Missouri Tigers Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory Against South Carolina Gamecocks
The No. 5 Missouri Tigers were looking to make some noise and earn some respect as they hosted the South Carolina Gamecocks. They made little noise as they blew a 17-0 lead in the fourth quarter and fell in double overtime to the Gamecocks 27-24. Kicker Andrew Baggett missed the kick to send the game into its third overtime, creating some early chaos and movement in the BCS rankings.
The Tigers had lost starting quarterback James Franklin for a couple of weeks ago due to a separated shoulder, and backup Maty Mauk had played well in relief of Franklin. But, Mauk did not make the plays to clinch the game for Missouri, going 10-of-25 for 249 yards passing while throwing both a touchdown as well as an interception.
His decision-making often stalled the Tigers’ offense, who failed to capitalize on the opportunities given to them in the game. This was especially the case when the Tigers lead 17-0. Mizzou had 155 yards on the ground, with Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy paving the way on the ground with 79 and 53 yards respectively, and being accountable for both of the Tigers’ three touchdowns in regulation.
Missouri’s defense did its job for the most part in the game, holding South Carolina to only 75 rushing yards on the night. This included holding running back Mike Davis to 51 yards on 19 carries, as well as forcing three South Carolina turnovers. However, its secondary got abused by Gamecocks quarterbacks Dylan Thompson and later Connor Shaw, who replaced the struggling Thompson in the second half and made the biggest difference in the course of the game,
Shaw threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns to get South Carolina back in the game. Missouri’s defense was unable to stop the Gamecocks on critical third downs later in the game and keep them out of the end zone in crunch time.
With their first loss of the season, Missouri is still in control of the SEC East, but need the Gamecocks to lose their remaining SEC games against Mississippi State and Florida. That, or they can win their remaining four SEC games, one of which comes against Texas A&M.