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                    === Mauk leads Missouri past Florida ===
 
 Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Freshman Maty Mauk made his first start for
 Missouri  a memorable one, throwing for 295 yards and a touchdown while adding
 another score on the ground to guide the 14th-ranked Tigers to a 36-17 victory
 over No. 22 Florida at Faurot Field.
 
 Mauk was pressed into duty after starting quarterback James Franklin sustained
 a  shoulder  injury in  last  week's  win over  Georgia  that  will leave  him
 sidelined for the next couple weeks.
 
 Mauk  finished an efficient 18-of-36 passing with an interception, while Henry
 Josey  racked up 136  yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for the Tigers (7-0,
 3-0  SEC),  who hold a two-game  lead in the  loss column atop the SEC Eastern
 Division after both Georgia and South Carolina suffered setbacks on Saturday.
 
 After  knocking off  No. 15  Georgia last  week, Missouri  notched its  second
 straight  win  over a ranked opponent,  marking the first time the Tigers have
 won  against ranked  teams in consecutive weeks since 1973, when they beat No.
 19 SMU and No. 2 Nebraska.
 
 Kelvin  Taylor, starting  in place of the injured Matt Jones, finished with 74
 rushing  yards  on 12  carries and scored  Florida's lone offensive touchdown.
 Tyler  Murphy  managed just 92 yards  on 15-of-29 passing with an interception
 for  the  Gators (4-3, 3-2),  who were  coming off a  17-6 setback at LSU last
 week.
 
 "We  are just not really a good football team, certainly not today. That's all
 on  my shoulders," Florida  head coach Will Muschamp said. "We had a hard time
 running the ball, and we couldn't protect (the quarterback) either."
 
 Mauk made his presence felt from the start, needing just two plays to push the
 Tigers into the end zone.
 
 L'Damian  Washington hauled  in  a 41-yard  grab down  the  right sideline  on
 Missouri's  first play  from scrimmage.  After  a personal  foul on  Florida's
 Cody  Riggs  at the end of  the play moved the  Tigers to the Florida 20, Mauk
 floated  a perfect pass  to Bud Sasser in the back left corner of the end zone
 for a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds into the game.
 
 "That  felt  really good; that  got my  nerves down, I  was a little too hyped
 honestly,"  Mauk  said of the quick  score. "I just  wanted to go out and play
 football  again and for L'Damian to come down with the first one, and then for
 Bud  to score on  the second one, that set the tone to where we wanted to play
 the whole game."
 
 The Tigers forced a quick three-and-out from Florida, but Marcus Murphy muffed
 the punt to give the Gators a fresh set of downs.
 
 Taylor  followed  with a 17-yard  surge to set  Florida up with a 1st-and-goal
 from  the  seven, but the Gators  had to settle  for a 23-yard field goal from
 Francisco Velez to pull within 7-3.
 
 Missouri's Aarion Penton picked off Tyler Murphy later in the first quarter to
 set  up Andrew  Baggett's 43-yard field goal. Baggett added a 19-yarder midway
 though the second to make it 13-3 after Florida held the Tigers out of the end
 zone with a goal-line stand.
 
 Mauk  was  intercepted by  Brian Poole  on Missouri's next  touch, but on 3rd-
 and-11  from  the  Missouri  28  on the  ensuing  Florida  possession,  Tigers
 defensive  end  Kony Ealy stripped  Tyler Murphy on a  sack to end the Gators'
 drive.
 
 Entering  the third quarter facing a 10-point deficit, Solomon Patton provided
 the  Gators  with a jolt, as  he fielded the  opening kickoff of the half five
 yards  deep in  his own  end zone  and followed  a convoy  of blockers  before
 bursting untouched down the left sideline for a 100-yard touchdown return that
 brought Florida within 13-10.
 
 Missouri  quickly countered,  as Mauk  found Jimmie  Hunt for  a 52-yard  gain
 before  Josey  capped the  75-yard sequence  with a 6-yard  TD run three plays
 later, giving the Tigers a 20-10 cushion with 13:24 left in the third.
 
 Baggett  buried a  39-yard field goal on  the Tigers' next touch to extend the
 margin,  but Taylor got the Gators back within a score later in the frame when
 he capped a 6-play, 70-yard march that featured all running plays.
 
 Taylor  did most of  the heavy lifting on the drive, rushing five times for 52
 yards, including a 20-yard TD scamper off the left side that trimmed Florida's
 deficit to 23-17 with under a minute left in the third.
 
 Josey's  50-yard  run on  the second  play of Missouri's  ensuing drive set up
 Baggett's 33-yard field goal early in the fourth to make it 26-17.
 
 Baggett  later knocked  down  a 28-yarder  following  a Florida  three-and-out
 before   Shane  Ray  stripped  Tyler  Murphy  early  on  the  Gators'  ensuing
 possession, giving the Tigers the ball at the Florida 7.
 
 Following  a  holding penalty  on first  down, Mauk scrambled  to his left and
 tight-roped  the sideline en route to a 17-yard touchdown that all but put the
 game away with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Missouri  has  forced at least one  turnover in 37 straight games, the longest
 active  streak in  the country  ... Taylor's  touchdown was  the first  of his
 career.  He is the  son of former Florida running back Fred Taylor, who racked
 up  3,075  rushing yards and 31  touchdowns over his four-year career with the
 Gators  before being  drafted ninth overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the
 1998 NFL Draft ... Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury against LSU last
 week  ...  Baggett tied  a school record  with five field  goals ... Riggs was
 ejected on the first play from scrimmage for targeting.
 
 10/19 18:15:38 ET