Postgame Quotes - TCU

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
Opening Statement...
"I don't think anyone missed the point here. They played extremely well. We had difficulty in many aspects of the game. It's my responsibility more than others. They're awfully good. They ran the ball well. Trevone Boykin ran the ball well. They just were a better football team."

On TCU's drive in the second half...
"Every time they had the ball it was a key element. They drove it well. Going back, considering the fact it was a 10-point ball game at the time, that had an impact."

On if TCU was the best team they've played so far...
"It's hard to maintain a comparison, you have to understand that, but obviously based on what happen tonight. This is the best team we've played."

On Trevone Boykin...
"I have a great deal of respect for him. I've always thought he's been a great player and you guys talked like he's all of a sudden come on the forefront. He's been here. He's a very talented young guy."

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On the game overall...
"They were better than us tonight. Hats off to them for the way they played. We played a pretty poor game, but you can't take away from them what they did to us. They're a good team."

On the difference between how KSU played and how TCU played...
"They dictated the tempo the entire time. The first half, we were starting out at our own 10 [yard line], and they were getting the ball at the fifty yard line. They were killing us in the field position game. It seemed like they had the ball the whole first half. We just weren't able to dig ourselves out of the hole we created. There's no doubt about it; they were the better team tonight."

Linebacker Will Davis
On TCU's offense...
"They mixed it up. They attacked us in ways that we hadn't been attacked before, and they're a good football team. We knew going into the game that they had athletes, and they played better than we did."

On Boykin...
"He definitely showed that he's one of the best quarterbacks in the country tonight with what he was able to do against us. Running, throwing, he pretty much had his way. They prepared better and played better than us."

On TCU compared to other teams on K-State's schedule...
"With their speed and physicality, they're definitely one of the best teams we've played so far, and they played like it tonight." 

TCU head coach Gary Patterson
Opening Statement...
"8-1. That's what we wanted to get to. I finally got my alumni on the third try. They're a good football team, I can promise that. Kansas State is a very good football team."

On if he expected to run as much as he did...
"We always take what they give us. They were playing over the top, which is what they do a great job of when you play this kind of offense. You have to run the football if you want to do the things you need to do. We knew it wasn't going to be one of those battles where they were going to give us big plays because they don't give anybody big plays. We were happy with it. We were without B.J. [Catalon], [Deante'] Gray didn't play and Josh Doctson is probably about 80 percent. So there's three of our weapons who weren't really in the ball game. Doctson had plays, but the other two didn't. But they'll be back."

On players stepping up to perform...
"In pregame, I told them that we played in the Sun Bowl in 1998 and we had a pro-bowler by the name of Aaron Schobel, a defensive end. He got cramps, came out and another guy took his place and got Defensive Player of the Game. If you want to be a great team, the next guy up has to play. That was my message to the offense. Everybody was talking about how B.J. Catalon wasn't going to play, Deante' Gray was hurt and Josh Doctson was hurt. That's the way it is. If you want to win championships, the next guy has to step up and the next guy stood up. I thought Trevone [Boykin] played better today. He made some plays with his feet. I thought Coach Meacham and Coach Cumbie did a great job calling the game. We needed to run the football and let the air out of it a little bit. Two weeks in a row, we showed we could be a versatile team and that's what you have to do to win championships. That's what you have to do in November. In November, everybody is good. Every week you have to get ready to play. The whole key is finding a way to win every week."

On the rushing game...
"We ended up with 334 yards. You have to do what you have to do. When you play at home, you should play better. I wasn't happy with their last touchdown and Trevone wasn't supposed to keep the ball on the last touchdown for us. We didn't want him running the ball anymore."

On if they discussed Boykin's performance last week...
"We didn't talk about it. We just talked about beating Kansas State. We have to stay out of the middle of all of that stuff. For us, that stuff doesn't matter. We can't control the committee, can't control what you guys write, can't the polls, all we can do is try to win. All I know is we were six, they were seven and we won. At the end, it was decided. They really only had two big passing plays offensively. As usual, Coach Snyder is as good of man as he always is. We should all be more like him."

