Mizzou football: Offense still a problem in loss to No. 11 Florida

Mizzou football had a defense ready to play with the No. 11 Florida Gators. But the offense stalled out and the team never could get past the Gators at home.

The season isn’t over, but the Mizzou football team only has two games left to correct multiple offensive issues for any attempt at a better finish.

On Saturday, Mizzou didn’t look good enough offensively to scare the No. 11 Florida Gators. And that’s not good.

The Tigers have a good running game, one of the better offensive lines and probably the best tight end in the conference and maybe even the country. The quarterback cannot seem to find a way to move the offense, and that falls on coach Barry Odom and the coaching staff. He said as much after Saturday’s 23-6 loss.

QB Kelly Bryant continues to run around behind the pocket and can’t find any throw down field, and that happened time after time in Saturday’s game.

It was a wasted effort in terms of the win by the defensive line, which picked up four sacks in the loss. There were two bad officiating calls that went against Mizzou, but it’s tough to say if it would have made a difference.

Khalil Oliver recorded an interception that was turned into a catch by Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. When the refs reviewed it, the CBS crew believed Oliver had possession, but the refs said the call stood — a big gain for the Gators. Florida scored a touchdown to go up 20-6.

Then on the next drive, the Tigers missed on a first down opportunity as two Florida receivers were grabbing Mizzou wide-out Jonathan Nance. Had he gotten a first down, Mizzou would have moved into Florida territory. Mizzou ended the drive with another punt.

The Tigers needed calls like that to go their way, as well as two dropped interceptions on the defense that would have helped an offense that didn’t have much going for it. A Nick Bolton drop was a sure TD in the third quarter that would have made it 13-10. A DeMarkus Acy pass break-up would have kept it a two-score game if it was an INT later in the game.

Mizzou returns home next weekend in its final game of the year in CoMo against Tennessee. Maybe the Tigers will break their four-game losing streak. For now, their undefeated home streak is over, and their November win streak has turned into two losses in a row.

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