First half: The deep throws by Feleipe Franks were off target and Missouri kept jumping the bubble screens. Combine that with a mediocre running game and mundane play-calling and you get a 164-yard half that was only that good because of the final drive.
Second half: Dan Mullen had no choice but to make a move at quarterback after Florida’s start to the half was no better than the first half. Kyle Trask did some good things on his first drive of the season, converting a pair of fourth-down passes, including one for a touchdown.
For the game: Obviously, Florida’s offense is not very good right now. We will all sit back and see what Mullen does with his quarterbacks, but it almost feels like Franks has regressed into oblivion. This was also not Mullen’s best day as a play-caller.
First half: Mizzou is not a good matchup for Florida because of the scheme of the offense and it was pretty apparent in the first half. Florida looked solid on the first two series, then played phantom defense for most of the rest of the half. Missouri ended up averaging 6.8 yards a play in the half.
Second half: The Gators needed to establish something defensively at the start of the half. Instead, Missouri drove for touchdowns on a pair of eight-play drives. And after Trask gave UF a spark, the Tigers kept the ball for the next 6:12 on a field goal drive. Pathetic.
For the game: What has happened to this defense? Georgia carved up Florida, but this was a Missouri team that has struggled against SEC defenses. Maybe that Georgia game took something out of this team, but Florida has allowed 19 third-down conversions in its last two games.
Special teams C
First half: When Dameon Pierce blew up his blocker and made a textbook tackle on the kickoff at the Missouri 13 to start the game, you wondered if this might be a big game for the special teams. But Tommy Townsend had an average half and special teams weren’t much of a positive factor.
Second half: While there were no shortage of penalties on special team plays, there was a shortage of big plays. Townsend kicked better but what was he thinking getting a pair of penalties? Evan McPherson remains consistent.
For the game: Coverage was not as good as it has been and penalties were a little ridiculous, but special teams really didn’t make much of a difference. Florida did go after one punt, but didn’t get close.
So maybe the grades don’t add up. But did anyone walk away from this game thinking Florida deserves any better of a grade? This team looked a step slow and disinterested at times. There are probably several reasons for such a poor performance, but there are no excuses. This falls on everyone.