It was a valiant effort all year so far by the Missouri Tigers to remain unbeaten, show themselves as a serious contender in the SEC and climb all the way to number five in the rankings.
But, only one of those will still stick after the Tigers were upset at home tonight by a South Carolina Gamecocks team, 27-24 in 2 OT, fueled by a quarterback switch.
Missouri was dominant through a good majority of the game as they led by as much as 17-0 going into the fourth quarter. But, the fourth quarter was all South Carolina.
After Dylan Thompson had a very shaky performance, Steve Spurrier decided to put Connor Shaw in the game, who is still recovering from a strained knee suffered last week in the loss to Tennessee.
The move proved a smart one as Shaw went 20-of-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns, including a two-yard strike to Nick Jones with 42 seconds left in regulation to tie it up and send the game into overtime.
Freshman Maty Mauk and the Tigers got the ball in the first overtime and went right in for a score. But, Shaw and the Gamecocks answered right back with a 15-yard TD pass to Bruce Ellington on fourth-and-goal to send it into another extra period.
With South Carolina taking right back over, all they were able to get in the second overtime was a field goal.
Mizzou was not so lucky, however, as Andrew Baggett’s 24-yard attempt to send the game into a third overtime period hit the left upright, effectively ending the Tigers’ undefeated season.