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#18 Florida dominates Missouri, reclaims first in the SEC EAST

FINAL: FLORIDA 40, MISSOURI 14

GAINESVILL, FL-  In 2014 the Missouri Tigers came to Gainesville and destroyed the Gators on homecoming.  The final score was 42-13, and Missouri scored touchdowns on an interception return, a fumble return, a kickoff return, and a punt return.  The game seemed to be the last straw as head coach Will Muschamp would be fired after the season.
Fast forward to 2016: Homecoming in the Swamp showed off Florida’s vaunted defense.  The Gators scored two defensive touchdowns as Jalen “Teez” Tabor and Quincy Wilson both jumped plays and returned the interceptions for scores.

Florida’s offense, while piling up solid numbers, looked shaky at best.  QB Luke Del Rio threw three interceptions and the offense committed eight false start penalties.  Too often drives would end after entering Missouri territory.

Though the offense largely struggled, there were bright spots.  Florida averaged 7.4 yards per carry over 39 rushing attempts.  Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett rushed for more than 100 yards.  Tyrie Cleveland caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Florida’s defense was again fantastic.  The Gators held Missouri to 98 yards passing.  Missouri failed to convert a first down until the final minute of the first half.  Missouri rushed for 265 yards, but most of that came in the final quarter, with the game out of hand.

The win for Florida, coupled with a Tennessee loss, puts the Gators in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the SEC schedule.

SEC EAST STANDINGS:

  1. FLORIDA          5-1     3-1
  2. TENNESSEE    5-2     2-2
  3. KENTUCKY      3-3     2-2
  4. GEORGIA         4-3     2-3
  5. VANDERBILT  3-4     1-3
  6. S. CAROLINA  2-4     1-4
  7. MISSOURI        2-4     0-3

Game Summary:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
MIZZOU 0 0 7 7 X 14
FLORIDA 0 20 6 14 X 40

 

SCORING:

  • 2nd Quarter (3-0 UF)      Pineiro 53 yard FG
  • 2nd Quarter (6-0 UF)      Pineiro 24 yard FG
  • 2nd Quarter (13-0 UF)    Tabor 39 yard INT return
  • 2nd Quarter (20-0 UF)    Wilson 78 yard INT return
  • 3rd Quarter   (20-7 UF)    Augusta 1 yard run
  • 3rd Quarter  (26-7 UF)    Cleveland 20 yard pass from Del Rio (2-pt failed)
  • 4th Quarter  (33-7 UF)    Scarlett 33 yard run
  • 4th Quarter  (33-14 UF)  Witter 1 yard run
  • 4th Quarter  (40-14 UF)  Callaway 44 yard kickoff return

PASSING LEADERS:

MISSOURI FLORIDA
Zanders   3-4  59 yards Del Rio   18-38  236 yards, TD, 3 INT

RUSHING LEADERS:

MISSOURI FLORIDA
Crockett   14 carries, 145 yards Perine        11 carries, 106 yards
Witter       15 carries, 82 yards Scarlett      10 carries, 101 yards

RECEIVING LEADERS:

MISSOURI FLORIDA
Floyd        1 reception, 34 yards Cleveland   3 receptions, 79 yards, TD
Reese       1 reception, 24 yards Goolsby      3 receptions, 40 yards
Mason      2 receptions, 20 yards Powell         4 receptions, 38 yards

TEAM STATS:

  MISSOURI FLORIDA
FIRST DOWNS 16 22
TOTAL PLAYS 68 77
TOTAL YARDS 363 523
PASS YARDS 98 236
RUSHING YARDS 265 287
TURNOVERS 3 4
PENALTIES 5-24 11-65
TIME OF POSSESSION 23:01 36:59

WHAT’S NEXT:

FLORIDA GATORS VS GEORGIA BULLDOGS

OCTOBER 29, 2016 at 3:30 PM

EVERBANK STADIUM, JACKSONVILLE, FL

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