Post-Game Quotes: TCU 52, Kansas State 45

Oct. 10, 2015

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No. 2 TCU at Kansas State
Attendance: 53,671
Final: TCU 52, Kansas State 45

TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
Opening statement…
“You have to give Kansas State and Coach Snyder a lot of credit. In the first half, they kicked our butts to be honest with you. At halftime, I told our group how it was going to be when they came here and what it was like to play in Manhattan, Kan., and they did not believe me. So, now they believe me, but you have got to give them a lot of credit all the way to the end. I will tell you this. I am very proud of our group. We got some stops in the second half. We got a big interception for a touchdown and a stop at the end of the last drive and some stops in between. Offensively, we did the things we needed to do. It is one of those ballgames where you are going to get the other team’s best shot. This game was on the road and this was their best shot. You just have to keep moving forward. Hopefully we will treat Iowa State a little better.”

On K-State’s offensive time of possession…
“We have played them before. We understood what Kansas State was going to be all about. It is a usual Bill Snyder team. They had some guys that did not play again tonight and they just fought their tails off. We had a struggle and we had to do some things to come out with the win. I thought those were two good football teams battling at it – period. Like I told Coach Snyder, it was too bad that anybody had to lose that one. But, I stood here two years ago and watched them kick a field goal with three seconds left to lose one like that. You win some, you lose some and in this situation we were fortunate. I told them at halftime that I see them laughing in the training room, laughing at practice, and doing all of this. Well, you are not listening to me. You do not understand how K-State plays at home. You do not know what you are getting into when you play K-State. But they found out what they got into and at halftime I said we are down but it is not over. We have to get stops, but our offense can score and we need to do some things in special teams. We got fortunate and now we are 6-0, ready to get back on the plane getting ready to fight another day.”

On winning close games…
“Well let’s look at Texas. We held them to seven. I told them before the season that this would be how all road games would be if we stayed this high of ranked all season against some of the teams we have to play against. I am not surprised. Now I am just trying to win. I am not trying to be the number one team in the nation. I am just trying to be an undefeated team and now I am trying to beat Iowa State. That is all we can control. We cannot control the voters or anybody else. I am tired of hearing about style points. It is hard just to win so we just tried to win.”

On Trevone Boykin’s fourth quarter…
“I keep telling you guys. You should enjoy Josh Doctson and Trevone Boykin because they have been around here for a while and they love pressure. They do great things. You have to give them credit, but there for a while, they stymied us. At the end of the first half we about gave the game away because we were not moving the ball, had a 15-yard punt, a couple turnovers and they scored three touchdowns so we were about out of the ballgame. Our guys fought back and did the things we needed to do.”

Quarterback Trevone Boykin
On late touchdown pass to Doctson…
“It was a play we ran all week at practice and Coach [Doug] Meacham and Coach [Sonny] Cumbie really talked about on the sideline all day and we really just ran it at the perfect moment. I saw the safety drove on the dig, the corner was playing the vertical a little bit and once Josh [Doctson] broke him out in the post, I just tried to get him the ball and whatever happened we would just live with the result.”

On K-State offensive style…
“It was very frustrating but we talked about it at halftime. You take it one play at a time, one drive at a time, and one quarter at a time. We knew we had to come out in the first thirty minutes of the game, we were pretty much nonexistent. After that first couple drives we scored early, then after that we kind of hit a wall. We came back after halftime; we really did some soul searching and tried to find ourselves and just play football.”

On close away games…
“I feel like home games we are pretty good. I don’t have a problem with the way we play at home. It’s really just the way we play on the road. Like I said, the first thirty minutes of the game after those first two big plays and those touchdowns we were pretty much nonexistent on offense. Putting our defense back out there time and time again and watching K-State big guys just pound the ball and keeping us on the sideline. That was probably one of their main objectives to keep us off the field and they got it done the first thirty minutes of the game.”

Wide Receiver Josh Doctson
On team resiliency …
“I think it shows character, and showing leadership with the team. People putting their whole heart on the line, playing for the guy next to us, and it shows in games like this coming from behind, on the road in an atmosphere like this.”

On offensive frustration…
“I said personally no. I feel like as an offense we understood what was going on. Holding penalty and a false start, and things like that was us not them, at the beginning. We just relaxed and calmed down and just executed in the second half.”

On last scoring drive…
“We had a good call out of the huddle, got in trips and saw it was man coverage. I had a good route called, I tried to sell the fade route, he flipped his hips, I cut underneath him and it was all she wrote after that.”

Safety Derrick Kindred
On second half interception…
“We were talking about it on the sideline, ‘who’s going to be the guy that makes that play’. As a leader I stepped up and made that play. I feel like it sparked everybody on the sideline and gave everybody more hope.”

On facing K-State offensive style…
“It’s stressful playing a team like this, they have a good team, and they have a good scheme. Coach [Gary] Patterson stressed it enough, saying you have to play hot, and you have to play as a team and do your assignment.”

On offense getting the ball back late…
“We have a lot of faith in our offense, and the offense has a lot of faith in us. We just went out there and cheered the offense on.”



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