TCU vs. New Mexico - Post-Game Quotes

Nov. 3, 2007

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TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
Opening statement

"The thing we talked about was not to turn the ball over, control it, run the football and don't be afraid to punt or kick field goals, and play good defense. It was a spark having Tommy (Blake) back. He seemed to cause pressure from the other side. It helped having him on the other side of Chase Ortiz."

On Stephen Hodge's performance
"I tell him sometimes that's why we gave him a scholarship. You are supposed to play well. He's a guy that has come a long way and done a lot of good things. It helps for next year knowing that he will be our starting strong safety."

On the game in general
"The thing we didn't do tonight was we didn't give up the big play. That has been our nemesis, and we didn't do that tonight. They played a lot of different formations, and our kids handled it."

On Joseph Turner
"We didn't know that he was going to be playing until mid-week. He's come a long way maturity-wise. A year ago he wouldn't have played in this game, but to get into it and rush for 115 yards not knowing if you are going to play on Tuesday and Wednesday, you have to give our offense a lot of credit.

"In the three games that he has played in-Baylor, Stanford and tonight-we have been able to run successfully because we have had the big power backs. I think that's a positive."

On the fans
"I was really excited about the fans. The fans were in the ballgame and then the sideline gets into it. I thought the whole stadium was more into the ballgame."

TCU running back Joseph Turner
On amount of carries received in the game

"Coach [Patterson] told me I was starting, and by being a starter here you have to be ready to carry the load."

On injuries that have bothered him the last two weeks
"It was the arch in my foot. Over the last two weeks I got a lot of rest and did a lot of exercises. Once you get in the game you can't worry about it."

TCU cornerback Rafael Priest
On shutting out New Mexico

"We know they have physical receivers, so we tried to go out there and hold our own and do what we usually do."

On TCU's defensive statistics
"It was a great game. That's the defense we're looking to play over the three remaining games. You have to take your hats off to the New Mexico offense. They're a real good team."

New Mexico Head Coach Rocky Long
On his team's performance

"We didn't play very well, and they played really well. Early on in the game, we looked like we were slow, which we probably are because we're beat up and tired. They were ready to play and they played extremely well. Not only that, but we added to it because we played terrible.

On the difference in the game
"They threw a few trick plays at us because they had two weeks to get ready that we hadn't practiced against and some of those tricks plays were big plays. That wasn't the difference in the game. They dominated. They dominated the line of scrimmage, and anytime you dominate the line of scrimmage on offense and defense you get your butt kicked."

On the remainder of the season
"We have a lot of football to play, and we have to get back to what got us here. We're still in good shape for a bowl game if we play well. We can't play like we did tonight and get into a bowl game, but if we play well we can still get into one. There is still a lot of football to play."



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