Dooley At The Half: Florida-Missouri in punt-fest

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Missouri wide receiver Barrett Banister, left, catches a pass as Florida defensive back Shawn Davis defends during the first half Saturday in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley looks at the first half of the Florida-Missouri game:

  • Florida continues to have no running game and the result was that Missouri was able to tee off on Kyle Trask. The Gators ran for 29 yards in the first half with 25 of them coming on a Kedarius Tony speed sweep. Trask took four sacks against a team that came into the game with only 14 all season.
  • Florida’s defense played awfully well with the only drive of note for Missouri coming after Kelly Bryant badly underthrew a deep pass and CJ Henderson couldn’t put on the brakes. The 44-yard pass to Jalen Knox set up a field goal. 
  • Florida was not good on third down, throwing on all but two of the plays. One was a Trask quarterback sneak that was converted and the other a run by Dameon Pierce went absolutely nowhere. Florida did limit Missouri to 1-of-7 on third down.
  • The first half was not unusual for Florida and we’ll see if the Gators can make the usual progress in the second half. The Gators have tried to use some creativity in the running game, but still only ran it 11 times. Florida called 23 passes in the first half and don’t be surprised if UF goes deep against the one-deep coverage in the second half.