TCU Postgame Quotes vs. Kansas

Nov. 14, 2015

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No. 15 TCU vs. Kansas
Nov. 14, 2015
Attendance: 44,375
Final: TCU 23, Kansas 17

TCU head coach Gary Patterson

Opening Statement
"It's been an interesting year. The kids found a way to win. It was senior day, and you have to give KU credit. They had far less to play for, and they played hard. Outside of that, on to Oklahoma."

On Trevone Boykin's injury
"I think Trevone will be back. We just couldn't take a chance. It's an ankle [injury]. He's got to get himself healthy. He did it on the first series."

On the remaining games
"I don't know how these next two weeks will go because we are pretty banged up, but we'll be back to a pretty good football team by [bowl] time. This group will battle. They will play hard the next two weeks."

On today's game
"That's the one thing this group has done all year - we found a way to overcome. Finally, we won one on defense. The guys did what they needed to do, and it was good to see Terrell Lathan get a good sack at the end. We will need that the next two weeks. These guys played hard. You've got to give them a lot of credit."

TCU senior center Joey Hunt

On the loss of players and their replacement in the game
"I trust those guys when they come in. I'm not feeling very uncomfortable, I mean we do stuff in practice sometimes, we rotate guys, so it's something we prepare for."

On the resiliency of the team after so many injuries
"You can't blame it on injuries. We want to win games and the next guy's got to step up. They're a part of this program just as much as everyone else, so it's something guys have been able to do and hopefully we can get some guys back."

On being so successful this far in the season with the younger players having to fill in for injuries
"It's definitely impressive. We've had guys step up, especially younger guys that have been able to come in and contribute to this program."

TCU senior safety Derrick Kindred

On making big plays
"Every time we come on the field, we always talk about getting turnovers, getting big plays, and I feel like I'm a leader on defense that needs to step up and make a big play."

On helping younger secondary players
"I just like to talk to them and let them know what I see and what I know is going to happen and things like that. It helps them."

On changes after halftime
"Honestly, in the first half we came out with no energy. Before the game, we need to just have a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of confidence. During half time we just talked a lot about coming out there and playing our best time and everybody was getting energized about big plays."

TCU running back Aaron Green:

On the effect of Boykin's absence:

"We had to rely on the run a little bit more with [Trevone Boykin] out. We haven't practiced that situation much this year, but I'm proud of Foster [Sawyer], Bram [Kohlhausen], Kyle [Hicks], and Trevorris [Johnson] for finding a way to get it done. Foster managed the game really well, and I'm proud of him. I know coming into the game was the last thing he expected in a close game like this, so he did well. I know I had a career-high in carries, which is what we had to do to win when we have inexperienced people out there throwing the ball and taking control of the game."

On TCU's mentality regarding injuries:
"At the end of the day, that's what TCU football does. The next person steps up, and we find a way to win. We basically played with our second-string offensive line today. I think we only had two starters in there, but those guys went in there and got the job done. They did what they had to do and played well enough for us to win.

On being prepared for unexpected injuries:
"I don't think you ever imagine a season going this way, but you have to be mentally strong and be prepared for it. I can't even tell you how many people we have out, but the young guys like Shaun Nixon and KaVontae Turpin are stepping up. That's just what we do.

On TCU being 9-1 despite facing team injuries:
"It's an amazing feeling, but I think that's just the culture they instill in us. Coach [Gary] Patterson does a good job of never backing down, never giving up, and never letting anyone overlook us. When your head coach has an edge like that, we have no choice but to have it as well."

TCU's Terrell Lathan

On TCU's energy level:
"Kansas came out playing hard, and we just had to match their energy. They've been getting better every (week), and they ran the ball really well. I think we played pretty hard ourselves, and we just have to keep that up these next two weeks. I'm just glad we came out with the win.

On the impact of underclassmen:
"Just like Coach [Gary Patterson] says, `The next man has to step up.' We just have to play hard. Everyone is a starter, basically, and if someone gets hurt, the next man just has to step up and act like he's a starter himself. I'm glad that a lot of people made good plays like Aaron Curry and Foster Sawyer who stepped in as a redshirt freshman. He did a pretty good job of coming in and playing hard."

On making an impact after being injured:
"I made a good play at the end of the game to get us off the field. I just wanted to help my team out and get the win. It was fun playing with my teammates. I love every one of them, and I'm glad I got a chance to play with them."

Kansas Head Coach David Beaty

On defense
"I'm proud of those coaches, proud of those players. I think they ran 92 plays. They were a little bit better on third downs than we were, but not much. Our defense did a great job on third down getting those guys off the field a bunch, which is what we needed them to do. They've really grown over the last couple of games, really last month. Great college football game and we're not going to miss having fun on those situations but you have to come out with a win."

On Boykin
"He's a Heisman candidate... Honestly, from my standpoint I hope the kid is okay because he's that good of a player and he's good for college football. They also have some other good ones over there. Both of their quarterbacks came in and did some good things. The third guy that came in and ran the ball well, I thought he did some good things with his feet. Like I said before, I know those guys over there really well, they're good friends and they are really, really smart guys and they found some good ways to manufacture yards even when we were playing good on defense."

Preparing for the game 
"The thing that I'm probably most proud of is I saw in our guys' eyes that they were playing a football game, they were not worried about who they were playing and that was a whole different feel. They came into this game expecting to win. We talked about it all week, we stressed the heck out of the fact that we thought we matched up pretty well against these guys. So go out there and play and expect to win. Don't be surprised if you're up at halftime. We talked about the game from last year and they were up most of the game and just allowed it to get away from them and we were not going to let that happen again without at least talking about it.

Fourth and short stops
"From very early in the season we were very poor in red zone defense. If you go back and track the statistics from the very first couple of games, we were in the bottom five of the country. That might be one of the only statistical categories where we're actually in pretty decent shape right now in red zones stops, which is pretty good. Those guys have a fireman mentality. Everybody else is running out and they're running in and we've talked about it, you've to put the fire out and they've adopted that as their mission. I thought they played one play at a time on defense really well today. They gave up some big runs and were able to stick their foot in the ground without those guys scoring a touchdown and getting a field goal opportunity. That helped up stay in the game enough to be able to win it."



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