The Missouri Tigers (6-5, 3-4) defeated the Florida Gators (5-6, 2-6) 24-23 in overtime on Saturday evening in Missouri. The Gators finish the conference schedule with a 2-6 mark, the program's worst finish in conference play since the conference expanded in 1992.
Both teams traded field goals in the first half, and Missouri went into halftime leading Florida 9-6. The Gators scored in the third quarter to take the lead, but Missouri answered in the fourth quarter with a touchdown to take a 16-13 lead. Florida then tied the game with a field goal with 30 to go - and tied 16-16, this game would go to overtime.
The Gators got the ball first in overtime, and Emory Jones hit Trent Whittenmore for a six-yard touchdown to give the Gators a 23-16 lead. Then when Missouri got the ball, Tyler Badie ran in a 13-yard field touchdown to pull within 23-22. Missouri elected to go for the two-point conversion, and Connor Bazelak hit a pass to Daniel Parker Jr to earn the two points and the victory.
Emory Jones went 20-for-23 with 262 yards passing at quarterback for Florida, Jacob Copeland was his favorite receiver in this contest, pulling in eight catches for 102 yards.
The Gators will now meet rival Florida State next Saturday in Gainesville, with a chance for bowl eligibility on the line. Kickoff on November 27th is scheduled for high noon.
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