Mizzou 24, Arizona State 24 - Quotes



Sept. 15, 2012

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Mizzou 24, Arizona State 20
Sept. 15, 2012 - Faurot Field - Columbia, Mo.
Postgame Quotes

Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel

On James Franklin's injury situation...
"That was going to be a game-time decision. He has an irritation/inflammation in his shoulder. There are no structural problems at all -absolutely none. It was just too painful for him, and he didn't want to play. Between him and the medical staff, they make those decisions. I don't make those decisions. I told Corbin last night that he might have to play. I was hoping James could play, but he didn't feel like he could play. We'll find out next week on his health."

On Corbin Berkstresser's performance...
"I thought he did a lot of great things. It was a tough environment, and we watched what we did with him. We were very conservative and at the end we were conservative. We felt we were going to have to win with our defense, and that's why we made decisions from that standpoint. There were a lot of different things out there."

On the defense and their last two stops...
"It shows remarkable will to battle. The ball was first and goal on the two or three and we went out there and stopped them. Then we were also very conservative coming out. We wanted to get a first down but also wanted to make sure we didn't make any mistakes down there. Then we get a punt return and give them some field position with very low hang time on the punt. Defense went out there again and battled and Kenronte (Walker) made that great play. That was fitting for those guys who battled all day. We also had them stopped twice and their quarterback is diving and jumping up on the sideline throwing balls across the field. He made a couple of plays that most guys could never make. We were out of those drives and you get a great quarterback that makes two huge plays, so give them credit for that."

On evaluating the kicking game and if any changes will be made...
"I don't know. We had bad snaps on three of four field goals. You have to evaluate all of those things. There's a lot of things period. There were too many penalties. We had the ball three times in scoring position and got no points out of it. There are a lot of things. You got a redshirt freshman quarterback, a redshirt freshman center, freshman out of high school left guard, a walk-on right guard, and a redshirt sophomore right tackle that has never played before. It isn't going to look pretty all the time - I'm just telling you. We are going to battle and we're going to keep getting better. Hopefully we can get Jack (Meiners) back; he tried to play a little bit. If we get him back, we'll get him back healthy. Down the road, maybe we'll get some others, but it doesn't matter. We're just going to have to battle through it. When you throw a redshirt freshman quarterback behind that, it's just a lot of fun. These challenges are just what I look forward to, you know?

Arizona State Head Coach Todd Graham

On his team's effort...
"I'm really proud of our guys. Our guys showed great character. I thought we were going to come back and win the game and we had an opportunity too, but you have to give (Missouri) credit. We had two chances to score at the end and we didn't do it. The last play our guy was open and we threw an interception. That's our job as coaches to get our guys ready to play. I loved how our guys responded in the second half. We faced a lot of adversity and those kids never broke. They never dropped their head. Obviously we are not here just to compete, we're here to win. I don't learn much from losing other than I don't like losing. I'm very proud of how our team played tonight and responded to adversity."

On turnovers...
"We beat ourselves. Our number one message this week was taking care of the football. You have to give them a lot of credit too. It was a very physical game. We've been really careless with the ball in practice. Teams don't win when they turn the ball over that many times. The fumbled punt was another turnover and we turned the ball over on downs twice. That's 7 turnover positions." On finishing up out of conference play... "We're 2-1. That season is over. That's preseason. Now we start conference play and our focus is moving on to Utah."

On facing Corbin Berkstresser...
"The plays were no different. I thought he played well and the coaches did a good job. They ran the ball well and avoided making mistakes with a new quarterback. He seemed very comfortable even with all the pressure we put on. They put in a couple of wrinkles with the tight end and we adjusted to that. People don't change their offense for one person."

On making too many mistakes...
"We missed a lot of tackles. We were sluggish early on and never found a rhythm. At times we didn't respond well. There were a lot of penalties and the illegal procedure was tough because of the crowd noise."

On Missouri's execution...
"They just made plays when they needed to and we didn't. That's what it boils down to. They penetrated well [on the goal line stand]. To get the ball down there and not score is heartbreaking. Their defense stepped up without one of their best linebackers and played hard."

On Taylor Kelly...
"He made spectacular plays. There's no doubt he will be a star quarterback."

Arizona State Senior Guard Andrew Sampson

On the big difference between the energy of Arizona State in the first half and the second half...
"We didn't match Missouri's energy. We came out very flat, and we had to start doing a silent count. That means we can't just fire off the ball, we have to watch the ball first and then go. That's not an excuse but, they were firing off really fast. Our tempo was down because our energy was down."

On Arizona State's turnover issues...
"Even though we had five total turnovers, we still had a really good shot to win the game. We just couldn't do it at the end, which is frustrating."

On playing on the road in a hostile environment at Faurot Field...
"We could really hear the crowd noise, but that really wasn't a factor for us. In the second half, we moved the ball, but it was our energy that was down as a whole unit for whatever reason."

On the late comeback by Arizona State...
"It's very frustrating to go from ultimate highs to ultimate lows. The big key is to go out next week and practice perfect. We have been playing as a whole pretty well, so playing on the road is no excuse. We just made critical errors in key spots in the game. We can't turn the ball over that many times in one game."


Wide Receiver, TJ Moe

On quarterback Corbin Berkstresser's performance against Arizona State...
"He played great, he's a young, quality guy with lot of talent. He's a tough kid and I think he did a really good job of sitting in the pocket, taking some hits and picking himself up. Usually when you're that tough physically, you're pretty tough mentally and that's great - everyone can rally around a guy like that"

Safety, Kenronte Walker

On his performance against Arizona State...
"Everything I do is for the team, for the fans and for Mizzou nation."

On building momentum going into next week...
"It's good for us, especially going into the South Carolina game. It's a big game and we're looking forward to it. Being in the SEC, every game is a big game"

Quarterback, Corbin Berkstresser

On his first start...
"It's exhilarating. It's the kind of thing you think about when you sign your letter of intent. Playing in front of a full crowd like that, in front of Mizzou Nation, it was awesome. It was great to get a win for this team, and everybody that works hard for this program.

On starting quarterback James Franklin...
"He helped me a lot tonight. Every time I came to the sideline he was there to help me, whether it was my footwork or telling me what to watch out for, he was there. With me and him it's sort of a race to see who can help each other first."



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