Oct. 26, 2013
Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel
"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 through out 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 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 guys, 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."
MU Player Quotes
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."
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."
South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier
"We're very happy of course. It was a game that I thought we were dead. About three quarters of the game anyway, but we got some points there in the fourth quarter. Connor Shaw brought us back, guys made some catches, the defense stopped them and somehow Elliot Fry made the field goal and their guy missed. We're very fortunate and we're very appreciative. Hopefully we can learn from it, and move on. I'm happy myself, as it's my first overtime win as a college coach. I was 0-3 prior to this one. I thought for many seconds there I was going to be 0-4, but we hit Bruce Ellington on that corner route after getting a good call from up top. We're very fortunate and we're ready to move on, and get ready for Mississippi State."
On putting Shaw in the game:
"I went over and asked him if he could play and he said sure. I said we had to make the move now. Dylan was just a little off here and there. I thought he had a few guys open and he zinged them out, but he threw some good balls. It just wasn't his night and Connor gave us a little sharpness in there."
On the defense effort tonight:
"Defense played well. We gave up a big play, including a couple of runs, but our defensive backs battled their (Mizzou) good receivers. We knocked down some jump balls that they threw, and played very well to keep us in the game."
On the team's outlook the rest of the season:
"We're happy to get a win and who knows what can happen down the road. I know Missouri is a very good team. They've got four more conference games and we've got two more so who knows what can happen."
On being bowl eligible after tonight's win:
"You know I thought about that. We're happy to be bowl eligible. Six wins is nothing to sneeze at. There are a lot of teams in our conference that would love to have six wins right now. Hopefully we can get on a little bit of a roll. It was really good to see our defense play so well, but offensively we've got to get better. But one thing about it is that we're coming home. We've got a chance to win 15 straight at home next week, so we have a lot to play for."
South Carolina Players
Freshman PK Elliott Fry
On the emotion of overtime:
"It was pretty crazy. You know everybody is yelling and screaming. You have the crowd and everyone going crazy but you have to find a way to stay calm and do what you do."
On staying calm under pressure:
"It is really just about focus. You have to just practice what you do. A big part of the kicking game is mental, and being able to focus when the time comes. You just block everybody out and focus."
On being able to stay confident:
"That is another big thing in kicking, is moving onto the next kick. You just have to have a short memory."
Senior QB Connor Shaw
On the emotions entering into the game with your team down 17-0:
"Just to stay calm. We are not going to win a game in one series."
On the comfort of taking that first hit and not getting injured:
"Yes, it was. I was grateful. I wasn't even supposed to be playing in this game. They said I was supposed to be out 2-3 weeks. I am thankful to be able to play in this game."
Sophomore TB Mike Davis
On the turnaround from the fumbles to the successful screen passes:
"It was just my teammates picking me up. They were telling me to forget about it, and to have a positive attitude."
On a point in the game of the team possibly losing hope:
"No, I didn't lose hope at all. I tell you what, our guys today came together and we all played for each other and we never gave up."
On tonight's two fumbles:
"They just stripped it out (of my hands). They were great plays by their (Mizzou) defensive players. One time on the goal line, as soon as I got the ball, I stepped forward and someone had his hand on the ball. At the end of the day, it is all on me."
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