Gators offense missing in loss to Mizzou

Mizzou freshman QB Maty Mauk led the Tigers over the Gators.

Mizzou freshman QB Maty Mauk led the Tigers over the Gators.

The University of Florida Gators offensive woes continued in their 36-22 loss to No. 14 Missouri.  On a cool day in Columbia, Missouri, the  Tigers (7-0, 3-0 SEC) took advantage of a stumbling Gators offense, outgaining Florida (4-3, 3-2 SEC) by 349 yards (500-151) in a romp.

Missouri now has the inside track to win the SEC East after beating both Florida and Georgia.

 

Coach Will Muschamp’s Gators scored only one offensive touchdown, while Mizzou continued its hot start with redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk filling in for injured starter James Franklin.

Mauk completed 18-of-35 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown, with one interception (he also ran for a 17-yard score), and running back Henry Josey carried 18 times for 136 yards and a touchdown. With the exception of Florida running back Kelvin Taylor’s 20-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter, the Tigers’ defense, including defensive end Michael Sam, was impressive.

The Gators only gained 61 yards in the first half – including nine rushing – but used six runs to drive 70 yards and pull within 23-17 with 46 seconds left in the third quarter. Missouri answered with a 33-yard field goal by Andrew  Baggett following a 50-yard run by Henry Josey, who ran for 136 yards on 18 carries.

Baggett also converted from 19, 28, 39 and 43 yards to tie the school record in makes in a single game, as Missouri far exceeded the 13 points per game Florida allowed this season entering the matchup, the second-fewest in the SEC. In addition to Mauk’s 295 passing yards, the Tigers added 205 on the ground and had 24 first downs.

Florida earlier narrowed its deficit to three on a 100-yard kickoff return by receiver Solomon Patton on the first play of the second half, but the Tigers responded with a 75-yard drive finished by a 6-yard scamper by Josey for a 20-10 advantage.

Florida drove 22 yards to the Missouri 28-yard line with 58 seconds left in the second quarter on its longest drive of the first half before Ealy burst through the line and forced Murphy to fumble on a sack. Missouri recovered to squelch the threat and end the half up 13-3.

Up next for Florida is a Nov. 2 meeting with Georgia in Jacksonville.

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