South Carolina shocks No. 5 Missouri, 27-24, in double overtime
Connor Shaw came off the bench in the second half and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns and Elliott Fry kicked the winning field goal to help No. 20 South Carolina stun No. 5 Missouri 27-24 in two overtimes Saturday night.
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Hobbled by a sprained left knee, Connor Shaw asked Steve Spurrier if he could play Saturday night at Missouri.
The South Carolina coach obliged, calling on Shaw in the third quarter down with the Gamecocks down 17 and starter Dylan Thompson struggling.
Shaw threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns in relief, engineering three fourth-quarter drives and helping the Gamecocks score on their final five possessions to stun No. 5 Missouri 27-24 in two overtimes.
“Dylan played awfully well most of the time he’s played,” Spurrier said. “It was do or die. We had no chance in the division if we didn’t win this one.”
Elliott Fry’s 40-yard field goal proved to be the game-winner after Missouri’s Andrew Baggett clanked a 24-yard attempt off the left goal post.
“He’s a competitor,” coach Gary Pinkel said of his kicker. “You know, that’s his job and it’s his responsibility. Last week, he made five. . It’s not one guy here. We all could have done something different to help win that football game.”
Shaw extended the game in the first overtime with a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down in the Gamecocks’ first overtime to match the Tigers’ Marcus Murphy’s 1-yard scamper.
Missouri (7-1, 3-1) could have all but locked up the SEC East with a victory, instead South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) moves to one game behind the Tigers for the division lead, with home games against Mississippi State and Florida remaining.
Shaw engineered fourth-quarter scoring drives of 65, 69 and 63 yards, and the Gamecocks knotted the score at 17 on a 2-yard reception by Nick Jones with 42 seconds remaining. Ellington scored his first touchdown on a 6-yard catch with 12:13 remaining, and Elliott Fry made a 20-yard field goal with 5:03 left.
Thompson started his third career game for the Gamecocks, throwing for 222 yards. The Gamecocks outgained Missouri 498-404, but couldn’t convert until Shaw entered.