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Patterson: "This program has not forgotten how to play big ballgames"

Postgame press conference coverage following TCU's 23-10 loss to Kansas State

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Quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) fights through Wildcats' defense during Saturday's game. TCU 360 Photo.

Quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) fights through Wildcats' defense during Saturday's game. TCU 360 Photo.

Following a 23-10 loss to second-ranked Kansas State, Gary Patterson said he was pleased with the performance of his team, but "there are no moral victories around this place."

TCU outgained KSU in yardage and gained more first downs, but ultimately could not handle Collin Klein and the Kansas State Wildcats.

Patterson said he has confidence in his young team, saying that "this program has not forgotten how to play in big ballgames."

Patterson said he was not happy with the loss, but felt it was a 'measuring stick' game for his team which will help gauge his squad for the season.

"For us, a lot of positives came out of this," Patterson said. "We just didn't win."

Here are some more quotes and highlights from Gary Patterson's press conference:

ON THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME:
"We played a good football team. Kansas State is a good football team, especially on defense. They were too good up front for our group and we didn't handle them very well in passing situations."

"I give coach Snyder and his group a great amount of credit. Everyone's giving his team their best shot. I'm not sure that was our best shot, but our kids played at a high level or tried to."

"You watched their team, they had presence. We've had presence. We have to know when we go out there, we have to have presence and have swagger. You have to turn the knob up from the beginning. You can't hope they make a mistake. That can't be the answer."

"We thought we could win this ballgame. People said it, but we believed it. We just came short, but we're going to become better."

ON THE DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE:
"I think we've been playing good defense for the whole season and the last couple of ball games."

"I told [the defense] they have to learn lessons before West Virginia. I said these would be measuring stick games.

ON TREVONE BOYKIN'S FIRST QUARTER INJURY:
"[It was his] shoulder. It was just banged up. He'll be sore tomorrow. It was probably why some of his throws were off."

ON BILL SNYDER AND KANSAS STATE:
"I know what it was like with that program in 1981 and I know how far they've come. We came to play to win, but if they win, I want them to win out. To be honest with you, [Snyder] deserves it. The team deserves it, but the man deserves it."

"He's done a lot for that program, but he's done a lot for the state of Kansas."

"I'm proud of him, but I'm a Horned Frog. Period. Kansas State is like a distant relative to me. I like them, but this is my family, right here."

ON GOING FOR A FIELD GOAL IN THE FOURTH QUARTER:
"We couldn't get 2nd and 10, couldn't get 3rd and 14. I was getting my quarterback killed out there. Sometimes, it looked like we weren't trying to win the ballgame. That's not it. What I was trying to do was find a formula to try and score. The other way wasn't working."

ON THE CROWD ATMOSPHERE:
"The crowd? Awesome. Our student side? Awesome. It was unbelievable. Can't ask for better surroundings or ambiance for a football game."

"I can recruit to that. I had some big-time recruits here today that aren't committed to us yet, but when they walk into a stadium like that, it makes a difference. I used to lose recruits because I'd have a crowd of 15,000 out there with no excitement. It's not going to happen anymore."

TCU safety Sam Carter:
ON THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME:
"We didn't play good enough. We had some mistakes and it cost us."

"We don't make excuses. Can't blame the offense, we gave up 23 points. We didn't do enough in the secondary."

"They don't make mistakes. They're a team that just pounds the ball and I give them a lot of credit."

TCU offensive lineman Blaize Foltz:
ON TREVONE BOYKIN AND PLAYING WITH HIS INJURY:
"He definitely cares about us, cares about the team. Any of us would have done the same thing. We're all pretty banged up right now and all fighting through injuries. I'm proud of him. He did his job tonight."

ON THE UPCOMING BYE WEEK:
"We definitely, from an injury standpoint, can use it. We still have to practice the way we need to practice this week."

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