Patterson Talks Sooners at News Conference

FORT WORTH, Texas -- As his 23rd-ranked Horned Frogs prepare to face No. 2 Oklahoma Saturday in Norman, TCU head football coach Gary Patterson held his weekly news conference in the Four Sevens Team Room.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- As his 23rd-ranked Horned Frogs prepare to face No. 2 Oklahoma Saturday in Norman, TCU head football coach Gary Patterson held his weekly news conference in the Four Sevens Team Room.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's remarks to the media.

On his team entering the top 25 this week ... "I don't put a lot of stock into that. It's more important where you are in December, and we have a long time until we get to that point."

On senior tailback Aaron Brown returning to action at SMU ... "Aaron helped us in a couple of facets, whether it was running the football, kickoffs or with third-down catches and conversions. He gives us someone with speed who can make guys miss. When you watch him run around, it's easy to see why you're glad he's back."

On facing No. 2 Oklahoma ... "They're very talented and don't have any weaknesses. There's a reason why they've won national titles and conference championships in the last 10 years. The Sooners are great at home and on the road.

"The only thing we have control over is TCU. That's how we won the game in 2005. We didn't know what kind of football team we had. We just went out and played with heart. We got a couple of turnovers and breaks and had a chance to win the game. That's all you can worry about. This is the next game and the fifth one of the season. It counts just as much as the SMU game.

"You don't stop Oklahoma because of the talent level they have at wide receiver and running back, and they're huge up front. What you have to do is contain them. You can't let them run the football. You have to tackle, play great leverage and not let them throw the ball over your head."

On the maturation of his team ... "One the things I said back in the spring was that I really liked the chemistry on this team and how the kids work. Even our guys on watch lists don't act differently. Everyday when they're supposed to be in the weight room, they can be found there.

"It's fun to come to the office every day. I've been part of undefeated teams before and not had any fun coming to the office. Everyone is on the same page and has the same goals."

On TCU having the nation's top-ranked defense ... "Going into the season, we said we had to play better at safety and defensive end. We've been able to do that. (Free safety) Steven Coleman has stepped up and played well. We haven't given up the big play, and we've been able to get a pass rush."

On the importance of this game "Our ultimate goal is winning the Mountain West Conference. The Oklahoma game helps you prepare for conference play. BYU and Utah are good, but there's no one who's going to have better talent than Oklahoma. You hope to come out without getting too many injuries. One of the things you learn in playing an Oklahoma is what level you have to be at to win your own conference championship. That's one of the things we took from our 2005 game. You can't go to a BCS bowl if you don't win your conference."


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