Students, fans in Columbia not surprised by Missouri football victory

Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 9:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Students on campus and fans at local bars showed little surprise with Missouri's win at Georgia and were looking forward to Southeastern Conference home games. Here's a small sample of what fans had to say.

At the MU Student Center

Tyler Zentz, junior

“I thought that going into this week with Georgia’s injuries, we had a really good shot at winning," Zentz said.

“Well, Franklin got hurt, so I think that it's going to depend on that, but I think they have a really good shot with the next two games being at home," he said of MU's chances in upcoming games. "I think they have a good shot of keeping it up for a while.”

Alex Skalicky, freshman

“I think they will (keep winning) if all their players come back — you know, if James Franklin is all right and if E.J. Gaines comes back, I think they will be fine," Skalicky said.

Logan Howell, sophomore

Howell said he thought the Tigers would win Saturday.

"I always have faith in Mizzou," he said.

He also thinks that the Tigers will continue their winning streak. When asked why, he said, "Why not?"

Eddie Kraus, junior

"I think the rest of the season will go well," Kraus said. "The schedule looks pretty good, and I think that the having the next two games at home will help them."

At Campus Bar and Grill

Some Missouri fans shouted at the top of their lungs on top of Campus Bar and Grill after Missouri's win against Georgia. Most of the bars were packed with Tigers and Cardinals fans. After the win, the emotions of jubilation lingered as many patrons turned their attention to the Cardinals' playoff game.

Darren Clark

“Personally, I have always been an optimistic Mizzou fan," Clark said. "ESPN said it was eight points in favor of Georgia. And I knew it was going to be a huge win for us.

"It means a lot to me since some of my relatives are LSU fans. They have been talking trash this whole time.”

He said he expected a close game, "but it far exceeded my expectations. This was make or break.”

David Vaughn

“We haven’t gotten to go on the road and win," Vaughn said. "We now have more of the national spotlight. Because one, Georgia is a top-10 football team in the country. Second, Georgia has one of the big recruits in the country. Having a win there legitimizes us."

At Quinton’s

Quincy Hamilton

“I felt like it was the 2010 season when we upset Oklahoma," Hamilton said. "I think we have the potential to win the SEC East."

Robert “Thunder” Bendle

“I thought we would lose by three touchdowns,” Bendle said.

“It would be naïve for us to think that we can beat Alabama or Texas A&M," Bendle said. "Johnny Manziel is the best college athlete. I love Mizzou, but we can’t beat them.”

Cole Mendenhall

“I am not going to lie," Mendenhall said. "I wanted us to win but the odds were never in our favor. We haven’t beaten a top-10 team on the road since 1981.

“Each play by Mizzou was a powerplay," he said. "It was over-the-top amazing. I think it really shows the SEC the potential that we have. It puts us in the spotlight.”

At FieldHouse

Ben Verhoef 

“I was excited that we can put good defense points on good teams," Verhoef said. "This shows we can play with the best of the best like South Carolina and Florida. I think we can win the SEC East. Go Tigers!”

Sean Goggins

“National championship or bust,” Goggins said.

John Sullivan

“We won, which was good, but we destroyed them, which was better,” Sullivan said. “I am not 100 percent sure that we can win the SEC, but I think we can go far. It is a hit or miss. We look like a better team this year.”

Michael Gillum at Harpos

“If Franklin is healthy and continues playing on the team, we will continue to upset teams throughout the year,” Gillum said. “The best game we had in the past few years. Florida is going to be hard, but if we keep our intensity up, we will win.”

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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