TCU Football vs. SMU Postgame Quotes


Sept. 19, 2015

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TCU head coach Gary Patterson

Opening statement: 
“First off, you need to give SMU credit on offense. They came out and did a great job tonight. They came back and fought back into the ballgame. You have to give our guys credit also for doing the same thing – we’re 3-0.”

On the second half: 
“You think you go up three scores, then we turn the ball over and get stopped on fourth down. You can’t do that. We’ve been about no excuses here. That’s a tough loss with Ranthony [Texada]. Our backup corners have nine games left, and they can all throw it. So the key to the story is we better play the ball in the air, and we better not panic and get ready to go, because everyone is going to throw vertical. They’re fast enough for that, and they need to get ready to play. We’ve got a week to work on it. It’s not our first rodeo. “

On injuries: 
“Two years ago we only had 50 guys left that could play. With the numbers that we have in specific places, it’s tough, but I’m not going to make this about how we have people hurt. It’s not what this program is built on. They next guy has to step up. Either we’ll learn for next year, or we’ll learn this year and win enough ballgames and get to a bowl game, and do the things we need to do and play for a championship. That’s what the goal is. Right now we are 3-0, and now we get to play our first Big 12 game against Texas Tech.”

On the offense: 
“Offensively, they are all great. Josh [Doctson] has been doing that the last few years. He took some hits. I said at the beginning of the year that the offense would probably have to carry us. I don’t think that part has changed. They have the ability to carry us if Trevone [Boykin] stays healthy. We’ve got to understand that every position counts."

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin

On playing in a tight game:
“We just try to go out and play ball. We have faith in our defense…just like they have faith that we are going to go out and score. At the end of the day, we all count on each other. ” “We are really just doing what we do. We try to score a lot of points. It’s all good with me at the end of the day as long as we win.”

On Josh Doctson:
“Josh does what he always does… he makes plays. He’s like a security blanket. When we need a play, he’s one of the guys we go to.”

On Playing next week at Texas Tech:
“Our main goal is to go 1-0 in conference, and it starts with Texas Tech. We know we are going to go there and play a fired up team coming off of an SEC win. We just have to go out and play ball.”

TCU senior safety Derrick Kindred

On playing with hurt teammates:
“Fight for our brothers that we’ve lost and go out and make them happy. It’s not going to be an easy road. It happens to every team every year. I’ve got to be a leader and help the guys who are filling in for the guys who are hurt. I accept the challenge.”

On his and Nick Orr’s changing positions:
“Whatever coach [Patterson] asks us to do, we do to make the team successful.” On relying on the offense, particularly Trevone Boykin: “Not acceptable giving up plays. As a defense we have to be accountable and play our part. We have to step up and make some plays.”

TCU Junior Defensive End Josh Carraway

On defendin the Quarterback: “We just make sure he doesn’t scramble at all. That’s what we try to do, because if you let him scramble, it creates big plays for the offense.”

TCU Junior Wide Receiver Ty Slania

On TCU Student Section performance:
“It was an awesome time. They brought high energy from start to finish. Having their support out there the entire game was great.”

On how SMU has differed from last year:
“They’ve got a really good coach. They’ve got a really good offense on the field. They were just determined. They were highly motivated, so we knew from the start, it was going to be a tough game. They’re a great team." 

On personal performance:
“I just want to go out there and make routine plays. If my number’s called, I want to get out there and do my job. Whether it’s no catches and a bunch of blocks, or a couple catches and some big-time blocks…I don’t know if I’m really a security blanket, because we have guys all across the board who can make plays at any time, so I just want to go out and make routine plays.

On team’s performance:
“We know our offense is going to do a great job, and we’re going to do whatever we need to do to win. Our defense has great athletes, and I like to say we don’t rebuild - we reload. We have athletes who are going to come up and make plays. Whether they thought they were going to play this year or not, they’re going to come up and be big for us.”

SMU head coach Chad Morris

Opening Statement:
“As we come into that locker room, knowing that it was a one-score game with seven minutes to go in the game, I’m extremely proud of our players. We had tremendous effort, had great attitude on the sidelines, and never gave in. We bent, but we never broke. Give TCU credit, they definitely have a really good football team with some great skill guys that can make some plays when the ball is in the air. I think their quarterback is outstanding, so my hat’s off to Coach Patterson and his group. I knew it was going to be a fist fight all the way through. I tell our players that there are winners and learners, and we learned another valuable lesson again tonight.”

On SMU’s plan against TCU’s defense:
“Our guys were prepared. I thought we had a great plan offensively, and I knew that we were going to have to make some plays. They were really aggressive on the run game, and we knew we were going to have to take advantage of some things especially in early downs. We made some plays, and there were some plays that we didn’t make. I’m proud of our guys, but we left a few things out there.”

On SMU’s comeback:
“We were down 42-17, but our guys never gave up. We got a turnover, and we battled right back to score. We also had a couple stops and went down and scored. That was good to see. I wish we had come away with some touchdowns and not field goals. I felt like that might bite us when I chose to go for the field goals, but I knew if we got it to a one-score game that we’d have a chance. That’s what we did with seven minutes to go. You’re talking about a defense that led the country creating turnovers in (27) straight games, and I was extremely proud of our players for not turning the ball over. I think that was key for us staying in this game.”


 

 

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