Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson

Oct. 16, 2012

PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO


FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU football coach Gary Pattersonmet with the media Tuesday in the Four Sevens Team Room.

The No. 21 Horned Frogs (5-1, 2-1) host No. 20 Texas Tech (5-1, 2-1) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a sold-out game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's weekly news conference.

Opening Statement ...
"It's a big game. You look at Texas Tech, and you have to say to this point they have played better than we have. Our one common opponent is Iowa State, and they beat them there. They also have a big win over West Virginia. They have played some tough opponents, and they are still 5-1. We are younger and doing all the things we need to do. We have a tough challenge on our hands as far as this week. We will get ready to go like we did last week. A week ago, everyone was throwing in the towel. Now, they are ready to anoint. We are still playing 40-some freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores. We are going to try and get ready to go."

On when he felt his team was ready for Baylor ...
"Like I said, it was the first time we practiced the way we needed to. It was like we have practiced in the past getting ready for ball games. We really worked on the up-tempo and the good-on-good helped us. It is what you have to do if you want to win week-after-week in this league. We have to get ready to play."

On quarterback Trevone Boykin's preparation this week ...
"It doesn't change. The key is you have to play. We were able to run the ball last week, and we didn't turn it over. We were ready to run the offense. It's apples and oranges. Every week presents a different problem. The key is that he needs to go play and get better. It's his second week. We will see how it works out. They (Texas Tech) put a lot of pressure on quarterbacks so we have our hands full, not just Trevone (Boykin)."

On Trevone Boykin's development ...
"Our football team as a whole got ready to play again because it was Baylor, and they knew we got embarrassed by them the year before. This week, we will see how he progresses and prepares. You are going to play a lot better defense this week. They have proven they can come after you. Texas Tech is very physical. When you make decisions about throwing or if you have to run with it, you have to be very careful. It will be interesting to see how he grows up playing a defense like Tech. It will also be interesting to see how our defense plays against an offense like Tech."

On a possible battle of defenses on Saturday ...
"I think defenses will play the part, especially the team that can create takeaways and get stops. When you play in these kinds of games, it comes down to how you play in the red zone. I have been saying you have to make people kick field goals. I don't think that has changed."

On a potential rivalry with Texas Tech ...
"We have only played them twice since we've been here. However, between thousands of other people, there is a rivalry. It is no different playing Baylor, Texas or Texas Tech. Kids have played against each other in high school. Anytime you associate high schools, there is a natural rivalry. You understand and know each other better. The key is getting ready to play for three hours."

On the importance of games against Texas schools ...
"If you ask if I could win a game between Iowa State or Baylor, I would say Baylor. If you asked me the same thing about Iowa State and Texas Tech, I would say Texas Tech. We know Baylor. We know the kids at Texas Tech, and there are bragging rights on the line. With Iowa State, you have to learn what kind of football team they are. I told our kids what kind of football team they were, how they coached and how they did things, and we didn't do a good job of listening. We got beat Iowa State-style. You have to understand that most of this is regional, but when you play KU, K-State, Iowa State and West Virginia, they still have Texas guys. I think Iowa State had 18, West Virginia has some and I counted 30-some Texas guys on the Kansas roster. It is a lot bigger when you play someone in-state."

On Texas Tech ...
"They have a lot of returning starters. The coaches who came in have done a great job. They brought in some new JC guys. I don't think it's just their defense. They are running the ball better. They are physical and big upfront. The quarterback has done a good job. You have to give them positives in all departments."

On TCU's defensive performance at Baylor ...
"You are going to be challenged in this league by others throwing the football. On the two big plays, one touchdown was knuckleheads and one was my fault. I called a blitz and put a safety on Terrance Williams, and that was not a smart move. We were close to it being a sack or a touchdown, and it was a touchdown. We did not call that again. You have to be smart about what you do. We knew what we were going to call, and we knew how we were going to run it. Everybody has one of those plays in this league. You have to keep playing. It still comes down to points and stops. I think we lead the nation right now in takeaways, but we still have a lot of work to do."


 

 


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