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By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 7 Florida forced four interceptions on the afternoon, including the game-winning pick in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, and the Gators held on to beat Missouri 14-7 in The Swamp.
The Gators (8-1, 7-1) were powered by two second half touchdowns, one coming from Omarius Hines on a 36-yard run and the other from running back Mike Gillislee on a 45-yard screen pass from Jeff Driskel. Driskel was limited to just 106 yards through the air by the Mizzou defense, but he didn’t throw a pick and that was all the Gators needed to pick up the win.
Mizzou (4-5, 1-5) quarterback James Franklin threw for 236 yards on the day, but the Gators picked him off four times to squash Tigers’ drives and keep their offense afloat despite only 276 yards of offense. Kendial Lawrence scored Mizzou’s lone touchdown of the game, and Dorial Green Beckham caught six passes for 73 yards on the afternoon.
The Gators finished their 2012 conference slate at 7-1, marking the 13th time in school history that UF has won at least seven SEC games in a single season.
Passing – Jeff Driskel, 12-for-23, 106 yards, TD
Rushing – Omarius Hines, 1 car, 36 yards, TD
Receiving – Mike Gillislee, 1 rec, 45 yards, TD
Passing – James Franklin, 24-for-51, 236 yards, 4 INT
Rushing – Kendial Lawrence, 18 car, 34 yards, TD
Receiving – Dorial Green-Beckham, 6 rec, 73 yards
· This was only the second meeting all-time between Florida and Missouri, and the series is now 1-1. The first meeting was a win for Mizzou over Steve Spurrier’s Gators in the 1966 Sugar Bowl.
· Counting his days as defensive coordinator at Texas, Florida head coach Will Muschamp is now 3-0 against Mizzou as a coach.
· Saturday’s game was the first of three straight road games for Missouri.