Gators’ defense stiffens against Missouri

by Gary Shelton on November 1, 2020

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Dan Mullen's defense played better./STEVEN MUNCIE

Sunday, 4 a.m.

When you talk about football at the University of Florida, you usually start with the offense.

After all, this is the home of the Fun and Gun, the residence of three Heisman Trophy winners.

You could talk about the offense again today after the Gators' 41-17 blowout of Missouri Saturday night. After all, quarterback Kyle Trask thew for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Kadarius Toney scored three touchdowns. As a team, the Gators piled up 514 yards.

But for 10th-ranked Florida, the key had to be the defense.

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The Gators' defense has had a tough time of it in 2020, giving up 35, 24 and 41 points in its three games.

But against Missouri, the Gators were solid, holding the Tigers to 40 yards rushing and allowing only one third down conversion in Missouri's first 10 tries. Seven of Missouri's points came on a pick six.

Trask hit 21 of 36 passes to lead the victory.

After Trask was hit just before the end of the first half, the teams skirmished. The SEC office will have to determined which players may not be able to play against Georgia on Saturday.

"I got told they hit him late," Florida coach Dan Mullen said. "And you know what? Our guys told them 'Don't hit the quarterback.' I didn't see the late hit. I was told that that was the case. But obviously it wasn't from the officials' point of view. Then were out there trying to get our guys off the field because it was getting testy."

Said Trask: "It was really cool to see my teammates have my back. At the end of the day if that happens, the whole team is going to back you up. That's just how this team is."

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