Can Mizzou Shake the Post-Sooner Hangover?
"No talking. Just reflective. When you lose a game like that, you can only reflect on what happened," said safety Pig Brown. "The ride back home was quiet."
The Tigers had a chance to move into the elite echelon of college football, but turnovers and mistakes cost them their ticket into the national title picture. Now, with a dangerous Texas Tech team coming to town in just a few days, the question is obvious: has the team gotten over the hangover from one of its most disappointing losses in years?
"After film and everything, we just put that behind us, and [moved] on to Texas Tech," said tight end Chase Coffman. "I think it's a little easier to say than do, but I think our team's done a great job of letting those games go, wins or losses."
Quarterback Chase Daniel wasn't as willing to concede that the loss took a toll on the team's psyche.
"It's not tough to put it behind us," he said. "After the game was over, we'd already put it behind us."
But Brown, who dropped a would-be interception in the endzone that could have swayed the momentum of the game, was still having a bit of trouble putting it out of his mind as the week of practice for Texas Tech began.
"That's been going through my head, like, almost every minute. I could have sealed the game. But who knows what outcome that play could have had. We still lost, but it's been going through my head almost every minute," said Brown, one of the steadiest performers in MU's sensational 5-0 start.
"I'm gonna try to put it behind me and just get ready for Texas Tech."
And that's precisely what MU will have to do in order to keep pace in the Big 12 North race. Texas Tech has the nation's most prolific passing attack, so if Gary Pinkel's crew continues to look back at the OU loss, they'll back looking back at endzone-bound Red Raiders all afternoon.
"Honestly I don't have a concern about that at all," Pinkel said. "We have good kids and they have good leadership."
Missouri has enjoyed several strong starts in the past five years, but has shown a tendency to lose steam after suffering its first loss. This team appears to be different, though, in terms of its confidence and leadership. Still, there's no wat to know for sure how it'll react until Tech quarterback Graham Harrell starts winging the ball all over Faurot Field on Saturday.
Yeah, it hurts. Everybody was hurting after the game. But we've still got six more games guaranteed, so we can't sit here and dwell on the fact that we lost," said freshman wideout Jeremy Maclin.
"The way college football's going, you're more than likely going to see a one-loss team in the national championship."
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