Game recap: Florida Gators hang on beat the Missouri Tigers 24-17

Ainslie Lee
Gator Sports

After last week's Sunday special, the Florida Gators (3-2, 0-2 SEC) are slated to get back to their regularly scheduled programming this week as they're set to host the Missouri Tigers (2-3, 0-2 SEC in an SEC East matchup. 

Unlike last week's game, which was preceded by a quiet week at the University of Florida after Hurricane Ian forced the closure of campus, this week's game comes on the heels of a boisterous week in Gainesville as UF celebrated homecoming week. 

Generally speaking, being scheduled as a homecoming opponent comes with a feeling of disrespect.

However, after the Tigers nearly stunned the then-top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs last week, there's no doubt that Missouri will have the respect of Billy Napier and the Gators come Saturday at noon. 

What channel is the game on? How to watch Florida vs. Missouri on TV and streaming, latest line

Injury report:Safety Trey Dean back for Missouri game, QB Jack Miller remains questionable

Impressive start:Backup quarterback Jalen Kitna makes strong debut with Florida Gators football

3:10 p.m. Gators get first SEC win

Though Missouri threatened with a late interception, Florida held on to beat the Tigers and win their first SEC game of the season with a 24-27 win. 

2:46 p.m. | Tigers make it a one-score game

Missouri running back Nathaniel Peat broke free for an 18-yard touchdown rush, capping off a 75-yard scoring drive. Florida now white-knuckles a 24-17 lead with 5:58 to play. 

2:36 p.m. | Florida adds a score

With 11:10 to play, the Gators have constructed a two-touchdown lead after Anthony Richardson and Florida's offense marched 91 yards down the field and scored on a 9-yard touchdown connection from Richardson to Ricky Pearsall. 

2:08 p.m. |Gators back on top

When Anthony Richardson went to the injury tent, Gators fans held their breath. However, Florida's starting quarterback returned to the field on the next drive and piloted an 82-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown rush from Montrell Johnson Jr. Florida leads Missouri 17-10 with 6:55 to play in the third quarter. 

1:56 p.m. | Another missed FG, Richardson heads to injury tent

Florida's first offensive drive of the second half stalls at the Missouri 37-yard line, where Adam Mihalek misses his second field goal of the afternoon. Following the drive, Gators' starting quarterback Anthony Richardson heads to the injury tent.

1:26 p.m. | Knotted up at 10

Missouri's Harrison Mevis boots a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10 with 20 seconds left to play in the first half. 

1:12 p.m.| Loose ball, call stands

Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson is swallowed up and loses the football. After a brief review, the call stands, giving it back to the Missouri offense. Tigers will start at the Gators' 33-yard line. 

1:01 p.m. | Missouri answers

The Tigers fired back with 3:55 to play in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run from Cody Schrader, capping off a 67-yard scoring drive. Florida leads Missouri 10-7

12:51 p.m. | Wide left

Florida had an opportunity to increase its lead out to 13 points, but Adam Mihalek's 50-yard field goal attempt went wide left. Missouri will take over from its own 33-yard line with 9:31 to play in the second quarter. 

12:35 p.m. | Pick-6!

Jaydon Hill sniffs out a Missouri pass and picks off Brady Cook, taking the interception 49 yards to the house. Gators on top 10-0 with 1:00 to play in the first quarter. 

12:30 p.m. | Gators get three

After Xzavier Henderson's punt return, the Florida offense wasn't able to find the end zone, but Adam Mihalek successfully split the uprights from 37-yards out, giving Florida a 3-0 lead with 2:58 to play in the first quarter. 

12:26 p.m. | Xzavier Henderson primes UF inside the 25

After the Florida defense generated another stop, Xzavier Henderson took off for a 48-yard punt return, giving the Gators' offense the ball inside the Missouri 2

12:11 p.m. | Gators get first stop

The Florida defense might've let Missouri creep its way into UF territory, but the Gators ultimately came up with a stop, forcing the Tigers to punt it away. Anthony Richardson and the Florida offense will start at their own 20. 

12:02 p.m. |Kickoff

Things are underway in Gainesville as the Gators, who won the coin toss and elected to defer, boot it away to the visiting Tigers. 

11:55 a.m. | Chandler Parsons as Mr. Two Bits

Serving as honorary Mr. Two Bits ahead of Saturday's game was former Florida Gators basketball standout and NBA veteran Chandler Parsons. Parsons was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. 

11:45 a.m. | Who's out for the Gators?

When Florida takes on Missouri, the Gators will be without  QB Jack Miller, LB Diwun Black, OL Michael Tarquin, LS Marco Ortiz, LB Kenny Anyaehie and TE Nick Elskins. 

Where and when will the Florida Gators play Missouri Tigers?

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

When: Noon Saturday, October 8

How can I watch Florida vs. Mizzou on TV, streaming?

TV: ESPU (Channel 208 on DirecTV, Channel 141 on Dish Network), YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7-day free trial), fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Live stream: WatchESPN (cable subscription needed), ESPN+ ($6.99 per month) and the ESPN app

How can I listen to UF vs. Mizzou on radio?

Radio: Sirius XM Channel 190

Online radio:, (Channel 961),

What's the latest betting line for Florida vs. Mizzou?

Florida is an 11-point favorite over Missouri according to, a betting odds aggregator. The over-under is 55 points.