Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

In what will be remembered as one of the most dramatic games of this season, South Carolina was able to come away with the victory behind the leg of Parker White’s 33 yard game winning field goal that put Carolina up 37-35 with two seconds remaining. The biggest shock of the game was the performance of Michael Scarnecchia, winning in his first career start in place of the injured Jake Bentley. Scarnecchia outplayed Heisman hopeful Drew Lock in almost every statistical facet of the game, throwing for three more touchdowns, 49 more yards, two less interceptions, and a higher completion percentage.

Game Rcap: Mizzou led at halftime with a score of 23-14, and seemed to be in control. Scarnecchia quickly connected with Deebo Samuel after Mizzou’s three and out, pulling within two. The Tigers had a 70 yard Damarea Crockett touchdown run called back on a controversial out of bounds call. Then the rain began to fall, and so did the Mizzou offense. Multiple penalties pushed the Tigers out of field goal range, leading to a fumbled punt and putting the Gamecocks in great field position. That ultimately led to a field goal by White, giving South Carolina the lead, 24-23. On the Tiger’s next possession, a busted screen play to Tyler Badie led to Lock’s careless pass falling right into the awaiting arms of Sherrod Greene who took it back to the house, increasing Carolina’s lead to 31-23. The third quarter came to an end the same way it started for the Tigers. After driving the ball down to first and goal at the two yardline, Carolina forced Mizzou to try a 25 yard field goal in the pouring rain, which Tucker McCann missed. Mizzou recaptured some momentum after blocking South Carolina’s punt and scoring on Larry Rountree III two yard touchdown run, cutting the deficit to 31-29 after a failed 2-point conversion. After a rain delay, the Tigers turned back to McCann, who knocked down a 57 yard field goal to recapture the lead for the 35-34 with 1:18 left in the game. However, Scarnecchia continued to show poise beyond his playing experience, driving the Gamecocks down into field goal range un under a minute, leading to White’s game winning field goal, and heartbreak for the Missouri Tigers and their fans.

A Game of Missed Opportunities: For the second week in a row, the Tigers continued to shoot themselves in the foot. To start, Mizzou was a terrible three for eight in the red zone, resulting in four field goal attempts and one muffed punt. Jonathan Johnson had a key drop in the endzone. False start and unnecessary roughness penalties pushed the tigers to 4th and 29 after Crockett’s touchdown was called back. A fumbled snap and a missed touchdown connection with a wide open Albert Okwuegbunam led to the missed 25 yard field goal. The Tigers settled for field goal attempts six times on the day, a season high. Two interceptions were dropped by Mizzou defenders, including one on South Carolina’s game winning drive. The Tigers out-gained the Gamecocks 490 to 377, out-rushing them 286 to 128. If the Tigers want to start winning again, they will have to stop beating themselves.

Next: Mizzou travels to Tuscaloosa next saturday to take on the top team in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers are heading in as big underdogs, as they will try and pull off the upset to avoid an 0-3 start in SEC play.