Mizzou is at an even .500 in 2 seasons under Eli Drinkwitz. After going 5-5 last season, the Tigers finished the second regular season under Drinkwitz with a 34-17 loss at Arkansas, dropping the 2021 record to 6-6 ahead of the bowl game.

After the game, Drinkwitz took questions from reporters. Here are the highlights of what he had to say in his postgame press conference:

On losing the regular-season finale

“I’m really more disappointed in tonight’s result. We talked about getting to the bowl game last week, and outside of that was today’s about us not finding a way to get it done.”

On offensive issues

“We were never able to sustain rhythm offensively. (We) kept getting big, big penalties that were, putting us way out of whack on second longs and third longs on the fringe zone, and we weren’t able to sustain drives. It got away from us late.”

On depth issues

“We’re down a few guys just because of injuries and sickness. We were trying to play a little bit tighter game and once it got to two scores, it kind of got away from us there.”

On QB Connor Bazelak’s struggles

“I felt like our team was in the game. He hadn’t made a big mistake. I don’t want everyone at quarterbacks to feel like if they make a single mistake, they’re going to get pulled. So after the interception, we’ll give him another chance to drive us down and see what he could do. But, at the end, I needed to give Brady (Cook) a chance and to see what he could provide for us.”

[H/T Columbia Daily Tribune]