Sam Greenwood

Missouri vs. Florida: Tigers fall just short

Missouri almost pulled off a huge upset in the Swamp, but once again couldn't seal the deal against a high-profile SEC opponent.

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Missouri's offense frustrates in loss

Members of Missouri's offense and defense were frustrated by Missouri's lackluster offensive and defensive performance against the Florida Gators.

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Justin Britt potentially out for season

The Missouri offensive line took another major hit with the loss of Justin Britt, potentially for the rest of 2012.

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QB James Franklin still struggling due to injuries

Missouri's defense kept them in the game against Florida, but quarterback James Franklin struggled to lead the offense.

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Tigers come up short in the Swamp

The Tigers played the Gators close in the Swamp all day, but could not even things up with a desperation final minute drive.

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Tigers, Gators knotted at 7 through 3 quarters

The Missouri Tigers and Florida Gators are tied, 7-7, after three quarters of play from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

Florida used a 36-yard touchdown run from running back Omarius Hines to even up the score a little less than six minutes into the third quarter. Missouri responded with an 11-play, 68-yard drive in its quest to reclaim the lead, but Andrew Baggett's 25-yard field goal attempt was blocked, keeping the score tied.

Missouri got the ball back and sustained another long drive, but Tigers' quarterback James Franklin overshot his receiver deep in Florida territory, the end result being an interception which was returned 42 yards to the Florida 46-yard line.

The Gators discovered some success in the running game in the third quarter, and now have gained 112 yards on 20 carries as a team. Meanwhile, the Tigers have gained less than three yards per rushing attempt, and both teams' passing games have been underwhelming, although Franklin has 149 to 68 advantage in yards over his counterpart, Jeff Driskel.

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Mizzou leads Florida at halftime, 7-0

The Missouri Tigers hold a 7-0 lead over the Florida Gators at halftime from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

Mizzou running back Kendial Lawrence accounted for the only scoring of the half, punching it in from a yard out at the 6:10 mark in the second quarter. The short touchdown run capped off a quick six-play, 27-yard drive that followed a fumble by Florida running back Mike Gillislee. The Tigers had a potentially costly turnover of their own, as quarterback James Franklin was picked off inside Mizzou's own territory early in the second quarter. Fortunately for the Tigers, Florida's ensuing field goal attempt was blocked.

The Tigers had a shot to add more points right before halftime, having great starting field position and more than three minutes remaining on the clock. However, Mizzou's offense stalled and the clock ran out after a delay of game penalty.

Neither offense did much in the half, but Missouri had the slight advantage in yardage in outgaining the Gators, 143 total yards to 111.

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Tigers, Gators knotted at 0-0.

The Missouri Tigers are tied 0-0 with the Florida Gators at the end of the first quarter in Gainesville. The Gators were listed as heavy 16-point favorites over the Tigers, but the road underdog's defense so far has put a stranglehold on the Gators' offense.

The two teams traded punts throughout the quarter, as each has only crossed the 50-yard line once. The Tigers' offense got going on their second drive of the game. Running back Kendial Lawrence started the drive by picking up 29 yards on two rushes before quarterback James Franklin completed five straight passes and then rushed for 22 yards to get the Tigers in to Florida territory. The Gators managed to stop the Tigers before they could advance any further, forcing another punt.

The Gators sport the nation's No. 4 defense, allowing just 12.8 points per game this season, while Missouri has averaged just 24.4 points per game, good for No. 89 in the NCAA.

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Missouri vs. Florida odds: Gators heavy favorites

The Missouri Tigers will face a tough Florida defense on Saturday.

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