UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA FOOTBALL - Gamecocks defeated by Tigers 17-10
A 2nd half spark provided by freshman quarterback Luke Doty was not enough to help South Carolina snap its losing streak Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Gamecocks fell to Missouri 17-10 for their 4th straight loss.
Doty entered the game in the 2nd half after South Carolina managed just 68 total yards in the first half. He more than tripled those numbers with 130 passing yards and a team-high 58 rushing yards.
Playing its 1st game in 3 weeks, Missouri (3-3) took a 7-0 lead on its 2nd possession. Quarterback Connor Bazalek found Tauskie Dove in the right corner of the endzone for a 20-yard touchdown. Bazalek finished with 203 passing yards.
Meanwhile, South Carolina's offense struggled after wide receiver Shi Smith left the game following a hit by 2 Tiger players during a reception.
The Tigers made it 14-0 with 11:58 left in the 2nd quarter as running back Larry Roundtree plunged into the endzone for a 1-yard touchdown.
Just before halftime, Harrison Mevis hit a 20-yard field goal to make it 17-0. The Tigers capitalized off 2 face mask penalties to extend the scoring drive.
Doty opened the 2nd half for South Carolina. He led the Gamecocks on a scoring drive which ended with a 47-yard field goal by Parker White.
The offense continued to show life under Doty as it put together a 15-play, 85-yard scoring drive in the 4th quarter. He had a 25-yard completion to Nick Muse and converted a 4th down pass to Deshaun Fenwick, who scored on a 1-yard run to bring the Gamecocks to within a score with 4:59 left.
After the Gamecock defense forced a punt, the offense found themselves needing to go 99 yards for the game-tying score. Doty managed to move the football to the 34, but Doty's pass was intercepted by Devin Nicholson at the South Carolina 45 with 53 seconds left.
South Carolina (2-6) will play its final home game next week against Georgia.