TCU-Kansas State Postgame Quotes

Nov. 10, 2012

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No. 2 Kansas State 23, TCU 10
Nov. 10, 2012
Fort Worth, Texas (Amon G. Carter Stadium)
Attendance: 47,292

TCU HEAD COACH Gary Patterson
Opening statement:
“We played a good football team, especially on defense. We needed to have more of a game plan at the end when we were making short passes trying to avoid the pass rush. We wanted to run the football and move the ball downfield. They were too good up front for our group, and we didn’t handle them very well in passing situations. As always, we gave up about two plays on defense. We blew up plays at times and did the things we needed to do at times, but there are no moral victories around this place.

“We now have to get ready for a Thursday game in Austin. We have to get a little bit healthier.  We have to get ourselves a little bit better, and re-evaluate some things that we are doing. This is a young team that fought. We scored 10 points at the end of the game. You can say that they were playing ‘bend, but don’t break,’ but we scored.”

On Kansas State:
“There is a very fine line, and that is a team that can play for a national championship. You have to give Coach Snyder and their group a lot of credit. Everyone has been giving them their best shot. I am not sure that was our best shot, but we tried to play at a high-level.

“They had a presence, and we have had those teams before when we were older. We need to understand that when we play against teams like that we have to have a presence. You need to have a swagger, and you have turn the knob up from the very beginning. You can’t hope that they are going to make a mistake. That can’t be the answer. You have to give Collin Klein and those guys a lot of credit. Especially on defense and special teams they did some good things. They got good field position on some punt returns.”

On TCU’s turnovers:
“We stopped them and forced them to kick three field goals, but you take those three turnovers and three field goals off the board and it is a completely different ball game. That last onside kick could have been much bigger and caused a much greater impact.”

On the defensive effort:
“I think we have been playing good defense for most ball games, maybe the whole season. We held West Virginia to 6-of-22 on third downs last week. This group has been good on third downs this year. We played red zones on the sudden change and made plays on third down. The bottom line is you have to learn lessons. I told the team before the West Virginia game that these four would be measuring stick games, and we are 1-1 in measuring-stick games.”

On TCU redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin:
“He will be really sore tomorrow. That’s probably the reason a lot of his balls sailed. We probably should have put Matt (Brown) in more in the second half.”

On his team's game plan:
“I felt like we had a good game plan. They are a lot like Wisconsin. Wisconsin got 19 in the Rose Bowl. This program has not forgotten how to play in big ball games, period. We are not happy, but we have not forgotten how to play in big ball games.”

On the atmosphere in the stadium:
“It was electric and exciting to play in there. I was here in 2008 when we would only have 15,000 people in the stadium and no energy, and tonight was on a totally different level. There was so much excitement at the beginning of the game, everyone was pumped up. We did a great job with the PR for this game.”

On K-State’s future:
“We want K-state to go win it all, and we told them that after the game. I have a lot of friends on that team, guys that I grew up with, like Arthur (Brown). So I’d like to see them go win it for themselves and for the conference.”

On the physicality of the game:
“That was definitely the toughest game that we played. They were a very touch bunch and well coached.”

On quarterback Trevone Boykin returning from injury in the second quarter:
“He is a natural leader, and it showed when he came back into the game after getting banged up. We definitely have a better chance to win when he is in the game for us.”

On freshman defensive end Devonte Fields:
 "We knew when he came here he was a great player. With him and Stansly (Stansly) and all those other guys, we expect great things out of them."
On keys to the loss:
"We can't make mistakes. They had that one (interception), but those guys don't make mistakes. We played a team that just pounded the ball and played great defense. If you can't score and we give up points, you won't win a game like that. They're coached really well."
On why KSU quarterback Collin Klein is successful:
"His blockers, the offensive line, get downfield and do a great job at getting to the second level."
On what his team can take from the game:
"We played hard, I can tell you that. They want to win and I don't feel like we can sit here and say we played well. A loss is a loss, and you can't take anything from it. We played hard the whole game, and I will give that to the team."

On his team’s overall effort:
“We didn’t play a complete ball game, but I don’t think there was a lack of effort by the players. We left a lot on the field in regards to a variety of different things, mainly execution.”

On the play of KSU quarterback Collin Klein:
“He played reasonably well. He made the plays he had to make in the ball game, but we were probably a little conservative for him. We could have given him more chances than what we did, but he played reasonably well. He managed the ball game as he always does. TCU is a very fine defensive team and, consequently, we weren’t able to do some of the things we wanted to do.”

On the pressure applied by TCU’s defense:
“We had to try to find ways to move the ball, and it got to a point where we were conservative in order to get the game over with. The score dictated that.”

Thoughts on No. 1 Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M:
“I have no thoughts about it whatsoever. I am just going to ask my guys as I always to do to try to get better at practice on Monday. Someone just told me about it in the locker room.”

On the importance of his play to the win:
“I knew that TCU’s defense was very good. Any time that’s the case, I feel a little bit more pressure to make field goals. I have to be prepared for that every game. The grind starts again tomorrow. This is the only time we really get to think about the win.”

About TCU’s defensive performance:
“We watched a lot of film on them. We realized they had a great defense. They came out ready to play, their defensive line.

“TCU’s defense is a little bit different than everyone else. They do a lot of shifting and motion that took us a little time to adjust to it and to be able for us to put some drives together. TCU is probably one of the most physical teams we have played all season. They are very good.”

Overall thoughts on the game:
“Overall, I feel that TCU is a great team. They did a good job of being able to run the ball and a good job of being able to throw the ball. And on defense, we just wanted to come in and make a statement. We wanted to be able to contain the pass and contain the run at the same time. Overall, we knew this was a big challenge, but we still aren’t happy. We still have a lot of work to do.”

On containing TCU’s passing attack:
“Our coaches have a good plan that we have to execute. As a secondary, we owe it to our defensive line. They put a lot of pressure on the quarterback and force him to throw the ball quick.”

On where the KSU defense goes from here:
“We come out here with the same plan each and every week, and we just have to execute. Today we had great presence from our defensive line, and the secondary was able to contain the pass and run. But, like I said, we still have a lot of work to do.”



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