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Mizzou 42, Florida 13: Tigers roll thanks to Marcus Murphy's huge day

Mizzou beat Florida, in their Homecoming game, by a lot of points, even if only one touchdown came via the offense.

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Mizzou scored like this:

• 96-yd Kickoff Return by Marcus Murphy

• 5-yd TD Run by Marcus Murphy

• 82-yd Punt Return by Marcus Murphy

• 21-yd Fumble Return by Markus Golden

• 46-yd INT Return by Darvin Ruise

Florida had 283 yards of offense to Mizzou's 119, while having nearly double the number of total plays as Mizzou and having nearly 10 minutes more time of possession.

Unfortunately, the defense had to carry the offense. Despite improved play from the offensive line, Maty Mauk struggled, throwing an early interception (on a tunnel screen) and being limited to throwing horizontally on screens or short out routes. Mauk did complete a 2-point conversion to Bud Sasser on a slant route to put them up 28-0.

The running backs Hansbrough and Murphy, each had a decent game, rushing for 35 and 27 yards respectively on 21 total attempts, with Murphy having the sole offensive touchdown. However it felt like they were forgotten about on a couple drives. Luckily Marcus Murphy opened the game with a kick off return, a touchdown run and a punt return touchdown to give Mizzou a comfortable lead.

Jeff Driskel was responsible for 2 interceptions, including the pick 6, while backup QB Treon Harris proved equally futile despite having a slightly better stat line. Braylon Webb had two interceptions for Mizzou, Harold Brantley had a sack and blocked an extra point. Shane Ray had 1.5 sacks and also caused the fumble which Markus Golden scored on. Kentrell Brothers forced a fumble recovered by Michael Scherer.

This is one of those games where a traditional box score explains very little about how the game was won. The offense still hasn't show significant signs of improvement and much of the debate during the game was focused around whether Eddie Printz should see the field.

Mizzou faces Vanderbilt next week.