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Barry Odom on red zone offense: "It’s too hard to get down there and come away with nothing"

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He blamed his "absolutely horrible" halftime speech for the team’s sluggish start to the second half. He should have engaged more with his assistant coaches on the headset, he said.

Odom held himself accountable for the defeat.

"I’m disappointed in myself more than anything," he said, "that I didn’t get our guys ready to go play."

"I tried to look at things I thought I did OK and things I didn’t do well enough," he added. "There’s a long list of things I need to improve on.

"The ability to make in-game adjustments with both sides of the ball, I was a little too quiet at times (while) dealing a lot with special teams."

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"Finishing, that’s the game of football," Missouri sophomore left guard Kevin Pendleton said. "You’ve got to finish, whether it’s the fourth quarter or you get down within 25 yards. That’s the red zone, and some of the most important times of the game."

"It’s too hard to get down there and come away with nothing," MU first-year coach Barry Odom said. "That’s one area we’ll spend a lot of time addressing."

The Mountaineers only outgained the Tigers 494-462, but the scoreboard showed a more lopsided contest.

...and moving quickly

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU notes: Odom's all about that pace, 'bout that pace, no treble

"We’ll play faster than that as time comes," Coach Barry Odom said Monday. … "The skillset that we have on offense, we need to play with some tempo."

Missouri hitting the century mark for plays in Saturday’s 26-11 loss at West Virginia marked just the sixth time it has reached 100 plays in a game since 1958, the so-called "modern era."

Missouri ran 111 plays – a figure that’s believed to be the program record -- in a 27-14 victory over Colorado in 1968. Saturday was the most plays Missouri ran since it fired off 100 in a 45-35 loss to New Mexico in 2005.

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"I kind of try to play the big brother role with him. [J'Mon Moore] don't like it when I say that," Black said with a smile. "Every time we come to the sideline we talk about what we see. If he has a bad play or I have a bad play, we pick each other up. I think those kind of things are vital to being able to play the next play and play a great game."

Like Moore, Black topped the 100-yard mark on Saturday in Morgantown. Last year, no Mizzou receiver had more than 79 yards in any game.

"I feel like we took a step forward as an offense," Moore said. "I really feel like we took a step forward. We just need to score. We moved the ball, but we didn’t put no points on the board. I feel like we took a step forward. Looking at the film, I saw a lot of good things, but we’ve got to capitalize, we’ve got to score points and win."

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