Nov. 19, 2011
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Missouri Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator Dave Steckel
"I think that we came together because of the foundation that Gary Pinkel has built here. He has built it on a rock. If you build your foundation on a rock, and the storms come, it will survive. I think it's awesome. It's awesome for the seniors and I think it's awesome for the underclassmen."
On Hamilton's deflection that resulted in an interception:
"That's the second time this season that he's done that and he's done a great job at that. That was a great play and a great play by Michael (Sam) grabbing it, and Michael was smart to fall down on the ground and get down with it."
On being the acting head coach today:
"It's because Coach Pinkel taught me. I've watched him lead for 11 years. He's as steady as a rock and he's a good man. I've learned an awful lot from him. So he's just passing the baton for one game. Just for one game. I hope he's more proud of the seniors and I hope he's more proud of the team because I didn't make one tackle out there."
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MU Player Quotes
WR T.J. Moe
On the underclassmen:
"There were a lot of young guys making plays, it wasn't just seniors doing stuff out there, but they were out there doing everything they normally do. There were a lot of underclassmen making big plays out there and hopefully they'll do that for me next year."
On coming from behind:
"It's really not a good idea; I mean every now and then it is I guess. I thought we did alright in the third today, we came out a little bit better. Fourth quarter though, something happens, the kind of thing happens to good teams. Fourth quarter you better start playing or you're in some serious trouble."
On Coach Pinkel not being there:
"We're playing for him and we're playing for the seniors. He's more of the game manager so I don't talk to him a lot on game day but you still miss him."
TB De'Vion Moore
On not having Coach Pinkel on the sideline:
"It's a little weird but adversity hits and Coach Pinkel prepared us for it, maybe not for that situation, but he always had us prepared to handle adversity."
On coming back in the fourth quarter:
"We weren't going to lose. Our underclassman played hard for us, they did a tremendous job. They told us before the game, 'We won't let you leave without a ride.' So they held up their end of the bargain and we left with our ride."
On the emotions leading up to the week:
"It absolutely added emotion. We came closer together as a team. We anticipated a lot of adversity coming out but we work hard to overcome adversity and that's what we did today."
DE Michael Sam
On his game-saving interception:
"I just saw the ball in the air and just pretty much caught it. That's about it. I just knew I had to catch it and send our seniors out with a win. I thought I did a good job to send them out with a win."
On the week leading up to the game:
"It was tough, but we knew Coach Pinkel would want us to go out there and do our best and we did it for our seniors."
On Texas Tech's last drive:
"We knew that at the end It would come down to (the defense) and I guess we just proved that it did and defense came up with a huge play."
On Jacquies Smith's last game at Faurot Field:
"I just told him, 'I did it for you and the rest of the seniors.' I know he was trying to act like he was tough but he was emotional. He had some teary eyes."
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Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
"Sometimes things aren't fair. You know, that's just what life's about. Our guys played their tails off. We had guys to come in and play for injured players. We led all the game except a couple of minutes, and then we just, you know, it just wasn't meant to be tonight. I'm proud of the players that played hard. They practiced well all week. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way when you think it should. We'll learn from it, and we'll go back next week."
On Texas Tech's level of competition:
"They competed the whole time. It just didn't go our way, that's football. I was proud of how they just went out there and took it to (Missouri) from the first play on. We never backed up, we took it to them in the end we just didn't make enough plays. They made more plays than we did in the fourth quarter."
On the injuries:
"I've never seen anything like it. We had three bad knee injuries and a couple of ankle injuries. We didn't have a punt returner or a kick returner after the first quarter, and that put us in a tailspin. We got a couple guys back there that hadn't been back there. Injuries happen in this game."
On Texas Tech's defense:
"We tried to play man coverage on (Missouri). We knew they couldn't throw the ball down the field that well. And when we played man coverage they tacked off and ran that quarterback sweep that got us a couple of times. We're just not big enough to hold up inside. I think they played well at times. We gave them two 80-yard drives. Both times we punted down to the 10-yard line and they drove it and scored, and that was pretty much the game. We just don't have the physical ability inside to stop the run when we need to, and that's pretty much what got us tonight."
On Seth Doege throwing an interception on the last play:
"He played well all night. He was on, he drove us down, he gave us a chance to win. We have to get their hands down on that tailback delay that we ran and they chipped it and that kid made a great play. It's what I said - they made a few more plays than we did and that was pretty much the difference of the game."
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SS Terrance Bullitt
On the frustration of the loss:
"It's really frustrating especially the time we put into the preparation. Everybody thought we were going to get this win but it didn't work out that way."
On the loss in comparison to last week:
"A loss is a loss and this one is definitely a tough one because we were so close, especially right at the end. We just needed one stop, we were one stop away, and we were one score away. They got the win, but it is a tough one for us."
Feeling better about the way the team competed this week:
"Everyone on this team came and laid it out today and our coaches are proud of every single one of us for defense and offense and special teams, but like I said it still doesn't matter because we didn't get the win. We just have to move onto next week."
On being worn down on the last drive:
"No, they didn't wear us out. They put together a good drive, they got momentum going and we just didn't get the stop. We did it a lot during the game and during that drive we just didn't get the stop. They went down and scored. There were only two minutes left. If we had a little more time I feel like we would have won that game."
The importance of a bowl game to this program:
"It's very important you know people don't know how hard we work and the work we put in. If we don't go to a bowl game it will be a big disappointment, but we have to win this next game to become bowl eligible and show the world why we deserve to go to a bowl game."
QB Seth Doege
On the frustration of the game:
"It's extremely frustrating because we battled the entire game and I feel like we were in it the entire game. Sure we missed some opportunities to put it away, but at the same time we stuck in there and battled. That last drive we knew as a team we were going to win that game, but the ball just didn't bounce our way."
On leading the whole game and losing:
"I am sure we will go back and watch some tape. Maybe we should have built a bigger lead or put it away. At the same time you really can't go back on that. We battled, we were about to finish the game."
On good signs from the team:
"We played like we were capable of playing , I felt like we played pretty well today and it didn't end up going our way. We still have one game left, and we have a one-game season, so we will learn from this and battle all week to get that sixth win."