Score: South Carolina 27, Missouri 24 – Overtime
It was over when: Well… we know when.
Player of the Game: Michael Sam
1. The Future
Nothing is going to make Saturday’s loss better. Absolutely nothing.
However, Missouri still leads the SEC East by one game and control their own destiny. Tennessee and Texas A&M at home, Kentucky and Ole Miss on the road. Win them all and no matter what Missouri is in the SEC title game.
The first three quarters anyway. And I’m not sure how much the fourth quarter wasn’t about what they were asked to do as opposed to what they did.
GENERAL GAME SUMMATION
1. Fourth Quarter
The inability to adjust to what South Carolina was doing on offense when Connor Shaw entered the game and to SC’s adjustment against Missouri’s passing attack doomed the Tigers. Make an adjustment on either side of the ball and Missouri wins. Field goals be damned.
3. Maty Mauk
The “legend” talk was too much, too soon for Mauk. Not that he may not one day deserve it, but the expectations for what a red-shirt freshman can accomplish has been skewed by the success of Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston. The hope now is that the experience of this game doesn’t ruin what is a bright future for Mauk.
Missouri will host Tennessee next Saturday night.