Missouri lost its fifth straight game on Saturday, a 24-20 defeat to visiting Tennessee as the offense continued to struggle for the Tigers.

“They battled,” Odom said, according to Dave Matter. “They competed. They fought. They came up short. I hate it that it came up in the loss column.”

Odom said he didn’t know exactly the details about the Jarvis Ware’s injury. He said it was the head/neck area. He went down in the first quarter and didn’t return. Odom expects Albert Okwuegbunam back next week for Arkansas after the tight end sat out this game.

The coach explained his decision to punt on 4th and 5, said they decided to go for it if it would have been 4th and less than 2. Was disappointed they couldn’t get more on third down run.

QB Kelly Bryant was 16-for-28 passing for 166 yards and a touchdown, but still appeared less than 100 percent with an injury. Bryant’s missed time earlier this season with a hamstring injury.

“I have a lot of respect for Kelly Bryant and what he’s battling through,” Odom said.

About the Senior Day loss, Odom said, according to Souichi Terada, “Talked more about life. There’s a lot of things that are not going to go your way.” Mentioned try to go and do something the rest of the season.