FINAL: No. 9 Missouri 33, Gators 31 — Starting QB Graham Mertz Injured


WHAT HAPPENED: The Gators lost their starting quarterback, regained the lead with less than two minutes left, but then lost the game 33-31 on a last-second field goal Saturday night at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Missouri kicker Harrison Mevis booted four field goals, including the game-winner with five seconds left to lift the ninth-ranked Tigers to victory. Missouri drove 62 yards on 12 plays on the game-winning drive, including converting a fourth-and-17 to keep its comeback bid alive. “Gotta believe some good is going to come from it,” UF head coach Billy Napier said of his team’s fourth consecutive loss. “Right now, we have some guys that are hurting.” Moments before Mevis’ 30-yard winner, it appeared the Gators were about to snap a three-game losing streak and become bowl eligible in the most unexpected way Saturday night — with backup QB Max Brown directing two fourth-quarter scoring drives in a come-from-behind upset. The Gators took the lead when Trey Smack kicked a 35-yard field goal to put Florida up, 31-30, with 1:36 remaining. However, that storyline was short-lived and not meant to be. The Tigers took over at their 25 after Smack’s field goal and sputtered out to their 33 when they

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