'We've got our work cut out': What Eli Drinkwitz said after Mizzou's loss to Boston College

Chris Kwiecinski
Columbia Daily Tribune

When it came down to crunch time, Missouri football struggled in the clutch.

With Missouri leading 31-27, Boston College's final drive in regulation spanned 5:53 across 15 plays. It ended with a go-ahead touchdown where the Eagles faced four third downs and converted all four.

Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz acknowledged after the game that was the Tigers' chance to stop them, and it brought on similar feelings the Tigers felt during the Kentucky game where they just needed a stop.

"That's the feeling," Drinkwitz said. "We had multiple turns to stop them, and we couldn't get off the field."

Here's what Drinkwitz said after Missouri's 41-34 loss to Boston College in overtime on Saturday afternoon.

Why the run defense struggled

Missouri gave up 275 rushing yards to Boston College, including a 67-yard touchdown run by Pat Garwo.

Drinkwitz said he wanted to go back to watch film before specifically saying whether or not the struggles stemmed from getting beat at the line of scrimmage. He also didn't point to the struggles being limited to a personnel or scheme issue.

"We have who we have, and we have to adjust our scheme to make it match," Drinkwitz said. "We can't repeatedly give up 275 yards and be successful. Next week is going to present a whole other challenge.

"We've got our work cut out with this. That's the job. We'll figure it out. It's what we've got to do."

Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz looks on from the sideline during the first half against Boston College earlier this season in Boston.

On establishing Missouri's run game

The Tigers took a 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game and had a chance to go up 14-0 following an interception by Shawn Robinson.

Missouri rushed for one yard before throwing two incomplete passes. The opening drive featured two running plays in a 10-play drive, too.

"This was an opportunity to really establish our run game to go up 14-0," Drinkwitz said. "We didn't take advantage of the opportunity.

"This whole thing is a work in progress."

On Boston College's last drive of regulation

Drinkwitz could have called a timeout on the Eagles' go-ahead drive, which ended on a touchdown with less than 30 seconds left in regulation.

Having such little time remaining is why he elected to save his timeouts down three.

"We had a four-point lead," Drinkwitz said. "I just felt like, if they scored, I needed to have a timeout just in case I needed to kick a field goal."

On the game-tying field goal

Following that touchdown drive was a well-executed 30-second drill to give the Tigers a chance. That drive ended with a clutch kick.

Harrison Mevis' game-tying field goal was one of the biggest moments of the game, pushing the game to overtime and showcasing his clutch gene. The 56-yard field goal was a career high for Mevis, and Drinkwitz said the offense was simply aiming to get the ball inside Boston College territory.

“We thought if we got to the 40, we could kick it," Drinkwitz said.

"Man, that was a really big-time drive for us to get a chance to kick that and to make that kick," he said. "I felt like we had some momentum there."

Where Missouri goes from here

The loss to Boston College hurts, but the reality is the Eagles are now 4-0 on the season. The Tigers didn't lose any ground in the SEC East, either.

BC proved to match up perfectly against where MU struggled, and Drinkwitz put the onus on the team to move on from this loss leading into next Saturday's home game against Tennessee.

"I told the team in the locker room: We're 2-2 and we're gonna go play an SEC opponent. We have a chance to get where we want to get, but we've got to go to work, and it's more about us than it is about anybody else right now."

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