Patterson Wednesday Recap: 12/3
On practice this week… “Yesterday was really good, today was okay. They did what they needed to do, but they need to pick up the energy. We’ve got a lot at stake, but I don’t think anything changes; we’ve got to go play.” His thoughts on the rankings… “When it came out I was working until almost 9 o’clock last night on Iowa State then I went home and worked on them. All of that stuff won’t matter if we don’t play; I’ll think about that about 3 or 4 o’clock on Saturday. If we win I’ll be fired up.” On being the biggest story in college football with TCU, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor fighting for the last playoff spot… “The biggest thing for us is we’ve got to finish the journey; it hasn’t changed. You’ve got to understand that Iowa State also has a lot of pride and motivation to finish off their year the way they want to. Last time they were here they beat us.” On whether or not he’s reminded the team of the last time Iowa State came to Ft. Worth… “I told them on Sunday but I don’t have to remind them anymore. If you’re not careful you remind people so much that it comes true. You remind them and start thinking positive thoughts.” On Iowa State’s offense… “I’m going to tell you right now that their offense is a good offense. They’ve moved the ball and scored points on everybody. They scored 45 against Texas which I think is a good defense. From Baylor to anybody else they’ve moved the football and scored points. The quarterback can run, they’ve got good tailbacks, big and good receivers and their offensive line does a good job of protecting. We’ll have our hands full; we’ve got to get ourselves ready to play, this needs to be one of our better efforts.” On playing with any extra pressure against Iowa State with so much at stake… “We should just be thinking about winning a championship; championships are hard to win,” Patterson said. “It’s hard to go through a season and lose only one game. For us, we’ve got to take care of our business and make sure that everything we can do, we’ve done. I have no reason to believe they won’t; they’ve been doing it all season and I have no reason to believe they won’t get up on Saturday morning and get ready to play.” On not knowing the certainty of making the final four…and playing the way TCU needs to play… “For us, the fine line of things that need to happen, this should be like playing Oklahoma in the first week of September when we didn’t know what we had and play with that kind of sense of urgency,” he said. “That’s how we should play in this ball game.” On the impressive win over Texas… “We gave up one big play; we would’ve held them under 200 yards. They had good defense but we did what we needed to do. They hadn’t been turning the ball over and we created some and you’ve got to score when you get the opportunities and that’s what we did on offense.” On playing an early game on Saturday… “At least we’ll know what’s going on around 2 o’clock one way or another,” Patterson said. “They’ve got to get sleep tonight and tomorrow; they’re not going to get sleep Friday night. Too much is going to go on. Every once in a while but we don’t do it all the time, but since everyone has been bothering them I may even take their cell phones until Saturday morning; we’ve done it before when we played in the Rose Bowl and before we played Oregon State. But, I haven’t decided that yet.” On Iowa State running back Aaron Wimberly… “He was committed to us and then he changed back to Iowa State. He’s different than their other backs; he could be a slot receiver, he’s very fast. They get him out of the backfield a lot so we’ve got to make sure we pay attention with our linebackers and our safeties.” On the passing of TCU legendary running back Jim Swink… “The thing about Jim Swink and the others that have been in our past is they are our past; they’re our history and you have to be proud of it. He was one of the guys that put TCU on the map. That’s too bad (about his passing). All of those people become friends, they’re all invested. His family like anybody else had been very excited about everything that’s been going on here.”
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