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UNLV vs. No. 4/4 TCU Postgame Quotes




Oct. 31, 2010

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UNLV Head Coach Bobby Hauck

Opening statement...
"First of all, TCU is a good football team, they came in and played well as expected. They've beaten everyone in our league by about 40-2 and a half. We would have had to have the ball bounce our way flawlessly to be able to pull it off and that obviously didn't happen. We have a long way to go, we know that, but there are some signs that show we have a good football program, but it's going to take some work and some time, and we're working from the ground up. I liked our effort tonight."

On the momentum in the second quarter...
"TCU is one of the best defenses in the nation and they don't give up much. You have to accept the fact that a four-yard run is a good play. We had some of those things going, but what we did was go backwards or not be able to sustain it. We tried to crawl back into the game, that pick for the touchdown that put us down 21-0 didn't help us."

On Omar Clayton at quarterback...
"We will keep going with Omar. We intended to play Caleb [Herring] some more, but they controlled the ball a lot in the fourth quarter and that's why we didn't play him as much. Omar will start next week, assuming he's healthy."

On offensive lineman Andrew Mack...
"We got to the stadium and he was feeling sick and it turns out he has an appendicitis issue and I think they are taking it out tonight, but we'll see. It's not easy switching your center our in pregame warm ups, but Gianninoto did an admirable job. Our initial starting line was going to be Marchal at right guard and Gianninoto at left guard and Rodgers at right tackle, but we ended up having to plug some people in there."

On Phillip Payne's impact...
"Phil is a good guy, it was good to have him back. Certainly he brings some play-making ability to the offense. Part of that gets deleted because of TCU's talent in the secondary is what it is."

On number of penalties...
"That was too much, too many tonight. Nine is obviously too many. The two after-the-play penalties we can't have, we need to fix that."

On signs of encouragement...
"I think we're becoming a physical football team. TCU is a tough, hardnosed, their coaching staff is tough, and I would hope that they think we are the same. Coming out of the game I thought we were better in terms of not being out hit by a physical football team. That's kind of where it starts, and if we can continue to do that, continue to raise our competitiveness and our execution, we should have a chance to be a good football team."

On where TCU ranks...
"Their good, it's so hard week to week. You guys get to watch more than I do. Week to week everybody plays a little differently. We saw a lot of film of them and got a chance to watch them and they're beating everybody. You know, they hung it on Baylor, who beat Texas today, and that's a fairly good indicator because regardless of Texas' record, they're a gifted group. TCU can play with anyone. Wisconsin is awfully good and there's no doubt TCU can play with them."

On the injury situation...
"Everybody gets banged up. Our situation is that we have a lot. I don't know if I've ever been around anything like it. For instance, if we have more than one corner go down tonight, Deante' Purvis may have had to come over from offense, but he got banged up. I don't know what we would've done. There is a bunch of that going on right now."


TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson

On the team's performance...
"I don't think we played that well. We did what we needed to do on both sides of the ball. We understand what we have ahead of us. I thought UNLV was very physical in this ball game coming off a week of rest. They knocked us around a little bit. It's one of those things where you've got to go and find a way to win and we've got three more weeks to do that and it will start in Salt Lake City."

On possibly changing the game plan for today's game...
"Oh no. They know us. We've been playing them for years. There's no hiding in this ball game coming up (at Utah next week). Two good football teams playing for a championship. Utah's got to win a few football games besides this one to get there."

On the punter not being used much...
"Tonight we went on fourth down to try and shorten the game. It wasn't about scoring points it was about shortening the game. You guys see how I'm going to do it and I'm always going to do it. I'm going to take a knee. We didn't need to score any more points. We've got to go about our business. Try to do things with class. Always have and always will be. I think it is always good when your punter does not have to play.

On the difficulty of focusing on UNLV with Utah next week...
"I don't think it was so much as to get ready for UNLV as much as how late the game was and how long we had to wait play the ball game. That's why we've decided to stay all night instead of getting back at 8 o'clock in the morning. We decided to go back to the hotel, get some sleep, get up around 7:30 am, get some breakfast and start the week out right. The last time we played them (Utah) was on a Thursday night in Salt Lake and we came back from here (Las Vegas) late. We had to play a Thursday night game. We are trying to do it to give ourselves the best opportunity to be successful."


 

 

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