Crockett was awarded with his first career start and rewarded the coaching staff with his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, gaining 145 yards on 14 carries with a strong second-half performance.
He became the first true freshman with two 100-yard rushing games since Brock Olivo in 1994, according to Missouri’s sports information department.
Crockett and freshman wide receiver Dimetrios Mason were among the starters on offense, along with senior tight end Sean Culkin. It marked the first starts of the season for Crockett and Culkin and the second for Mason, who started against Eastern Michigan.
Crockett, Mason and Garrett gave the Tigers three true freshmen in the starting lineup.
Garrett was inserted into the starting lineup, essentially, in place of outside linebacker Joey Burkett. Michael Scherer, who moved from middle linebacker to outside linebacker, had a team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss.
GIBSON STEPS UP
Missouri redshirt senior cornerback John Gibson entered Saturday’s game with three interceptions in 43 career games with the Tigers.
He intercepted Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio twice on two consecutive series — the final Gators’ possession of the first half and the first of the second half.
For the game, Gibson was also credited with one tackle and one pass breakup.
Marvin Zanders was at quarterback at the start of Missouri’s second series on Saturday and then reappeared late in the game and led the Tigers on a 99-yard scoring drive for their second touchdown of the game.
Zanders put up some decent numbers in his brief playing time.
The redshirt sophomore completed three of five passes for 59 yards — starter Drew Lock completed four of 18 passes for 39 yards and two interceptions — and ran eight times for another 31 yards.
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