October 4, 2015

Pinkel: “We can become even better.” Won’t talk about QB situation (VIDEO)

Gary Pinkel would not comment on the status of his QB situation (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Gary Pinkel would not comment on the status of his QB situation (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel

Opening statement:

“Certainly, I’m proud of our football team for battling today. We came off a tough loss last week at Kentucky. This football team took it to heart and today’s game was really important to them. We played a lot better today as a team then we did a week ago. South Carolina’s a good football team. I’m pleased to come out of today with a victory. I think we’ve become a lot better football team this week. We can build on today and become even better.”

Watch Gary Pinkel postgame

On the performance of freshman quarterback Drew Lock:

“Drew really did some good things for a young player. We were a little conservative (with play calling) in the second half. With some of the field position we had and trying to get our running game going – but I thought he really carried himself well. I thought that was good. He did a lot of good things and he has a lot of ability.”

Watch Drew Lock’s postgame

On what seemed to click today for sophomore tailback Ish Witter:

“I just think he got going. I think he works better when we limit the carries for him. He and Russell (Hansbrough) are a real good 1-2 punch. We’re blocking better (as an offensive line). There were creases there today that I could’ve run through. He started to break more tackles and ran harder today. That was a big positive.”

On the performance of redshirt freshman defensive end Walter Brady:

“He’s a really good player. You look at all those freshmen and redshirt freshmen playing on the field today. It’s amazing. He really made some plays today and continues to get better and better. There’s a lot of competition there (on the defensive line) and I couldn’t be more pleased with their effort.”

Watch Walter Brady postgame

#Mizzou 3rd quarter update: The defense comes up with not one or two, but three interceptions

Lorenzo Nunez, the freshman QB for South Carolina, avoided two potential interceptions last week against Central Florida.  Mizzou dropped two potential INTs in the second quarter, one resulting in a touchdown, after a deflected ball.

In the third quarter, Nunez was picked off three times on back-to-back-to-back drives.  Kenya Dennis picked off an underthrown ball at the Tiger 30.  On the next drive, Ian Simon was sitting back at the goal line.  Nunez never saw him and it led to an easy pick on an underthrow to the endzone.  The ball was down at the two.

Linebacker T.J. Holloman almost picked off Drew Lock and 3rd and three from the Tigers nine, but Holloman dropped it as he stepped in the way of a slant pattern with 7:05 left in the third.

Walter Brady made it three straight possessions when he picked off Nunez on the Tigers 47 and returned it 31 yards.

Mizzou scored on a third and goal and one yard run from Ish Witter.


Check out Lock’s second touchdown pass to give #Mizzou a 17-10 lead (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT)

#Mizzou 2nd quarter update: USC gains momentum on freak play, but Drew Lock answers with second TD pass of the game to Brown (VIDEO)

Nate Brown has two touchdown catches in the first half (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Nate Brown has two touchdown catches in the first half (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Second quarter recap

Russell Hansbrough started the second quarter with a 24 yard gain to get the ball down to the seven.  He then carried for five to the two.  Mizzou was moving the ball on the ground, starting the drive with runs by Ish Witter of 17, 7 and 15.

A failed run by Drew Lock and incomplete pass led to a 21-yard field goal by Andrew Baggett.  It was another 11 play drive, covering 72 yards.

Mizzou 10
Carolina 3

The momentum swung in the 2nd quarter when Mizzou knocked down a 3rd pass from USC quarterback Lorenzo Nunez.  However, a targeting call and ejection was called on Terry Beckner Jr. giving USC a first down at the Mizzou 10.  On another third and goal play, a scrambling Nunez flipped a pass in the area of Tiger CB Aarion Penton.  The ball bounced out of his hands and fell into those of Gamecocks receiver Shon Carson.  He caught it at the eight off the deflection and rolled into the endzone tying the game.

The play reminded me of the kicked touchdown catch by Nebraska in 1997.  Another freaky play in the north end of Faurot Field.

Mizzou 10
Carolina 10

Drew Lock went back to work, hitting tight end Jason Reese on a 16 yard completion on third down, then a ten yard gain.  Two plays later Lock found Wesley Leftwich for nine down to the ten.  Then he threw an absolute bullet to Nate Brown for their second hook.

Lock went 7-for-7 on that drive.

Mizzou 17
Carolina 10

Nunez drove the Gamecocks to the Tiger 33 on a 3rd and five.   Nunez dumped one off to Cooper who picked up 13 to keep their drive alive.

The Tigers picked up their fourth sack of the half when Kentrell Brothers, who was listed as questionable this week with an ankle and knee, dropped Nunez for a loss of six.  A fourth and 11 turned, then false start penalty pushed an Elliot Fry field goal attempt to 44 yards, but it was wide right.

Mizzou took a knee and the lead into the half.

#Mizzou 1st quarter update: Drew Lock throws an eight yard touchdown pass to give the Tigers early lead over USC

First quarter recap:

South Carolina won the tossed and elected to defer to the second half, giving freshman Drew Lock the ball first.  Here’s the rundown of his first series:

1st and 10—Lock’s pass to Nate Brown on a screen went for a loss of two.

2nd and 12—Lock’s pass to tight end Clayton Echard went for six on a quick out.  Echard is starting in place of injured Sean Culkin.

3rd and 6—Lock’s screen pass to Russell Hansbrough went for a loss of four.

Lock’s first series: 3-for-3 0 yards.

The defense shut down Lorenzo Nunez on USC’s first drive as they lost 17 yards, including a third down sack by Walter Brady that resulted in a 14 yard loss.  USC’s punt was short giving the Tigers the ball at midfield.

Mizzou mixed strong running from Hansbrough and nice passing from Lock to complete an 11 play, 51 yard drive, capped by an eight yard pass from Lock to Brown.  Lock had to drop the ball over a linebacker and hit Brown who was cutting across the middle of the field and hit his wide receiver on a nice lead.

Mizzou’s defense came up big again with Marcell Frazier registering the team’s second sack of the day on Nunez.  A block in the back on the punt return, pushed the Tigers back to their ten.

Lock was sacked at the one…a generous spot, because Lock actually tried to throw from the endzone and could have been called for intentional grounding which would have led to two points for USC.

Instead on third and 19, J’Mon Moore picked up eight yards to get the ball back to the nine for Corey Fatony to punt into a strong breeze.  USC took over at the Tigers 49.

On first down, Nunez took a shot downfield and connected with their big play guy Pharoh Cooper for 31 yards to the Tiger 18.

Brady came up with his second sack of the quarter and third down holding the Gamecocks to a 33 yard field.

End of the quarter: