GAINESVILLE -- It’s not even the beginning of the end anymore for Will Muschamp.
That was Georgia Southern.
The Gators were humiliated -- in primetime -- on homecoming for the second straight season, embarrassingly falling to Missouri 42-13. It was a nightmare, dumpster-fire performance.
The Tigers were fresh of a shutout shellacking at home to No. 10 Georgia. Maty Mauk was terrible again. They didn’t eclipse 120 yards on offense … yet they still won by four touchdowns.
#ItsgrimUF was the theme a year ago. Now, it’s eulogizing time.
OFFENSE - F
There’s little left to say about a dreadful attack that continues to invent new ways to lose.
The two-quarterback system was a bust, as both Jeff Driskel and Treon Harris struggled protecting the football.
The Gators coughed up the ball six times and had just 66 yards by halftime. A rapture couldn’t have saved this offense.
Every drive was Gun. Meet Foot.
Driskel, hampered by an ankle injury, was woeful once again. Muschamp all-but feed his third-year starter to the wolves in the third quarter before mercifully pulling the junior. Harris, with a limited playbook, wasn’t much better until it was too late. The freshman was indecisive and had as many errant throws early as Driskel.
Florida’s revamped offensive line crumbled against Mizzou’s fearsome front-four, surrendering six sacks.
DEFENSE - B+
Missouri had just 20 yards after halftime … and still outscored UF 22-13 in the second half. The Gators’ defense did its damnedest to put out all the self-inflicted fires, but the ugliness by the offense (and special teams) was too much to overcome.
The Tigers had success running the ball in the first half, and once they jumped out to an insurmountable lead (for Florida’s offense) they simply stopped trying to score.
Florida yielded just 2.4 yards per play, but a lack of sacks (just one) and forced turnovers (Marcus Maye’s interception was the lone takeaway) allowed Mizzou to just slowly grind the game away.
SPECIAL TEAMS - F
A week after a dominating special teams effort, Florida had a putrid performance Saturday evening.
Marcus Murphy ran roughshod on returns (96-yard kickoff touchdown, 82-yard punt touchdown), and the Tigers also comically blocked an extra point late in the fourth quarter.
Andre Debose did nothing (four punt returns for six yards), while Gators punter Kyle Christy averaged just 38 yards on five punts.
OVERALL - F
In this section last week: "The ship may not be sunk, yet, but I’m not sure how much more water it can hold." It’s officially overflowing.
For a team that’s lost 10 of 13, Saturday night’s ugliness was still unimaginable. In a mind-blowing stat (courtesy of ESPN), Muschamp's Gators are the only team in the last decade to lose a game -- TWICE -- when allowing fewer than a 120 yards.
All other teams are 94-0. Chew on that.
Athletic director Jeremy Foley once famously stated, “What should be done eventually, must be done immediately.” We’ll know soon enough if that statement still holds true.
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