Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel Quotes

Opening Statement...
"I am real proud of our football team. Last week was a tough week around Mizzou football and this game was about a lot of things. Not only getting our sixth win, but also trying to preserve what we are trying to create here: excellence. I am real proud of our team for handling it the way they did. We talked about switching turnovers and we did that. We played well and a lot of players did a lot of good things."

On wide receiver Danario Alexander...
"If you would have listened to me in July, I told everybody that guy would be one of the top receivers in the country if he had not gotten hurt. The neat thing about Danario is he is a great team player, a great kid and a great competitor. He was sitting there taking all these shots - his helmet flipped up one time, he got hit in the head twice - what a great example for your football team. There are only two guys I have ever coached that could touch a football and change a game. Certainly Jeremy Maclin was one and this guy, Danario Alexander. His big plays were huge. He is a real talented guy. He is just amazing. He is a tall guy and his acceleration, people just have trouble catching him; and they had some fast guys on their team."

On his reaction as they began to pull away...
"I did not breathe easy until the game was over. That is the tough part about putting yourself in this position. We put ourselves in this position and last week was a pressure packed week around our place. I thought we responded well. I thought Blaine Gabbert played really well. The third quarter is kind of when I told our team that is what they want to do."

On winning the turnover battle...
"We did not give them short fields with turnovers and we got a good couple fields because of turnovers. Kansas State was number one in the league in turnover margin. We did a lot of good things."

On the momentum change after Brandon Banks fumble...
"That was a huge play when that ball got knocked out. Bottom line, it was a turnover. That was huge. That was like a gift. That was probably a 14 to 10-point swing. We got a little break and took advantage of it."

On Missouri's defensive performance...
"I thought they did a really good job. The turnovers we got were huge and holding them to field goals was huge because it ended up being the story of the game. We both got chances down there; we got touchdowns and they mostly got field goals and that separated us a little bit at the end."