Tensions between the Florida and Missouri football programs reached a head on Saturday, as the two teams erupted into a brawl just before halftime. Three players were ejected from the contest.
On Sunday morning, the teams issued a joint statement apologizing for their collective actions.
“The actions at the end of the first half of last night’s game do not reflect the values of our football program or University,” the statement reads. “We are committed to healthy competition and good sportsmanship. The clean play without incident in the second half is how we expect to represent both institutions and the SEC. We believe both programs will use this moment to learn from so that incidents like this do not happen.”
The squabble occurred at the end of the first half after a late-hit on Florida quarterback Kyle Trask.
Three players were ejected from the Florida-Missouri game following a brawl that unfolded at the end of the first half. pic.twitter.com/GTavCznk6B
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Even Gators’ head coach Dan Mullen found himself in the middle of the fight. As he walked into the locker room, after the two teams separated, he waved his arms at the crowd in an attempt to hype up the Florida crowd.
Officials ejected Florida’s Zach Carter and Antwuan Powell, and Missouri’s Tre Williams for the second half.
The No. 10 Gators went on to win the game in blowout fashion, 41-17.
Dan Mullen hyping up the crowd after Missouri and Florida had a brawl heading into halftime. A lot of punches thrown. pic.twitter.com/VVFJdIjo2A
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The brawl reflected poorly on both teams, but the joint statement started the process towards reconciliation. The SEC has yet to announce additional punishments for the teams, players and coaches at this time.
Florida returns to action next Saturday against Georgia, while Missouri will take the week off.