FINAL: No. 11 Florida 23, Missouri 6

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask throws during the first half Saturday against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Live updates for the No. 11 Florida at Missouri college football game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.


Evan McPherson ends the game’s first offensive series with a 47-yard field goal to put Florida up 3-0 with 12:11 showing. Receiver Van Jefferson caught three quarterback Kyle Trask passes for 50 yards in the drive.

On that quick three-and-out, Missouri QB Kelly Bryant completed two passes, both for losses. Good start for the UF defense.

End-around to Kadarius Toney for a 25-yard gain. But a second sack of Trask stalls the Gators’ second series.

Florida has five plays of 10 yards or more in two possessions, but only three points because of a sack in each drive.

A sack by Jon Greenard contributes in stalling Missouri’s second series after a first down. UF takes over at its 20 with 4:33 left in first quarter after a punt.

Emory Jones enters at QB and picks up a first down running. Toney then losses 8 on an end-around. Jones gets a chunk back with a 14-yard run. A Trask incompletion forces UF to punt on its third series.

UF begins its fourth series from its 20 following a punt.

What went right: Florida went 45 yards quickly, but had to settle for Evan McPherson’s 47-yard field goal. But things went south from there from an offensive standpoint as the next two drives stalled out, leading the Gators to punt. The defense has kept the Tigers from establishing momentum of their own, leading to a 3-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

What went wrong: Florida’s Kyree Campbell showed some frustration and picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but it ultimately didn’t hurt the Gators. And, after Emory Jones began to establish the run for the Gators, Florida went back to Kyle Trask on third down just as Jones was picking up steam. What resulted was seemingly a miscommunication between Trask and his receiver, and UF would punt the ball away. The Tigers have managed to get the Gators off the field, and UF is still searching for a way to break down Missouri’s defense.

Play of the quarter: Jones’ spin and sprint on 2nd-and-18 showed why the redshirt freshman could be Florida’s quarterback of the near future.

Trending: Florida has the ball and is driving near midfield with a chance to take a two-score lead.

— Graham Hall

Florida        3

Missouri      0

Notes: Cold, but not too cold (45 degrees), and sunny in Columbia. Weather should be no factor in the game. … Injured players Jabari Zuniga and Amari Burney did not make the trip to Missouri. 


Another punt for UF on its fourth offensive series.

A 44-yard pass from Bryant to Jaylen Knox is the biggest play of the day for Mizzou to the Gators’ 22-yard line.
UF’s Kyree Campbell is down on the field holding his arm, but walked off.

Missouri’s Tucker McCann ties the game at 3-all when his 37-yard field goal hits the upright and goes through at 9:36 to cap a six-play, 71-yard drive.

Back-to-back passes of 17 and 41 yards to Trevon Grimes has the Gators at the Mizzou 17. But two incompletions and a sack brings on McPherson, who nails a 39-yard field goal to put UF back up by three, 6-3, at 7:34.

Missouri came into this game with 14 sacks all season. The Tigers have three against Kyle Trask today.

Gators get a first down with the defensive holding penalty, but Grimes with the unsportsmanlike, so UF lost five yards on the play, but were awarded a first down following the defensive hold. Nothing comes from the drive, however.

The teams have punted five times each in the first half. UF’s Tommy Townsend tied his career best with a 71-yarder to end half.

The Gators with 176 total yards in the half, just 29 on the ground. Tigers with 137 yards, 32 rushing.

What went right: Not too much outside of several promising plays in the passing game. Jacob Copeland and Trevon Grimes each had back-to-back receptions for the Gators to get the offense inside Missouri territory, and tight end Kyle Pitts finally got involved, but all UF had to show for it was a 39-yard field goal by McPherson.

What went wrong: Florida continues to stall out on offense, and has just a pair of field goals despite gaining 176 yards in the first half. The Gators also picked up a pair of unnecessary unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, although Kyree Campbell’s wasn’t the worst thing to happen to the junior defensive tackle. Campbell went down with an apparent shoulder injury and seemed emotional when he appeared back on Florida’s sideline.

Play of the quarter: Grimes’ 41-yard reception displayed why the UF wide receiver is so highly regarded. With a deep wide receiving corps, the Gators have made an effort to spread the ball around, but Grimes continues to show why he was the highest ranked of the group coming out of high school.

Trending: Unable to turn drives into points, Florida holds a slim lead over the Tigers heading into the break.

— Graham Hall

Florida        3    3

Missouri      0   3


Trash teams with receiver Josh Hammond for a 34-yard scoring pass play to put the Gators up 13-3 with 11:56 remaining in the period. Trask’s 20th TD pass of the season capped a three-play, 60-yard drive aided by a personal foul on the Missouri defense. That adjustment by Hammond for the touchdown was something we didn’t used to see around here.

