FINAL: Florida Gators pulls away to beat Missouri Tigers 41-17
No. 9 Florida 41, Missouri 17
Missouri 0 7 0 10 — 17
Florida 6 14 14 7 — 41
FLA_FG Howard 28, 9:07.
FLA_FG Howard 32, 2:10.
MIZ_Ware 59 interception return (Mevis kick), 12:54.
FLA_Toney 18 pass from Trask (Howard kick), 1:41.
FLA_Toney 30 pass from Trask (Howard kick), 1:08.
FLA_Toney 16 run (Howard kick), 10:36.
FLA_Shorter 2 pass from Trask (Howard kick), :22.
MIZ_FG Mevis 29, 10:56.
FLA_Grimes 18 pass from Trask (Howard kick), 7:50.
MIZ_Rountree 5 run (Mevis kick), 3:18.
First downs 16 25
Rushes-yards 23-40 35-167
Passing 208 347
Comp-Att-Int 26-40-0 21-36-1
Return Yards 44 18
Punts-Avg. 7-44.6 3-43.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 8-62 6-65
Time of Possession 27:00 33:00
RUSHING_Missouri, Rountree 14-36, Knox 1-32, Young 1-5, Badie 2-(minus 2), Chism 1-(minus 15), Bazelak 4-(minus 16). Florida, Trask 6-47, Pierce 9-37, Clement 2-29, Wright 7-29, Toney 3-23, Richardson 3-15, E.Jones 1-7, Whittemore 1-(minus 2), Lingard 1-(minus 2), (Team) 2-(minus 16).
PASSING_Missouri, Bazelak 26-40-0-208. Florida, Trask 21-36-1-347.
RECEIVING_Missouri, Rountree 6-26, Chism 5-68, Knox 3-20, Hazelton 2-24, Hea 2-21, Dove 2-17, Christopherson 2-10, Banister 2-9, Gicinto 1-8, Badie 1-5. Florida, K.Pitts 5-81, Toney 4-60, Grimes 3-33, Copeland 2-67, Pierce 2-45, M.Davis 2-38, Gamble 1-18, Zipperer 1-3, Shorter 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS_Missouri, Mevis 31.
5 takeaways:What we learned from Gators' win
What went right: Florida’s offense kept its foot on the gas in the fourth quarter regardless of the sizable lead. Trevon Grimes scored from 18 yards out on a slant, extending Kyle Trask’s streak of four passing touchdowns per game this season. Freshman Kamar Wilcoxson, who reclassified late to the 2020 class and joined the program in the summer, recovered a fumble in the final minute in his debut performance.
What went wrong: Missouri did score on an 11-play, 75-yard drive, marking the Tigers’ first offensive touchdown of the night, but Florida’s offense had already built a 31-point lead by that point.
Play of the quarter: Give it to the Trask-to-Grimes touchdown here. Not only did it continue strong seasons by the pair –– it ensured Missouri’s prior field goal really was all for naught as the Gators only padded the lead further on the next drive.
— Graham Hall
The No. 9 Gators improve to 3-1, setting up a key SEC game next week against Georgia. The Tigers fall to 2-3.
Larry Rountree III run for from five yards out for the Tigers with 3:18 remaining in the game.
Trask completes an 18-yard scoring pass play with Trevon Grimes at the 7:50 mark of fourth quarter for a 41-10 lead. Trask has four TD passes on the night.
Trask completes 31-yard pass to Jacob Copeland to the Mizzou 32.
The Missouri offense scores its first points of the game, a 29-yard field goal by Harrison Mevis with 10:56 remaining.
What went right: Kadarius Toney, once again. The speedy wide receiver registered his third touchdown of the night on a 16-yard rush to put Florida up 27-7 early in the third quarter. Kyree Campbell marked his return with Florida’s first sack since UF’s 38-24 victory over South Carolina, and Justin Shorter scored his first touchdown with the Gators on a two-yard reception that put Florida up 34-7.
What went wrong: Florida lost defensive back Trey Dean to an injury, and Anthony Richardson technically fumbled despite pouncing on the recovery. But that’s about it as the Gators extended their lead heading into the final period of play.
Play of the quarter: It has to be Toney’s tip-toe talents. On his third score of the night, Toney displayed his highly coveted athleticism by avoiding going out of bounds on his rushing score on UF’s first drive of the second half. It gave Toney his seventh touchdown of the season and continued his strong showing in UF’s return to the football field.
Trending: Missouri has the ball, but Florida’s defense has yet to allow a touchdown tonight despite several absences tonight.
— Graham Hall
Trask completes TD pass to Justin Shorter with 22 seconds left in the third quarter to put the Gators up 34-7. Trask now has 17 TD throws this season. It was Shorter's first scoring catch.
Freshman Anthony Richardson getting carries for UF. Emory Jones is banged up.
UF defensive back Trey Dean left game with lower leg injury.
Kadarius Toney runs for a 16-yard TD to put the Gators up 27-7.
