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.
Thats 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 USCs 37-yard-line. Only a touchdown would do to force overtime, so USC put the games 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. Thats all you can say, it was meant to be.