Missouri QB Not Impressed with Clemson Defense


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Missouri QB Kirk Farmer is sacked by Braxton K. Williams.

CLEMSON, SC -- Missouri came to Death Valley with a lot riding on Saturday’s match-up with Clemson. After a disappointing 4-7 mark last season, the Tigers circled September 9 as the day they would turn things around against a nationally ranked Clemson team.


“We put so much emphasis on the Clemson game; we thought it was going to make or break us,” said Missouri All-American defensive end Justin Smith. “We lost it, and we lost it big. We just can’t let it break us.”


After surrendering 6 turnovers and 62 points, Larry Smith’s team must return to Columbia and regroup in an effort to save what could be a sinking ship. Missouri self-destructed throughout much of the afternoon, as witnessed by quarterback Kirk Farmer’s three interceptions, including one returned by Clemson’s Charles Haley for a touchdown. Nonetheless, Farmer left Death Valley relatively under-whelmed by the Clemson defense.


“Not in the least bit,” replied Farmer when he asked if he was impressed by the Reggie Herring’s Tiger defense. “I felt like we could do anything we wanted and we did. We just turned the ball over. Their talent level is not that much better than ours if any better at all.”


Larry Smith had a different take on Saturday’s mismatch.
“I think that Clemson has a very good football team and I think that we got beat in just about every way,” Smith said. “This is a complete humiliation. We’re all humiliated- every coach and every player on this team. We’ll just have to regroup for next week.”


As Justin Smith headed out of the Mizzou locker room, one reporter patted him on the back and said, “When it rains it pours, huh?”


“When it rains it pours,” said the Missouri junior. “Damn right.”

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