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Missouri coach: Were going to get
By BOB SCHALLER
For the Star-Herald
COLUMBIA, Mo. When a team gives up 532 yards of total offense and gets just over
200 yards of its own, theres work to be done.
Next week were going to get things fixed, promised first-year head coach
Gary Pinkel. Were going to work harder and get committed. We have to make
plays to win. Today, Nebraska made more.
Lots more. Missouri found out its defense isnt yet suited to the powerful Big 12
We played good defense versus a great power offense, Pinkel said.
Offensively, the Tigers had only one good quarter, the first one.
They have as good of a defense as there is in the country, Pinkel said.
Are we going to change things? No. Were going to make sure we execute on
That might involve more of Kirk Farmer.
Early, he did good things, Pinkel said. Hes rusty very
rusty. Hes only practiced 10 days all year. He threw better in the beginning. Then
later, Nebraska wears on you. We have problems with the offense right now. You have to
throw for every yard so we went with the short passing game to get the yards that we would
have (otherwise) run for. Our execution really dropped in the second half.
The strong start gave Missouri confidence.
We started off strong, said junior wide receiver Justin Gage, who had three
catches for 46 yards. We were moving the ball up and down the field
doing a lot
of the things we wanted to do. As the game went on, we got away from that. We started
trying to go our own way instead of doing what were supposed to do. We were making
mistakes left and right. We were just doing things we should not have done.
Missouris senior linebacker Jamonte Robinson had a different theory.
Nebraska just out-competed us, Robinson said. We didnt play bad.
We just didnt play good enough to win.
Senior offensive lineman Justin Bland saw things similarly.
We just really got outplayed, Bland said. We had a good game plan going
in. Everybody was really excited. We just got outplayed.