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Sept. 27, 2014

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Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Missouri 7 0 0 14 21
South Carolina 3 7 3 7 20
Sights & Sounds
ESPN College GameDay Sights & Sounds
Coach Spurrier
Coach Ward
Dylan Thompson J.T. Surratt
Mike Davis Gerald Dixon
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1st Downs 16 18
Total Yards 280 338
Passing 132 219
Rushing 148 119
Penalties-Yards 8-74 8-71
3rd Down Conversions 2-16 8-21
4th Down Conversions 3-3 0-2
Turnovers 0 0
Time of Possession 24:05 35:55
Maty Mauk 12 34 132 0 0
South Carolina COM ATT YDS TD INT
Dylan Thompson 21 37 219 1 0
Marcus Murphy 16 98 6.1 1 22
Russell Hansbrough 10 43 4.3 3 18
South Carolina CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Davis 22 104 4.7 1 17
Brandon Wilds 8 38 4.8 0 11
Bud Sasser 6 86 14.3 0 41
Marcus Murphy 2 12 6.0 0 7
South Carolina REC YDS AVG TD LG
Nick Jones 5 72 14.4 0 47
Rory Anderson 5 21 4.2 0 8
1st Quarter MU SC
miss_lg.gif TD 12:06 Russell Hansbrough 18 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Andrew Baggett (GOOD)
7 0
scar-lg.gif FG 02:07 Elliott Fry 33 yd 7 3
2nd Quarter MU SC
scar-lg.gif TD 01:36 Mike Davis 17 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Elliott Fry (GOOD)
7 10
3rd Quarter MU SC
scar-lg.gif FG 06:38 Elliott Fry 41 yd 7 13
4th Quarter MU SC
scar-lg.gif TD 07:25 Pharoh Cooper 23 yd PASS from Dylan Thompson
PAT KICK by Elliott Fry (GOOD)
7 20
miss_lg.gif TD 06:49 Russell Hansbrough 1 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Andrew Baggett (GOOD)
14 20
miss_lg.gif TD 01:36 Russell Hansbrough 1 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Andrew Baggett (GOOD)
21 20

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 13 South Carolina fell 21-20 to Missouri tonight at Williams-Brice Stadium as the Tigers’ tailback Russell Hansbrough scored his third touchdown of the game, a one-yard rush with 1:36 remaining to give Missouri the go-ahead score.

South Carolina opened the game up with the ball, but unable to convert on a fourth-and-one from its own 42, turned the ball over to the Tigers. Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk’s second pass on the drive was intercepted on the goal line by sophomore safety Chaz Elder, but an offside penalty on the Gamecocks negated the play. Three plays later, Hansbrough found a hole on the right side, cut outside and found an alley to the end zone for an 18-yard run to give the Tigers a quick 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.

With 4:48 on the clock in the first quarter, Missouri’s Andrew Baggett lined up for a 48-yard field goal, but the attempt was wide right. Carolina struck on the following play with a 27-yard pass from senior quarterback Dylan Thompson to sophomore wide receiver Pharoh Cooper. A six-yard run from junior tailback Mike Davis and a pass interference call on the Tigers moved the Gamecocks down to the 23-yard line. Unable to convert on a third-and-five from the 18, sophomore kicker Elliott Fry came on and converted a 33-yard field goal to cut Carolina’s deficit to 7-3 with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

As the second quarter was winding down, a 42-yard punt from Missouri’s Christian Brinser was returned 24 yards by Cooper to the Carolina 41-yard line. Davis took over from there, accounting for 55 yards on four plays, including a 24-yard burst after a short pass from Thompson. That play set up a 17-yard touchdown run, which he cut to the right and bounced to the outside to give the Gamecocks a 10-7 lead with 1:36 remaining before the half.

On the fourth possession of the second half, South Carolina added to its lead with Fry’s second field goal of the game, this time from 41 yards out, his fourth this season from 40-plus yards. The attempt was set up by a 47-yard reception from senior wide receiver Nick Jones.

