MISTAKES UNDERMINE MIZZOU ON THE ROAD
On Saturday, the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-4, 3-4) defeated the Missouri Tigers (2-7, 0-5) by the final score of 31-21.
South Carolina won the turnover battle 3-0, and the Gamecocks converted 2 of those turnovers into 14 points. In addition, Missouri missed a pair of makeable field goal attempts.
"If we win the turnover margin and convert on those field goals," lamented Missouri Head Coach Barry Odom, his voice trailing off following the Tiger's 11th consecutive conference loss. "But I am proud of the way we competed and fought. We executed the game plan on both sides pretty well, but we've got to find a way to win one."
Damarea Crockett rushed for 82 yards and 1 TD on 13 carries, moving past Brock Olivo as Mizzou's true freshman rushing record holder.
Drew Lock was 23-40-2 for 302 yards and 1 TD, a 9-yard strike to Kendall Blanton on a well-conceived combination route into the left side of the end zone.
Once again, J'Mon Moore (12 targets, 6 receptions, 54 yards) was targeted more than any other receiver, and once again, he was the least efficient receiver on the field for Missouri.
Dimetrios Mason finished with 8 receptions for 88 yards on 10 targets.
Missouri out-gained South Carolina 465 yards to 428 yards.
The Missouri defense looked good at times, and came up with 4 sacks and 9 TFLs, but failed to adequately respond to the sudden change situations created by the turnovers. The Tigers tackled better as a team, although Anthony Sherrils, who inexplicably played almost the entire game, continued to miss tackles and demonstrate a me-first attitude and approach.