Recap: Florida vs. Missouri
Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Murphy returned both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns, and also added a rushing score as the Missouri Tigers easily downed the Florida Gators, 42-13, in an SEC battle at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Quarterback Maty Mauk completed just 6-of-18 passing for 20 yards and an interception, and took seven carries for a team-high 38 yards for the Tigers (5-2, 2-1 SEC), who have won two of their last three games.
Treon Harris completed 8-of-12 passing for 98 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and added a late rushing score for Florida (3-3, 2-3), which has dropped two consecutive games. Jeff Driskel completed 7-of-19 passing for 50 yards and two interceptions.
Murphy had a huge first quarter for the Tigers. The running back returned the opening kickoff of the game 96 yards for a touchdown, and then later scored on a five-yard run with 3:50 to play in the period to give Missouri a 14-0 advantage.
The second quarter belonged to Mizzou as well. Andrew Baggett connected on a 25-yard field goal with 8:38 to play for the 17-0 lead, and then later booted a 34-yarder through with 4:21 to play in the half for the 20-0 halftime lead.
It was Murphy who got things going for the Tigers at the start of the second half. He returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown not even two minutes into the new half, and Mauk connected with Bud Sasser on the ensuing two-point conversion for the 28-0 Mizzou lead.
To make matters worse for Florida, Markus Golden returned a Gators fumble 21 yards for a touchdown to extend the Tigers' lead to 35-0 with 7:25 to play in the third period.
Not even two minutes later, Driskel tossed an interception to Darvin Ruise who returned it 46 yards for yet another Missouri touchdown. The Tigers took the 42-0 lead with 5:57 remaining in the third.
Florida finally got on the board with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter when Harris hit Tevin Westbrook on a five-yard scoring completion to slice Missouri's large lead to 42-7.
Harris cut the lead even more in the fourth quarter when he carried the ball three yards into the end zone for the touchdown with 26 seconds remaining. Florida's deficit fell to 42-13, although Francisco Velez's extra point try was blocked. That is how the scoring in the contest ended.
Missouri had no trouble winning the game thanks to defense and special teams, but the Tigers were outdone on the offensive end of the field. Florida had the edge in first downs (17-7), total offensive yards (283-119) and had fewer penalties than Mizzou (11 for the Tigers, three for the Gators). Six Gators turnovers killed any chance at a victory.Game Notes