MIZZOU GOES DOWN IN THE SWAMP 40-14
By Greg Gibson
On Saturday in Gainesville, the Florida Gators (5-1, 3-1) prevailed over the Missouri Tigers (2-4, 0-3) by the final score of 40-14.
Florida took control of the game relatively early, as the Missouri offense failed to garner a first down on their first seven possessions. Meanwhile, Florida generated a couple of 1st-half field goals, and scored on a pair of 1st-half interceptions, one each by cornerbacks Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson, that took the Gators to the halftime locker room leading 20-0.
To Missouri's credit, the Tigers came out after halftime, and after a John Gibson interception gave Missouri their best field position of the game at the Florida 46-yard line, Damarea Crockett rushed for 45 yards on 3 carries, and Josh Augusta plunged over from 1 yard out to cut the Florida lead to 20-7.
That was as close as Missouri would get the rest of the way.
In his first career start, Damarea Crockett rushed for 145 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, Cale Garrett and Ronnell Perkins each made their first career start, and the Missouri defense played better, despite being on the field for nearly 37 of the game's 60 minutes. Michael Scherer lead the way from his new WLB position with 10 tackles.
Drew Lock played horribly, finishing 4-18-2 for 39 yards. His 2 interceptions were returned for 117 yards and 2 TDs. Lock was finally replaced in the line-up midway through the 4th quarter, as Marvin Zanders came in and engineered a 13-play 99-yard TD drive to cut the Florida lead to 33-14. To his credit, Lock afterwards said that he played "extremely bad".
Lock repeatedly locked onto his receiver targets and forced the ball in when they were covered. J'Mon Moore, who once again was targeted way too frequently, dropped 3 balls that hit him in the hands. He finished with 1 catch for 15 yards.