To say it has been a brutal couple of weeks for Missouri would be quite the understatement.

The Tigers gave away a game at Auburn 2 weeks ago, missing what would have been a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation and then fumbling at the goal line in overtime on what looked almost certain to be a game-winning TD run.

Instead, they lost 17-14.

This past Saturday, Missouri led Georgia for much of the game before fading after halftime and losing 26-22 to drop to 2-3 on the season.

The Tigers will look to get back in the win column this Saturday but it won’t be easy, as they head to Gainesville to take on Florida.

During the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday, Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said that his team simply can’t feel sorry for itself over what’s transpired the last 2 weeks.

“At the end of the day, adversity is an opportunity for growth,” Drinkwitz said. “You’re going to be a better person because you go through tough situations. … Each week is you vs. you — how much can you pour into it, how much better can you get. … We’re all human. We all understand there’s an emotional toll to that. … You don’t have time to feel pity for yourself and have a pity party.”

So what can the Tigers do to turn these close losses into wins?

“I think we’ve got to work on not allowing negative yardage plays and penalties,” Drinkwitz said. “Those are the things showing their ugly heads on tape. … I can help that by calling better plays and we can help that by continuing to coach technique.”