Sept. 22, 2013
Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel
"First of all I think Indiana has a real good football team. I think [Wilson's] doing a good job of building this program; they battled back the entire day. Just very pleased overall with the effort and competitiveness of our football team. I think we're a better football team now than we were a few weeks ago and that's good. There are certainly things on each side of the ball that we can do to improve. We get that and I think they get it and I think they're driven to get better. I think it was just a lot of good things. Like we do every week; these are the things we did good, these are the things we need to improve and we'll get back to work on Tuesday."
On what made Marcus Lucas so effective:
"Opportunities. I talked to the team Thursday about play makers and how great teams have to have playmakers and not just one or two. There's a bunch of guys making plays out there today; you can go all over the place. You have guys making plays and runs and things like that. We have a really close team and you could sit in the locker room and clap your hands and say `team, team, team' all you want, but if you don't have guys making plays you're not going to win. I think our guys recognize the importance of that. They have the ability to do it and some of the others guys do too."
On defensive effort thus far and holding IU to 28 points:
"I think we've got really good players. I think they're getting confidence. They're also all staying healthy so we can practice and keep getting better. You're not just out there trying to make it to the next game. Again, it's a test. It's one test. We will have many ahead of us and we understand that. I think our defense really responded well and did some really, really good things. I was kind of disappointed that [IU] got that score against us at the end because I don't think the score is reflective of how they played, but overall a lot of good things."
Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson
"It's disappointing to lose and not play better than we did, but you have to give a lot of credit to Missouri because they played well on both sides of the ball. Offensively they had a lot of balance. We did create a few turnovers and had some stops but not nearly enough. They worked us hard at the run game, which got going much better than ours and their line of scrimmage and defensive line did a very nice job. When it came to us I think we were just out of sync and out of rhythm. Nate [Sudfeld] has played awfully well but tonight he didn't get a lot of help and that didn't make him look as good. Tonight we went to Trey [Roberson] with a drive or two just to spark the offense. We will keep working both those guys in our game plan; there's not a quarterback controversy. We will just keep playing them and see how it goes. We put Trey in because we felt that we needed a little change of pace. I do appreciate the way our kids fought, but we have to get to a point where we play in games like this in a much more efficient way. We can't fall behind, give up points, and be a one-dimensional team. We worked a lot on getting our run game going and we worked a lot on trying to be a better run defense. To me, the key to that game was the fact that we had 98 yards rushing and they had 280. That being said, we didn't get a lot of quarterback pressure and they definitely did. It's disappointing to lose, but we've had good practices. We have a lot of improvement to do and they bye-week comes at a good time. We are sitting at 2-2 in a pretty good non-conference schedule, which is kind of disappointing. We have an open week which will give us a chance to get some guys healthy and we will see if we can do some self-evaluation on what we need to do to put our players in better positions and play at a higher level. We will then have a three game run with Penn State at home and two games on the road against Michigan State and Michigan. We will take a look at ourselves and see what we need to clean up and then we'll start prepping and game-planning for our next three games, starting with Penn State."
On the Hoosiers' stalled running game:
"We can look at play-calling mostly. To me, I felt like we needed to stay with the run. Last week there were 28 runs in the first half and 21 passes, where today, there were 30 passes and 10 runs. To me, that signals play calling. They were doing a fair amount of movement up front with some different slants and things and we also just didn't execute well. We will look at how we prepared and what our game plan was, but the bottom line is they just kicked our tails up front."
On the issue with the quarterback protection:
"When you're not running the ball well and you end up in second-and-ten and third-and-ten situations, you're going to have to throw the ball. Nate [Sudfeld] was just a little too quick in progressions a few times and that caused some problems, but when your surrounding parts and playing well and you have some balance things work better. I think the key to this game was balance- Missouri played with balance, and we didn't.
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