Gavin Curless, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers traveled down to the Swamp to face off against the No 11. ranked Florida Gators on Saturday. The Tigers were looking for redemption after a heartbreaking loss at home against Kentucky last weekend in which the Tigers were beaten on an untimed down, even after leading through the final second of play. Mizzou wasn’t the only team looking to prove something, as the Gators were looking for redemption after being eliminated from the SEC east race upon losing to Georgia the previous week.

Both teams opened up slow, but the Gators struck first with a field goal. The Tigers responded with a touchdown, and the 1st quarter ended with the score sitting at 7-3. The Tigers exploded in the 2nd quarter with pair of touchdowns from Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree, but Florida brought the score a little closer after scoring a touchdown of their own. The Tigers went to halftime with an 11 point lead over a ranked opponent for the second straight week, up 21-10.

In the third quarter, it was Drew Lock who kept the Tigers going. First it was a 41 yard pass to Kam Scott. Then it was a four yard pass to Emanuel Hall. All the sudden, it was 35-10, Mizzou. The Tigers never looked back in this game, winning 38-17 over the No. 11 Gators.

This win is the Tigers’ first SEC win of the year, and Drew Lock’s first win against a ranked opponent. This game also marks Coach Barry Odom’s first win against a ranked opponent, as well as Mizzou’s first road win against a ranked opponent since 2014.

There has been a lot of speculation against Barry Odom and his fighting Tigers since the loss against Kentucky. There have even been questions as to whether or not Coach Odom was on the hot seat. This win begins the process of putting that rumor to sleep, but in order to truly solidify his job position, Coach Odom and the rest of Mizzou nation should expect to win out the rest of the season. The Tigers finish the 2018 regular season with Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Arkansas, three teams with a combined record of 2-13 in SEC play. We’ll see what happens in these next few weeks. But Mizzou nation doesn’t need to worry about that right now, they just need to enjoy the win.