South Carolina, in a game it had to have, pulled off the victory of the week when it rallied back from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat previously undefeated Missouri. The Gamecocks’ victory throws the SEC East race into a wide-open mess, with them, Georgia and even a fading Florida team within one game in the loss column of Missouri. Had the Tigers won, the East race would have effectively been over.
There were no surprises in the West, where Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M and Ole Miss all handled business in games in which they were heavy favorites.
Let’s take a look at Week 9 in this week’s SEC Rewind.
Week 9 Results
Mississippi State 28, Kentucky 22
No. 16 Texas A&M 56, Vanderbilt 24
No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 10
No. 13 LSU 48, Furman 16
No. 16 South Carolina 27, No. 5 Missouri 24 (2OT)
No. 11 Auburn 45, Florida Atlantic 10
Ole Miss 59, Idaho 14
Byes: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia
Connor Shaw’s fourth-quarter comeback
Shaw, who didn’t start because of a knee injury, came in to relieve QB Dylan Thompson midway through the third quarter and he sparked a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback. The senior completed 20 of 29 passes for 201 yards and 3 TDs to guide the Gamecocks to a road victory essential to their SEC East title hopes. Shaw led the game-tying touchdown drive, throwing the tying pass with less than 1 minute remaining in regulation. Once in overtime, he extended the game again when he connected with WR Bruce Ellington for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 15-yard line.
QB Connor Shaw – South Carolina
Entering midway in the third quarter, Shaw came off the bench and threw for 201 yards and 3 TDs to lead South Carolina to a pivotal comeback win at Missouri.
QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
DT Kelcy Quarles – South Carolina
Anchoring the South Carolina defense, Quarles recorded a team-high 6 tackles, including 3 TFLs and 2 sacks.
WR Bruce Ellington – South Carolina
The Gamecocks top receiver came up big when they needed him most. Ellington caught 10 passes for 136 yards and 2 TDs. Most importantly, he caught a fourth-down overtime pass to extend the game.
RB T.J. Yeldon – Alabama
S Landon Collins – Alabama
Starting for injured S Vinnie Sunseri, Collins led the Crimson Tide in tackles, forced a fumble and ran an interception back 89 yards for a TD in Alabama’s convincing win over Tennessee.
DE Michael Sam – Missouri
It’s hard to fault Sam for Missouri’s fourth-quarter letdown. He finished the game with 5 tackles, 3 TFLs, a sack and two quarterback hurries.
S Howard Matthews – Texas A&M
Matthews turned in a game-high 14 tackles, including one TFL. He also ran an interception back 26 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter to crush Vanderbilt’s hopes of a comeback win.
WR Odell Beckham – LSU
It doesn’t matter who you’re playing. When you go for 204 yards and 2 TDs on 6 receptions, you had yourself a night. Beckham’s efforts – teamed with those of RBs Jeremy Hill and Terrence Magee – allowed the Tigers to put away Furman.
S Kenny Ladler – Vanderbilt
Though the Commodores allowed Texas A&M to move the ball at will, Ladler led the team with 10 tackles, forced two fumbles and intercepted a Johnny Manziel pass.
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