Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Oct. 27, 2009


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

The sixth-ranked Horned Frogs host UNLV Saturday. Kickoff is 3 p.m. for the Homecoming contest at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's remarks to the media.

Opening Statement ...
"You guys know how I am. It's on to the next one. UNLV is very talented on offense, especially at the skill positions, and they are getting healthier on defense. They played a good game against New Mexico and played Utah tough at home. You've got to come ready to play, because they are one of the more athletic groups in the league. They have played in big games before. They beat Arizona State last year and came close with Oregon State."

On TCU's progress ...
"We have grown up every week. Through all of these years, my way has always been to coach with caution. Sometimes I think that can be a negative, too. I'm going to tell them about the pros and cons and then we are going to enjoy it if we can. We have to continue to move forward, gaining confidence with how we have played, but we can't get overconfident. You can't decide to not play well in a ball game, because those guys on the other side have good coaches and good players, too. We have to be ready to play."

On the difficulties ahead for the Horned Frogs ...
"We understand what we are up against. There isn't an easy one. If we can get by this one, you look at San Diego State. They could win this week and move to 4-4. They are very tough to play in San Diego. It's then Utah and up to Laramie (Wyoming). The last part of our season is to come home and play New Mexico."

On keeping his team grounded ...
"You don't have to do any of that. They remember Utah from a year ago. We have been through some tough ball games. They understand what's at stake. I think it's better to understand what sits at the end of the rainbow if you do achieve it. They already know that if you lose, the top goal of the pyramid is done. That's why I like the pyramid. All I have to do on Sunday is show it to them. They see the hard parts of it and that there aren't any easy parts left. You've got to win at home. We have won two out of the four away games in conference. We have three home games left. Each one has a different nuance as far as which parts will be tough to win."

On putting the BYU game in the past ...
"You've got to enjoy the ride at some point. Everybody else gets a chance to enjoy it, except for the players and coaches. As soon as you get done with one game, you start on the next one the next day. BYU seems like a long time ago, and it's just Tuesday. The coaches and players don't get to enjoy it as much as the fans and media."

On how he has changed from year to year ...
"You learn from your experiences. I've been at the loss at Southern Miss, the win at Oklahoma, the loss at SMU. I've been at the win against BYU last year and this year, but also the loss at Utah last season. I was at the win at Clemson. Right now, we all know what we have to do to play a good UNLV team. When you play in conference, everybody knows each other so you're not going to fool anybody. You just have to go play."

On comparing his team to Boise State ...
"Nowhere along the line will I do anything to discredit Boise State if both of us go undefeated, because I don't think that is how you do things. I think they are a good football team. We've played against them. We beat them by one point last year. They beat us by three points the time before that (2003). Anytime we ever play each other, it will be a great game. A lot of people should come watch. They are very well coached."

About his team's performance on the road ...
"The most amazing thing about this year is that I think we have played all of our best games on the road. I don't know if it's because it's loud and we have more people yelling at us. That is how you win a championship. That's what we were able to do in 2005. I think that has been the thing that is most consistent. If you are going to do it, you are going to have to be able to play on the road and find a way to win."

On junior safety Tejay Johnson ...
"He's been the quarterback. In the Air Force game, we had some younger players in the secondary who were not getting lined up right. They were lined up where he was supposed to be, so he went over and played their position. That's really truly amazing. He did some things in that game that gave us a chance to win. Knowledge is a very powerful thing."

On being a part of BCS discussions ...
"To me, it's just fun. The best part about this is for all the coaches, because you work so hard all year. It's fun to be in a situation at the end of the year where all of your games count. Not counting to keep your job, but counting towards something that is a lot of fun for your kids, fans and community. I didn't get a chance to watch the telecast from Saturday night, but I got a lot of e-mails from people, telling me about how many times they talked about Fort Worth."

On TCU fan support ...
"That's one of the things TCU and the community need to understand. It's not all on the shoulders of the team. They need to get themselves out. It needs to be a loud crowd. We don't need to be loud as soon as something good happens. We need to be loud as soon as we walk into the stadium. There needs to be a home-field advantage."

On playing well in front of big crowds ...
"The key is whether everyone is willing to pay the price to get to that point. Look at us when we play in big stadiums at Clemson and BYU. When we play in front of those kinds of loud crowds, whether they are yelling for us or against us, we have played well and at a high level. If we can get that in the next five games, you are going to see a very good TCU football team."



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