Missouri Tigers Look To Rebound Against Texas Tech After Suffering First Loss

Shane PattonCorrespondent INovember 3, 2010

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers tries to avoid defensive end Pierre Allen #95 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during first half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel gathered his team Sunday, one day after the Tigers were handed their first loss of the season by the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln.

Pinkel wanted to let his team know that the MU coaching staff wasn’t going to change the way they do things.

“Watching body language and things like that,” Pinkel said. “They probably were very curious of how we were as a football staff, and how we would handle a loss. For all the kids, and certainly the young players, we’ve got to be very cautious of them and how they’re dealing with it.

“You move on. I don’t want guys moping around. We’ve got a lot ahead of us. We’re playing a really good team. We have some great opportunities.”

Missouri players say they will not let the loss ruin the rest of their season.

“We’re a good team and we’re going to finish out this season good, like we know we can,” said freshman tailback Henry Josey, averaging 6.0 yards a rush and second—at a net 325 yards—to junior De’Vion Moore’s 328 rushing yards.

“None of us around here is moping.”

Senior center Tim Barnes added, “The goals haven’t changed, even though we don’t control the Big 12 North anymore.”

Missouri plays Saturday night at Texas Tech for the Red Raiders Homecoming in Lubbock, Texas.


Author’s Note

It was a tough loss to take considering the BCS implications, but once Missouri fans calm down they will realize that their Tigers are 7-1 and can still play in a major BCS Bowl if they regroup and take care of business the rest of the season.


Twitter Anger

Missouri fans have gotten a bit too vocal in their disappointment with MU and specifically, Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert has had to deal with some angry Twitter followers after the loss to Nebraska. One follower went so far as to call Gabbert out, stating he would call the QB something offensive to his face if he ever met him, which Gabbert replied, “I wish you would” (or something to that effect).

Easy now Twitter people! For one, Gabbert is still an excellent college quarterback. Second, if any fan thinks he can do better, lace up the ‘ol sneaks, use P90x and try out next season…trust me, those of us in the media will be watching for ya so we can cover your amazing college career.


Some Good News for Mizzou

The only player on Mizzou's injury report was linebacker Luke Lambert, who will miss his third game with a knee strain.


Side Note on the Big 12 North

If Nebraska wins out, the Cornhuskers will win the North for a second straight season. The Huskers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Mizzou.

Iowa State can also win the Big 12 North by winning out. The Cyclones are 3-2 in the Big 12, but can win the North if they win at home this Saturday against Nebraska, at Colorado on Nov. 13 and then back home against Missouri on Nov. 20.


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