September 22, 2012

South Carolina Swoon

COLUMBIA, SC--The SEC swoon is in full effect.

South Carolina outscored Missouri 21-3 in in the first half en route to a 31-10 blowout victory on Saturday in Columbia, S.C. Connor Shaw completed 20 of 21 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns to help the Gamecocks coast to victory.

The incompletion occurred on his first pass of the game.

After taking a 17-9 lead in the third quarter against Georgia two weeks ago, Missouri didn't score a touchdown against an SEC opponent -- a span of 76 minutes, 36 seconds of gametime. In that time, the Tigers' two conference opponents outscored the Tigers 63-6. Corbin Berkstresser ended that streak with a one-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lucas with twelve seconds remaining in the game.

Against the Gamecocks, the game was scoreless after the first quarter but it wasn't that close. South Carolina outgained Missouri 133-17 in the game's first 15 minutes. The Tigers' defensive highlight came to start the second quarter -- a four-down goalline stand as they bottled up Shaw on two runs from the one-yard line on third and fourth down.

That was it. That was Missouri's only punch in a one-sided 60-minute fight.

"That was a pretty dominating performance," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "We should have played better, and I should have coached better."

A three-and-out later, Ace Sanders returned a 44-yard punt 49 yards to the four-yard line. Two rushes later, Marcus Lattimore scored his 32nd-career rushing touchdown, setting a school record in the process.

The Tigers never challenged after that.

The white towels waved by South Carolina fans never made their way to the field. They didn't need to.

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