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Gators eager for Missouri payback

Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier (7) scores a touchdown in the second quarter during the football game between the Florida Gators and New Mexico State Aggies at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

EVE EDELHEIT I Times

Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier (7) scores a touchdown in the second quarter during the football game between the Florida Gators and New Mexico State Aggies at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

Missouri ruined Florida's homecoming last season.

The Tigers traveled to Gainesville and rolled through the Gators for a 42-13 win.

"That was probably the lowest point of the year," Florida junior defensive end Alex McCalister said. "That was homecoming. We came in and just let that team take everything from us."

Now, the No. 11 Gators will have a chance to return the favor.

No. 11 Florida is Missouri's homecoming opponent this season, as the Gators take on the Tigers with revenge on their minds tonight in Columbia.

"That's even more perfect," McCalister said after he was told that UF was Missouri's homecoming opponent. "I didn't know that. That's better. Now I know."

The Tigers have rolled over the Gators the past two seasons by a combined 78-30. Missouri is one victory from joining Alabama and Auburn as the only SEC teams with a winning streak of three or more against Florida.

"They embarrassed us," Gators senior defensive back Brian Poole said of last year's loss. "We don't like that."

But the Tigers enter as 4-point underdogs as they struggle offensively. Missouri is 119th nationally with 322.4 total yards per game, and freshman quarterback Drew Lock gest his second career start in place of the suspended Maty Mauk.

UF GETS ANOTHER RECRUIT: Citra North Marion receiver Freddie Swain orally committed to Florida, giving the Gators another four-star prospect in one of the nation's top 20 classes. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Swain is ranked as the No. 35 receiver nationally and the state's No. 32 overall recruit by 247Sports.

NO. 20 UCLA: Punter Adam Searl was indefinitely suspended from the program a day after he was arrested and charged with three counts of rape.

APPALACHIAN STATE: The board of trustees approved a five-year contract for third-year Scott Satterfield through 2020.

INDIANA: The school lifted starting defensive lineman Darius Latham's suspension, making him eligible to play Saturday against Penn State.

LATE THURSDAY: Myles Gaskin ran for 134 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and visiting Washington shut down No. 17 USC's high-powered offense in a 17-12 victory. The Huskies' upset win came against former coach Steve Sarkisian.

BASKETBALL: SMU announced that it will appeal some of the sanctions imposed against its program in wake of the NCAA's investigation into potential rules violations. However, the school will not appeal its postseason ban or the nine-game suspension for coach Larry Brown.

Times staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.

Gators eager for Missouri payback 10/09/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2015 11:13pm]
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