SMU-TCU Postgame Quotes

Oct. 1, 2011

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SMU vs. No. 20 TCU
Oct. 1, 2011
Attendance: 35,632
Final: SMU 40, No. 20 TCU 33

TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
On today’s game with SMU:
“No. 1, you’ve got to give SMU all the credit. For the third year in a row, we’ve gotten hit right in the mouth in the first half in all three phases. For us, at some point or another, it was all going to come to an end. You didn’t want to end right here, but the bottom line is our group downstairs has to do some soul-searching.”
On another large fourth-quarter comeback:
“The bottom line is we’ve come back twice and come up short. The offense found a way to come back. We got stops. They missed the extra point. We had a chance to try to tie it up with two 8-point plays. Our kids did everything they could to get to that point, but you’ve got find a way to finish. That’s two ballgames that we weren’t able to finish.”
On giving up big plays to stall momentum:
“On 3rd-and-14, we gave up a play where a player goes underneath the coverage when he should have gone over the top. The young player didn’t play like he had before. There are things we did that you can’t do if you want to be a championship-type program.”
On Ed Wesley’s return to the lineup and other injuries:
“I thought Ed coming back gave us a spark. He had two or three big plays. We had one tackle who couldn’t play today because of an infection in his eyes. He couldn’t see. That hurt us at the right tackle because we were struggling with depth coming in. That’s just the way things go.”

TCU sophomore quarterback Casey Pachall
On the game:
“It was real tough after getting off to a slow start. To come all the way back, and have it happen like that, it’s never easy to swallow, but we’ve got to move on and get ready for next week. I’ll take the blame for the bad reads and slow starts and not throwing the ball where I needed to.”
On freshman receiver Brandon Carter:
“He had a good game. They all had good games, but there were things the defense was giving us that let us go to him a little more. Whenever we gave him the rock, he was able to make plays.”
On playing in overtime:
“I felt real confident and I felt like we had the momentum. Even though they had just scored, we just weren’t able to execute and came up short.”

SMU Head Coach June Jones
On the victory:
“We knew that we had to make some plays vertically in the passing game. I thought J.J. (McDermott) hung in there and made some good throws and saw a lot of things. Darius Johnson made some really great plays for us.”
On continuing to pass later in the game despite having the lead:
“When you do what we do, you had better throw it. That’s what got us here. If you ever want to be a great team, you’d better be able to execute, throw the ball deep and make plays in these kinds of games.”
On where the win ranks for the SMU program:
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction. Our goal was to get to a bowl game and win our conference championship.  For the kids this is a very big win. They understand what this has meant for Dallas and Fort Worth.”



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