Gary Patterson: Corso did my whole team a favor
Gary Patterson was listening go ESPN’s College Gameday when Lee Corso predicted Oregon State would beat TCU by three touchdowns.
Patterson and his team took note.
The head coach even sent Chris Fowler a text message, “Lee, 3 touchdowns?”
Following TCU’s 30-21 win, Patterson said, “You guys just thought that was just a bogus text in the middle of the day. That was me. He did my whole team a favor today.”
TCU outgained Oregon State 478 yards to 255. TCU converted 11-17 third-down opportunities. TCU hosts Tennessee Tech next weekend.
Post-game quotes from ACC head coaches
Butch Davis: "Told the players in the locker room when the game was over. That I don't know if Ive ever been prouder of a group of kids and the way they came back at the end of a ball game."
"I told TJ how proud I was of him. He's a strong kid, in his heart and in his mind. He got sacked, but he showed a lot of poise and a lot of character." He demonstrated he is a really special kid."
"I know we burned at least 8 red shirts tonight that we had no intention of burning 2 weeks ago. They did more than just an incredible job."
"We played some walk-ons that had never played in games before."
Frank Spaziani: “A lot of our youth, a lot of our depth issues, were evident.”
“We were very concerned about our defensive line and our pass rush going in. I didn’t see anything to dispel that concern coming out.”
“The operation didn’t run very smooth. I attribute that first to myself and then the way the team is structured right now, the depth, the youth and different guys in positions. It’s not quite as smooth as we’d like.”
Dabo Swinney: "The 42 minute to 18 minute difference is very frustrating. We had some explosive plays, which led to quick scores. We need to improve on third downs as a defense."
David Cutcliffe: "I was really disappointed in our start in the third quarter. We went three and out and I can't really explain that one. I thought our team was a little flat and I didn't sense that coming out of the tunnel. From the locker room to the field, we just weren't there completely. We just stopped ourselves. It could have been as good of a performance as you could ever see from an offense. We dropped two touchdowns in the first half and squandered some opportunities in the third quarter. As far as quarterback play, you're not going to see and better from either sides of the field. "
"It was interesting walking into the locker room tonight because you don't ever want to be disappointed in a win. When I walked in there, they were as quiet as a church mouse. That's a good sign. They expect a lot of themselves. They didn't play well for sixty minutes. And we can do that. We're talented enough to play well for 60 minutes. And when you go into ACC play you have to be ready for that."
Jimbo Fisher: “From a game management standpoint I was pleased with how we handled things. We tried to get the freshmen in there. We were very organized."
Paul Johnson: "Being more crisp, playing faster on offense. It looked like we never really played fast. Offensively we were playing okay, just okay. In the first half, I think we scored on the first three possessions, and then we lost our focus and turned the ball over.”
“We made a lot of mistakes, missed a lot of tackles, got sloppy, but we have a lot of stuff to work on now. Hopefully you make the most improvement from game one to game two and that is what we need to do."
"We missed a ton of tackles. We didn't give up many big plays which was a positive. We just need to be able to get them off the field better. In the first half, there weren't that many possessions. If we don't turn it over on the first play of two possessions, you are probably looking at four possessions in the half.”
Randy Shannon: "One thing you never do, never take a victory and not enjoy it. I told the players and the coaches, 'Enjoy tonight.'”
Tom O’Brien: (on Russell Wilson) “I think he’s still rusty. He hasn’t played since November, so that’s understandable. He’s still not in flow from where he was a year ago, but he’s one of those guys who, because of his athleticism, can give the effort and perform well.”
Mike London: "It was really important to come out and be representative of a team that is trying to improve. We're trying to show that we have improved academically, we have improved socially and we wanted to show that we could take one quarter at a time and play a game where we don't self destruct but rather score points and play defense. That's the improvement we're looking for. There are things we did well and some things we need to keep working on. Our goal for the season is to improve each time we play."
Post-game quotes from all 12 SEC head coaches
Houston Nutt: "Toughest game I've ever been through.”
