It hasn't happened to the South Carolina Gamecocks since Steve Spurrier's first year as head coach, but here we are: they are 0-3 in the SEC East for the first time since 2005. A game of missed opportunities and untimely miscues by the visitors helped the Missouri Tigers come away with a 24-10 victory at Faurot Field.
It took Mizzou until the midway point of the first quarter to get on the scoreboard first, as Drew Lock found Nate Brown from eight yards out to make it 7-0. But moments after a potential intentional grounding from the end zone by Lock, the Gamecocks, following a beautiful catch by Pharoh Cooper near the sideline deep in Tigers territory, appeared to score on the next play - but it was whistled dead as the catch (ultimately confirmed) was reviewed. The Gamecocks would had to settle for a field goal by Elliott Fry to cut it to 7-3. After holding Mizzou to just three early in the 2nd, Carolina knotted it up on a tipped pass (that would have been intercepted) that somehow found the hands of Shon Carson - who ran it in for the score. But Nate Brown scored his second of the day with 4:48 left before the break to make it 17-10 as Fry missed two cracks at a field goal late in the quarter.
Once again, the defense stiffened in the second half despite three interceptions by Nuñez on three straight drives. However, the Tigers couldn't take advantage of the first two and were forced to punt both times, gaining just 14 yards to open the third quarter. The third Nuñez pick, made on Carolina's side of the field, finally lead to Mizzou breaking through to take a 24-10 lead with 3:36 left in the 3rd. Carolina, on the other hand, just couldn't convert on their own chances. Despite moving the ball down the field somewhat effectively, points were nowhere to be found.
There was a scary moment in the 4th quarter as Nunez landed on his shoulder after a nice gain on a 3rd and long play and was replaced by Perry Orth. Orth and company converted a 4th and 1, and several plays later, a touchdown was wiped out by a pass interference by Pharoh Cooper - leading to an eventual punt. Mizzou was eventually able to hold on to keep the score the way it was.
Leonard Fournette and LSU come to town next week. It's a noon kickoff on ESPN, and unless they can figure out some way to stop a Heisman hopeful at RB, it could be a long day.