David Campbell – 23 Sports

Coming off back to back strong performances at home, Mizzou traveled to Gainesville, Florida to take on the University of Florida Gators. The Tigers struggled for most of the night, while the game was blemished by a halftime brawl.

The first quarter was rather slow, with only six points being put on the board, all from Florida. The Mizzou offense was having trouble running the ball effectively and despite Florida missing several key defenders, Connor Bazelak could not do much through the air.

It was the Tiger defense that gave the spark. Playing in his first game of the season, junior defensive back Jarvis Ware intercepted a pass from star quarterback Kyle Trask and took it to the house. This gave Mizzou its first and only lead of the night.

Under two minutes left in the second quarter and Florida was threatening in Mizzou territory. Trask threw a screen to Kadarius Toney and he did the rest, taking it for the 18-yard touchdown to put the Gators back on top.

Less than a minute later and Florida regained possession. Trask found Toney once more for a touchdown and just like that it was a two score game, 20-7. 

The end of the first half saw the highlight of the game, under unfortunate circumstances. After a late hit by Mizzou defender Trajan Jeffcoat on a hail mary attempt by Florida, a full out fight started on the field.

Players from both sides were involved as multiple punches were thrown, something the NCAA and the rest of the country just hates to see. While not directly involved in the fight, Florida head coach Dan Mullen was spotted firing up the crowd just before halftime, as to say he wanted more energy from his players and the fans.

Well, he got it.

Florida came out like the top ten team they are and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to effectively put the game out of reach. Toney grabbed his third score from a 16-yard run to open the scoring in the second half.

Mizzou’s offensive struggles continued until the end of the fourth quarter when Larry Rountree III gave the Tigers a garbage time touchdown and the final score was 41-17 Gators.

Mizzou has an off week upcoming, which gives them extra time to prepare for SEC juggernauts; the Georgia Bulldogs.

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