Mizzou Drops SEC Opener

Joey Miller, 23 Sports Reporter

South Carolina handed Mizzou their first loss on Saturday in Columbia with a final score of 31-13.

The first half was kept fairly close, with Mizzou coming out of the gate with a 3-0 lead following a successful field goal from Tucker McCann.

To add to that, the first offensive possession in the second quarter for the Tigers began with a 61-yard touchdown to Jason Reese. Immediately following the touchdown, the Gamecocks would respond with a 97-yard kick return by the star junior receiver Deebo Samuel. The next possession, Lock threw an interception to Jamyest Williams, which followed with another touchdown for Deebo Samuel.

The final offensive attempt for the first half for Mizzou ended with a blocked field goal attempt by Tucker McCann.

The Gamecocks would strike again first in the second half, with a drive resulting in a touchdown to TE Hayden Hurst.

Mizzou would make it well into the red zone the following drive, but settle for a field goal to narrow the lead to 21-13. Despite the effort, the Gamecocks would make a solid drive with a great running performance from A.J. Turner to cushion the lead with a 32-yard field goal by Alexander Woznick.

Four minutes into the 4th quarter, Johnathon Johnson calls for a fair catch in a punt return where he is taken to the ground, debatably by the kicking team which results in a fumble turning over to the Gamecocks. They would then use that to their advantage to get another rushing touchdown from Hayden Hurst to make it a three possession game.

Momentum would continue to not go in Mizzou’s favor when Lock threw his second interception of the day to Bryson Allen-Williams with nine minutes left in the game.

The final drive for Mizzou would end with an overturned touchdown to Johnathon Johnson, and the Gamecocks would take control and run out the clock.

Drew Lock ended the game with 242 yards and 1 touchdown, Jake Bentley with 192 yards and 1 touchdown. The Gamecocks running game was what seemed to be the key for South Carolina’s first SEC win of the season.