Dykes Reflects on 1998 Season

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November 23, 1998

Texas Tech Head Coach Spike Dykes Monday Press Conference 11/23/98 "Well, I am not too fired up about today. That was a tough loss on Saturday. The bottom line is that this team deserves better than that. They have played really well. It has come down to the wire a lot of times. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. That is sort of the nature of it all. The last nine games have been determined by a touchdown in the last 4 minutes of the game. If we had a few good things happen--we have a better record. If we had a few bad things happen--we have a lot worse record. Consistency was probably the thing that killed us. As I look back on this season, this is probably the greatest job coaching I have ever seen on the defensive side of the football. If you look at the material we had and who they have played. It is just phenomenal. They are 10th in the nation in total defense. To be 10th, is a real credit to the players and the staff. If we dont turn the ball over---we have a great effort. I cant explain that. Same team, same players it just goes different ways sometimes. We have had a lot of fumbles on offense and to be 30th in the nation is a complement except that they have had a lot of turnovers. The consistency has probably been the nemesis of this football team. I have had a lot of people ask about the 53 yard field goal. I wished I wouldnt have called it. But, we were confident Chris could kick it but things didnt work out. But, you know--we were still up 10-7. I am not sure we played like we were ahead after that happened and we didnt play with the confidence we played with before. This will always be one of the better and most fun teams I have ever been around. They are the most unselfish teams and it is great to be around them. Some teams you just fall in love with and this is one of those teams. You have to give Matt Title a lot of credit. He is in a thought situation being a back-up senior quarterback. He was the unsung hero on this team. He is a great player and a great competitor. He played well on Saturday and knew he was going to win the game on Saturday and so did I. I dont know how you cant be excited about this team."




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