Mizzou Football: Florida Gators Spoil Mizzou Homecoming


It was a disappointing night at Farout Field, as a week of built up hype turned into to let down. The 11th ranked Florida Gators took care of business beating the Mizzou football team 21-3 in a game they led from the first possession.

A solid balance of run and pass proved to be just enough for the Gators to beat the Tigers on Saturday night. The offense wasn’t the story again as the Florida defense held Mizzou to 257 yards of total offense and allowed the solo field goal on the first drive of the game.

The opening Florida drive went 75 yards in 12 plays in five and a half minutes capped off by a one yard Kelvin Taylor touchdown run to demoralize the sold out crowd.

Freshman quarterback Drew Lock, however, took the Tigers right down the field in response to the Gator touchdown. After a 32 yard pass to J’Mon Moore to setup Mizzou first and goal at the six, the Gators were able to make a stand in the redzone and force a 21 yard Andrew Baggett field goal midway through the first.

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  • Florida redshirt-freshman quarterback Will Grier orchestrated another beautiful drive late in the first quarter going eight plays, 82 yards, and completing all three passes on the drive while also running for ten yards. The drive was capped again by a one yard Kelvin Taylor run, putting the Gators ahead 14-3 before the conclusion of the first 15.

    Both teams defenses played great in the second quarter, as no points were scored, but opportunities were there as both Mizzou and Florida missed field goals.

    Mizzou had more of their success in the first half gaining 135 of their 257 yards. Drew Lock was not the prodigy he was proclaimed to be after dispatching South Carolina 24-10 a week ago, going 16 of 39 for 151, throwing two interceptions, one of which was returned 40 yards by Jalen Tabor for the third and final Florida touchdown in the third quarter.

    Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel didn’t see a bad performance from Lock as he said in his post-game press conference, “We’ve got to play better around him.” Pinkle also added that Florida, “out executed us all around.”

    With the loss, Mizzou drops to 4-2 and 1-2 in SEC play and will travel to Georgia next Saturday in a pivotal SEC East matchup. The Florida Gators, on the other hand, hold their own destiny. Sitting at 6-0 and 4-0 in the SEC, if the Gators can win out they will be playing in Atlanta for the SEC title. Next weekend they will travel to Death Valley to take on top 10 LSU in a battle of SEC unbeatens.

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