The Florida defense stole the spotlight with 12 points and forcing nine three-and-outs on the Tigers.
Cornerbacks Quincy Wilson and Jalen Tabor both had pick sixes to liven up the Swamp after a scoreless first quarter.
Ironically, earlier this week Tabor said, “Competition brings out the best in us all. I would be lying to you if I said when he gets a pick I don’t want a pick. That’s just competition, but it makes us better. We’re good friends at the end of the day so there’s no hard feelings or anything, but man we’re competitive at the same time.”
With about three minutes left before halftime, Tabor started the interception trend, followed by Wilson on Missouri’s next drive.
Wilson said there is a little healthy rivalry between the two corners.
“Yeah you know, friendly competition,” Wilson said. “I feed off of him, he feeds off of me.”
“Here’s the great thing: when you have two great corners like that, they got to pick one side of the field,” Florida Head Coach Jim McElwain said. “I think it happened a little bit for us last year when people tried to throw at Jalen because they were afraid of Vernon. Right? And now it is kind of that same way. Pick your poison.”
At the point Wilson had his pick, the defense was actually outscoring the receivers.
“That says that we’re the best and that’s what we pride ourselves on
Wilson had no rust after the cancelled LSU game due to Hurricane Matthew last week. He says the fact that people said Florida was scared to play LSU was ridiculous.
“That’s crazy to say we would be afraid to play someone else,” Wilson said. “I’m glad to be back. We went two weeks without playing. It felt like forever. But I was happy to get out there.”
Florida will have even more time off next week as they head into their bye week, but they will have some time to work on anything they have been missing. Wilson says that he is happy with the direction they are headed.
“I feel like we’re in a good place,” Wilson said. “Defense is always rolling and offense, other guys are making plays. So I feel like we are making strides in the right direction.”
??Wilson says staying focused is his main concern during this bye week. He says a lot of guys may want to take it as a break and maybe goof off, but he is planning to hone in and practice hard.