"It's the worst loss I've ever had. I know we're better than that. Just a sick, sick feeling. We can't get that one back."
Nick Saban: “There were a bunch of (young players) that played. It’s the first time since we’ve been here that I have felt the need to talk about things that you take for granted, like the dress code for a trip. We had guys who had been here for two or three years that know what’s going on. Now we have a significant number of guys that don’t know what’s going on, haven’t played before and haven’t traveled before, that I find myself saying ‘I need to spend some time explaining this stuff that we explained three years ago.’ It’s probably better to coach this team the way we coached the first year (in 2007).
“I think the real emphasis with our team was, all along, to develop an identity for this team for 2010 and focus on the things that we need to do to create that in terms of the effort, the toughness, the discipline to execute, and I was pretty pleased with that. I think we came out and played fast and took the ball and had a really good opening drive with good execution.
“I’m not sure there’s a bad seat in the house. … The energy and atmosphere here today was fantastic, created by our fans from everything from the Walk of Champions to the spirit in the stadium in the game.”
Gene Chizik: “I liked what our defense did tonight. They were out there really flying around. We got a lot of people to the football.”
“I thought our offense struggled at times; especially when we get a penalty on fourth and one, and throw an interception on another opportunity for us to score. We did throw and catch the ball pretty well. It took us awhile to get our running game established. I like the way we came out of halftime, because we started to settle down and run the ball better.”
“We can't be satisfied on our offensive performance with three turnovers. I would like to see our number two guys come in and execute. They need to come in and move the ball as well as the first team.”
“It was a little bit difficult with a new offensive coordinator, trying to figure out what he did at a different school versus what he would do now with different types of personnel. That became a little challenging.”
“Cam has a lot of work to do right now on our offense in just running it and being where we need to be in this league. For his first football game, I couldn't be prouder of what he did.”
"It is just our level of focus and concentration sometimes was just extremely sloppy. Our protection of the football was extremely sloppy. That's disappointing. That's really disappointing.
Urban Meyer: "We won," said Gators coach Urban Meyer, now 6-0 in openers as the Gators head coach. There you go. . . . I'll say that slowly. We won. There's a bright spot for you."
"There's a sense of urgency. I felt it in the locker room. There should be, and we'll come back tomorrow and work hard. That's what we do around here: work hard and try to get better."
"Am I concerned? Sure. It's not the first time we've had a kid drop a ball. It's not the first time we've had issues with snaps. I just can't wait to go to work and get going again.
"I congratulated them on a win and said get your rest tonight because we're going to come back and work our tails off tomorrow."
Mark Richt: "The defense really stifled Louisiana-Lafayette. We did have one mental error, and one mental error can be the difference between seven points and a shutout. The defense did an exceptional job of shutting them down. The guys were locked in and played extremely hard and disciplined. There were an awful lot of positives."
Joker Phillips: “You can still have a good season if you don't win this game. But you can't have a great one. We want to have a great one.”
Les Miles: “Our football team won a game tonight in a very sloppy fashion. At the end of the game our running back was running to score instead of running for first down, which would have won the game.”
“We had the opportunity to win a game in a very convincing style and our football team wasn’t good enough to do that.”
Dan Mullen: “The defense shut them out for I think 58 minutes and 29 seconds. To shut them out is a great effort. I am really proud of our two new coaches coming in for their first game in the Southeastern Conference. Really proud of our defense to come out and play the way they did.”
“I am expecting a big time atmosphere here Thursday night with all our fans, and I thank all our fans. You saw here tonight, they set the opening day record. That was our first sellout for a nonconference opponent. Right from kickoff, our fans picked up right where they left off”
Steve Spurrier: “We had 41 points with 11 minutes left. They sort of milked the clock out on us there. I was thinking for the first time we might score 50, but we couldn't quite do it. I think we need to score 50 sometime if we can, but we couldn't do it tonight.”
Derek Dooley: “The emotional part was the Vol Walk. That thing is unbelievable. There's not a better example of how great these fans are than when we got off that bus. With what they've been through in the last couple of years, to see the support was unbelievable."
