A turbulent week ended with a heartbreaking loss to LSU on a last-second field, but the Florida Gators get a chance to redeem themselves this Saturday night when they host Missouri. Kick-off at the Swamp is set for 7:00 p.m. with coverage of the game provided nationally by ESPN2. If you can’t make it down to Gainesville for the festivities, join the Baltimore Gator Club at The Greene Turtle in McHenry Row for the game and reminisce about your days in the Sunshine State. We’ve had great turnouts so far and look forward to another fun Saturday night.
The Greene Turtle has generously given us FREE food platters, in addition to delivering drink specials. In addition, the Baltimore Gator Club has held a raffle each week with winners receiving homemade Gator swag and other goodies! Each Gator fan will receive one free raffle ticket with the option to buy additional tickets for $1 each. As usual, all proceeds go towards a scholarship for a current Gator student hailing from the Baltimore area.
Tied at 27-27 with 54 seconds on the clock, the Gators (3-2, 2-2 SEC) were in business at the LSU 45 yard line. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was then picked off, however, and two plays later Colby Delahoussaye booted a career-long 50-yard field goal to give the visiting Tigers the win in front of a stunned Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Gator offense performed better than past weeks, but turnovers beset the squad. Veteran return man Andre Debose opened the scoring for the Gators with an electric 62-yard punt return for a touchdown, his fifth return for a touchdown in his six-year career, a UF record.
With Driskel struggling yet again, head coach Will Muschamp stated in his press conference that reinstated freshman quarterback Treon Harris will split time at QB against Missouri. Harris sparked the Gators two weeks ago at Tennessee, leading UF to a come-from-behind 10-9 win on the road.
Missouri (4-2, 1-1 SEC) was shutout last weekend at home by Georgia, despite the Dawgs missing Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley. The Tigers, who were ranked No. 23 prior to the game, were held to just 147 total yards while quarterback Maty Mauk completed just nine of his 21 passes for 97 yards. He turned the ball over a total of five times, tossing four interceptions and fumbling the ball once.
The Gators and the Tigers have met just three times, with two of the contests coming in the past two years. The teams split each of those two contests with the home team winning each time. The teams first met in the 1965 Sugar Bowl with Missouri holding off a second half charge by the Steve Spurrier-led Gator squad. Then in 2013, UF took the initial SEC contest in Gainesville, 14-7, behind two second half touchdowns, with Missouri returning the favor last season in the Show Me State with a 36-17 victory, en route to winning the SEC East.