COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Florida has struggled to score all season, but the No. 22 Gators experienced problems on both sides of the ball Saturday at No. 14 Missouri.
The team allowed 500 yards in a 36-17 loss, the most under coach Will Muschamp since he arrived in 2011. The Gators (4-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) only gained 151 yards offensively as the Tigers (7-0, 3-0) bullied them at the line of scrimmage, sacking quarterback Tyler Murphy six times and flushing him out of the pocket throughout the game.
Florida now has more losses than all of last year, when it went 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the SEC.
"This is not a very good football team, and certainly not today," Muschamp said. "I am pretty disappointed that we have not made more positive strides offensively at this point of the season."
Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals for Missouri, which opened a two-game lead in the SEC East Division.
With James Franklin watching on the sideline in street clothes, Mauk put any doubts to rest about whether he was ready on the first play of the game with a 41-yard pass to L'Damian Washington and then a 20-yard toss to Bud Sasser for a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds in.
Missouri became the first conference opponent in 14 games to score at least 21 points against the Gators. It knocked off its second consecutive ranked opponent for the first time since 1973 and will face No. 11 South Carolina next week at home. The Gamecocks lost at Tennessee 23-21 on Saturday.
"This team is resilient, coming back from where we were last year," Washington said. "I told Coach Pinkel, 'We've got to stop talking bowl games around here. Let's talk BCS, let's talk national championships.'"
Florida is off before facing Georgia on Nov. 2 in Jacksonville.
Mauk entered the game having only thrown six passes this season, but three of those came in the final quarter of a 41-26 win at Georgia last week after Franklin suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him out at least two more games. Mauk completed 18 of 36 passes Saturday, including three for 37 yards or more down the sideline.
The 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt freshman capped the scoring with 6:30 remaining on a 17-yard scramble, prompting the 67,124 in attendance to perform the "Gator Chomp."
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