Missouri beats Florida by two-point conversion in OT 24-23
Columbia, Mo. – Conor Basilak threw a two-point conversion pass to Daniel Parker Jr. to lift Missouri to a 24-23 overtime win over Florida on Saturday.
The Tigers (6-5, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) tied by one point off Tyler Badie’s 13-yard track, and Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz chose to go 2 rather than send the game into a second overtime with a PAT kick. Parker, a tight end, slipped undetected to the left side of the end zone and grabbed the lifted pass.
Badi’ lunged 27 times for 146 yards. Bazelak completed 15 of 26 passes for 165 yards and touchdowns.
Florida (5-6, 2-6 SEC) got the ball first in overtime, and Emory Jones got a 6-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Trent Whitmore in a trick play to give the Gators a short lead. Jones completed 20 of 32 passes for 261 yards and touchdowns.
Missouri entered the game with the 118th-ranked defense in the country, and Florida had 92 points in its last two games. It doesn’t matter – defenses dominated in a stingy battle between field positions and field targets.
Missouri led 9-6 in the first half on Harrison Mavis Square’s three goals.
Florida finally broke the relegation drought in its first drive of the second half. Jones hit Jacob Copeland in a 49-yard pass for Dameon Pierce for 2 yards. Missouri answered early in the fourth quarter when Bazelak called into tight end Nico He on a touchdown pass from 41 yards.
Missouri missed an opportunity to advance with 1:04 remaining in the standings when Mavis – who has made 17 of 18 field goal attempts this season – pushed 46 yards to the right. Florida coach Dan Mullen chose to run out of time and take his chances in overtime rather than throw the ball.
Florida: With the Gators’ fourth consecutive loss at the Securities and Exchange Commission, speculation about coach Dan Mullen’s job security will only intensify. Florida is 2-9 in its last 11 games against Power 5 competitors.
Missouri: The Tigers earned their second eligibility to play in Eli Drenkewitz’s two-year tenure. Missouri had higher hopes of a six-win season, but after losing their first three SEC games, Drinkwitz deserves credit for keeping the team together and saving the season.
Florida: The Gators finished the regular season at home against Florida State on November 27.
Missouri: The Arkansas Tigers play Friday in the regular season final.
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