TCU Coach/Player Quotes

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TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson 

On the win:

"We are glad to get the first game out of the way and get a victory.  Evidenced by those last three minutes, crazy things can happen on the road.  We felt like Virginia would be a dangerous team, based on what happened last week, and we still think that way."

On TCU's offense:

"We have to throw the ball better.  We had some guys open and didn't hit them.  As we get down the road, we are going to have to make those plays.  We can't just run the ball."

On playing the first game:

"Crazy things can happen in first games, and this was our first game.  We didn't want to beat ourselves.  Going on the road and beating an ACC team is a tough thing to do. We feel fortunate to go home with a victory." 

On converting third downs:

"We are not going to be very happy when we get home because we were 1-for-11 on third downs.  We need to do a better job on third down.  Fortunately, we were able to get first downs on other downs."

On Virginia's offense:

"We had five weeks to get ready for Virginia.  They are so diversified on offense.  It got us ready for the rest of the season.  I was proud of our kids, and they handled the no-huddle well."

TCU junior quarterback Andy Dalton

On TCU's offense in its first game:

"It was good to come out with a win for the first game.  Offense, we were up and down, sometimes we'd come in and there were a few three and outs that you never want on offense, but you know, that's part of the game.  I really think we came in and bounced back and had some good plays."

On his early mistakes in the game:

"There are a couple throws I wish I had back but I guess it was the first game, I was probably going too fast for things."

On Matthew Tucker and Ed Wesley:

"You know, it's great to see these young guys go in and really carry the ball really well.  They're explosive backs who can handle a lot of things and we really got to see what they can do today."

TCU senior defensive end Jerry Hughes

On getting the first game out of the way:

"We prepared awesome for this game. We were looking forward to getting out there and getting to showcase our talents, and that's exactly what happened. Offense executed well, defense came out there and did the same thing."

On UVa as competition:

"Virginia came out there and played a tough first half.  They came out there and played tough. We had an early turnover that hurt us, but once we got those jitters out of the way, everybody just started working together."

On UVa double-teaming:

"When they first started up, it kind of threw me for a loop but from then on, I just kind of got used to it and worked around it."

TCU senior linebacker Daryl Washington

On TCU's defense:

"We came in with a gameplan and we executed it. I give a lot of credit to d-line"

On having Jerry (Hughes) up front on defense:

"It makes it a lot easier, because it gives us time to cover easily and with the wide base Virginia has, they were good upfront tonight, and helped us tremendously. It gave us time to settle in and just do what we had to do."

On younger players' performance:

"I talked to Tyler (Luttrell) a while ago and said, "You know, you might like defense.  So just try it out." You know, he didn't want to play and it took a bit for him to get his rhythm going.  He likes it now, and I told him, 'You know, you want to hit somebody, here's a chance to.' Tank (Carder), he's just unbelievable. He showed up tonight and did a great job."

On this game as a statement:

"Any time you're playing against an ACC team or any team, going into their house is always tough.  You want to be able to execute your defense well, so we weren't ready to look at Virginia as underdogs. We kind of see ourselves as underdogs so we ignored it and just took care of the job and had some good plays."