South Carolina running back Mike Davis is one of the best at his position in the SEC. He is not having a very good night in Columbia, Missouri. Mistakes have cost South Carolina in the first half as Missouri is taking a 14-0 lead in to the second half.
Davis lost two fumbles in the first half, both coming in Missouri territory. The first ended up not costing the Gamecocks, although his first fumble cost South Carolina a chance to keep one drive alive after appearing to have enough for a first down on a third-and-short. The second fumble came at the Missouri two-yard line on first and goal. All South Carolina had to do was hold Missouri deep in their own end, and they nearly did. But on third-and-eight from their own four-yard line, Maty Mauk completed a pass for L’Damian Washington and Washington took it the rest of the way for a stunning 96-yard touchdown.
Missouri even had a chance to tack on some points before the half after South Carolina was stuffed on a fourth and short on their own side of the field, but South Carolina’s defense came up with a stop to avoid any further damage.
South Carolina is also playing without Connor Shaw, who is available for the Gamecocks. Dylan Thompson has been playing well in his place, but the Gamecocks will need to get the offense to do something against a Missouri defense that is playing well. A quarterback change could be in the mix at the break as Steve Spurrier needs to find something to change the way this game is unfolding.