TCU-SMU Postgame Quotes




Sept. 23, 2007

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TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
On the game:

"I thought the key to the game was on defense. We changed things up in the front to stop the zone play that we were having problem with during the half. The biggest key of the game was that we didn't let Justin Willis run the football. I thought we did a great job of putting fresh people in there and running around, because in every other game and last year, that is how SMU hurts people. The QB takes off and drops back and then runs. We had a couple of passes that we got beat on during the first half, and that is how SMU scored the first touchdown."

"Offensively, we have two quarterbacks. You know that Andy (Dalton) can pass the ball, but tonight we needed a quarterback with some speed that could run with the ball, so we used Marcus (Jackson). There was no controversy about it and we will use what we need. The thing that I like about both of them is that there is no animosity between the two of them. They are just happy downstairs that it is a win. "

So will you just decide on the quarterback based on what you need?
"We needed a quarterback that can run, and Marcus can also throw. Really we didn't move the ball well during the second half, so we have to work on that. We were in the red zone twice in the second half and we didn't score so we need to do better at that."

Is your offense where you thought it would be?
"Well I think we were slow last year. We started out 3-2. I think the biggest thing right now is that we can't turn over the ball as much."

SMU Head Coach Phil Bennett
On what his team needs to improve on:

"We can't accept the blocked punt. We've worked on it. It's a regret. He (Thomas Morstead) had been the guy, we had thought a redshirt freshman could do it, and he can do it. We were trying to rush through it because of their substitution and it bit us in the butt." "I thought we could have turned the momentum (after the turnover in the red zone). Just too many missed opportunities." "We struggled with their left end, (Chase) Ortiz. He pretty much had his way with us."

On how he feels after the game:
"We're not into moral victories. That's just plain and simple."

"Every game you have to make plays to win, and they made more than we did. Period."

On where his team goes from here:
"To try to win the conference. Our conference is a conference that has a lot of parity. You challenge yourself, those things that we didn't do well on either side of the ball tonight, you do better. You keep working. You keep striving." "The mindset never changes. We're going to go to work tomorrow and work on the little things."

On how his defense played:
"I thought this week we would play better defensively. We didn't have the injury bug, other than John Lindley, and I think it showed. Our kids played hard." "You know, that was the best defense we've played this year."

TCU Running Back Aaron Brown
On coming back from injury:

"I've never felt like this before. With my mentality I wanted to come back two weeks ago and I owe it all to the training staff for getting me ready."

TCU Defensive Back David Roach
On defense's performance:

"I give credit to the defensive line. I thought the defense as a whole played well. We need to get ready to go, because C


 

 


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