South Carolina extended its lead to 20-7 midway through the fourth quarter as six rushes in seven plays was followed by a 23-yard strike from Thompson to Cooper over the middle. The wideout made a two-handed grab just across the goal line and held on after taking a big hit. The Tigers struck quick though as Mauk covered 67 yards through the air on two plays before Hansbrough capped off a 36-second drive with a one-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 20-14 with 6:49 remaining.

Forced to go three-and-out on its next possession, South Carolina punted the ball back to Missouri with 4:40 remaining. Senior punter Tyler Hull’s 48-yard punt was returned 22 yards by Marcus Murphy to midfield. The Tigers converted on a fourth-and-one at the Carolina 42-yard line to keep their drive alive. A Gamecock pass interference call, followed by a 22-yard run by Murphy brought the ball down to the South Carolina two-yard line. On fourth down from the one-yard line, Hansbrough scored the go-ahead score.

GAME CHANGER After South Carolina took a 20-7 lead with 7:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, Missouri scored on a three-play, 67-yard drive that took only 36 seconds to pull within six.

KEY STAT South Carolina held Missouri to 2-of-16 on third downs.


  • The loss is South Carolina’s first this season when leading at the half and after three quarters and when leading the time of possession.
  • Senior quarterback Dylan Thompson became the 13th Gamecock to throw for 3,000 yards in his career, breaking the barrier with his third completion of the night, a 27-yard pass to sophomore Pharoh Cooper.
  • Junior tailback Mike Davis ran for 104 yards, moving into 19th on South Carolina’s career rushing yards list. He passed Rob DeBoer (1990-93) in the contest and now has 1,826 yards, 26 yards shy of tying Duce Staley (1995-96) and Andrew Pinnock (1999-2002) for 17th with 1,852 yards.
  • Davis recorded the ninth 100-yard rushing game of his career, tied for sixth in Gamecock history, and his second of the season (101 vs. East Carolina). He also added 31 receiving yards.
  • South Carolina forced Missouri into 10 punts on the night. The Gamecocks’ foes had punted eight times total in the first four games.
  • The Tigers only went 2-for-16 on third downs against South Carolina’s defense. Missouri did go 3-for-3 on fourth-down tries.
  • The eight tackles for loss by South Carolina doubles the previous high by the Gamecocks that came in the Georgia win.
  • The Gamecocks’ eight quarterback hurries and four pass breakups are the most recorded by the team this season.
  • Senior defensive tackle J.T. Surratt posted a career-best seven tackles, including his first sack of the year and 1.5 tackles for loss.

QUOTABLE South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier

Opening Statement
“Missouri hung in there. They were struggling on offense like we were most of the night but put a couple of drives together at the end. We weren’t able to do much offensively. I messed up on the two-point conversion, should have gone for it. I wasn’t even thinking about it until I looked up and saw it was 20-7. I had something in my mind that 16-7 might be real good the way our defense was playing. All of a sudden Pharoh [Cooper] caught that [the touchdown pass] and nobody even on the bench thought about it [going for two points]. I looked up and said you know what we should have gone for two, too late now. That was a mistake on my part. It was a tough night for us. Protection wasn’t very good. Dylan [Thompson] has had better games; he got hit a lot tonight. They [Missouri] were only rushing four or five guys most of the time, nothing more than that. We just didn’t pass block all that well. Give Missouri credit, they hung in there. They didn’t play all that well either on offense but they did at the end of the game to beat us. Pharoh Cooper again had an unbelievable catch for the touchdown and he had another excellent game. I wish we could have gotten more balls at him some way or another. Missouri has a good defensive pass rush and they play their zone coverage pretty dog gone good. A few times we got a ball down there, well Pharoh had two big catches, but we just didn’t hit anything. It didn’t work out for us. Sometimes you get beat.”

UP NEXT South Carolina will be back on the road on Oct. 4, for their fifth SEC game this season in six contests, when the team takes on Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., ET and will broadcast on the SEC Network. The Wildcats defeated Vanderbilt 17-7 today in Lexington, Ky., to move to 3-1 on the year and 1-1 in the conference.