The 2021 Florida Gators have produced on the most epic collapses seen in a long time. Just over two months ago, Florida was riding high after dropping a tight contest against then- No. 1 Alabama. What’s happened since is rather incredible.
The Gators have dropped five of their last six against FBS teams with the lone win coming against a hapless Vanderbilt team.
The way these losses have come are just as frustrating. Week to week, there is not a single aspect you can count on. Against Kentucky, the offense scored 13 points. The Georgia and South Carolina games were blowouts. Saturday’s game represented something new, however, as the Gators went to overtime at Missouri.
But, how did we get to overtime?
The Gators received possession with 1:04 on the clock following a missed field goal. With Missouri playing prevent defense, Jones handed the ball to Nay’Quan Wright on the draw and lost three yards. Instead of taking a couple of shots (quick outs, etc.), Dan Mullen elected to sit on it and take the game to overtime.
In overtime, Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz opted to go for two (and the win) rather than play into a second overtime. The Gators’ defensive line brought pressure, but Parker Daniel was left wide open to clinch the 24-23 victory.
Oh, and Drinkwitz trolled Mullen after the game, check it out here:
MIC DROP from #Mizzou football coach Eli Drinkwitz after beating Florida in OT! 😂
“May the force be with you.” pic.twitter.com/cVw9CcvXK0
— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) November 21, 2021
Now, Florida will face rival Florida State. Both teams maintain 5-6 records and the winner will become eligible for a bowl game. My, how far this rivalry has fallen.