"I was real pleased with the way our football team handled a lot of the
situations that occurred last week. I thought offensively, for the
majority of the game, we played very well. We were able to throw the
football around and take advantage of some of the things
"I was really pleasantly surprised with our ability to protect our quarterbacks. We gave up one sack on the night, and with everything that Missouri showed us—line movements and zone blitzes and man blitzes and everything they came to the table with up front—was really, really pleased we were able to protect our quarterbacks the way we did.
Some negatives offensively, we had way too many penalties, way too many mental-type of errors that took us out of a couple of situations where we know we could have scored some more points. Hopefully we'll get those corrected.
"Defensively, we played extremely hard. Our student-athletes were really, really running around doing everything in their power to make a play. There were two things that I thought were keys defensively. One is our youth and our lack of experience that I think led to a little over-anxiousness to make plays. A lot of these guys have waited a year talking about "when I get my turn" and now they wanted to make every single play in the game. That just doesn't happen in college football. You have to be focused and disciplined and reading your keys to stay with it and do what the offense tells you to do and the defensive call commands that you do, and we didn't have a very good grasp of that. But we did play extremely hard. I was real pleased with the effort of the team.
The other factor was
"Overall, obviously we wanted to win a football game, but as I told our football team it is more about the journey this year than it is about the single trips. I think that a lot of things that occurred last week that will help prepare us for that journey.
ON GOING TO LSU THIS WEEK
"It is a very
difficult and challenging task to play in front of over 90,000 people in that
type of environment against that type of football team with that type of
tradition and recent success they've had. It will be a tremendous
challenge, there's no doubt. We're worried about
ON FACTORS OF THE LSU GAME LAST WEEK
"I think the weather really hampered both teams' opportunities to let the athletes be the athletes that they are. They played in a severe downpour and in the mud that followed. Obviously, LSU's team speed is tremendous and they have great athletes on their football team, but I think that may have been an equalizer to some extent for both teams. But they have tremendous speed."
ON QUARTERBACK PHILOSOPHY FOR THE LSU GAME
"We will go into this game having three prepared. How many play, we won't that call until that situation arises during the course of the ballgame. But three quarterbacks will be prepared to play."
ON THE INJURY SITUATION
"We're banged up. We've got several guys that I won't comment on that are not seeing contact this week that will hopefully be back close to full strength Saturday.