Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz didn’t forget.
After Florida beat Missouri 41-17 on Oct. 31 last year, Gators coach Dan Mullen showed up to his postgame news conference in a Darth Vader costume.
Naturally, Drinkwitz was prepared to return the favor. The Tigers knocked off the Gators 24-23 by converting a two-point conversion in overtime on Saturday.
Soon after, Missouri dropped this gem on social media.
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) November 21, 2021
And then Drinkwitz concluded his own news conference by putting up his hood and whipping out a lightsaber.
As he walked away from the podium, Drinkwitz dropped a “may the force be with you.”
— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) November 21, 2021
With the win, Missouri improved to 6-5 and clinched bowl eligibility. Florida, meanwhile, dropped to 5-6 with a lowly 2-6 record in SEC play.
It’s a situation that has Mullen firmly on the hot seat as the Gators need to beat rival Florida State next weekend just to reach a bowl game. A year ago, Florida was the SEC East champion that played a competitive SEC title game against Alabama, the eventual national champion.
Dating back to the end of last season, though, Florida is just 2-9 in its last 11 games against Power Five opponents. Mullen already fired some of his assistants, including defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
It’s beginning to feel like a long shot that Mullen will be back in Gainesville next season.