Special slideshow: Relive the miracle at Mizzou

gmelendez@thestate.comNovember 11, 2013 

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    On fourth and goal in the first overtime, Shaw completed a 15-yard pass to Bruce Ellington for a TD, tying the score at 24-24. In the second OT, USC’s Elliott Fry kicked a 40-yard field goal and Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett had a 24-yard attempt bounce off the left upright.

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    Connor Shaw pass incomplete to Rory Anderson.

    Shaw pass complete to Bruce Ellington

    for 20 yards and a 1st down.

    Shaw pass complete to Mike Davis for 13 yards and a 1st down.

    Shaw rush for 6 yards.

    Shaw pass complete to Davis for 8 yards and a 1st down.

    Shaw pass complete to Davis for 15 yards and a 1st down.

    Davis rush for a loss of 1 yard.

    Shaw pass complete to Nick Jones for 2 yards and a touchdown. Elliott Fry extra point good.

    SCORE:USC 17, MISSOURI 17

The season was in the balance for South Carolina. A loss and the Gamecocks would have been eliminated from the SEC East race.

But a Gamecocks team that had lived on the brink for most of the season lived another day against previously undefeated and fifth-ranked Missouri. USC had spotted the Tigers a 17-0 lead entering the fourth quarter.

That’s when quarterback Connor Shaw, who came off the bench late in the third quarter with a heavily bandaged left knee, rallied USC in what Missouri coach Gary Pinkel termed a “very courageous effort.”

USC was down 17-10 with 3:08 remaining in regulation. What should forever be known as The Drive to Gamecocks fans began at USC’s 37-yard-line. Only a touchdown would do to force overtime, so USC put the game’s outcome into the hands of its two standouts on offense — Shaw and running back Mike Davis, and it is worth recounting every play.

“It just worked out tonight,” USC coach Steve Spurrier said. “That’s all you can say, it was meant to be.”

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