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Tigers fall short in the Swamp

In a game many thought would be a blowout, the Missouri Tigers saw their game against the Florida Gators come down to the final play.Mizzou held the Gators to 276 total yards on the day but saw 4 turnovers help Florida escape with a 14-7 victory Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers outgained the Gators 335-276 in total yards and ran 30 plays more than the home team.  It was a defensive battle throughout the game, however, as both teams blocked a FG attempt and caused turnovers for the opposing offense.  Unfortunately, the Tigers lost the turnover battle 4-1.

James Franklin played his first game in its entirety since the win against Central Florida, going 24/51 for 236 yards and the 4 interceptions.  Kendial Lawrence led the Tigers in rushing with 34 yards on 18 carries and the only score of the game for the Tigers.  Freshman Dorial Green-Beckham had another impressive showing, catching 6 balls for 73 yards on the day.  The Tigers were the first team to score a TD on Florida’s home field in SEC play.

The leading defensive trio for the Tigers, Sheldon Richardson, Andrew Wilson, and Will Ebner, led the team once again, combining for 19 tackles, as well as Richardson’s force fumble.  Mizzou’s defense held the Gators under their scoring average, as well as yardage average in all categories.

Mizzou falls to 4-5 on the season and 1-5 in SEC play.  They’ll look to even their record at 5-5 next week as they head to Knoxville, TN to take on the Volunteers from Tennessee.  The Vols defeated Troy 55-48 Saturday and are also 4-5 on the season.  KTGR will be live on the scene and you can see all the details here as Mizzou looks to pick up their first ever SEC road victory.  You can hear all the action beginning at 8am with a kickoff coming your way at 11:21am on your home for the Missouri Tigers, ESPN 100.5 and 103.1 KTGR.

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