Mizzou - USC will be replayed on ESPNU Monday night 7-9:30pm.
Senior OL Mitch Morse On staying focused when they were down in the fourth quarter: "It’s not hopeless until the last second of the fourth quarter. The defense kept telling us that they had faith in us and that they would get the ball to us. The seniors were able to pick the offense, and I’m really proud of the way our offensive line stepped up and played."
Junior TB Russell Hansbrough scored three rushing touchdowns, the most in a single game of his career. Hansbrough rushed 10 times for 43 yards with the trio of scores.
Senior TB Marcus Murphy racked up a career-best rushing total with his 98 yards on the ground (16 att.). His 16 rushing attempts tied a career high.
A year after South Carolina rallied from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Missouri on its home field, the Tigers pulled the same thing on the Gamecocks, scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull off the 21-20 upset.
Russell Hansbrough/Marcus Murphy, RBs, Missouri: What a finish for the Tigers. The offense went from doing absolutely nothing to scoring 14 straight in the fourth quarter of Mizzou's 21-20 win at South Carolina. Hansbrough and Murphy were a major part of that comeback. The finished the night with 141 rushing yards and Hansbrough scored all three touchdowns for Mizzou, including that tough game-winner from 1 yard out with 1:38 left. Murphy's 22-yard punt return to Mizzou's 49-yard line set up the Tigers' final scoring drive.
If you'll indulge me embedding my own tweet:
Stop and think for a minute, Shane Ray is FOUR (4) sacks away from breaking Aldon Smith and Michael Sam's shared record (11.5) 7 more games— FullbackU (@FullbackU) September 28, 2014
"I wasn’t feeling very good," Pinkel said. "I would have done it a lot earlier if I knew how to fix it. You get in a rut little bit. You have three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out, you might get one first down, then three-and-out, three-and-out. Your confidence level just falls. Your focus isn’t as good. You’re not locked in."
#Mizzou's 13-point 4Q comeback win tied an all-time program record for largest 4Q deficit overcome in a win.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) September 28, 2014
The last time #Mizzou rallied from down 13 in the 4Q to win was Oct. 29, 1949 -- down 20-7 vs Nebraska. Came back to win 21-20.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) September 28, 2014
So, #Mizzou has never had a bigger 4th-quarter comeback for a win than its rally from down 20-7 yesterday at South Carolina ever. Ever.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) September 28, 2014
Long time Missouri commit Daniel Imatorbhebhe has had a change of heart. On Sunday, the three-star tight end out of Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett informed the Missouri staff that he has decommitted from the program. The decision comes after Imatorbhebhe took a recent official visit to Florida but it was in the works even before that.
The de-commitment prompted a small rant by PowerMizzou's Pete Scantlebury
I think it's an indictment of the industry we work for, and the state of recruiting, that we talk in absolutes when it's anything but.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) September 29, 2014
But my basic advice for recruits -- because the media coverage won't (and shouldn't) stop: Be realistic about your recruiting process.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) September 29, 2014
I'm not going to go in-depth anymore with school-specific stories until a kid signs. Many times, it's writing and research down the drain.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) September 29, 2014
Mizzou gave the Gamecocks the "rope-a-dope", playing dead on offense for 3 and 1/2 quarters before springing to life and scoring 2 touchdowns late to steal the game. Gary Pinkel has powers and he doesn't mind you overlooking him. Still, this was not a good football game, and neither team demonstrated the ability to do anything on offense.
Interesting Stat - Erstwhile media hero Maty Mauk was 12/34 for 132 yards and no touchdowns. He's nobody to be afraid of.
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The way Carolina lost, though, was shocking. If you had told me before the game that Carolina would hold Missouri to less than 300 yards and only 21 points in the contest, I would have told that you that Carolina would surely win, likely going away. All week, we heard that this is a game in which the struggling Gamecocks defense would be challenged by a talented offense that would present a matchup problem for Carolina. The defense rose admirably to that challenge, shutting down Maty Mauk and company for three quarters.
Missouri Tigers (4-1, 1-0 SEC): Defeated South Carolina, 21-20. The game against Indiana might not have been the Missouri defense's shining hour, but Tiger fans don't appear to have been joking when the said that Markus Golden and Shane might be just as good as Michael Sam and Kony Ealy. The Mizzou defensive line played a major role in Saturday night's game, getting Dylan Thompson for four sacks -- South Carolina had allowed five sacks total in its previous four games -- and generally harassing the Gamecocks' signal caller. Ray and Golden already have 12 sacks between them so far. And while Mike Davis got his yards, the South Carolina rushing attack was held to 119 yards on 42 carries, for an average of just 2.8 yards a carry -- the lowest average for South Carolina this year.
Missouri is going to win the SEC East, and will be the worst team to do so since the bad ole' days when Arkansas and Mississippi represented the West. I still have no idea how South Carolina beat East Carolina. And, if you say you do, you're a liar.
Despite the loss, it was a spectacular catch that extended a crucial drive.
Meister, whose serving has been inconsistent at times this season, played well. Coming out of the break up two sets to none, Meister got three aces in a five-point span, crushing any hopes of Tennessee leaving Columbia with a win. Meister finished the day with five service aces.