The Missouri Tigers have unquestionably been the surprise of the SEC so far this season, if not the entire country. Today, they improved their record to 7-0 on the year with a victory at home against the depleted roster of the Florida Gators, 36-17.
However, injuries aside, not many expected the Florida defense to get manhandled the way that they did today against Mizzou.
Missouri gashed the Gators defense for an even 500 total yards of offense. Meanwhile, on the other side, Florida merely gained 151.
Inserted into the lineup for injured starting QB James Franklin, Maty Mauk played fairly well in his first start against, what we thought was, a stout Florida defense. The freshman completed 18-of-36 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown. While Franklin will be missed on this dominant offense, it seems that they’ll be just fine with Mauk at the helm for now.
Mauk was able to spread the ball around to six different receivers, four of which racked up over 50 yards receiving. Senior L’Damian Washington led the way in this category with three receptions for 84 yards.
On the ground, that load was carried by junior back Henry Josey who finished with 136 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.
This Mizzou squad continually shows us that they’re for real and are firmly in control of the SEC East.