By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 22 Florida was looking to avoid a second straight loss on Saturday against Missouri, but the fourteenth-ranked Tigers had something else in mind. Mizzou (7-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) racked up 500 yards against Florida’s vaunted defense and the Gators went back to Gainesville with a 36-17 defeat.
Mizzou started quickly, needing less than 30 seconds to record its first touchdown of the day on a 20-yard strike from Maty Mauk to Bud Sasser. The Gators were unable to take advantage of a muffed punt by Missouri later in the period and settled for a field goal and a 13-3 deficit at the break.
Solomon Patton gave the Gators life to start off the third quarter, taking the kickoff back 100 yards for a score to pull UF within three points. Missouri responded, however, with a five-play, 75-yard scoring march that took only 1:24 off the clock and ended with a six-yard touchdown run from Henry Josey.
Missouri held a six-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter, and Tigers rallied off 13 points in the final period to pull away and secure their third conference victory of the year in as many tries.
Mauk performed well in his first start in relief of the injured James Franklin, throwing for nearly 300 yards and a score while Josey went for 136 and a score on the ground.
Passing – Maty Mauk, 18-for-36, 295 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Henry Josey, 18 car, 136 yards, TD
Receiving – L’Damian Washington, 3 rec, 84 yards
Passing – Tyler Murphy, 15-for-29, 92 yards, INT
Rushing – Kelvin Taylor, 12 car, 74 yards, TD
Receiving – Solomon Patton, 6 rec, 46 yards
• Saturday’s clash was only the third meeting ever between Mizzou and Florida, and the Tigers now lead the series 2-1.
• Missouri broke a 13-game streak for the Florida defense of limiting SEC opponents to below 20 points.
• It was the first matchup of ranked teams at Faurot Field since Oct. 23, 2010.