"Tyler Lockett is a really good player. He's very underrated. We've covered a lot of good people, he's hard to cover. He does a really good job. When you get up and score, we were able to play some coverage, we were able to double him and make his life difficult. And then the offense did what they needed to do. Obviously, when you don't have to play a lot of snaps, it makes their job easier. The offense did a fantastic job. They took the air out of the ball, moved the ball and scored. When we can do that, it makes a big difference, especially in a game like this against Kansas State. They're really disciplined and they play hard."

Running back Aaron Green
On his sideline-to-sideline touchdown run...
"It was pretty tiring. I feel like all my life I've been a creative runner, it's like a video game where I do whatever comes to mind with whatever I see. I just trust my eyes and sometimes that can get you into trouble. Luckily today I got the right read and my offensive line blocked wonderfully."

On the team's remaining games and its possible bowl destinations...
"We have three more games. We have Kansas, we go to Austin, and we come back home for Iowa State. We have to win all three."

On the team's 8-1 record after its win over the No. 7 Wildcats...
"We have some really good players on this team if the world hasn't seen that yet. We just have some good players, and everyone is ready to play. At this school, at this university, the second string and two-deep is just as good as the first. I knew it wouldn't be too much of a change with those two guys out, and no disrespect to them because they are wonderful players, but I had a good feeling we would be alright and get the job done."

On the offensive line's performance...
"They did wonderful. Without them, Trevone can't throw, receivers can't catch, and I definitely can run. They have all the confidence in the world now."

Quarterback Trevone Boykin
On the team's Saturday night performance...
"A win is a win, and that's pretty much how it goes. Basically, we have to grind, and we can't look past anybody or take anything for granted. We have to come out with everybody. It's nothing new for us."

On how the offensive unit and team in general will look at the win...
"It's a good thing for us and this university. This whole team has worked so hard, and we have put in so many hours with Coach Meacham and Coach Cumbie since they came to campus. We have been preparing for moments like this, and we are always asked how do we manage success. I feel like we handled it pretty well today."

On how the team will move forward from the win...
"Our operation will not change. Our coaches preach good practice habits and finishing plays. If we do it early in the week and carry it into Saturday, Saturday's should be easy."

On how he and the offense rebounded from its tough West Virginia win to have more success against Kansas State...
"I take full responsibility because I'm supposed to be the leader of the offense and the guy in charge. I have to get those guys just as ready as the coaches do. We just decided to key on the details a little more this week. Kansas State is a great team, and now we have to get ready for Kansas."

Defensive end James McFarland
On the game in general...
"That was mostly preparation going into it, that was the hard part. The game, that was the easy part, honestly. We were so prepared, we had such a good idea what we wanted to do. We just had so much we knew about them. So we just tried to capitalize on all the mistakes and just play hard."

On K-State...
"The one thing about K-State is they are very practical. They don't try to fool you. Its just here's what they do, and they try to do it better than you can."

On TCU's defense...
"We knew that if we could just stop the run and make them make some decisions in the passing game, we could have a pretty effective day out there."

On the atmosphere...
"It was electric. It was something to witness. I feel bad for someone who didn't come or didn't get the chance to come see... It was pretty fun, the blackout. I didn't see anything but black and it was just fun to play in it."

Safety Sam Carter
On TCU's success...
"You just want to keep winning. Not just for us, but for the city and everyone at the school. You just want to keep winning."

On the game in general...
"I don't think it was easy. We were just able to execute. They key is to get the ball back to the offense. And the offense had a great game tonight. Those guys played amazing."

On Boykin's flip into the end zone...
"I liked it. I'm glad he scored. No matter how he got in. I'm glad he got back up after. Because, me playing quarterback back in high school - those hurt. So I'm very happy he got back up. But that was an amazing play. I like it."

On TCU's success...
"We take it one week at a time. I think we have one of the best defensive coaches in the nation. He gets us prepared. We just have to go out there and execute."

On K-State...
"Those guys have great players... they are really good at what they do. They go out there and make you play fundamental football."

On Big 12 records...
"You don't even need to worry about the records, because those guys are good. I'm not going to look ahead, I'm going to take it one week at a time."

The key defensively...
"The defensive line and the linebackers, those guys made it pretty easy. They did their job... coaches made great calls.... It works. I give all the credit to the D-line and linebackers."