By: Madison Tucker
South Carolina faced off against Missouri on Saturday, September 22nd, and won convincingly, with a final score of 31-10. This game marked the first time South Carolina has won against Missouri. Thanks to this win, South Carolina moved up to sixth in both AP and USA Today/Coaches Polls. This is only the fifth time in school history the Gamecocks have been ranked sixth or better in the AP polls, with the last time being in 2007.
Connor Shaw was able to play in Saturday’s game. He missed his first pass, but soon got into a groove, and threw 20 consecutive completions. Shaw is now tied for second place in SEC history in this category. Shaw threw for 249 yards, and scored two touchdowns, as well
The game also helped Marcus Lattimore become the all-time career leader for rushing touchdowns, with a total of 32. Lattimore rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, averaging four yards per carry.
The defense was solid, but the real story from Saturday was the offense. It accumulated 396 yards, with 252 in the air and 144 on the ground. One player in particular that helped accumulate some serious yardage was Ace Sanders, who returned six punts for 106 yards.
With this win against Missouri, the Gamecocks are on an eight-game winning streak, dating back to last season. This is the second longest in school history. Coach Spurrier is proud of his team, but knows they gave a lot away to Missouri. The Gamecocks played strong, but if they want to keep that streak alive, they are going to have to stay driven and not make any mistakes. The Gamecocks are 4-0 for the season, 2-0 in the conference, and all the fans are hoping they can just keep it going with the upcoming game against Kentucky on September 29th at 7:00 p.m. EST. This will be Carolina’s second away game, and might give us a peek at how they will play against Georgia in Game Six.