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South Carolina QB Connor Shaw Pulls off Gutsiest Performance of 2013 College Football Season

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South Carolina ruined the dream season of Missouri in double overtime behind the efforts of their injured quarterback, Connor Shaw, who wasn’t healthy enough to start for the Gamecocks.

However, he was healthy enough to lead a valiant comeback in the final minutes to keep their hopes of an SEC east title within reach. Shaw was injured in the second half in the loss at Tennessee, and was ruled out earlier this week as Dylan Thompson was named the starter. The funny thing was no one seemed to convince Shaw that he was out.

He entered the game in the third quarter and helped South Carolina score the final 17 points in regulation, including the game-tying touchdown to Nick Jones with 42 seconds remaining in the game to force overtime. His biggest throw came on a fourth down in the first overtime, with South Carolina needing a touchdown after Missouri scored on their possession. Shaw found Bruce Ellington from 15 yards out to force a second overtime.

Shaw is like Jason from Friday the 13th movies where you can never knock the guy out, and he always finds a way to come back. He pulled off a comeback from an injury to make Willis Reed and Kirk Gibson proud, and hobbled out on to the field and had one of the gutsiest performances we’ll see all season.

This was the second time he’s come back from an injury that was supposed to sideline him. You win with guys like Shaw, and his comeback speaks volumes about his leadership and character.

Shaw is one of the toughest players in the nation, and his heart is as big as the offensive linemen who protected him tonight. Because of him, the Gamecocks are still alive to win the east.

Meanwhile, Missouri’s field goal attempt that clanked off the uprights to end the game gives them their first blemish of the season may be an ominous sign of how close they were to achieving a perfect regular season. Shaw will keep Missouri up late at night as if they are in a never-ending nightmare, wondering if that’s the closest they’ll come to a dream season in the SEC.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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