Charlie Strong, Louisville coach: "It's all about your mindset when you go play. I just do not think these guys had the right mindset to go play for 60 minutes. We played hard, but we just didn't play smart."
Strong: "They gave us the throws if you look at it. The coverage they played allowed us to throw the ball. We would like to run the ball more than we did today, but we never felt like we were able to open up the holes.
Terry Allen, Missouri State coach: "I think they're deserving of their top-20 ranking. . . . great control of the line of scrimmage defensively, which kept their offense and our defense on the field way too long in the first half.
Calvin Pryor, Louisville safety: We knew we hadn't played too well last week, so we knew coming out this was another opportunity to get better (for the defense). We wanted to come out and silence all the doubters who thought our defense wasn't very good. I think we really stepped up today."
Nate Nord, Louisville tight end: "Missouri State is not a bad team and we knew that coming in. We knew they were going to come out and give us all they had and they did. I compliment them for playing a big game. We need to clean up a lot of things in practice. We have a lot of work to do.
Matthew Nakatani, Louisville kicker: "The coaches put a lot of confidence in me this whole week. I kicked a lot of field goals in practice this week and made a lot, so I knew come game time I ready to go."
Hakeem Smith, Louisville safety: "We still need to execute the defense a little better. There was some missed plays out there. We just need to keep working hard in practice and keep getting better."
Senorise Perry, Louisville running back: "We're going to get together in the film room and see what we did wrong and we just have to execute better. (Strong) is always happy with the win. We played hard but we didn't play all the way to like he expected. We can do better."
Jamon Brown, Louisville offensive lineman: "It's not one specific team that I come out harder to play against, it's every week. I'll have a little chip on my shoulder, like I do every week. Pretty much, our whole O-line does.