NCAA Game Summary - South Carolina at Mississippi State|
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: (15) South Carolina 14, Mississippi State 12
Starkville, MS (Sports Network) - Alshon Jeffery caught a four-yard touchdown
pass late in the fourth quarter to lift the 15th-ranked South Carolina
Gamecocks to a 14-12 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Connor Shaw threw for just 155 yards with two interceptions for the
Gamecocks (6-1, 4-1 SEC), but found Jeffery in the end zone with 3:50
remaining for the go-ahead score.
Tyler Russell completed 11-of-29 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown for the
Bulldogs (3-4, 0-4). He was intercepted by D.J. Swearinger with 1:45
remaining, sealing the South Carolina win.
The Gamecocks survived a late injury to running back Marcus Lattimore, who
sprained his left knee during the fourth quarter.
"We could be without Marcus for a while but we'll have to wait and see about
that," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said after the game.
South Carolina dismissed troubled fifth-year senior quarterback Stephen Garcia
earlier in the week. Shaw though, was not pressed into service. He had taken
over for Garcia prior to the dismissal, leading the Gamecocks to a 54-3 route
of Kentucky last Saturday.
Russell also spurred his team to a win last week, taking over for starter
Chris Relf at halftime and throwing for 166 yards and three touchdowns in a
21-3 victory over UAB. He had a tougher time on Saturday.
"I did not play well enough today," said Russell. "Sometimes I made the play
and sometimes I did not. We are close as a football team from taking that next
step. It is never fun to lose."
Mississippi State, which has dropped six straight to South Carolina, accounted
for the lone score of the first quarter, taking a 7-0 lead on Russell's 19-
yard touchdown pass to Chris Smith.
The Gamecocks tied the game early in the second quarter. Shaw converted a 4th-
and-1 during the 80-yard drive and Lattimore had a pair of third down
conversions before punching it in from four yards out to make it a 7-7 game.
The teams remained deadlocked at the half, as Shaw closed the second quarter
with a pair of interceptions -- to Johnthan Banks and Nickoe Whitley -- and
Russell was intercepted by Reginald Bowens.
Derek DePasquale's missed field goal marked a scoreless third quarter. He was
short on a 53-yard attempt to begin the fourth, but hit a 22-yarder on the
Bulldogs' next possession to make it a 10-7 game.
This time, Shaw responded, moving the Gamecocks 79 yards down the field for
the go-ahead score. On 3rd-and-goal, Shaw threw a jump ball to Jeffery, who
extended over two Bulldogs defenders to secure the four-yard touchdown pass.
"We had a bunch of bad plays, but somehow or another Connor found Alshon on
the jump ball," said Spurrier. "We had been trying to get the jump ball thrown
Mississippi State then moved to the South Carolina 32-yard line before
Swearinger stepped in front of Russell's pass to halt the drive. Russell was
pressured on the play by SEC sack leader Melvin Ingram, who is playing through
a foot injury.
Shaw ran out of the back of the end zone as time expired to seal the final
Garcia was dismissed from the team on Tuesday for not following guidelines set
when he was reinstated to the team in August. He had been suspended in the
spring for violating team rules...Entering the game, Lattimore led the SEC
with 779 rushing yards...Ingram has 5 1/2 sacks on the season.
10/15 18:04:56 ET