Kayler Smith-23Sports

Mizzou football kicked off early Saturday morning against the No. 11 Florida Gators after a three game losing streak on the road, including SEC East champions, Georgia, but also the last two SEC East teams, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. While Mizzou went without Kelly Bryant against Georgia, his presence did not make much of a difference Saturday against the Gators.

Mizzou’s defense had a strong showing in the first half, allowing 171 yards, but limiting Florida to only six points and forcing them to punt five times. In Mizzou’s one scoring drive of the half, Bryant had two big completions to Jonathan Nance and Jalen Knox, then a 7-yard completion to Albert Okwuegbunam to put the Tigers in field goal range. Tucker McCann punched the 37-yard field goal through the uprights.

Florida led 6-3 going into the half, a promising start. However, the second half would not be as successful for the Tigers.

Florida regrouped during the break and came out wasting no time moving down the field. The Gators spent only 1 minute and 6 seconds to go 60 yards and score the first touchdown of the game on a 34-yard pass from Kyle Trask to Lamical Perine, expanding their lead to 10 points.

The Gators would continue to score 10 more points against Mizzou’s beaten down defense. The Tiger offense was unable to find any rhythm throughout the game until their last drive with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter. This was the most efficient Mizzou’s offense has looked in the past month with Bryant going 5 for 6 in completions, marching down to Florida’s 37-yard line. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the drive ended in an interception by Marco Wilson to end the game, as well as the Tiger’s perfect home record.

This win keeps Florida in contingency for a BCS bowl game, however is not enough to overtake Georgia in the SEC East.

For Mizzou, this puts their record at 5-5 making their chances of a bowl season slim. They need to beat Tennessee or Arkansas in the next few weeks to keep them in discussion.

The Tigers will face the Volunteers in their last home game of the year for Senior Night at 6:30p.m.