Robbie Caldwell: "The most frustrating thing was that we botched two-point plays, and that is the thing we worked on as much as any.”
"They said it was a high hit. The (quarterback) is a foot off the ground. What's a high hit? He's trying to keep him from making a first down. I don't know."
Brian Kelly: I needed all 20 years to be the HC at Notre Dame
During Friday’s Irish kick-off luncheon, Brian Kelly said he is glad to have coached 20 years before coming to Notre Dame. Kelly also talked about the importance of “defending our home.”
Kelly stated, “I came prepared, but I can tell you that I needed all 20 years of my experience to be the head coach of Notre Dame. It’s a fish bowl. You’re under a great deal of scrutiny, but our players are as well. That’s why we’ve really identified with each other.”
When asked about his goals for this season, Kelly responded, “Let’s thing about this for a second. How about ‘Win the all.’ (Applause) Any other answer would not suffice anyways. I think we go into each year with some specific goals relative to offense, defense, and special teams. The big thing we talked about is ‘defend our home.’ Defend Notre Dame. Win our home games. Let’s start there.”
Notre Dame hosts Purdue on Saturday at 3:30 EST. You can see the entire Week 1 TV Schedule right here.
Friday Coaches Quick Hits
Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Former LSU athletic director Skip Bertman admits Tigers were close to hiring Butch Davis: "Nick (Saban) had told me before Christmas he was leaving. And I had started looking before that. So I called Butch Davis, spoke to him myself not long before Christmas. He had just been fired by the Browns. I knew him personally. I remember finally reaching him at his home. He said, 'I'd love to coach LSU, but I promised my wife I wouldn't take a job for at least a year.'"
"It was too bad. I would've taken Butch in a heartbeat."
Interesting quote from Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild: "What I'd like to think is when I come to work every day, my job's on the line, and I've got to work accordingly. I'd like to think the person down the hall is doing the same thing; he's working like his job's on the line, like we've got to get football to succeed.”
"When you get that type of culture, you've got a chance. Without it, you have no chance."
Gary Patterson on stopping the Rogders brothers at Oregon State: “Number one we’ve had a lot of time to do. One of the ways is your offense stays on the field. We have to play great gap control defense and be able to run the ball.”
Quoting Ralph Friedgen: "Probably the biggest complaint or criticism of me [in the past] is that I push them too hard. I only know one way. I have done it that way for 40 years now."
Kyle Whittingham talks about calling back-to-back ‘Freeze the Kicker’ timeouts: “It was might fault. Worked the first time, probably shouldn’t have called it the second time.”
Quoting Navy head coach Ken Niumatololo: “I think this year we’ve gotten some recognized that we haven’t gotten in the past. Hopefully, we can handle it. Hopefully, it doesn’t change who we are and our identity.”
“The administration has been very supportive. Our AD has been very supportive. The continuity on our staff, a lot of us have been together, so we know what kind of kid will survive in this environment.”
Brian Kelly on whether he would watch football on Thursday night: “It's either that or The Food Channel.”
Thursday night post-game quotes
Some interesting quotes following the Thursday night games:
Quoting Lane Kiffin (USC defeated Hawaii 49-36): "It seems like we gave up 1,000 yards. I know we won and all that, but we can't play like this."
(on hearing the night before the game that Hawaii would be using “The Pistol”) "So we spent all morning changing things and preparing for it. I guess that shows we should never watch the news, because the preparation didn't do any good."
Quoting Steve Spurrier (41-13 win over Southern Miss): “I do like the call the play at the line of scrimmage stuff. I don't think either team huddled all night. When has that last happened at Williams-Brice Stadium. Y'all may have seen a first. I don't think either team huddled out on the field. I sort of like that. It gives you extra time. As long as you have your signals down and code words, it works pretty well. It's a good way to go because it gives you time. The games may be four hours long, but it worked out time wise very well.”
“Our guys are in shape. Our strength coach Craig Fitzgerald got a game ball. Our guys are in excellent condition and played fast and so forth.”
