Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel Postgame Quotes

By NU Athletic Communications
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Opening Statement
"First of all, I felt that Nebraska played an excellent game. They are a very good football team. I'm obviously disappointed. (We) got in a little bit of a deficit there and fought back in it through the fourth quarter, and put ourselves in a position to have an opportunity to win. I was encouraged by that. But (we) just made mistakes and obviously weren't consistent enough against a good football team to win."

On the game
"We have to play better. We have to play consistently better. And we will. We'll get there. I feel very confident with that, and we will learn from it. There was probably a lot of people at halftime that weren't even giving us a chance of staying in the game, and we battled through that pretty good. But we have to play better."

On the upcoming games
"We're just focusing on our next game. We have a bye next week. That will be good. There are a lot great things that can happen in the season here. We knew that these are tough football games, but (we'll) stick to what we do - continue to build. We still can have a great season here. There is a lot out there. So that's what we'll do. And (we'll) focus on getting better. We just have to play better for four quarters in games like this."

On if Chase Daniel was off today
"Well, he's not perfect. When he misses a throw, we kind of look at each other and say 'What's wrong with Chase?'  because he is so accurate. (He) just got out of sync a little bit. And it wasn't just Chase. Protection was down a little bit. We didn't run the ball as well. We had some three and outs. He had two tipped footballs that were intercepted obviously and resulted in 14 direct points. Chase is going to continue to grow and become a great player. He competed to the end to try and give us a chance to win."

On Nebraska's third-down swing passes
"People do that to us all the time. They did a good job. They had a good gameplan. Give them credit. We got rolling pretty good, and I thought we moved the ball pretty good in the second quarter. They did some real good things, but we see everything with our offense. We're pretty much prepared for everything."


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