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Kansas State Vs. Missouri Tigers: What They're Saying About Mizzou's Victory

The Missouri Tigers beat the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. Here's what people are saying about the game:

"Emptying the Notebook" - Behind the Stripes -
As for that Tigers’ victory on Saturday, welcome back to functionality, Missouri offense. When offensive coordinator David Yost said last Monday that he installed some wrinkles to fix the Tigers’ issues with man-to-man coverage, he wasn’t blowing smoke. The Tigers sent receivers in motion, they used James Franklin to run the ball, they broke out a couple pistol formations, they used three different wideouts to run the jet sweep, they let T.J. Moe fling a pass and they gave Blaine Gabbert the green light to run, run, run.

Wildcats turned away
"You can't turn the ball over four times, especially on the road, and expect to win," said Klein, who relieved Coffman late in the first quarter and split time with him the rest of the way. "Credit Missouri, they took advantage of our mistakes, but we did make mistakes and you can't do that."

Final thoughts on the Big 12's early games - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Missouri 38, Kansas State 28: This was about what most expected, but Kansas State has to be kicking itself over its string of turnovers in the middle of the game. With a chance to tie the game at 21 at the end of the half, Kansas State fumbled a snap at the goal line that kicked off a string of four turnovers and three punts on seven possessions during the game's next quarter and a half. Without those plays, Kansas State might have been within a possession of Missouri, and if that's the case, anything could have happened.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Missouri Tigers - Recap - November 13, 2010 - ESPN
"To get a score and help our team just kind of blow the game open a little bit more, there's no wrong in that," Smith said. "When I was rushing the passer all I heard was boom, like it was two trucks crashing into each other. "I just saw the gift lying on the ground and I had to pick the gift up and take it to the house."

MU notebook: Gabbert took Pinkel’s words to heart -
Gabbert took that heart-to-heart to heart. "That meant a lot," Gabbert said. "Losing two tough games like that, your confidence is a little shaken." Gabbert admitted he was beating himself up. "Oh yeah," he said, "I’m my harshest critic. The last two weeks have been inexcusable on my part."

Tigers, Gabbert get much-needed healing victory over Wildcats Tiger Extra - Mizzou Sports |
"After we discussed things that were going through his mind," Pinkel said after yesterday’s 38-28 victory over Kansas State, "I told him, ‘On the biggest stage of college football, against Oklahoma, the biggest stage you can have … you executed at the highest level. And you are good. Don’t ever doubt that you’re not good. You had a bad game. Let’s think about what we can do to make it better, but don’t ever doubt how good you are.’ "

Burwell: Tigers find a fix
And after watching him last week, of course I was worried about the kid (strictly professional, OK?). And so, too, was Gary Pinkel. "He's a great competitor," said the coach. "And because of that you can be hard on yourself and beat yourself up too much. It was important to me to remind him, 'You're a heck of a player who just had a bad day.'" Whatever Pinkel said worked like a charm, because the old Blaine Gabbert was back Saturday at Faurot Field, leading the 20th-ranked Tigers to a solid, 38-28 victory over Kansas State. He looked like a dangerous, strong-armed, quick and elusive athletic quarterback who can beat you equally with his arm or his fast feet (17 of 25 for 208 yards and 2 TDs passing, 89 yards and 1 TD rushing).

Missouri offense benefits from new wrinkles Tiger Extra - Mizzou Sports |
After being held to 17 points each in back-to-back losses at Nebraska and Texas Tech — and failing to convert 11 of 13 third-down opportunities and producing only 95 yards through the air against the Red Raiders — they needed a spark as they prepared to play Kansas State yesterday on Faurot Field. It was evident from the fifth play from scrimmage, when true freshman quarterback James Franklin trotted onto the field to take the place of junior Blaine Gabbert, the Tigers would be operating off a different script.