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Game Balls: South Carolina vs. Missouri

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Let’s take a look at which players deserved the game balls between South Carolina and Missouri.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina and Missouri battled it out for the Mayor’s Cup on Saturday night, with the Gamecocks coming out on top, 31-13.

Many players stood out, but let’s take a look at who shined in this SEC matchup.

Missouri Game Ball

Damarea Crockett: There was not a ton of players who stood out more than Crocket for Mizzou. He had a ton of eye-popping runs, including a 25-yard run against the Gamecocks defense. Crockett only finished with 97 yards on 18 carries, which is a good night, but it seemed as if his runs stood out a bit more. He was coming off a 200-plus yard performance in week one, but still, he ran the ball hard and looked like the real deal.

South Carolina Game Ball

Deebo Samuel: Yes, it’s his again. This could’ve very easily went to tight end Hayden Hurst, who looked like the impressive player everyone expected. Samuel on the other hand, shined when the Gamecocks needed him most. He scored for the second consecutive week on a kickoff return, answering a Missouri touchdown and a 10-point Gamecock deficit. Samuel proved once again why he is such a valuable weapon. After on Jamyest Williams interception on the next drive, Samuel took a jet sweep 25 yards for the score to the outside. Just like that, Deebo made his mark on the game and killed any momentum Missouri had.

South Carolina looked impressive again after a very slow start. Fortunately, they were lucky enough to gain some momentum from star player Deebo Samuel who helped the Gamecocks with his big play ability.