Video: Coach Patterson's Press Conference

TCU football coach Gary Patterson met with the local media Thursday in the Four Sevens Team Room. The Frogs leave Friday for San Diego and the Poinsetta Bowl.

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Opening Statement ...
"Obviously, it's a big game and we get to play a great opponent in Boise State. It's their third undefeated regular season in five years, so they know how to win. They believe in themselves, and we will have to go and take the ballgame. I think our kids will be excited. We are just now finishing final exams. We'll end up with 10 or 11 practices before the game next week.

"We are kind of mirrors of each other. They go hard every snap with kids who want to play. They have won a lot of games and are my definition of a good football team. They do it all and it's with a variety of people, not just one or two."

On whether this game has an impact on next season's polls ...
"All I'm trying to do is get us to 11-2 and back in the top 10. I don't want to put that kind of pressure on my football team or coaches. The bottom line is winning one more ballgame. It's a chance for these seniors to win 11 games and get to 41 victories in their career, which would be the most ever in a four-year span at TCU."

On Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore ...
"He's very accurate and is a winner. You can put him in the same category as a (Utah quarterback) Brian Johnson. He's just a winner. He gets the ball into the hands of the people he's supposed to."

On TCU wide receiver Jimmy Young, who needs 74 yards for a 1,000-yard season ...
"He's had a really good year. We needed a guy to step up and he's done that. I'm excited about our entire receiving corps. We have one senior, no juniors and everyone else is a sophomore or freshman. That's going to be one of the strong points of our football team in the future. They aren't just good receivers. They all play on special teams which really helps."

On Horned Frog senior linebacker Jason Phillips ...
"Jason Phillips has been wearing No. 39 through a lot of football games the last four seasons. Unless they play hard, are physical, don't complain and fit the mold of someone who could someday wear that number, I'm not sure I will let anyone be No. 39 for awhile. It's hard to replace a guy like that. All of these seniors have added a lot to this program and university. They have represented TCU well on and off the field."

On TCU All-America defensive end Jerry Hughes ...
"I'm proud of him and we are excited about all of his awards."

On the Poinsettia Bowl ...
"The exciting part about this ballgame is there will be a large crowd. The Poinsettia Bowl is selling a lot of tickets to football fans, outside of TCU and Boise State, that just want to see a great game. The same people that run the Poinsettia Bowl also do the Holiday Bowl. They do a great job with unbelievable hospitality. They have been around a long time and know how to do it right. The hotel is fabulous. You are right on the water."

On keeping his team focused over the long break ...
"The middle of the week practices last week were pretty tough. We had a lot of kids turning in papers, doing a lot of different things with class and not getting enough sleep. Now that we are just about done with finals, we will have four or five good practices to get the game plans in and then a couple of days to rest and get our legs back before we are ready for Boise State."


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