Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson

Oct. 23, 2012

News Conference Video 

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU football coach Gary Patterson held his weekly news conference Tuesday in the Four Sevens Team Room.

The Horned Frogs (5-2, 2-2) are at Oklahoma State (4-2, 2-1) Saturday. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. with the game seen on FSN.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's meeting with the media.

Opening Statement ...
"As we talked about at the beginning of the season, it's a long road and Oklahoma State is next. It was a hard loss last week, and we had a chance to win. If you told me before the season that we would hold somebody who throws the ball like Texas Tech to under 200 yards through three quarters and four minutes and that we'd lose 56-53, I would have said, `you're crazy.' Welcome to the Big 12 and three overtimes. We're now going to a place where it is very tough to play. Oklahoma State is a good football team at 4-2. They are getting better on defense, though I would have told you they were good anyway. If you want to get bowl eligible, you have to find a way to win on the road."

On preparing for Oklahoma State's running game ...
"Last week, Texas Tech had good running backs too. Those offenses are all similar in nature, and they can all hurt you. Obviously (Joseph) Randle is a very good football player. One thing about Oklahoma State is that its offensive line is very good up front. They can make you pay if you miss a tackle or if you are not lined up right. They are a hurry-up team, so you have to get yourself lined up and ready to play. You can't lose the ball, and you can't let the ball get thrown over your head like we had happen to us last week."

On turnovers ...
"You can't turn the ball over. In the last four games, we are 2-2. In the two wins, we won the turnover battle (plus 6), and we lost the turnover battle (minus 7) in the two losses. In this league, you can't lose the turnover battle if you want to win."

On how his team practiced Sunday ...
"When we came off the Baylor game, we didn't practice very well the following day. This group seems to be pushed when bad things happen to us. We really made some mistakes on defense that cost us the game. It's a work in progress. You just keep trying to get better."

On the performance of the TCU offense in recent weeks ...
"We have kept progressing. Even against Iowa State, in the loss, we had over 400 yards. We just can't turn the ball over. People were wondering how TCU would do offensively, and I think we have done the things we needed to do."

On TCU's defense ...
"We lead the Big 12 in interceptions, rushing defense and third-down defense, but we can't let the ball get thrown over our heads. We either have to get better at that position through recruiting or the guys in those spots have to make plays. It doesn't make a difference what you call it, when the ball is in the air you have to make plays. I take full blame for our play in the red zone. We knew what was going to happen. We talked about it throughout the week and obviously we didn't work on it enough. I can't just blame my kids. It is my job to stop them down there."

On Oklahoma State ...
"Oklahoma State is a tough place to play. The crowd there is definitely a home-field advantage. You have a team that played in a BCS game a year ago, so they know how to win. They have a lot of pride. Coach (Mike) Gundy and his staff have done a great job, even with all the turnover. They just keep on going. Just like every Big 12 game you play, you have to get ready to go."

On the Big 12 ...
"Our kids have been excited. The league has been a great change. It will make us better as a university and a football program. All the rest of the sports are getting better, and I think we have the chance to get better as well. The kids are excited about the crowds and the environments. We're excited about where we are. We would rather not be 2-2. We are only a few plays away from being 7-0. Like I told the kids, we have to keep fighting and growing up. We have to keep looking down the road."



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