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Josh Heupel on Missouri's offensive troubles: "We were in way too many third and long situations."

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On Drew Lock’s second-quarter interception, Heupel called it the offense’s one "glaring mistake." (After the game, Lock called it an "amateur decision." Insert your own joke about the amateurism of college athletics.) "We don’t block it exactly clean," Heupel said. "He’s got to be able to set his feet in the pocket, take a hit while you deliver a strike down the field."

"I didn’t think he read things out as the game went on as well as he needed to," he added. "We were in way too many third and long situations. We were in 11 third-and-7 plusses. You can’t convert and you can’t win on the road when your numbers are like that. We need to do a better job of staying ahead of the chains and putting him in a better situation as well."

Heupel said good offenses convert 30 percent of third-and-long plays and 50 percent of third-and-medium plays.

"That’s how your play total goes from 60 to 80," he said. "That’s how you get into the red zone and score points."

-- Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Heupel, Cross discuss loss at LSU

Man, do I like that answer. So many of Heupel's answers mix stats and tactics and fundamentals in a way that makes me very happy.

As we'll see in the Beyond the Box Score, Mizzou's biggest offensive issue against LSU wasn't how the Tigers did on third-and-long; it was how they did on standard downs. They were instantaneously falling into third-and-long situations. And that resulted in some blink-and-you-miss-it three-and-outs.

That's the trade-off of this style of offense, especially in its current, not quite fully realized state. Moving with this much tempo creates a level of tension -- you're either wearing your defense out or their defense out.

Heupel also talked about how Mizzou ran the ball a bit better than he expected at times. He clearly didn't expect it, otherwise he'd have probably called more run plays, especially at the start of the game.

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