COLUMBIA — No. 14 Missouri defeated No. 22 Florida 36-17 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The top-25 matchup was Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk's first career start, and he wasted no time proving himself to the sellout crowd of 67,124. His first play from scrimmage was a 41-yard sideline strike to L'Damian Washington, and he followed that with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Bud Sasser in the left side of the end zone.
- Mauk was 18-for-36 on the day for 295 yards, throwing for one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.
- The Missouri defense continued its stingy run, as it held Florida to 151 total yards. Michael Sam ran his season sack total to 9.0 with a hat trick against the Gators, who could only muster one offensive touchdown on the day.
- Sophomore kicker Andrew Baggett tied Jeff Jacke's school record of five made field goals. Jacke set the record against Kansas in 1992.
- This is the second time in four years that Missouri has started the season 7-0; the last occurrence was in 2010. The Tigers haven't started a season 8-0 since 1960. They'll face South Carolina next Saturday night in the annual Homecoming game.