Missouri 0 7 0
Florida 6 14 14
What went right: After a lethargic performance by the offense for most of the quarter, the Gators came to life in a big way in the final five minutes before halftime. Well, what it was, really, was a show put on by senior slot receiver Kadarius Toney. First, he took a screen pass in traffic and turned it into an 18-yard TD reception with his twists, turns, cuts and broken tackles. The score gave the Gators a 13-7 lead. Then, moments later, after buck defensive end Brenton Cox recovered a Missouri fumble, Trask found Toney wide open down the left sideline for a 30-yard TD reception that put the Gators in control, 20-7. While the offense waited until late in the quarter to get going, the defense was sound throughout. Cox not only had the fumble recovery, he also nailed a Mizzou wide receiver for a 15-yard loss on a reverse.
What went wrong: In the opening moments of the quarter, Missouri cornerback Jarvis Ware picked off a wobbly Trask pass and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown. The weak throw was the result of Trask getting hit as he was releasing the ball. The only other thing that went wrong -- and this is for both teams -- was the near brawl among players and coaches at the end of the half after Trask was hit late (no call from the official) on a Hail Mary pass on the last play. Punches were thrown during an ugly few minutes.
Play of the quarter: Toney’s 18-yard catch-and-run for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:41 left in the half.
Missouri 0 7
Florida 6 14
After recovering a Missouri fumble, the Gators make the visitors pay.
Trask 30-yard TD pass to Toney puts UF up 20-7 with 1:08 left in first half.
Kadarius Toney doing what he does. Takes a short pass from Trask and turns it into an 18-yard touchdown reception to give the Gators the lead at 1:41 mark.
Jacob Copeland makes the reception in triple coverage then drags half of the Tigers for a 36-yard gain.
Trask pass complete to Kadarius Toney for 11 yds to the Fla 37 for a 1ST down
Brenton Cox Jr. stays home, sniffs out Mizzou reverse and drops ball carrier for 15-yard loss.
The Florida offense has gone in the tank so far in the second quarter. That was an awful call on Grimes though on what should have been a first down reception.
That long layoff is starting to show with the UF offense, which has been totally out of rhythm here in the second quarter. Gators have gone three possessions without a score for first time this season. A combination of rust and Missouri pass rush.
Trask hit as he releases the ball and Jarvis Ware brings in the wounded duck and turns it into a pick-six for the Tigers, who go up 7-6. That pick-six went for 59 yards.
Missouri 0 7
Florida 6 14
8:25 p.m. | UF defense holding up
What went right: The Florida defense got off to the kind of start it was hoping for, a quick three-and-out to open the game and put Kyle Trask and the Gator offense on the field. Trask quickly led the offense down the field, connecting on a 32-yard pass to Malik Davis, a 19-yarder to Kyle Pitts and a 10-yarder to Pitts that converted a fourth-and-fourth. After the drive stall on the Missouri 14, redshirt freshman Chris Howard, on the first field-goal attempt of his career, was true from 28 yards to put UF up 3-0. Missouri answered with an impressive drive, but the Gators got a third-down stop on the 14 and Missouri missed a 31-yard FG attempt that would have tied the game. Trask and the offense then unloaded back-to-back explosive players -- a 32-yard pass to Pitts and a 34-yard catch-and-run by tailback Dameon Pierce to put the Gators on the Mizzou 14 and set up another short Howard field goal for a 6-0 Gator lead. Trask had a big quarter, completing seven of 12 passes for 128 yards. The defense gave up some yards, but pitched a shutout and had some big third-down stops.
What went wrong: Explosive and unstoppable between the 20-yard lines, the offense failed to score touchdowns after driving inside the Missouri 14 twice in the quarter. So, a potential 14-0 lead just ended up being a 6-0 lead for the Gators.
Play of the quarter: The 34-yard catch-and-run by Pierce.
Trending: Trask and the passing game.
8:10 p.m. | Howard kicking it
Gators show great offense again until they get keep inside the red zone. UF has to settle for another Howard field goal, this one from 32 yards to go up 6-0.
Kyle Pitts catches a 32-yard pass from Kyle Trask to start the Gators' second possession.
Gators dodge one there. Mizzou misses a chip-shot field goal from 31 yards by Harrison Mevis.
After a Missouri punt, the Gators drive down for a 28-yard field goal by Chris Howard, who is taking over for starter Evan McPherson. Gators lead 3-0 at 9:07 mark of the first quarter.
Trainers are wrapping up UF linebacker Brenton Cox's left ankle/foot. He was hurt on the first play from scrimmage by Missouri.
It's been a minute since Florida played a college football game. The No. 9-ranked Gators (2-1) play for the first time in three weeks, a layoff induced by a COVID-19 outbreak that spread through the team.
The opponent is a streaking Missouri (2-2) team.
The Gators, although a tad depleted because of virus protocol, want to prove their offense hasn't missed a beat and their defense is improved since the last time they played on Oct. 10 in a loss at Texas A&M.
UF’s 127 points are its highest total in any three-game stretch against SEC teams since 2008, when it amassed 129 points in win over Vanderbilt (42-14), South Carolina (56-6), and Alabama in the SEC Championship Game (31-20).
The Gators have eclipsed 400 total yards 14 times in their last 20 games.
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