TCU-Michigan State Postgame Quotes
Dec. 30, 2012
TCU POSTGAME QUOTES
TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson
Even after this game, throughout this entire season, what does this first season of BCS conference mean for this program?
"It's been a great year, really, to be honest with you. We don't feel really good right now. But I'm happy for Coach Dantonio for the simple reason I know he went through some struggles this year, too. So you're sitting here, you lost by a point, knowing though if you don't fumble a punt, you don't do this or that, do it. It's like I told my team inside, there's no moral victories. They're not freshmen anymore. We're going to move forward.
"We as a program are used to being in the top 25 and doing the things we need to do. That's where we want to get back to. We want to win a conference championship. We want to play for a national championship. That's what our goals are. That's what we wanted this game to be going into next season. No change.
"We learned a lot from it. I'll have to go back and look where we allowed 226 yards total offense and got beat. You got to look at it, and did as much as we did in the first half, we just didn't put enough points on the board. We have to learn from that."
Did the offensive struggles in the second half put too much pressure on the defense?
"You have to give them a lot of credit to do so. BJ Catalan last play, wide open, and we overthrow him. We felt like Jaden, with the wind and everything, could have kicked a 65 yarder. He's kicked a 61 three or four times for us. We were looking at could we get to the 46, 47 yard line, we felt like he could make it. We never quit from the start to the finish. Against good defenses like Michigan State, you can't make those kind of mistakes."
Would you talk about Le'Veon.
"I thought both teams played hard. For all the bowl games, I've watched all the personal fouls, all the fighting, I saw two teams tonight play clean, play hard, go about their business. One team had to win. Too bad it wasn't us. That's just the way it goes."
Trevone seemed to struggle tonight. He also looked like he was in a lot of pain.
Is a part of you glad to see the calendar year 2012 over?
"You know, what I thought happened in the fourth quarter, I thought Michigan State turned up the heat and I didn't think we answered it. Plain and simple. You got to find guys that go make plays. Jaden made a play, he made 53 yard field goal. He made a play. That's what I told them before the ballgame, because I thought this was very similar to Kansas State defensively, their defense. I thought Kansas State early in the season turned up the heat, but we didn't handle it till the fourth quarter. We nickel and dimed it. I thought we did that in the fourth quarter. We've got to be able to do that and go make plays. That's what you're judged on.
"As Trevone gets older, he'll be judged on when you had the ball last, can you be the guy that drives it down the field, goes and makes the plays that makes a victory. That's what you want out of a quarterback. That's what we're looking for. For us to be successful as a program, whether it's him or whoever it is in the future, that guy has to be able to do that."
With as many games as you did win, all you accomplished, how exciting is the prospect of having a lot of these guys back?
"We came this direction and lost to a Boise State 17-16. We found a way to beat a Wisconsin, an older team at the end. You go down. We've been in big ballgames. We know how to close ballgames. Teams before this group has. They need to learn how to close ballgames. I don't mean that in a bad way. That just comes with maturity and more want to and more put into. You have to have more at stake. But there was a lot of guys that made a lot of plays. Jason Verrett, Devonte Fields, go down the list of guys that made plays tonight."
They switched quarterbacks back and forth a lot. What does that do to you defensively?
TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce
TCU safety Sam Carter