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Rapid Recap – Florida Gators get drilled by Missouri

(USA Today - Denny Medley)


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The Florida Gators began the post Jim McElwain era with a road game against the Missouri Tigers. It also marked a first start for QB Malik Zaire.   The Gators were hoping to get off to a fast start, but Missouri would be the ones setting the tone early, blowing out the Gators 45-16

The Tigers would strike first with a Drew Lock 5 yard TD pass to Kendall Blanton to take the 7-0 lead. In the second quarter Larry Rountree III punched it in from 2 yards out to take the 14-0 lead. So much for that fast start. Eddy Pineiro would put the Gators on the board with a 38 yard field goal.

Missouri would pile on two more TDs in the second quarter, Drew Lock would toss another score and Larry Rountree III would have his second rushing TD to give the Tigers a 28-3 lead. The Gators would tack on another field goal before halftime trailing 28-6.

In the third quarter the Gators would strike first with another Eddy Pieniro field goal. Then the Tigers would get another Drew Lock TD pass this time from 50 yards out to Emmanuel Hall to take a huge lead 35-9.

Malik Zaire wasn’t terrible, but he did throw a first half interception. Either way the Gators offensive woes continued as they struggled for much of the game being able to get the ball in the end zone. The finally did find the pay dirt with a Feleipe Franks TD pass to Lamical Perine, but it was a garbage time TD in the fourth as they trailed 42-16. Mizzou would tack on another field goal to close the game 45-16

For the Gators this was quite the vicious loss and proof that despite firing their head coach mid season, they still found themselves having problems on offense. The defense also struggled giving up 45 points. The program at this point is at a rough patch and clearly the firing of McElwain demoralized and already wounded team.

 

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