How many different ways can you say incredible? Down 17 going into the 4th quarter USC mounted a furious comeback with 17 points in the final 15 minutes to forced overtime, then won it 27-24 in double overtime when Mizzou missed a short field goal. Steve Spurrier admitted after the game that he thought his team was “dead” for about three quarters before they kicked it into gear in the fourth. Connor Shaw, who didn’t practice all week because of a knee injury, was the offensive catalyst coming off the bench late in the third to lead the Gamecocks to three big touchdowns, all through the air. Defensively Kecly Quarles, another guy who wasn’t supposed to play because of an injury, led the charge with three sacks.
Here’ what the Head Ball Coach had to say after the win:
Here are the quick recaps of each quarter along with final stats:
The win gets moves USC to 6-2 and gets the Gamecocks bowl eligible for the 10th straight year. The overtime win is the first in school history. The Gamecocks were 0-2 in OT games, both were losses at Tennessee. It was also the first time Steve Spurrier has won in overtime. The Gamecocks only have two SEC games left, next week against Mississippi State and November 16th against Florida. Both those games are at home. USC doesn’t have any road games left. They finished the year 3-2 on the road.