Missouri running back Henry Josey, right, walks off the field with teammate Evan Boehm, left, after the 27-24 loss to South Carolina in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk, right, throws a pass over South Carolina's Kaiwan Lewis during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw scrambles for yardage during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. South Carolina won 27-24. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
(Missouri Football App) – Missouri fans have seen this movie before and don’t like how it ends.
When Andrew Baggett‘s kick banged off the left upright, the ghosts of heartbreakers past popped into the head of Tigers fans. Baggett’s miss ended the chance for a perfect season, and along with it perhaps a shot at an SEC Title. Missouri is still in first place in the SEC East, but essentially needs to win out to claim a spot in the conference championship game.
Tiger fans will say this loss was “typical Mizzou.”Only 45 minutes earlier, it appeared that would not be the case. Missouri led 17-0 going into the 4th quarter. Not only did Mizzou have the lead, but South Carolina also left points out on the field. The Gamecocks fumbled twice at the end of drives where it appeared they would score; Steve Sprurrier’s squad also missed a field goal in the first half.
It appeared the stars were aligned. After all, the Tigers are usually the ones making the miscues in big games, not their opponent.
When the game entered its final quarter, the game completely changed. Injured starting QB Connor Shaw, whom Spurrier said would not play, entered the game and energized the dormant South Carolina offense.
The Gamecocks scored 17 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. Despite the rally, overtime brought new hope, especially after Mizzou scored a touchdown on its first possession.
Hopes were raised even higher as South Carolina, trailing by 7, faced 4th and 15 on its first overtime possession. In typical Mizzou fashion, the defense gave up a touchdown on that critical play.
There is no need to rehash what happened next. Given this program's history of breaking hearts, why should anyone be surprised?