The national story for South Carolina's 31-10 thumping of Missouri will be that the Tigers are not ready to compete with elite SEC teams on the road. The story for Gamecocks should be that their team is starting to look like an elite SEC team, even if there is room for improvement.
Connor Shaw decided to steal the spotlight from Missouri and put on a historic performance. The junior put to bed any murmurs of a quarterback controversy by completing 20-21 passes for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns. He completed his last 20 in a row and is only a few more completions away from setting the SEC and NCAA records.
He also looked good in the pocket. He seemed to have more time and made the most of that time. He didn't run too early or too often, but he did maximize his talents by running when he needed to. And on those occasions he took care of himself better by finding sidelines and sliding. He'll need to stay healthy for USC to have a year to remember, and he stands a better chance of doing that if he avoids unnecessary contact.no comments