First half: Hmm, funny what happens when you actually try to throw the ball downfield against a bad defense. For the most part, looked like the same tired old offense.
Second half: You had to like the third-and-six run up the middle after a timeout. The first drive of the half was a nice one until the Gators started going backward.
For the game: The only thing that was different was that Florida did try the middle of the field with Malik Zaire. And sometimes it actually resulted in a completion. “I hope we go more to that next week,” Zaire said.
First half: You thought last week was bad. The Gators gave up 298 yards and were gashed by Missouri’s running game for 5.7 yards an attempt.
Second half: The defense actually held Missouri to 81 yards in the third quarter, but the Tigers had little trouble scoring when they wanted to.
For the game: It doesn’t seem that long ago when defense was keeping the Gators in games, but in the last two they’ve given up 87 points. That’s bad defense.
Special teams D
First half: A muffed punt by Brandon Powell. Terrible blocking on kickoff returns. Special teams didn’t exactly help Florida get off to a fast start.
Second half: The good news was that Eddy Pineiro made another field goal and the special teams didn’t hurt Florida. That’s an improvement. But Pineiro had an off-day kicking off. “That hasn’t happened all season,” said interim head coach Randy Shannon.
For the game: If the goal was to win the field goal kicking contest, the Gators won. But special teams are still a major problem.
Just a miserable performance by a team that looked like it was miserable. This game showed that Jim McElwain wasn’t the only issue, but this also is the team he left behind.