South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw saved the day and perhaps the Gamecocks’ season on Saturday night. Shaw has been banged up throughout the season and was nearly held out of the game due to a sprained knee and a virus.
Dylan Thompson started in place of Shaw on Saturday against the Missouri Tigers and struggled. Thompson was 15-of-27 for 222 yards and an interception. The numbers don’t look all that bad, but Thompson couldn’t get the Gamecocks on the scoreboard.
In the second half, with the Gamecocks trailing 17-0, head coach Steve Spurrier turned to Shaw, asking him to battle through his pain and illness. The senior out of Flowery Branch, Georgia did just that.
Shaw went 20-of-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Gamecocks to a 27-24 win over the previously unbeaten Tigers.
Despite the success, Shaw still hasn’t recovered from his virus and hasn’t practiced this week. Spurrier has listed Shaw as questionable and will like again start Thompson when the Gamecocks host the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday.
Kickoff from Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday is at 12:21 pm EST.