Missouri 36, Florida 17

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk wasn't perfect, but 14th-ranked Missouri (7-0, 3-0 SEC) didn't need him to be in a 36-17 win over No. 22-Florida (4-3, 3-2) on Saturday.
Mauk threw for 295 yards with a touchdown on his second pass of the game in his first career start, and the Tigers' defense held Florida to 147 total yards to remain unbeaten.
Mauk, replacing injured starter James Franklin, completed 50 percent of his passes and a second-quarter interception by Florida CB Brian Poole nearly ended in a return touchdown. But Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson allowed Mauk to be more than a game-manager.
On the game's first drive, Mauk completed a 41-yard pass to WR L'Damian Washington. On the next play, Mauk found WR Bud Sasser in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown.
Mauk added a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Florida's defense ranked second in the nation in yards allowed entering Saturday. Opponents averaged 235.3 yards per game against the Gators. Missouri finished with 500 yards, including 136 yards rushing on 18 carries from Henry Josey. His 6-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter pushed Missouri's lead to 20-10.
Josey's touchdown came on Missouri's first drive after Florida began the half with a 100-yard kickoff return by Solomon Patton. Florida scored again on a 20-yard run by freshman Kelvin Taylor with 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Missouri scored 13 unanswered fourth-quarter points to pull away.
NOTES: Mauk's 295 passing yards were the most Florida allowed all season. The previous high mark in opposing passing yards was 164. ... Florida DB Cody Riggs received a personal foul for targeting on the first play of the game and was ejected. ... Josey became the first Missouri running back to eclipse 100 yards since the third game of the season.

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