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By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Missouri visited Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday looking for its first victory in Southeastern Conference play, but No. 7 South Carolina sent the Tigers home with a 31-10 loss and an 0-2 record in the SEC.
Connor Shaw was ultra-efficient at the helm of Steve Spurrier’s offense, completing 20 of his 21 pass attempts on the day. After his first pass of the game fell incomplete, Shaw rallied off 20 straight completions to end the game, including two that went for touchdowns.
Star running back Marcus Lattimore led the way on the ground for the Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 SEC), racking up 85 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against Mizzou. Lattimore notched the first score of the game in the second quarter on a 2-yard plunge that was set up by a big punt return from the agile Ace Sanders. The combination of Sanders’ return and Lattimore’s scoring run propelled South Carolina to a 21-0 lead at the break, and the Gamecocks proceeded to win the second half in similar fashion.
Missouri (2-2, 0-2) was held in check by the South Carolina defense, gaining only 255 total yards on the day and failing to score a touchdown until the final minute of the game when a victory was out of reach. Quarterback James Franklin did not throw an interception, but his 11 completions were not enough to reach 100 passing yards on the day.
Passing – Connor Shaw, 20-for-21, 249 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Marcus Lattimore, 21 car, 85 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Marcus Lattimore, 7 rec, 60 yards
Passing – James Franklin, 11-for-18, 92 yards
Rushing – Kendial Lawrence, 11 car, 67 yards
Receiving – Marcus Lucas, 9 rec, 78 yards, TD