Five years ago, Connor Shaw established himself as one of the greatest South Carolina players of all time when he led the Gamecocks to a comeback over the fifth ranked Missouri Tigers in the other Columbia.
Shaw was injured before the game, and backup Dylan Thompson got the start. Missouri’s run defense held the Gamecocks to only 75 rushing yards, so it was up to Thompson to win the game on the road against a top five team. The Gamecock offense started out rough, and Thompson threw one interception with zero touchdowns throughout three quarters. South Carolina’s defense did a good job in the first three quarters forcing one interception and only allowing 17 points through three quarters, but with the offense slacking, South Carolina found themselves in a 17 point hole.
The Gamecocks had to make a change at the end of the third quarter when injured Senior quarterback Connor Shaw stepped in and took over the offense. Shaw led a 13 play drive that was capped by a six-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington only three minutes into the fourth. Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk led the Tiger offense down the field only to have Andrew Baggett miss a 46 yard field goal.
Shaw led the Gamecocks all the way down to the goal line, but the Missouri defense forced South Carolina to kick a field goal, which gave the Tigers a seven point lead with five minutes left.
South Carolina was able to hold Missouri to only three plays on the next drive, but the Tigers ran two minutes off the clock and punted the ball.
With three minutes left, Shaw led the Gamecocks 63 yards down the field and threw a two yard touchdown to Nick Jones which forced the game into overtime.
Both teams scored a touchdown in the first overtime, which led to a second overtime. South Carolina had the ball first in double overtime, but the Missouri defense forced them into a field goal situation. Gamecock kicker Elliott Fry hit a 40 yard field goal, but the defense had to step up. Missouri’s offense drove down inside the Gamecock ten-yard line, but they only got to the six before they were forced to kick a field goal. Baggett had to hit a 24 yard chip shot to send the game into triple overtime, but he hit the left goal post and missed the field goal to give South Carolina the win.
Shaw held up the Mayor’s Cup in an iconic photo that all South Carolina fans will remember. The Gamecocks will play at home Saturday, but Jake Bentley has the opportunity to be more than just a name in South Carolina history. He can hold up the Mayor’s Cup and make himself known among the South Carolina legends.
Only time will tell what happens this Saturday.
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