The Florida-Missouri halftime brawl was an ugly moment for the 2 teams and the league as a whole.
Following a questionable hit on Florida quarterback Kyle Trask to end the first half, Gators players, including head coach Dan Mullen, rushed to midfield to have some words for Mizzou and protect their quarterback.
Reaction on social media started to pour in immediately about a potential fine for Mullen for his actions, but after the game, the Florida head coach down-played everything, saying that the coaches were all trying to get the players off the field.
“From my understanding, I think our guys thought they took a late hit at our quarterback,” Mullen said on the SEC Network. “They’re going to protect him. That’s their guy. I think they were going to protect him. I think both sides were trying to get people off the field, but everyone was a little edgy and probably went a little too far with it. We were trying to get our guys off the field in the middle of it all. … It is what it is — an emotional game sometimes. I don’t condone it. I’m not real pleased about how it all played out, obviously.”
A camera angle followed a heated Mullen to midfield, and it shows the Gators head coach in the middle of it all shouting at Missouri’s players and coaches. Following Mullen’s actions, that’s when things got really ugly between the players.
Check it out, first the hit on Trask and the reaction by Mullen:
Here’s what actually sparked the Missouri-Florida fight. pic.twitter.com/FkBSlCub2C
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Remember, if Lane Kiffin was slapped with a fine for true comments regarding the league’s officiating, the UF head coach may get hit with a fine, too. No doubt the SEC office in Birmingham will have a few words for both teams after Saturday night.
The Gators ended up winning 41-17 behind Kyle Trask’s 4 touchdown passes.