GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the process of earning his first career win over a ranked opponent Saturday, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock also continued his ascent up the Southeastern Conference passing record books.
Lock's first touchdown pass of the day, a 22-yard score to Albert Okwuegbunam, was the 88th of his career, which tied him with a pair of Florida quarterbacks — Tim Tebow and Chris Leak — for fourth all-time on the SEC career touchdown list.
With second half touchdown passes to Kam Scott and Emanuel Hall, Lock tied and jumped past former Tennessee quarterback and NFL legend Peyton Manning for third all-time. The scores – the 89th and 90th of his career – now place Lock in sole possession of third all-time on the SEC career touchdown list. He stands behind only Florida's Danny Wuerffel (114) and Georgia's Aaron Murray (121) in conference history.
Lock has three more regular season games and a likely bowl game to continue to grow his title.
Fatony excels once again
Punter Corey Fatony once again provided the Tigers with an advantage in the field position game in Saturday's win. The senior from Franklin, Tennessee, averaged 42.7 yards per kick against Florida, with a long of 59 yards coming at the end of the first half. Fatony pinned the Gators inside their own 20-yard line twice and added 50-plus yard kick in the first quarter.
Fatony has been a consistent ace for the Tigers again in 2018. A week ago against Kentucky, Fatony averaged 48.4 yards a punt on nine attempts in Missouri's loss to the Wildcats. Earlier this fall, he was named among Ray Guy Award Punters of the Week in Week 7 for his efforts against Alabama.
Emanuel Hall returned Saturday and played his first game since Sept. 22 after battling a nagging groin injury. The senior was a full go and finished with four catches, 77 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Tight end Kendall Blanton, defensive lineman Rashad Brandon and defensive back Jarvis Ware each did not travel to Florida. Blanton, who missed last week's contest with a knee sprain is considered week-to-week. Ware is mourning an unexpected death in his family. The reason for Brandon's absence was not specified.
Freshman Tyler Badie sprained his foot on an 18-yard run in the first half and did not return. Redshirt sophomore Albert Okwuegbunam bruised his shoulder while making a block and also missed the rest of the game.
The defensive tackle exited Saturday's contest after he was limited during the week with an ankle/knee issue.
"He was banged up a bit," coach Barry Odom said.
Cornerback Adam Sparks did not play a snap, as he is recovering from a bruised shin that Odom described as "pretty severe." He is expected back.
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