Efficiency was the word of the day for the Gamecock offense with junior quarterback Connor Shaw leading the team to victory over the Missouri Tigers (2-2, 0-2 SEC) by a score of 31 – 10.
Shaw was the centerpiece of that efficient offense, completing 20 consecutive passes. He now ranks second all time for consecutive completions in the entire SEC. He finished the day 20 for 21 and 249 yards total.
The question on whether or not Shaw would even start on Saturday plagued Gamecock fans all week. Shaw had been suffering from a deep bone bruise in his throwing shoulder.
If you watched him today, you wouldn't have even noticed an injury. Head coach Steve Spurrier even agreed, calling Shaw "sensational".
However, it did take some time for the offense to click. A few costly penalties in the first half helped to stymie any sort of momentum the Gamecocks needed to put themselves up over the Tigers.
But the momentum finally stuck with the Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 SEC) thanks to big return to the Missouri four yard line from Ace Sanders. South Carolina would finally punch in a touchdown from Marcus Lattimore on that drive.
On the next drive, Missouri would fumble the ball and the Gamecocks took advantage of the situation quickly with Shaw setting up the scoring drive with a 36 yard pass to Nick Jones to the one yard line. Lattimore punched it again and put South Carolina up 14-0.
Missouri would finally get a little drive going after that, but they were only able to secure a field goal.
The Gamecocks would get one more touchdown just before the first half on a 22-yard throw to Sanders.
It was all South Carolina after that. Missouri wouldn't score again until the last seconds of the fourth quarter.
In all, the Gamecocks had 62 plays for 396 yards while Missouri had 58 plays for 255 yards.
South Carolina moves ahead with a conference game at Kentucky next week.