off. They're both great quarterbacks."

SMU Head Coach Phil Bennett
On the TCU defense
"TCU was fired up coming in here defensively after not playing well versus Northwestern last week. They really came out ready to play."

On the TCU offense
"Coming into the game, we knew that TCU was good on offense and they played a good game tonight.

On the SMU defense
"On the first series of the game, we had four of our defensive starters get hurt and it really limited what we could do. There were four packages that we practiced all week that we couldn't use, so it really hurt us."

On the SMU offense
"I was really disappointed with our quarterback play on offense. We had some missed opportunities that we should have capitalized on. When we were down 14-0, we missed a pass in the end zone and that is a play that could've swung the momentum.

SMU Quarterback Tony Eckert
On the offense
"On offense, we couldn't get into a rhythm. We had some good drives, but we didn't execute and had some turnovers. We just didn't play very well tonight."

On the TCU defense
"The TCU defense did a good job. Their front four put pressure on Chris (Phillips) and I all night long."


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