GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and Missouri embarrassed Florida 42-13 Saturday night.
The Tigers (5-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. They managed just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense, including 20 passing, and essentially let the Gators self-destruct in nearly every way imaginable.
And they did.
Mizzou bounced back from a shutout loss at home to Georgia, remained in the hunt in the muddled Eastern Division and extended their road winning streak to eight.
The Gators (3-3, 2-3) lost for the second time in eight days, fueling speculation that Will Muschamp has coached his final game in Gainesville. "Fire Muschamp" chants broke out in third quarter and could be heard throughout an emptying Florida Field.
Florida has dropped 12 of its last 19 games.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In a battle of two SEC East teams coming off painful home losses last week, only Missouri showed up. The Tigers beat the Florida Gators soundly, 42-13, on Saturday night.
How the game was won: Florida just couldn't get out of its own way in a dysfunctional performance reminiscent of the 2013 team that went 4-8 and lost its last seven games. The Gators played two quarterbacks, starting junior QB Jeff Driskel, who had four turnovers (11 in his past 14 quarters) before being benched for true freshman Treon Harris, who had two turnovers of his own. Missouri wisely went into an offensive shell with just 119 total yards and didn't give Florida a chance to get back into the game.
Game ball goes to: The Missouri defense didn't have to do much more than let Florida self-destruct, but give credit to the Tigers for pressuring both Florida quarterbacks into enough sacks and turnovers to turn the game into a laugher and send the home fans to the exits early in the third quarter.
What it means: Despite their ugly shutout loss to Georgia, the Tigers still have life in the SEC East race. The same cannot be said for the lifeless Gators, who could have set up a showdown with Georgia but laid an egg. It was Florida's second straight homecoming loss -- the Gators were beaten by Vanderbilt last season -- and the natives are restless. There were loud boos for Driskel and chants of "Fire Muschamp."
Best play: There was so little offense and so little point to this game after the first quarter that the play of the game might as well go to the special teams. Marcus Murphy took the opening kickoff and ran untouched up the middle for a 95-yard touchdown. It accurately set the tone for the game. Murphy's return gave him six career TD returns, breaking a tie with Jeremy Maclin for the Missouri record. Murphy went on to score on an 82-yard punt return in the third quarter.
What's next: Missouri (5-2, 2-1 in the SEC) hosts Vanderbilt next Saturday. Florida (3-3, 2-3) might spend its bye week dealing with intense questions about its head coach's job security.
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