The Oklahoma State Cowboys came out the gate and put points on the board against the Tigers jumping out to a 21-3 lead before the Tigers seemed to find themselves on offense and defense to close the gap to 24-17 heading into halftime.
However, turnovers in the second half killed drives and led to 14 Cowboy points as they were able to pull away from the Tigers en route to a 45-24 pounding of Mizzou.
Following the Missouri Tigers 45-24 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon, Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel was asked about the game.
"Generally, the team that makes the fewest mistakes is going to win, in a game like this," explained Coach Pinkel. "And, we just made a lot of mistakes. We had a chance to get back in it, several times. And, we just couldn't get it done."
"We had our opportunities," lamented Coach Pinkel. "Against a really, really good football team like this, every single opportunity, you've got to make it work to your advantage. And, we didn't do that."
Not only did the Tiger not take advantage of their opportunities, they gave far too many to a good team like the Cowboys.
"You look at the turnovers," explained Coach Pinkel. "I believe we had four turnovers to their one. You can't do that…………………………………… You've got to take advantage of your opportunities. And, I don't think we did that hardly the entire day."
Pinkel again too the blame for his team not playing to their potential
"They're a real good football team," said Coach Pinkel. "But again, I just think we've got to play better, and that's my job to get that done."
"That's what we're going to do. We're going to work hard," admitted Coach Pinkel. "We've got a lot of frustrated players here. But, the bottom line is you've got to play better. If you play better, then we're not going to be as frustrated. And, that starts with me, and our staff, and filters down to our players."