Franchione reflects on KSU win

The Texas A&M Aggies continue to improve, topping Kansas State 42-30 at Kyle Field on Saturday in a nationally-televised game. Head Coach Dennis Franchione spoke to the media following the game.

Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione:

"It was a great, hard-fought battle, and I feel very good about being able to win it. Time of possession does not always correlate to wins...they had the ball for 90 plays to our 43 tonight. I can't say enough about how the defense hung in there to play that many snaps. We gave up 369 yards, only four yards a snap and 90 snaps, and that's pretty incredible."

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"We did a great job on [Darren] Sproles. Twenty carries for 60 yards. We did a really good job of stringing out the option most of the night and not letting Sproles beat us on that."

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"We got some turnovers again tonight. Unfortunately we had our first one, which came at a very difficult time, right at the start of the half, and it contributed to that lack of possession time."

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"I thought we continually had some pressure on the quarterback. We didn't sack him a lot of times, but we hit him a lot of times and kept pressure on him pretty good most of the evening."

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"I know one thing as I look at the stats: if anybody would've told me on Thursday or Friday we'd make ‘em throw 45 times, I would've thought we had a great chance of winning the game, and we were able to do that tonight. Our offense made plays when we needed to, and we got some key big plays in the kicking game. That was a real chess match all the way across."

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On the Kyle Field crowd:

"That crowd was unbelievable tonight. I credit our crowd for them having to call three timeouts in the first quarter. Every time they [KSU] tried to change a play, they got louder, and I didn't know they could get louder at that time, and they did. It was just fabulous."

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On team unity:

"I don't think we could be 3-1 this evening if we hadn't come together. I'll have to sit and think about it tonight and tomorrow to make a really strong statement about it. But it took a team to win tonight—a team that complimented each other and fought through the ups and downs of this game. We felt like we had a great offensive game plan and were so good, we scored quick and we didn't have the ball very much, and a lot of guys didn't get to play a lot and get a lot of snaps on offense. We're going to have to work the offense harder this week and the defense less, maybe. Anyway, yes, I do feel like we've taken major steps. I don't believe we could be 3-1 without it."

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How winning a close ballgame can benefit the team later:

"There's no doubt the experience of being able to go through that and coming out on the top end is something you can draw from at different points in time. And until you've done it, it's hard to have as strong a belief system as you'd like to have. So there's a lot of value in how hard we had to play to win this game. But I told our guys this would be a 60-minute football game, and that K-State is not going to surrender easily, being the defending Big 12 Champions."


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