Patterson Meets With The Media

Gary Patterson

Nov. 6, 2012

News Conference Video

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

The Horned Frogs (6-3, 3-3) host No. 2 Kansas State (9-0, 6-0) Saturday at 6 p.m.

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

Opening Statement ...
"We have three really big ball games coming down with No. 2 Kansas State, then Texas on Thanksgiving and we end with Oklahoma. We all knew what these last three were like before the season. I'm glad we got to six wins before we got to these three."

On facing his alma mater Saturday ...
"It's hard because you love seeing that they have come so far, and they are so close to maybe playing for a national championship. On our side, we want to win our seventh game, and we have a lot to do in recruiting. We were in this situation last season with Boise State, where if they win they are probably going to a BCS game."

About his time at Kansas State ...
"My time as a player was a lot on scout teams and a little special teams. I was probably known more for my guitar than my playing experience. As a graduate assistant, I put in a lot of hours. Mo Latimore was one of my assistant coaches in college and one of their coaches now. His parents got sick, and I ended up coaching the outside linebackers. That was the year we went to the first bowl game in Kansas State history. We were in the Independence Bowl and played Wisconsin. It's kind of ironic because I later got to play Wisconsin in a Rose Bowl."

On what he's learned from K-State head coach Bill Snyder ...
"His work ethic and how he handles things. It is 24 hours a day during the season, trying to find a way to win a ball game. It's a tribute to him, his coaches and his program how they do everything. They named a stadium and a highway after him. I saw the other day there was a Bill Snyder Highway. That pretty much sums it up. We have highways named after Amon Carter here, and it's Bill Snyder there."

On making an impact at TCU similar to Snyder at K-State ...
"Hopefully, to some extent, we have already. We got as far as a Rose Bowl. Hopefully, we will leave this place better than it was when I started. He is 73. I'm not sure I will be coaching when I'm 73. It is his passion for the game. He has been very good at it, and it says a lot about his energy and how he does things. It is truly an amazing story."

On the part of the schedule TCU is entering ...
"This is our Custer section. We are going over the hill. I felt the same way in 2001, my first year as a head coach. We were 4-5 and had an off week with Louisville, who had won the conference, and Southern Miss. We go on to beat Louisville, and we go to Hattiesburg and beat Sothern Miss to get to the Houston Bowl. The odds of winning then were probably not much better or worse than what they are for winning these next three games. You watch the Texas Tech game, and how we came back. We had a halftime lead against a very good Oklahoma State team. Last week, we fought back and found a way to win one in overtime. I think it is part of being in this league."

On the job by his staff this season ...
"It is hard for me to judge. I still wake up at 6 a.m. and go to bed at 1 a.m. Has it been tougher finding answers? Yes. We have had a bunch of injuries. Stansly Maponga came back and made a big difference rushing the passer. Matthew Tucker will be closer to full speed and hopefully get a few more carries. Blaize Foltzwill be back as well. It's about survival and how you finish. We are trying to get to Saturday and then we have about 10 days to get ready for a game on Thanksgiving. It's then a couple of extra days to get ready for Oklahoma."

On the decision to go for the 2-point conversion at West Virginia ...
"It's the feel. I asked them if they had plays, and they said they had two. For me, sometimes that play is whether you go for it on fourth down. You have that feeling that we are just hanging in there and if something doesn't change pretty soon, something bad is going to happen. We were kind of trading punts for a bit, and suddenly they returned one for a touchdown. That play was 'take off the headsets and there are no doubts.' We were either going to win it or not win it. Sometimes you catch people off-guard because they are thinking the same way."



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