Pinkel reacts to loss to South Carolina

Pinkel reacts to loss to South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 26: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks tackles running back Russell Hansbrough #32 of the Missouri Tigers during the first half on October 26, 2013 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

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by Missouri Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 11:18 PM

Transcripts provided by Missouri Athletic Department

Gary Pinkel opening statement…

“A game this close; it gets down to the end, a play here, a play there. There wasn’t a play or a call that a coach could have made throughout the entire game. That did not come down to just one player or one kick or one throw or one catch. Our guys are certainly frustrated and disappointed, and they should be. They are competitors and we will have to bounce back from this”.

On how Kicker Andrew Baggett is handling the game-losing missed kick…

“He’s a competitor, it is his job, it is his responsibility. Last week he made five, and so that’s what comes with it. There are other plays; there are plays you can look back and get a first down here, a third down completion here, that type of thing through the entire game. So its not one guy here. We all could have done something different today too to help win that football game”.

On Connor Shaw coming into the game…

“I thought he came in and did a good job. He threw some completions; obviously did some good things. I thought it was a very courageous effort on his part”.

On the offense’s second half struggles…

“We had the one drive with the missed field goal, but they are good. You are going to struggle a bit; you have to give them credit. We always want to move the ball a bit better, but we had our struggles today, but we would certainly like to move the ball better”.

On whether he would want to run the ball better…

“Well I think you always think you can, but when you get out there, they are good up front. They have some really good players. We had our struggles a little bit and obviously did not do as well as we wanted to”.

On 4th and 15 South Carolina touch down…

“It was just a man coverage route, a corner route. But again there are other plays; you go through a lot of plays in different situations. But certainly it was a big play”.

Thoughts on Mauk’s performance…

“I thought he did a lot of good things. He is a young guy, it is his second time starting a football game in his (college) life. I think he did some really, really good things and a lot of little things he needs to do to get better. Overall he battled and we will improve and I think he will be a really good player”.

On play calling changing down the stretch…

“You get in the fourth quarter and you try to conserve and run the clock out the best you can; force them to use time outs.”

 

JUNIOR DE KONY EALY

On South Carolina bringing in Connor Shaw at quarterback…

“It was an emotional lift from my view as a defensive player.”

On giving up the touchdown on 4th and goal from the 15…

“It was just a busted play and it happens to everybody.”

On how you bounce back from the loss…

“Our goal now is Tennessee, we cannot worry about South Carolina.”

On the possibility of still winning the SEC East…

“It’s one game at a time from here on out.”

 

JUNIOR DE MARKUS GOLDEN

On the loss…

“I was hurt but this loss does not define our season. We have to pick the wins up and be a leader out there.”

On looking back thinking one more play would have made a difference…

“I feel everybody should feel like they could have made a couple plays out there.”

 

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN QB MATY MAUK

 

On the offensive struggles in the second half…

“I will have to watch film and see what happened.”

On bouncing back from the loss…

“Show up to practice with a positive mindset. This gives us something to be hungry for.”

 

 

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