Rapid Reaction: Late hit on Kyle Trask, brawl fuel Florida's big win over Missouri
And not of the football kind as No. 10 Florida easily topped Missouri 41-17 in the Gators’ first game in 3 weeks.
A huge fight at the half between both teams after a late hit on a Kyle Trask Hail Mary attempt to end the first 30 minutes will steal all the headlines of another impressive outing by Trask.
Well that is not proper social distancing guys…pic.twitter.com/mwZ8hIRIsy
— Saturday Down South (@SDS) November 1, 2020
Three players were ejected after the fight.
The Gators, who led 20-6 at the break, dominated the 2nd-half. Trask finished with 345 yards and 4 TDs in the final tune-up before next week’s Cocktail Party vs. Georgia.
Did the hit on Trask fire them up?
The Gators looked rusty at the start, successfully driving down the field on each of their first 2 series before settling for a field goal each time. Kyle Pitts picked up right where he left off in early October, though, quickly grabbing 3 receptions for 61 yards on the two series.
Despite Florida’s dominant opening quarter, Missouri took the lead early in the 2nd quarter when Trask had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage. Jarvis Ware returned the interception 59 yards for a touchdown and a 7-6 Missouri lead.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 1, 2020
The Gators went scoreless for 2 more series before Kadarius Toney announced his presence with touchdown receptions of 18 and 30 yards on consecutive drives to send the Gators into the break up by 13 before the brawl.
Toney scored again on a 16-yard run to start the 3rd half as Florida’s offense continued to roll after the sluggish start.
Trask connected with 5 receivers on passes of 30 or greater yards.
The Gators played their best game of the season on defense, limiting Connor Bazelak to just 200 yards. After 2 straight weeks of 100-yard performances by Larry Rountree, the Missouri running back was held in check to just 26 yards.
While Florida was able to cruise by Missouri, the Gators now have to prepare for their biggest game of the season against Georgia to potentially decide who will represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game. The full consequences of the halftime brawl may still not be known yet, as SEC officials can review the tape to decide if any suspensions are warranted.
Dan Mullen and his Gators have certainly had an interesting past few weeks, but they still control their fate in the East.
Dan Mullen hyping up the crowd after Missouri and Florida had a brawl heading into halftime. A lot of punches thrown. pic.twitter.com/VVFJdIjo2A
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) November 1, 2020