Struggles continue for UF


Florida Gators defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (6) pressures Missouri Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk (7) during the first half at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo., Saturday, October 19, 2013. (Doug Finger/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.

First quarter

Play of the quarter: On the first play of the game, Missouri redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk dropped back and threw a deep pass down the sideline. L'Damian Washington made a nice catch at the Florida 20 and was drilled by Florida safety Cody Riggs, who was called for targeting and was ejected. Just 15 seconds into the game, Florida had lost another starter.

Stat of the quarter: The Gator offense continued to struggle. The Gators managed only 44 yards in the quarter, and half of their 16 plays went for negative yards or no yards. Tyler Murphy missed an open Trey Burton at the goal line for what would have been a touchdown.

Trending: Missouri came out throwing despite having a quarterback making his first start. The Tigers tried passes on their first eight plays of the game, completing four and getting a pass interference call for a first down. Mauk finished the quarter with 80 passing yards

Scoring: Missouri struck first with a two-play scoring drive. Mauk hit Bud Sasser with a 20-yard touchdown pass just 22 seconds into the game. Florida took advantage of a muffed punt return to counter with a 23-yard field goal by Frankie Velez. Missouri took advantage of a Murphy interception to get a 43-yard field goal by Andrew Baggett.

Second quarter

Play of the quarter: Late in the quarter, Missouri was driving for what looked like a knockout punch. But on first-and-15 after a false start penalty, Florida's Brian Poole stepped in front of a Mauk pass and returned it 25 yards to midfield. It was almost a pick-six for Poole, but he was tripped up by the last player who had a shot at him. Not surprisingly, that was Florida's best chance to score in the quarter.

Stat of the quarter: Florida's defense has made a habit of starting slow and then adjusting. But in the second quarter of this game, the Gators allowed 102 yards and eight first downs. As a result, Florida has now allowed exactly 200 yards in the first half of each of the last two games.

Trending: As bad as Florida's offense was in the first quarter, it wasn't any better in the second. In fact, Florida had only 17 yards of offense in the quarter, in part because Murphy was sacked twice and because Florida insists on running that ridiculous wildcat play with Trey Burton running (he lost five yards).

Scoring: There was only one score and it resulted in some murmuring from the Missouri fans. The Tigers decided to kick a 19-yard field goal with 4:28 remaining in the half on fourth down from the Florida 1-yard line.

Third quarter

Play of the quarter: Solomon Patton gave the Gators a second-half jolt on the opening kickoff. He took the kick in his own end zone, cut right and through a gap and sped 100 yards for a touchdown to cut Missouri's lead to 13-10. Unfortunately, it only took 1:24 for Missouri to answer with a score of its own.

Stat of the quarter: Florida's 70-yard touchdown drive was fueled mostly by freshman running back Kelvin Taylor, who had 53 yards on the drive. Florida had 70 yards on the possession, five more than it had previously in the entire game.

Trending: Florida's defense was missing Damien Jacobs and Ronald Powell (and, of course, Dominique Easley) and Riggs was ejected one play into the game. But it was still startling to see a Will Muschamp defense allow so many big plays. Missouri had 201 yards in the third quarter.

Scoring: Patton's kickoff return was countered by a 6-yard touchdown run by Missouri's Henry Josey with 13:24 to play in the half. Baggett hit another field goal to make it 23-10 before Taylor ran in from 20 yards out to cut the lead to 23-17.

Fourth quarter

Play of the quarter: Florida still had a puncher's chance in the fourth quarter but on a third-down play, Murphy was sacked by Shane Ray and the ball came loose. Harold Brantley recovered at the Florida 7-yard line, and two plays later Missouri scored the clincher.

Stat of the quarter: After the 70-yard drive in the third quarter, Florida went back to normal in the fourth. The Gators had 20 total yards in a dismal fourth quarter.

Trending: None of them were real long, but Missouri placekicker Andrew Baggett finished off a high-scoring day with a pair of field goals to give him five for the game. His kicks ranged from 19 yards to 43.

Scoring: Baggett's two field goals made it 29-17 and Mauk delivered the dagger with a 17-yard run after the Tigers had been backed up by a holding penalty. Mauk scrambled to the right and ran in untouched with 6:30 left to play.

Final score: The Tigers won 36-17 by handing the Gators their second straight loss of the season in UF's first trip to Missouri's Faurot Field.

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