Parker White’s 33-yard field goal with two seconds remaining pushed the South Carolina Gamecocks past Missouri, 37-35, in a game that could only be described as delirious.
The game featured a rain delay of one hour and sixteen minutes, headset and clock malfunctions, and a back-and-forth affair which multiple players and coaches after the contest remarked was one of the craziest they’ve experienced.
South Carolina started backup quarterback Michael Scarnecchia in place of the injured Jake Bentley and he commanded the offense well in his place. He completed 20-of-35 passes for 249 yards, three touchdowns, and engineered the nine-play, 53-yard drive for the winning score in the fourth quarter.
The Gamecocks continued to have their woes on defense, particularly stopping the run, daring Missouri to beat them on the ground and negating the potent Missouri air attack. USC held Missouri quarterback Drew Lock out of the end zone and forced two interceptions, one returned for touchdown by the Gamecocks’ Sherrod Greene. Mizzou’s running backs gashed South Carolina, however, running for a combined 286 yards on 46 attempts.
Scarneechia and White proved to hold the advantage in the end for USC, and both spoke with pride following the victory:
QB Michael Scarnecchia and PK Parker White
Bryan Edwards proved to be the most reliable target for Scarnecchia, catching seven passes on 12 targets for 73 yards and two scores.
Despite a drop in the opening half, Scarnecchia kept going back to Edwards, particularly on third down, citing a confident chemistry between the two.
Deebo Samuel caught four passes for 88 yards, including the eight-yard touchdown to open the second-half scoring to give South Carolina its first lead.
Edwards had a hand in the final proceedings as well on defense, as he played the game’s final snap as a defensive back on Missouri’s final Hail Mary attempt:
WR Bryan Edwards & OL Donell Stanley
For the second game in a row, South Carolina played better defense after halftime than they did in the game’s first 30 minutes. Missouri gained 321 yards averaging 6.7 yards per play in the opening half, but managed just 169 yards and five yards per play in the second half:
DB Steven Montac & LB Sherrod Greene
BUCK Bryson Allen-Williams & DL Keir Thomas
The plan for South Carolina next week is unknown, as Head Coach Will Muschamp said Bentley was cleared to play today, but didn’t feel he would be able to protect himself. Muschamp said Bentley will be re-evaluated and he will give an update on his status at his Tuesday press conference.
Elsewhere on the injury front, OL Dennis Daley suffered a hip flexor, but is expected to be fine, and RB AJ Turner is in concussion protocol.
To hear coaches’ postgame press conferences, click below:
Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp
Missouri Head Coach Barry Odom
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The win for the Gamecocks over Missouri was USC’s third straight head-to-head victory over the Tigers, marking the longest win streak by either team in the series. Saturday’s victory also gave South Carolina the edge in the overall series (5-4) for the first time since its inception.
South Carolina (3-2, 2-2) hosts Texas A&M next week at Williams-Brice Stadium at 3:30 PM on the SEC Network.