Eli Drinkwitz responds to Mizzou's loss at Tennessee, says he has 'no issues' with Vols running up score late
Eli Drinkwitz and the Missouri Tigers battled No. 5 Tennessee close for 2+ quarters on Saturday in Knoxville.
Early in the third quarter, the Tigers scored to cut the Vols’ lead to 28-24. From that point on, though, the Vols scored 38 unanswered points, cruising to a massive 66-24 win over Mizzou.
It was another setback for the Tigers and Drinkwitz, who now must beat New Mexico State and Arkansas to close out the regular season to reach bowl eligibility.
Here’s what Drinkwitz had to say about the Tigers’ performance on Saturday:
On late touchdowns by Tennessee to run up the score:
Drinkwitz said he had no issue with Tennessee taking those deep shots up big in 4Q: "He coaches his team. I coach our team. I got no issues with their team and what they do."
Says it's his job to get Missouri to play better late in the game.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 12, 2022
On moving forward from this lopsided loss:
— Chase (@ChaseMatteson) November 12, 2022
#Mizzou coach Eli Drinkwitz on his message to the team after today's game:
"It's senior week. We have two games left to define what this season looks like for our seniors. The best thing we can do right now is look ahead.”
— Kyle Pinnell (@Kyle_Pinnell_) November 12, 2022
On defensive errors leading to big plays by the Vols:
Eli Drinkwitz: "We weren't ourself. We missed some tackles. Didn't cover the way we normally cover."
— Matt Stahl (@mattstahl97) November 12, 2022
Mizzou has a chance to bounce back next weekend at Faurot Field against New Mexico State. Then, to close out the regular season, the Tigers play Arkansas in a game that could decide bowl eligibility for both teams.