Missouri offense frustrated by Florida performance

Sam Greenwood

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

The Missouri Tigers had a golden opportunity to notch their first-ever statement win in the SEC on Saturday, but ultimately fell short, as the Florida Gators topped Mizzou, 14-7.

Missouri turned the ball over four times in the loss. Needless to say, Mizzou's offense simply didn't play well enough to come away with the upset win over the No. 7 Gators -- and Missouri's offensive personnel certainly are aware that they struggled in the loss.

Quarterback James Franklin spoke about the offensive breakdowns after the game.

On what led to offensive breakdowns:
"We just couldn't get any completions, and that's about it."

On defense taking the blame:
"I know they are trying to have my back, but we can't turn the ball over four times."

Franklin finished the game 24-of-51 passing for 236 yards, without throwing a touchdown pass. Franklin threw four interceptions.

Senior offensive lineman Elvis Fisher also spoke about the offense's struggles.

"It's just not finishing. I felt like we drove the ball well today and that our offensive line showed up to play. We put in good plays but good teams are going to get you a couple times. You have to capitalize on times that they don't get you. They capitalized, and we threw a couple picks. I thought we played a pretty good game but they are a good team though. We can't give up any more mistakes against a good team."

Missouri's offensive struggles aren't just frustrated to fans -- they're also frustrating to members of Missouri's defensive unit. Defensive back E.J. Gaines expressed some of that frustration after the loss to Florida.

On being frustrated with the offense not getting points:
"It's frustrating but we have to keep our poise. We can't control what they do. Anytime you lose it's tough on the whole team, not just the offense or the defense.

Missouri will look to even up its record at 5-5 on Saturday, when the Tigers head to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers.

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