Mizzou must stop South Carolina's rushing attack

Mizzou must stop South Carolina's rushing attack

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KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 19: Mike Davis #28 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs into the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 23-21. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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by Dan Greenwald / Missouri Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 2:15 PM

(Missouri Football App) – Missouri’s very talented defense will have its hands full Saturday.

Even without QB Connor Shaw and the running threat he poses, the Tigers will have to contend with a very good rushing attack. Sophomore running back Mike Davis is coming off a big game against Tennessee; Davis carried the ball 21 times and racked up 137 yards.  His performance against the Volunteers was another stand out showing in a season where he has been a model of consistency.

Davis is averaging 6.7 yards per carry in 2013. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game, save for one (Sept 14. vs. Vanderbilt). Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier it is vital for his team to run the ball effectively.

“Any time we win, we generally run pretty well,” Spurrier said.

It is essential that Missouri limit Davis and force South Carolina to put the ball in the hands of backup quarterback Dylan Thompson. Thompson is not as mobile as and Shaw, which provides the Tigers' defensive line with a better chance to create pressure.

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