Missouri 38, Florida 17
What Happened: Drew Lock was fantastic, picking apart the Florida secondary with three touchdown passes on the way to a 35-10 third quarter lead. The Mizzou running game helped out early, with Larry Rountree coming up with a 27-yard touchdown and Damarea Crockett coming up with a short score. But this game was about Lock taking over early on.
Florida had a 3-0 lead, and Feleipe Franks came up with a three-year touchdown run late in the first quarter, but the defense didn’t have any answers, and the offense couldn’t pick up the slack with too many third down misfires.
What Mattered: Lock completed 24-of-32 passes for 250 yards and three scores, spreading the ball around well with four Tigers coming up with 40 yards or more. Crockett ran 21 times for 114 yards and one score.
– Franks completed just 9-of-22 passes for 84 yards and ran for 17 yards and a touchdown. Lamical Perine led the Gators with just 42 yards on ten carries.
– Mizzou might have been flagged 11 times, but it controlled the clock and the game by converting 11-of-18 third down tries. Lock was fantastic, but the Tiger ground game was good, too, outgaining the Gators 221 yards to 113.
What It All Means: The Gators have now been blown out two games in a row. It’s as if the team has hit a wall after such a great start. It’s already bowl eligible at 6-2, but it still has a chance to have a whole lot of fun – and come up with a double-digit win season – with South Carolina, Idaho and at Florida State to close.
– This was a really, really big win for the Tigers. Now, at 5-4, they have a huge road win after losing four games in five with a bowl game almost a certainty with Vanderbilt, at Tennessee and Arkansas to close.
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