THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Tigers struggle in first away SEC game

Sunday, September 23, 2012 | 7:01 p.m. CDT; updated 12:38 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 24, 2012
Quarterback James Franklin drops back for a pass during the first half of the Missouri football game Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

COLUMBIA — Last week, all eyes were on the quarterbacks.

Missouri’s James Franklin and South Carolina’s Connor Shaw have already dealt with injuries this season, and Franklin missed the game against Arizona State. Before Saturday’s game, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier discussed what it means to deal with injured quarterbacks.

Both quarterbacks ended up starting in Saturday’s game, but it was Shaw’s team that was able to pull through with a win. Shaw completed 20 out of 21 passes, and the Gamecocks beat the Tigers 31-10.

South Carolina beat Missouri in another way, too: the atmosphere. The crowd of 80,836 Gamecocks fans overpowered the stadium with chants and cheers. “It’s a great place to play college football. All the great places are crazy like this,” Pinkel said. “They have great fans, It’s awesome."

What others are saying

ESPN blogger Edward Aschoff said one thing he learned this week from Missouri’s game was that Missouri isn’t ready for the Southeastern Conference. Aschoff pointed out Missouri’s fatigue and lack of shape as a main issue.

After two SEC games, it’s evident the Tigers need to revise their spread offense, Bleacher Report columnist Luke Pashke wrote. Pashke thought Missouri’s spread is too inconsistent and won’t work in the SEC.

Missouri fans had their own input on Saturday’s game, taking to Twitter to express their disappointment and disgust.

High school football

The Hickman and Rock Bridge football teams met up Friday under the lights of Memorial Stadium for the annual Providence Bowl, a rivalry game that came with a little animosity.

The Kewpies edged the Bruins with only 1:13 left in the game, and Bruins’ kicker Joe Barbee missed a game-winning field goal attempt that secured a Kewpie win of 22-21. Hickman fans celebrated the victory by storming Faurot Field.

With another win under the team’s belt, Hickman will spend the week preparing for another big rivalry, this time against Jefferson City. Hickman coach Arnel Monroe described the matchup as one of the oldest rivalries west of the Mississippi River.

Supervising editor is Maggie Walter.

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