September 4, 2007's media day notes

Gary Pinkel wasted very little time in reiterating how he felt about Missouri's season-opening 40-34 win over Illinois. At Monday's media day, Pinkel was asked about the errors the Tigers had made.

"Just a lot of mistakes. Good heavens," he said. "There were some major things. You get a punt blocked, as elementary as the rush was. A bad snap, that had nothing to do with Adam Crossett--in fact, thank goodness he caught the ball. We got out of the drive, I think that's when Pig picked it up in the end zone on a caused fumble by one of our defensive players. You get those two things and we got a 37-13 lead, we give up a 72-yard drive for a touchdown and then we give them back to back turnovers on elementary, a handoff, which is fundamentals. We have a blown assignment, that's a mental error, they hit Chase and knock the ball out. You don't win games doing those kinds of things."

The only good thing for the Tigers was that they actually did when the game doing every one of those things. Though they had to sweat until the very last minute, Missouri survived 21 unanswered Illinois points to win the opener.

"I don't think we played a good game. I think a lot of the media and a lot of people covering this team have gotten away from the fact we did win," said Chase Daniel. "We might have played bad, but who cares? We did win and that's the bottom line."

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