A Loss that Cuts a Little Deeper

A three-play, 67-yard drive that only took 36 seconds was the game-changer for South Carolina. The Gamecocks first loss of the season when leading in halftime and all three quarters came on Saturday night against Missouri at Williams-Brice Stadium, 21-20.

“It just hurts to lose really. I’ll get over the soreness; I’m sore after every game,” said senior quarterback Dylan Thompson. “It just hurts to lose knowing you left a lot of points out there.”

Heart-wrenching would be a good definition of South Carolina’s 20-21 loss to Missouri at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night.

Not far into the first quarter, Mizzou started the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown run by Rus Hansbrough.

The Gamecocks put points on the board with an Elliott Fry 33-yard field goal, and Mike Davis scored the lone, first-half touchdown for South Carolina and the Gamecocks led 10-7 at halftime.

Another Fry field goal in the third quarter would put South Carolina up 13-7 over the Tigers.

In the 4th quarter Thompson then connected with WR Pharoh Cooper on a 23-yard pass for a touchdown with 7:25 left in the game.

Pharoh Cooper TD Reception

Cooper had another excellent game. I wish we could have gotten more balls at him some way or another. Missouri has a good defensive pass rush and they play their zone coverage pretty dog gone good,” said head coach Steve Spurrier following the Missouri loss.

The Gamec, Dylan Thompson threw four incomplete passes on South Carolina’s last drive of the game.

“Missouri hung in there. They were struggling on offense like we were most of the night but put a couple of drives together at the end. We weren't able to do much offensively,” stated Spurrier.

The quarterback Thompson finished 21-of-37 passing for 219 yards on the night, and became the 13th Gamecock in South Carolina history to throw for 3,000 yards in his career.

Busta Anderson drops TD pass

“We played hard. We just have to keep getting better. The main thing is to just go back to work on Monday,” noted defensive tackle J.T. Surratt.

Surratt posted a career-best seven tackles, including his first sack of the year and 1.5 tackles for loss.

South Carolina forced Missouri into 10 punts for the night, and the Gamecocks eight quarterback hurries and four pass breakups are the most by the team this season.

Sophomore defensive end Gerald Dixon gained a new career high with three of his four tackles for loss, and one going for a sack.

“I mean yeah, we have improved, but we still have more work to do,” stated Dixon in the post-game press-conference.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward noted he was pleased with the pressure from the defense throughout the game, but it wasn’t enough to close it out.

“They only had 150 yards of offense at the end of the third quarter, and then they get 150 yards in the fourth quarter. That’s too many yards.”

Now at 3-2 on the season, Surratt made a valid point:

“The season isn’t over; it’s still a long season. This is a loss, but we have to finish the rest of the season. We have to go back to the drawing board and get ready for Kentucky.”

South Carolina will travel to the Bluegrass State next Saturday, Oct. 4 to face the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington.

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