It was not the homecoming Luke Del Rio expected.
"I played terrible," said Del Rio after Florida's 40-14 win over Missouri on Saturday.
Del Rio made his first appearance for the Gators in four weeks, after spraining his knee earlier in the season against North Texas. But upon his return the rust clearly showed. The redshirt sophomore finished 18-of-38 passing for 236 yards, three interceptions and a touchdown.
“It’s my job to take care of the ball, and I didn’t do that. I need to get better," he said. "My knee didn’t affect me at all.. It was just bad decisions, bad throws.”
Although Florida was able to amass over 500 yards offensively in the win, it was the defense that led the spark for the home team. According to Del Rio, Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson's pick sixes in the second quarter provided a "tremendous lift."
“We go against the hardest coverage, the hardest defensive secondary, whatever you want to call it, every day. They are definitely the one defense I would not want to have to play against. They played a tremendous game. Quincy (Wilson) and Teez (Tabor) did a great job, that’s why they’re two of the best.”
Del Rio discusses his performance and the win in more detail in the video above.