Post Game Notes and Quotes from Alamo Bowl

It took an extra over time period for Missouri to pull a dramatic 30-23 victory over Northwestern here Monday night. Go inside these notes and quotes provided by the Missouri Sports Information Department to see what the players had to say after the game.

Post-Game Notes

• Last season's Cotton Bowl victory and this season's Alamo Bowl victory mark the first time Mizzou has won back-to-back bowls games since 1978 when Missouri won the Liberty Bowl and the Hall of Fame Bowl in 1979.

• It's the fourth consecutive bowl appearance Missouri scored 30 points or more.

Sean Weatherspoon took home the Alamo Bowl defensive player of the game and Jeremy Maclin received the offensive player of the game award.

• Mizzou recorded its third 10-win season in history (12 wins in 2007 and 11 wins in 1960), and achieved the distinction of consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history.

• Senior PK Jeff Wolfert finished his career at the University of Missouri as the all-time leading scorer with 361 career points, 77 points more than previous record holder Brad Smith (284). Wolfert's 11 points in the game put the Tiger kicker at 133 points in the season, the most in a single season which bests the previous single season mark of 130 also set by Wolfert in 2007. At 72-for-72 on PAT's, Wolfert improved on the old PAT attempted and made mark in a single season which previously stood at 67-for-67 set by Wolfert in 2007. Wolfert closed he career 243-for 256 on combined kicks (FGs and PATs). His 94.9% accuracy is an NCAA record for kick accuracy breaking the old mark of 93.3% held by UCLA's John Lee (1982-85).

• Finishing the day with 229 yards of total offense, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel set the single season record for total offense, 4,616 yards.

• Chase Daniel finishes his career with 12,515 career passing yards, placing him 10th in the NCAA career passing yards list. Daniel's 101 career passing touchdowns is seventh on the NCAA career list. His 13,486 career yards of total offense puts him seventh in NCAA history.

• Jeremy Maclin finished the 2008 season with 2,833 all-purpose yards, which ranks fifth in history.

Stryker Sulak recorded two sacks on Monday, giving him 10.5 sacks for the season, which is just 0.5 sacks short of the MU season record of 11 held by former All-American Justin Smith in 2000. For his career, Sulak has 22.5 sacks, which ties for second all-time at MU with Smith. (MU leader is Brian Smith with 31.5).

Post Game Quotes:

Gary Pinkel, Missouri Head Coach

On the game: "It's close games like this, where it comes down to a close play and those are very difficult and they (Northwestern) played an exceptional game on both sides of the football. They have a really good football team. My hat's off to them. I know how difficult it is for them. That being said I'm very proud of our football team and the battle that we played. Defensively we did a lot of good things against a really good offensive football team. We had some turnovers on our offense that put us in some difficult situations."

On missing the field goal at the end of regulation:

"I'm proud of our football team. Everyone on our sideline knew that Wolfert was going to make that. He does it all the time. I thought we really got it together really quick right after that. I thought we really responded well. We made the plays that you have to make to win the game in overtime. With the slant route that Chase (Daniel) hit with Jeremy Maclin and the plays we had prior to that. And on defense with that last sack. When you get a sack in overtime, especially when you need 7 to win, it's huge. "

On the overtime win:

"Chase started his career as a freshman coming in the 4th against Iowa State and goes down a couple drives and ended the game in overtime. He'd never had an overtime for the rest of his career and then he ends his career with a win in overtime."

On Chase Daniel:

"The great make up of this guy (Chase) is that he had the adversity of the game but he still drove it down the field in overtime to throw a winning touchdown. You know I see Brett Favre and you watch all those great NFL quarterbacks that have bad games but you find the way to make plays. And that defines who he (Chase) is and what he is about."

On overall defense:

"I think they did a lot of great things, no question. Especially in the 4th quarter where we had a couple back to back stops. I think we just take 2 big plays away and it was a really outstanding performance by our defense. We talk so much about the seniors. What defines those guys is when they will come back for many years in the future to bring this team back or the Cotton Bowl team back. I tell the guys, especially our young players, is that they are all graduating in May if they haven't already. That also makes up the reason why they are successful on the field as well as off the field. "

On this team's legacy:

"If you want to define this team with the stats for a three year period of time as far as record, bowl games, bowl championships as far as North Division Championships as far as all graduating from college. I can go on and on and they are great kids. "

Chase Daniel, Missouri Quarterback On finishing career with overtime win: "Coach over here is pretty smart. It was just an awesome game overall. (My career) started off and ended with overtime wins. That's pretty cool."

On the team's rough start:

"I didn't play as well as I wanted to for the first half at all. You just have to battle. Would I have liked to not throw those picks. Yeah of course but, I take the win any single day over numbers. To have this senior class and to have Coach Dave Christensen and to leave Coach Pinkel with a win that he will always remember this senior class by is something that I cherish very deeply in my heart. It hasn't set in that we played our last game."

On the missed field goal at the end of the game:

"Wolfert's money. He's the most accurate kicker in the NCAA history. He doesn't miss. I honestly didn't watch the kick too much. I was on the ground and just hoping and praying. And when you miss it you have to fight. And what a better way to go out then to play some more football. You're only promised four quarters and to get extra overtime is something that we like and something that we feel good about."

On the last game of his Mizzou career:

"What a great time to be a Tiger, especially on the field. The fans we had stayed to the very end. We watched the balloons and confetti drop. I've never been in a situation like that before. I was just glad that I could help the team in the end."

On Maclin's punt return:

"When that punt went up in the air and didn't have very much hang time I said, mistake. You all are going to pay for it. This was really important to win this game. This was huge to win this football game. If you want to take time to write down all the things they have accomplished and set a bar for it I think it will be pretty remarkable. The good news is that that just sets the bar higher for the next group which is awesome. I can't really put into words what they have done and what they have accomplished. I'm so very, very proud of them. They're such great, great kids."

Jeremy Maclin, Missouri Wide Receiver:

On the punt return for a touchdown:

"It was actually supposed to be a right return. They sent everyone to the sidelines. A lot of times on punt returns you make one guy miss and there's a lot of open field so I stuck it up the middle. They run a unique style of punt coverage as they have four sprinters instead of two. It definitely takes a good jobs of our guys holding them up and putting them on an island all night. That gave me time so I could pick and choose where to go."

On entering the NFL Draft:

"There's a lot more I want to achieve at this university. I'm going to sit down and talk to coach Pinkel, Coach Hill and the rest of my teammates and my family to see what the best decision for me. "

Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri Linebacker On making big plays:

"During the course of the game we called a particular blitz. We came off the edge very well each time we ran it. We didn't get there some times but we made our presence felt. One time Coach Pinkel called ther blitz and me and William Moore met at the quarterback. It was just a big play for our defense and the next play William knocked the ball down. It was just a sign of relief and a sign we ended our season on a good note. And we sent the seniors and Coach C out with a win. It was just exhilarating."

On Maclin coming back:

"I'm his roommate. I can probably get him to stay. "

On celebrating his 21st birthday with a win:

"You know I don't think so. It was such a great day to be a Missouri Tiger. It was just fun to be out there flying around and I was happy to make some plays for my team. Once it was overtime the offense really did a great job of getting that touchdown and the defense went down and held it. It's just a great birthday present."


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