Missouri Routs Florida 45-16, Gators still Searching for Answers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Florida's 45-16 loss to Missouri was a pretty embarrassing performance,
and more so than the loss to Georgia, because at least the Bulldogs were undefeated. The Tigers were 3 and 5, making the 29-point beatdown Florida's largest defeat against a team with a losing record, since 1946.

The Gators are just really on the wrong side of history right now.

Florida has now lost 4 straight games, but their last two losses mark the first time since 1917, that Florida has allowed 42 or more points in back-to-back games.

Interim head coach Randy Shannon says, he knows what Gator football should look like, and this is not it.

"If you come to this university, even though if you're young, you have to play to a high standard," Shannon said. "We got to instill that in those guys and understand that you got to play at a high standard."

Losing to Missouri was just the latest of weekly setbacks for the Gators, and now they're in even more danger of missing the postseason, for the second time in five seasons.

The only way to avoid that outcome is to turn this four game losing streak, into a three game winning streak to close out the season.

In order to make it happen, they're going to have to put up points. they haven't scored mored than 20 points in each of their last four losses.

Quarterback Malik Zaire, who may or may not be the starter moving forward, believes the offense took a step in the right direction against the Tigers.

"You got to see a little bit of what our playmakers can do when they have the ball," said Zaire. "Our o-line blocked well, we didn't have as many penalties this week, and that's something that you take from it in a positive way."

We'll try Malik. Hopefully, you all will too.