Lock burns No. 13 Florida again as Missouri wins 38-17

Gators lose second straight; Franks benched amid cheers from home crowd

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer
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Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks rushes for yardage during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Nov. 3, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Drew Lock picked apart Florida's defense for the second straight year, throwing three touchdown passes Saturday to lead Missouri to a 38-17 victory against the 13th-ranked Gators.

Lock completed 24 of 32 passes for 250 yards, with scoring throws to Albert Okwuegbunam, Kam Scott and Emanuel Hall that stunned the Swamp.

Fortunately for the Gators (6-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), they won't have to face the senior and possible first-round draft pick again.

They might have seen the last of Feleipe Franks, too.

Coach Dan Mullen benched Franks late in the third quarter -- the home crowd cheered wildly -- and backup Kyle Trask promptly directed a 75-yard touchdown drive in which he converted two fourth downs. Trask found Josh Hammond in the end zone on the second one for a 7-yard score that made it 35-17.

The Tigers (5-4, 1-4) responded with a field goal that essentially sealed their first SEC win of the season and sent fans scrambling for the exits.

Lock and Missouri also torched Florida last year, winning 45-16 just days after the team parted ways with coach Jim McElwain. The Gators went into that one with an array of emotions.

They had no excuses this time around.

But Florida, which was eliminated from the SEC East race with a 36-17 loss against Georgia last week, came out flat and didn't find a spark until it was too late.

Lock had a lot to do with the lopsided affair, showing why he's considered a top NFL talent. His 41-yard throw to Hall down the sideline was perfect, setting up a touchdown run in which Lock held the defensive end before pitching the ball.

His TD throw to Okwuegbunam came after a pre-snap read and adjustment.

Lock got plenty of help from his experienced offensive line and running backs.

Damarea Crockett ran for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Larry Roundtree added 72 yards and a score.

Roundtree scored three times against the Gators in 2017. Lock completed 15 of 20 passes for 228 yards and three TDs in that one.

He hadn't been nearly as good against the SEC this season, completing 50 percent of his passes for 732 yards, with one touchdown and five interceptions, against Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Kentucky.

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