TCU-Texas Tech Postgame Quotes

Oct. 20, 2012

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No. 21 TCU vs. No. 20 Texas Tech
Oct. 20, 2012
Attendance: 47,894
Final: No. 20 Texas Tech 56, No. 21 TCU 53 (3OT)

TCU head coach Gary Patterson
Opening Statement:
“It was a heck of a ball game. You have to give Tech credit for finding a way to win. We have to find a way to make plays, simple as that. We can’t give up points, we can’t give up missed tackles like we did near the end. We are going to lose when we do that. I told my kids in the locker room, there is no one to blame. I have to do a better job calling, coaches have to do a better job and we have to find a way to make plays. Welcome to the Big 12. I do believe this, I believe we proved we can play in it. Are we unhappy we lost? Yes, but it was a heck of a ball game.”
On the defense:
“They only had 300-some yards. We did what we needed to do, but we gave up a couple of big plays. We said it was going to be a jump ball. You have to be able to go make plays. Before a touchdown, we dropped an interception. If you make that play, they don’t score a touchdown. We have to make plays.”
On the offense:
“We are down 10 points and they already thought they sealed the deal. They were jumping around, and we came back and tied the game. You have to give our team a lot of credit to fight back, tie the game and force it to overtime. We can’t settle for field goals. That is what we did on the last one. It was not a good first down call and then we were in second-and-long, third-and-long. We had drives where we had to kick field goals, and we have to fight and get touchdowns.”
On whether he felt the team played well:
“We played well. It was not like last year when we played terrible against Baylor. We played a Tech team that was 5-1 and we lost by three points in overtime. They made one more play than we did.  I wish I would have had a better call a couple of times. You can’t do any more on special teams except to cover the onside kick.”

TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce
On Boykin's clutch performance:
"As a quarterback, he's a leader, so you can never give up. When you see the quarterback fighting, everyone else comes along.”

On Skye Dawson’s outing:
“Skye had a big night. We knew they were going to press the slots all day, and Skye is one of the fastest guys in college football. People have trouble covering him and he had a good game.”

On how the offense fared:
“As an offense we just didn't get enough first downs. The play calling was there, but we needed to get a few first downs to help the defense out.”

On the whole complexion of the game:
"The offense didn't get first downs to help the defense. They have a good offense and can throw the ball anywhere. We didn't get first downs, and Jaden had a great game, but you have to do better on offense."

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville
Opening Statement:
"First of all, I’d like to say congratulations to both teams. Overtimes are hard on all sides: players, coaches and fans. Coach Patterson and his team played a heck of a game. They outplayed us for most of the game, outcoached us and had us on our heels. We found ways to make some plays there in the second quarter and then at the end of the game. What a bizarre football game. Their quarterback played outstanding. We made a lot of mistakes, but we’ve been working really hard for a game like this; you win a game when you don’t play you’re best. To find a way to win on the road in overtime is very hard."

On the second overtime:
"We played it down on our end. We probably shouldn’t have done that, but I wanted our fans to see it down on that end. We knew we had that trick play for the first play."

On the game in general:
"They ran the ball on us, which was a little disappointing for us defensively. They were pretty balanced. We weren’t balanced at all. We just made big plays. You’ve got to find a way to win when you don’t play pretty. Going through that game last week took a big toll on us. We lost four starters last week and came back and found a way to win. Now we’re 6-1."

On Seth Doege’s performance:
"Seth played well. As you can tell, they were after him. I think they got two roughing the passer penalties. They were bound and determined to get to him. I thought there were times that our offensive line got moved around a little bit, but when it counted, we gave him enough time to throw it. This was a team win because we didn’t play that great and we found a way to win."

Texas Tech senior receiver Austin Zouzalik
On loss of 10 point lead in the fourth quarter:

“I mean it was kind of devastating. That’s the kind of stuff we’ve been working on all the time.  You know sometimes, Coach Tuberville, we’ll get done with practice and he’ll just roll out some drills, and we’ll start pushing boards and pushing sleds and stuff like that. So I don’t think there’s any doubt with the team, you know that just took a little air out of us, but we just pick right back up and keep going.”

On halftime:
“Halftime was interesting. I came in here and just lied on the table with an IV the entire time.  I guess it was just the heat and I wasn’t used to playing so many plays. It hasn’t been this hot in Lubbock, and coming up here with a little bit of humidity, I was down at halftime.”

On the entertainment of the game:
“Oh it was entertaining, you know, their fans are right behind us, so we got to hear from their student section the entire time. It was a pretty good atmosphere though, you know, we enjoyed it. I think some of the guys enjoyed it a little too much whenever we got up by 10.”

Texas Tech senior quarterback Seth Doege
On the play call on the winning touchdown in overtime:

“I was hoping for that play call.  We practiced it over and over and over. Alex Torres does a really good job selling it.  He covered it a little bit, but the way Torres sold the run.  He bent just enough to where I could fit it in there, and Torres made a great catch. It’s all good from there.  We’ve been practicing that play for three weeks, and we never had an opportunity to use it.  Finally, perfect opportunity to use it, and we executed it. It was just sweet to actually run it during the game.”

On the emotion of his team throughout overtime:
“On the sideline you could tell that nobody had any thought of losing this game. That’s all credit to our coaches at Tech. We were in it the whole time. No matter what hole we were in, we were always digging our way out of it. It’s huge for us, because all we’ve been preaching is taking it to the next level. In the past we’ve played really big games, and won really big games, but we’ve never consistently played a high level and consistently beat big time teams. This was a great opportunity for us, and we expected to come in here and win. We battled through a lot of adversity today.”



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