Rare bad punt by Townsend, just 29 yards. Tigers start out on the UF side of the field at the 46.

Campbell back on the field for the Gators.

McCann helps Missouri cut UF’s lead to 13-6 with a 28-yard field goal at 6:49 mark.

The elusive Bryant has been impossible to sack so far today. Gators have had clear shots and he’s made them whiff.

The play stands: 25-yard Pitts reception puts the ball on the Missouri 32.

Trask hits running Lamical Perine with a 15-yard touchdown pass to put UF up 20-6 with 2:58 left and capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive. Trask is 21 of 31 for 274 yards and 2 TDs.

What went right: The Gators pushed the lead to double digits on their first drive of the second half on Josh Hammond’s 34-yard reception, and Florida’s defense continues to get Missouri’s offense off the field. Then, after an apparent interception by the Tigers was ruled a reception by Kyle Pitts, the Gators took a 20-6 lead two plays later.

What went wrong: Not too much for Florida — an early late hit penalty on Mohamoud Diabate was offset (and then some) by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Tigers, and Trask’s near-pick-six was just that. Florida did commit five penalties in the quarter, yet the Tigers only Tyler McCann’s 28-yard field goal to show for it.

Play of the quarter: Lamical Perine’s 15-yard reception was initially ruled an incomplete pass on the field, but the officials wisely decided to look at the play. Turns out Perine made possession and established himself in-bounds on the play, and the call was overturned, giving UF its largest lead of the game.

Trending: Missouri has the ball at midfield down 20-6.

— Graham Hall


Florida        3    3   14

Missouri      0   3     3


Several penalties on Missouri make for a third-and-38 situation.

Jones hits Toney for a 48-yard gain to the Tigers’ six-yard line.

McPherson hits a 22-yard field goal to make it 23-6 Florida with 10:37 remaining in the game and cap an eight-play, 61-yard drive.

Marco Wilson with a late interception. The Gators haven’t allowed a touchdown in two games.

Gators improve to 9-2 overall, 6-2 in the SEC, while the Tigers fall to 5-5, 2-4. It’s a one-game improvement in the SEC for the Gators in Year 2 of Dan Mullen.

“We executed a little cleaner,” Mullen said of the Gators’ 17-3 second half.

What went right: With a double-digit lead, Florida got Emory Jones involved in the fourth quarter and the defense maintained its high level of play. Marco Wilson’s interception — the game’s only turnover — capped off a dominant defensive performance from the Gators, while Jon Greenard picked up his second sack of the day as Florida left Columbia, Missouri, with a 23-6 victory.

What went wrong: Again, not much for Florida. The Gators held the Tigers scoreless in the fourth quarter, and Missouri ended the game with more punts than points.

Play of the quarter: Emory Jones’ 48-yard pass to Kadarius Toney was the biggest play of the game and erased any remaining hope the Tigers had of rallying late.

— Graham Hall

Florida 3 3 14 3—23
Missouri 0 3 3 0— 6
First Quarter

FLA_FG McPherson 47, 12:11

Second Quarter

MIZ_FG McCann 37, 9:36

FLA_FG McPherson 39, 7:34

Third Quarter

FLA_Hammond 34 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 11:56

MIZ_FG McCann 28, 6:49

FLA_Perine 15 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 2:58

Fourth Quarter

FLA_FG McPherson 22, 10:37

First downs 16 15
Rushes-yards 26-56 29-52
Passing 330 204
Comp-Att-Int 24-36-0 26-40-1
Return Yards 0 38
Punts-Avg. 8-42.25 10-39.1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-64 6-55
Time of Possession 31:12 28:48



RUSHING_Florida, E.Jones 6-39, Toney 3-17, Perine 4-16, Pierce 3-4, M.Davis 2-3, (Team) 1-(minus 2), Grimes 1-(minus 4), Trask 6-(minus 17). Missouri, Rountree 7-30, Bryant 15-19, Badie 4-2, Downing 3-1.

PASSING_Florida, E.Jones 1-1-0-48, Trask 23-35-0-282. Missouri, Bryant 26-40-1-204.

RECEIVING_Florida, Jefferson 6-82, Pitts 4-38, Perine 4-24, Grimes 3-66, Copeland 3-23, Hammond 2-45, Toney 1-48, Swain 1-4. Missouri, Badie 5-20, Nance 4-58, Knox 4-53, Okwuegbunam 4-26, Banister 3-20, Downing 3-13, Rountree 2-2, Gicinto 1-12.



  1. Great win for the Gators! Congrats to the players and coaches for going into a difficult environment and taking care of business. With all due respect to Graham, EJ’s 48 yard pass to Toney, not a 14 yard run, is the reason he could be the QB of the near future. If all he can do is run, the Gators may win games with him, but they won’t win championships.