Mizzou Falls to Florida in the Swamp
GAINESVILLE - The Tigers football team (4-4, 1-4 SEC) went on the road Saturday to take on the No. 8 Gators (7-1, 6-1 SEC). Missouri struck first in the second quarter to go up, 7-0. But Florida came back with 14 unanswered points in the second half to win the game, 14-7.
Quarterback James Franklin was back in the starting lineup after missing two straight starts due to injury. Franklin completed 24 of 51 passes with 236 yards and four interceptions.
After Florida turned the ball over on a fumble in the second quarter, the Tigers drove 27 yards to score off a one-yard touchdown run by Kendial Lawrence, to take the lead for Mizzou, 7-0. Lawrence led the team in rushing with 34 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.
In the second half, Florida capitalized with big plays for touchdowns.
In the third quarter, Florida tight end, Omarius Hines ran for a touchdown from 36 yards out to tie the score, 7-7. It was Hines' only attempt for the day.
In the fourth quarter, Florida running back, Mike Gillislee caught a 45 yard pass from quarterback Jeff Driskel for the last score of the day, putting the Gators up, 14-7. Along with his only reception and touchdown, Gillislee ran the ball 16 times for 68 yards. Driskel completed 12 of 23 pass attempts for 106 yards and one touchdown.
Mizzou drops to 4-5 overall and 1-5 in the SEC on the season. The Tigers head to Knoxville, Tennessee to play the Volunteers next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11:21 a.m. CST.