Instant analysis: S. Carolina 27, Missouri 24
October, 26, 2013
By Chris Low | ESPN.com
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A gimpy, sick Connor Shaw came off the bench in the second half Saturday to lead No. 21 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) to a 27-24 win over No. 5 Missouri (7-1, 3-1 SEC) in double overtime at Faurot Field.
It was over when: Missouri place-kicker Andrew Baggett missed a 24-yard field-goal attempt in the second overtime, his kick bouncing off the upright, allowing South Carolina to win its first game over a top-five foe on the road in more than 30 years.
Turning point: Missouri was within a play of staying unbeaten and taking a huge step toward wrapping up the East title, but Shaw hit Bruce Ellington with a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal in the first overtime to force the second overtime period.
Game ball goes to: Who else? Shaw was playing on a sprained knee and wasn't even expected to see the field, and he was also extremely sick prior to the game. But he relieved Dylan Thompson late in the third quarter to rally the Gamecocks to the win. He finished 20-of-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat of the game: Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk completed just four passes after halftime, while the Gamecocks attempted 56 passes in the game.
Stat of the game II: The Tigers forced three first-half turnovers and have now forced a turnover in 38 consecutive games, the longest active streak among BCS teams.
Unsung hero: Ellington, whose TD grab tied the game in the first overtime, finished with 10 catches for 136 yards.
What it means: South Carolina stayed right in the middle of the East race and would own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Missouri if the Tigers and Gamecocks wound up tied with two losses. It also brings Florida and Georgia back into the East equation. They play next weekend in Jacksonville, and the winner of the game will stay alive. South Carolina has Mississippi State and Florida remaining in the SEC, both at home. Missouri still has four league games left -- Tennessee at home, Kentucky and Ole Miss on the road and Texas A&M at home.