"Every Game is Special"

South Carolina (3-1, 2-1 SEC) will take on Missouri (3-1, 0-0 SEC) Saturday for the fifth time in the series history. The two teams are even at two wins a piece in the history of the series, and will be competing for the ‘Mayor’s Cup’.

Last year, South Carolina rallied from 17-points down in the fourth to take a 27-24 win in Columbia, Missouri. The game went down as one of the most memorable games in Gamecock history. The garnet-and-black will be on the hunt for another win Saturday, but the HBC puts this game right there with the rest.

“I don’t get any particular bigger thrill out of beating Clemson or Vanderbilt,” said head coach Steve Spurrier. “You’ve got twelve times a year to play. If you’re fortunate, you’ll play the thirteenth or maybe even fourteenth with the conference championship game. But, every game is so special.”

The Texas A&M opener didn’t thrill fans with a 52-28 defeat, but the Gamecocks have now won three in a row. South Carolina will be looking towards getting another SEC Eastern Division victory on Saturday against Missouri.

Mizzou is coming off a loss to Indiana last Saturday, but they are not an opponent that should be discounted. The Tigers have won six consecutive away games heading into the match-up against the Gamecocks.

The Tigers have a loaded roster with players like LB Michael Scherer, who is first in the SEC with 41 tackles in four games and tied for 18th nationally in stops. Their Quarterback Maty Mauk is certainly a force to be reckoned with, as well, as Matty Mauk leads the Southeastern Conference with 14 touchdown passes, and ranks third in the nation in points through four games at 90.

Wide Receiver Jimmie Hunt’s five scoring catches are tied for first in the SEC in touchdown receptions this season.

A victory at Vanderbilt last week did not seem to satisfy the team, and the overall consensus is they will have to step it up a notch to beat Missouri.

“It was a good victory because of everything that happened last week, and it would’ve been a shame to walk out there Vanderbilt beating us. But, they certainly had a chance to do it. The way the game went along, but somehow or another we had enough players with enough urgency and cared enough that we were able to come out of there a winner.”

Check out what the HBC had to say in Tuesday's Presser.



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