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Missouri’s BCS dreams clank off upright in double overtime

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Missouri’s undefeated season did not come quietly. Rather, it came with a loud clank off the left upright in the second overtime. South Carolina handed Missouri their first loss in the season after Connor Shaw came off the sidelines for a wild rally and Andrew Baggett‘s 24-yard kick in the second overtime ran in to the upright and bounced the BCS dreams of Missouri from the conversation. South Carolina, down 17-0 at one point in the second half, stormed back for a wild 27-24 victory.

South Carolina needed a spark in the second half. Trailing 14-0 to Missouri, Steve Spurrier wanted to see Dylan Thompson lead the Gamecocks back with the SEC East on the line, but three straight incomplete passes turned the football over on downs in Missouri territory, the ol’ ball coach made the move to call on a beat-up Connor Shaw. The way Shaw played some might wonder why he did not get the start in the first place.

Shaw led the Gamecocks all the way back from a 17-0 deficit in the in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 17-17 with 42 seconds to spare and the defense held Missouri to force overtime on the road.

Missouri struck first in the overtime, taking the overtime’s opening possession in on the ground with a Marcus Murphy run to the left side of the line near the goal line. With the game one down away from being clinched by Missouri, Shaw once again came through in the clutch with a fourth-and-goal pass to the end zone, where it was secured by Bruce Ellington to send the game to a second overtime.

The tension only built from there. With Missouri feeling so close to a trip to Atlanta as the SEC East champions, it would be up to the defense to make the first play in the second overtime. During the possession though South Carolina lost running back Mike Davis to what appeared to be a gruesome lower leg injury on his right leg. Amazingly, Davis walked off the field. Two plays later, the Elliott Fry kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Gamecocks their first lead of the night. then the kicking game caught up to Missouri, when Baggett’s much shorter attempt hit the upright and fell no good.

Missouri’s loss will hurt in the standings, but the Tigers may still have a good shot to get to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. Missouri still holds a one-game lead in the loss column in the SEC East, with South Carolina now right behind them and owning a tiebreaker. This loss will be a setback for a team that has built plenty of momentum and deserved credit. This Missouri team is still going to play a factor in the SEC race and could still get back in to the BCS conversation before the end of the season. Missouri could still make a run to become the nation’s top one-loss team. If the Tigers can manage to run the table the rest of the way, which would likely include a win over Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, then Missouri would absolutely be one of the favorites to get in to the BCS Championship when all is said and done.

But for now Missouri just needs to bounce back next week against at home against Tennessee.

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13 Responses to “Missouri’s BCS dreams clank off upright in double overtime”
  1. thegamecocker says: Oct 26, 2013 11:19 PM

    Here is the lesson: if you make South Carolina your Homecoming game, get ready to RUMBLE!!!!

  2. classyjacklambert says: Oct 26, 2013 11:23 PM

    Congrats to South Carolina. That was the biggest choke job by mizzou that I have ever witnessed though. The looks on the faces of that home crowd were priceless.

  3. Anoesis says: Oct 26, 2013 11:29 PM

    Mizzou was exposed in this game. No QB and no pass defense.

  4. greggatx says: Oct 26, 2013 11:37 PM

    We all knew missouri would not go undefeated. Probably won’t be their last either. Out of the top ten for them.

  5. irishdodger says: Oct 26, 2013 11:41 PM

    Mizzou had a nice run but no rational fan thought they’d go undefeated. South Carolina is still overrated. Two solid teams played an exciting game to tonigh….nothing more.

  6. jets12 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:49 PM

    Glad they got the win. Not a tougher player in the country than Connor Shaw.

  7. kcrobert10 says: Oct 27, 2013 12:10 AM

    My feelings the curse lives on. Just another great day to be a mizzou fan. Oh get em next week boys.

  8. billmead1976 says: Oct 27, 2013 1:42 AM

    Told u boys last week, Mizzou hasn’t played anybody significant on the way to 7-0…and they were overrated. I was right again.

  9. sweepthleg says: Oct 27, 2013 3:24 AM

    I’m glad Mizzou fans have felt SEC heartache. Learn it well it won’t be your last.

  10. jjsooner says: Oct 27, 2013 9:56 AM

    That’s a tough place to play. Congrats to SC. The “Ball Coach” must be one proud guy today. The SEC is no different than any other conference. Conference play is so tough. The Tide are just a cut above everyone and will crush Mizzou if they make it to the title game. Great game.

  11. Deb says: Oct 27, 2013 2:04 PM

    Anoesis …

    No QB? No kidding. Both the starter and the backup are out with injuries.

    Missouri still may have won last night if either of their first two QBs had been in play. On the other hand … the Ol’ Ball Coach is a wily competitor who can never be counted out, as he proved once again.

    Do I think Mizzou could have run the table? No. I’m banking on my Tide. But they’ve had a heckuva run this season, and I hope they finish strong. They’ve learned the SEC is a tough playground–but the SEC has learned the Tigers have come to compete.

  12. floridacock says: Oct 28, 2013 4:16 PM

    @Deb,
    I thought Mauk was the backup?

    SC has the best path to Atlanta. Mizzou does not have a chance at running the table. 1 or 2 more losses in the SEC. Carolina has Mississippi State and Florida, at home, left and will be favored in each. They do NOT lose at home. Next is an annual matchup with a rotating local SC DII school, (7 – 0 Coastal Carolina), then the 5th in a row beat down of Clempson.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 28, 2013 11:43 PM

    Congrats to a GREAT comeback by SC… Shaw was a huge shot in the arm and led a comeback for the ages…. down 17 – 0 in the 4th…. wow.

    Mizzou just crumbled down the stretch. They can still get to Atlanta though. This year though… there are too many undefeated teams for a 1 losser, even from the SEC, to make the NCG.

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