Shaw Leads No. 20/20 Gamecocks Back for 27-24 OT Win at No. 5/7 Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Behind a
big performance off the bench from senior quarterback Connor Shaw, No.
20/20 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) came back to take a 27-24 overtime
win at No. 5/7 Missouri on Saturday evening at Faurot Field/Memorial
Shaw, who entered the game after the Tigers made it
17-0 on a third-quarter, 27-yard Andrew Baggett field goal, went
20-for-29 for 201 yards and three TDs. Junior wide receiver Bruce
Ellington caught a career-high 10 passes for 136 yards, while sophomore
running back Mike Davis tallied 150 all-purpose yards, including
catching 10 passes for 99 yards.
On Shaw's second drive, he led
the Gamecocks to pay dirt, hitting Ellington in the front of the end
zone for a six-yard touchdown. An 11-play, 69-yard drive followed,
where freshman Elliott Fry hit a 20-yard field goal to make it 17-10.
Getting the ball back with 3:08 remaining, Shaw marched the Gamecocks
63 yards in eight plays, hitting junior Nick Jones for the two-yard
score. Shaw, in regulation, went 17-for-22 with two TDs while also
getting a big 11-yard run that moved the Gamecocks into Missouri
territory on the second scoring drive
In overtime, the Tigers
scored on their first possession in five plays, with Marcus Murphy
getting a one-yard score to cap it. The Gamecocks gained a first down
on its first offensive play of overtime when Shaw hit Ellington for a
16-yard pass. A sack moved South Carolina back to the 15, and two
incomplete passes put the game down to one play. Shaw found Ellington
again in the end zone to knot the game at 24-24. On the second
possession, Fry hit a 40-yard field goal to put the Gamecocks ahead
27-24, and Missouri missed its FG shot from 24 yards away, hitting the
left upright to hand South Carolina the win.
Carolina posted 28 first downs compared to 17 for Missouri and threw
for 423 yards total, more than the Tigers' 249. The Gamecocks also ran
91 plays to the Tigers' 66. South Carolina tallied 498 yards of total
offense, while Missouri had 404.
South Carolina fell behind 14-0
in the first half, hurt by two lost fumbles and an interception. The
first Missouri score, however, came after the Gamecocks missed a
40-yard field goal. The Tigers promptly covered 77 yards in nine plays,
with Murphy ending the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run with 1:23 to
go in the first quarter. The second Gamecock fumble, coming on the
Missouri 2, swung the momentum fully toward the Tigers. On third-and-8,
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk hit L'Damian Washington for a 96-yard
score, making it 14-0.
The Gamecocks tried to get back some
points on the next possession, but Missouri's Josh Gibson intercepted
the pass at the Tiger 10. Missouri moved back toward midfield quickly
before having to punt. South Carolina gained nine yards on first down
but could not get another in the next three plays, turning the ball
back over to the Tigers at the 34-yard line. The Gamecock defense
stepped up and held Missouri there, all but ending the first half.
linebacker Kaiwan Lewis had one of South Carolina's highlights of the
first half, picking off Mauk's second pass of the game for his first
career interception. Junior quarterback Dylan Thompson went 12-for-20
for 171 yards before half, with Ellington grabbing five of them for 69
yards. While the Gamecocks held the ball for 16:43 of the first half,
South Carolina struggled on third down, converting just one out of
Junior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles led the
Gamecock defense with six tackles, three for loss and two of those
sacks. Junior Victor Hampton tied a career high with tow pass breakups
to go with five tackles, matching junior defensive end Jadeveon
Clowney's output in stops. Clowney also had one each of a tackle for
loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
10-for-25 with one touchdown and one interception in the contest, while
Henry Josey posted 79 yards on 15 carries. Marcus Lucas had three
catches for 89 yards. Three Tigers, Markus Golden, Braylon Webb and
Andrew Wilson, had eight tackles each.