The Missouri Tigers went to Arizona State on Friday night for a big non-conference game against the Sun Devils on National TV and came away on the losing end in overtime 37-30 in a hard fought battle.
"We were down fourteen going into the fourth quarter," said Coach Pinkel, speaking after his Tigers had fallen to Arizona State in overtime. "We battled back, got in it, and had a chance to win it at the end. There was a lot of stuff that happened in this football game. You go back, there were a lot of little things we can do to make ourselves better. And, we will. We'll work on it, and become a better football team. (Arizona State) is a real good team. And, we just ended up a little short."
Arizona St. came out the gate with a lot of emotion and had the Tigers on their heels driving down the field after receiving the opening kickoff and moving down the field on a possession that ended with a missed field goal.
ASU did manage to strike first on their second possession by driving 77 yards on 5 plays for a TD on their way to 16 first half points.
Despite the Sun Devils seeming to have momentum for most of the first half, the Tigers managed to score twice with on a James Franklin TD run and Grant Ressel field goal to head into halftime trailing 16-10.
Arizona State scored touchdowns in the 3rd and 4th quarter while holding Missouri to two field goals in the 3rd quarter and took a 30 to 16 lead early in the 4th quarter.
The Tigers did not have any quit in them as they roared back with 14 unanswered points on James Franklin touchdown passes to L'Damien Washington and Michael Egnew to tie the game at 30 all.
"(Franklin) played a heck of a football game," said Coach Pinkel, talking about his young quarterback. "Are you kidding me? Second start! This says an awful lot about him. And, I would suggest that we've got a guy that has a chance to be pretty special."
Franklin had a big second game of the season throwing for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushing for 84 yards and another score.
Missouri had a chance to win the game late but a Grant Ressel 48 yard field goal attempt that likely would have won the game with 12 seconds was missed and sent it into overtime.
Coach Pinkel was asked about the field goal attempt at the end of regulation?
"They were jumping in there, so what we tried to do, was any way that we could get five yards closer," explained Coach Pinkel. "With the wind and everything, that makes a big difference for Grant (Ressel)."
Arizona State got the ball first in overtime and managed to score a touchdown, leaving the Tigers needing to score a TD to send it into double over time. However, the Tigers came up short with Franklin's final pass attempt floating out of bounds and the Sun Devils walking away with a 37-30 overtime win over Missouri leaving them 1-1 two games into the 2011 season.
"We'll do what we normally do," explained Coach Pinkel, looking ahead. "We'll break it down, and we'll learn from this, and become a better football team."
"Big plays, and penalties," said Coach Pinkel. "That's what I was really disappointed in."