Quoting Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads (27-10 win of NIU): “We are very fortunate to come out with a victory to start the season. We had too many foolish penalties and we did not tackle to the standards of an Iowa State football team, but we are thrilled to come out of this game with a victory over a very well coached team that played its tail off for 60 minutes."
Quoting Tulane head coach Bob Toledo (27-21 win over SLU): “Last night I talked about `no penalties, no turn-overs, and work on field position' and those are the things that got back and hit us. So maybe I shouldn't mention those things in the future. Anyway, those are the things that we've got to clean up. We are 1-0, it's been since 2002 since we've been 1-0.”
Quoting Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster (24-17 win over MTSU): “I loved their style of play. We held the ball for almost 46 minutes, we ran the football just the way we want to run the football, didn't turn the ball over and had very minimal penalties. It was a good performance by our football team."
Quoting Rick Stockstill (24-17 loss to Minnesota): The biggest difference in the game was we could not tackle consistently.
Quoting Larry Fedora (41-13 loss to South Carolina): “They obviously were the better team tonight, they made the plays that needed to be made and we didn't make very many plays in all three phases of the game. We were down in the red zone six times offensively and we went 2-for-6 down there and that's just not good enough to win ball games.”
Quoting Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill (27-10 loss to Iowa State): "I thought we were shell-shocked in the first half," Kill said. "Defensively, we were scrambling and overall we played like a nervous football team. They had us on our heels and had us thinking. In the second half, we settled down and played better. We bounced around and played with a sense of urgency. I think we know we've got to come out of the gate quicker."
"We didn't handle sudden change or adversity very well, we have to get better at that.”
Sarkisian explains Huskies style of practice
Steve Sarkisian described the Huskies’ practice style during an interview with John and Hans on 1280 The Zone (Utah).
Sarkisian said, “It’s pretty intense. I think the first thing we pride ourselves on is the tempo and urgency that we practice with. There is quite a bit of energy on the practice field. We listen to music all day and everyday on the practice field. I like it upbeat. I like it energetic and it is very intense.”
“We’ve got intense coaches. Our players get after it. We do not practice very long. We make it a point to be on and off the field everyday in 2 hours at a maximum, but we do have a lot of fun. I want to keep the guys interested and going, without beating them down and wore out by the time game time rolls around.”
“I try to think like our kids and what is going to keep them motivated, keep them entertained, keep ‘em going, wanting more. The first thing I despised as a player is when you are out there 3 or 3 ½ hours. My feet hurt, my back got sore, I was bored. That’s not what I want.”
(on returning to his alma mater) “I don’t think I can say this is just any other game. Obviously there is some meaning to it. I’ll reminisce a little bit on Friday when we get into town.”
Washington vs. BYU kicks-off at 7 pm EST on Saturday.
Lane Kiffin: This is the real me
Lane Kiffin coaches his first game as the USC head coach tonight at Hawaii.
In an interview with ESPN’s Arash Markazi, Kiffin explained, “This is the real me. If you study me overtime, outside of my one year at Tennessee, this is how I’ve been. At Oakland you didn’t hear me say the things I did at Tennessee. When I was an assistant here [at USC] you didn’t hear me say the things I did at Tennessee. This is me. Do I tell people what they want to hear? No. But am I attacking other people to enhance our program and get our name out there? No because you don’t need to do that here. This is the best way to describe myself. I don’t change what I do. I’ve always prided ourselves on working extremely hard and putting in long hours in recruiting and football. So I don’t need motivation. I don’t need to say, ‘Well, this guy wrote this about me’ or ‘This person said this about me,’ to motivate me to all of a sudden work.”
(on if winning big will change his perception) “I don’t know. I can’t change it. Whatever I do there’s going to be people that are going to try and twist it and find a way to make it negative no matter what it is. I wore sunglasses on an 85-degree day in Southern California at Pac-10 Media Day and that meant that I was arrogant and hiding things. If anyone else wears them are they getting that? That’s the daily stuff I get.”
Kick-off tonight is set for 11 pm EST on ESPN.