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Breaking down Gators defeat Missouri Tigers Week 12

Breaking down Gators defeat Missouri Tigers Week 12

All I could think about was FSU 2003. Not FSU this season, but 20 years ago.

That is often referred to as the Swindle in the Swamp because of ACC officials getting in the way of a great game.

But the similarities were still there.

Back then, FSU was faced with a fourth-and-14 with a little more than a minute to play and Florida leading by three. One play by the defense and they win the game.

Alas, it was a similar result two decades ago. Rix hitting an open receiver for 24 yards and a first down, then throwing one up for grabs that P.K. Sam hauled in for a 52-yard touchdown.

Gator fans still haven’t gotten over that one. This one stung pretty deeply, too.

Dooley’s Sunday Hash takes a look at Florida’s 33-31 loss at Missouri Saturday night.

Was that it for Graham Mertz?

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Billy Napier said after the game that his quarterback has a fractured collarbone. Since Florida is unlikely to make a bowl game, we may have seen the last play of his career. He could come back for another year, but that has yet to be decided.

The sad thing was that Mertz was injured being Graham Mertz, taking a big hit while willing himself to a first down.

Napier loves that guy

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Sometimes we sit around and think about the long drought Florida went through with quarterbacks. This was not part of that. Mertz has had a great year and was the biggest reason Florida was picked to finish so poorly in the SEC.

“If Gator Nation doesn’t respect Graham Mertz, OK, after watching him compete this year, then we’ve got a problem, “ Napier said. “That play in particular was a pretty special play. Did you see our sideline when that happened? I’m having to get them off the field.”

And so, the short era of Max Brown begins

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You would not think it will be a long one, but it will last at…

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