No. 8 Florida avoids scare, beats Missouri 14-7
Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7:51 p.m.
The season of winning ugly continued for the Florida football team on Saturday.
Accent on the winning part.
The 2012 Gators became the 12th Florida team in history to win seven SEC games when they beat Missouri 14-7 in front of an announced crowd of 90,496 at The Swamp.
The Gators won despite starting the game with key injured players out and more dropping during the game. They won despite a rare off-day for the kicking game. They won despite getting shut out in the first half.
“We're doing what we have to do to win games,” said Florida coach Will Muschamp. “No one can question the resolve of this team.”
The Gators bounced back from a tough loss to Georgia last week to claim at least a share of the SEC East championship. Georgia, which beat Mississippi 37-10 Saturday, needs only to win at Auburn this week to secure the trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.
The No. 8 Gators are now 8-1 on the season with a home game against Louisiana-Lafayette next week. But this win wasn't secure until safety Josh Evans intercepted a pass in the back of the end zone with five seconds remaining.
It was one of four interceptions for the Gators in the game.
Florida scored twice in the second half — first on a 36-yard run by Omarius Hines and then on a 45-yard screen pass from Jeff Driskel to Mike Gillislee.
“There was no panic on the sidelines,” said Driskel. “Everybody wants us to win big but it comes down to winning football games.”
Missouri, which secured its first-ever SEC win last week over Kentucky, took advantage of a Gillislee fumble to score its only points in the game. It was the first touchdown scored by an SEC team against Florida in The Swamp this season.
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