TCU-Utah Postgame Quotes

Nov. 14, 2009


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No. 4 TCU vs. No. 14 Utah
Nov. 14, 2009
Attendance: 50,307
Final: TCU 55, Utah 28
Post-Game Quotes

TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
Opening Statement
“Let me just say this, I want to start by thanking everyone that was here. I told them how we would play if they were all in purple, and we played like that tonight. We have two games left, and we aren’t going to talk about anything else. We have to go to Laramie, a tough place to play. I look at a Texas team that was down 14-10 at the half in Laramie. We’ve got things that we have to do. I’m very proud of my team, our fans and Fort Worth. ESPN GameDay and CBS College Sports gave us an opportunity to show people TCU football and Fort Worth. I was very humbled by the whole situation and very humbled by the way our kids played tonight.”

On what TCU needs to work on before Wyoming
“The biggest thing for us is that we need to finish. We have two games left, one on the road. I understand how big of a win this is. I’ve been there. I’ve beaten Oklahoma and gotten beat by SMU. We need to finish. Besides Luke Shivers, we came out pretty healthy. We will come out tomorrow afternoon and begin to get ready for the Cowboys.”

On if TCU can play with anyone in the country
“They don’t care what I think, but I know that we are pretty good. Andy Dalton is a special player. Again, he played great tonight. They gave us a lot of different looks and a lot of different zone blitzes, but we picked it up every time. The whole offense did a tremendous job. Ever since we talked about starting earlier before the BYU game, we’ve been starting early. Whether it was the new Nike duds, or whatever it was to help us beat them, it was a special night for us.

On the game ball
“I gave the game ball to the equipment guy. He’s the one that has been working on this since last spring. He made it all work. He got everything about two weeks ago and made sure that we all got fitted. We always forget about those people downstairs that do all the work and I get all the credit. It was a team victory tonight. Not just the players – the fans, the city. You name it, we won.”

On the defensive strides made this season
“Sometimes you create your own luck. We weren’t getting too many takeaways earlier in the year. Here lately, we have been. A little bit of it has to do with us growing up on defense and the game has slowed down. I’m really proud of Tank Carder. He had to replace Jason Phillips and since two-a-days, he’s been doing that. Daryl Washington – I’m not sure there is a better linebacker in the country, to be honest with you. Jerry (Hughes) showed up. He was on everybody all night."

On the success of the offensive line
“One of our plans at the beginning of the season was to rotate guys and keep people healthy. Everybody has been talking about the running backs, but the offensive line deserves a lot of the credit. We had to replace Blake Schlueter and Jake Kirkpatrick has stepped in. Our tackles are good players and our guards have been able to play. When you have a game like tonight, there’s a lot of things you can say were great.

On the mark this game made
“I think we need to keep it in perspective. In the nation, if this wasn't enough style points, I don’t know what is. We just have to go about our business because that was a good football team.”

TCU linebacker Tank Carder
On his interception and TCU’s defense tonight
“It felt great. It was my first one of the season and the first in a really long time for me. I thought the team played great tonight. I knew it was going to be a good game, we all did. We knew that we would have to come and play. We came and showed up and came out on top.”

On getting stronger as the season comes to an end
“It is getting towards the end of the season and we are starting to really grind it out. We have to keep our composure and practice hard during the week. Anything the coaches tell us to do, we need to do it.”

On clamping down after Utah’s first score
“We had to come alive. At the beginning of the game, we knew it was going to be a challenge and when they scored, we were able to turn it on.

On the Frogs’ special teams performance
“They did a great job tonight. That was probably one of the best special teams games that we’ve had in a while. We caused a fumble, blocked a punt and stopped them inside the 30-yard line numerous time on kickoff coverage. They came to play.”

TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes
On preparing for Utah
“Coming into the game, we watched film on Utah and we prepared for them, so we kind of figured that it was going to be a dogfight. Our offense come out and played well, so you have to tip your cap to them. They scored when they needed to and that’s all you can ask for.”

On the importance of the win
“It is just a great win for our program. We had the largest crowd out there in TCU history, so we just tried to focus and bring home a win and that’s exactly what we did. Now we are just looking forward to playing Wyoming.”

TCU quarterback Andy Dalton
On his team
“We have a lot of chemistry and it all leads back to the hard work that we put in during the spring and summer. Everybody has been working to get to this point and we’ve been clicking really well this year.”

On winning against the Utes
“In the past, I haven’t played very well against Utah. For me, this was a great win and a great win for this team. It really speaks wonders for this program. Anytime we lose, I am probably one of my harshest critics. That was a big game for us to lose last season and just the feeling that we had afterwards is what I really remember from it. I think this whole team knew that we didn’t want to have those same feelings at the end this year.”

On the importance of TCU's victory
“I think we made a big statement. We played a great team in Utah. They have won 22 of their last 23 games. For us to come out and have a big win like this just shows what this program and team is about.”

Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham
Opening Statement
“They were who we thought they were. Tonight, that was a good football team. I have been a head coach for five years, and that is the best team I’ve faced. They are a solid team from top to bottom, and we knew we were going to have to play our best to compete tonight. That did not happen.”
On his team’s early mistakes
“We made some errors. We had an interception for a touchdown, fumble on the kickoff, and a lot of things you just cannot do against a quality opponent. We have to coach better, play better and compete better, and those are things that we will address this week."



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