The senior quarterback – who didn’t expect to play after injuring his knee last week – rallied the team to a win with 201 yards passing and three scores, all in the second half.
The true freshman kicker rebounded from a missed field goal last week and again earlier Saturday with a game-clinching 40-yarder in the second overtime.
The sophomore linebacker picked off a tipped ball in the first quarter to give the Gamecocks the ball near midfield. It was Lewis’ first career pick.
Ellington’s 10 catches were highlighted by two second-half touchdowns, including one in the first overtime. He finished with 136 yards.
The junior from New Jersey continued his stellar 2013 season. Byrd had three catches for 54 yards in the first half, including two receptions while being heavily defended, then caught a 22-yard pass on a tipped ball in the second half.
Quarles has been the biggest beneficiary of the attention paid to Jadeveon Clowney this season. The junior had two sacks on Saturday and leads the team with seven.
Mike Davis fumbled the ball twice in the first half Saturday. The Gamecocks have 15 fumbles this season and have lost 11 of them. Dylan Thompson threw one interception.
Thompson had on-target passing attempts to Jerell Adams and Rory Anderson on the Gamecocks’ second drive. Both hit the tight ends’ hands and were dropped. Adams dropped a target from Connor Shaw in the third quarter. Sharrod Golightly and Jimmy Legree also dropped Missouri passes that could have been intercepted.
After arriving, the Gamecocks had to wait at least 20 minutes before being allowed to walk onto Faurot Field. Missouri doesn’t allow the opposing team on the field until after its own players walk through, forcing USC to start its pregame preparations a little later than normal.