USC appeared to have their fourth straight win and third straight SEC victory in hand after a 23 yard touchdown catch by Pharoh Cooper with just over seven minutes remaining in last night’s game against Missouri. That put USC ahead 20-7 and with the way the Gamecock defense had played to that point, there was little reason to think otherwise.
But Missouri quarterback Matty Mauk had other ideas. Held to 62 passing yards at that point, he fired off a 41 yard completion and then one of 26 yards. A one yard touchdown run by Russell Hansbrough cut the deficit to six.
The Tigers got the ball back with 4:40 left and went 51 yards in 9 plays to punch in the tying touchdown. The point after turned out to be the difference on the scoreboard.
The much maligned USC defense had their fourth straight game in which they allowed fewer yards than the previous game (280) and held their opponent to a season’s low 21 points. The last time the Gamecocks lost a game holding an opponent under 300 yards was in 2012 at Florida. And the 21 points were the fewest allowed in a defeat since falling to Auburn 16-13 in 2011.
Here’s more from the USC and Mizzou players following the game: