Article and Photo by Matt Munsell with Missouri Gazette
Columbia, Missouri–Mizzou Tigers came out in a deflated mode today as they fell to the No. 11 Florida gators. The Gators held strong on their defenses as they were only allowing Mizzou to throw short passes and held the running game to a minimum. Gators quarterback Kyle Trask completed 23-of-35 passes for 282 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, serving as the offensive spark after halftime following two quarters of defensive dominance by both teams. The Tigers managed just 256 yards of offense, their fourth straight game with fewer than 300 yards. They punted a season-high 10 times and collected six penalties for 55 yards, some more costly than others.
In the third Quarter, The Florida gators offense started to take hold as they adjusted to the Mizzou’s passing rush. Trask was able to find the match ups he wanted. His first of two touch downs came when he connected a deep pass to Josh Hammond in the end zone. The next touchdown required some extra reviews from the officials, but Lamical Perine did a great job of pulling down Trask’s pass to his chest and getting his feet down in bounds for the second touchdown of the quarter. This was the dagger that put Mizzou away. The defense was faltering, and the offense just could not stay on the field long enough to score. Mizzou falls to Florida 23-6