Connor Shaw leads South Carolina victory over Missouri

By Joe Vozzelli

South Carolina’s quarterback situation was in doubt this week.

After the Gamecocks’ 31-10 victory over Missouri, Connor Shaw made it known that he’s South Carolina’s starting quarterback. The junior quarterback completed 20 of 21 passes, including 20 in a row, for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Shaw also ran for 41 yards.

During the week, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier answered questions about backup Dylan Thompson’s play at quarterback and whether or not he should start over Shaw.

Shaw injured his right shoulder blade in the Gamecocks’ opener against Vanderbilt. Thompson played in place of the injured Shaw and threw for 507 yards and five touchdowns in two games as Shaw’s replacement.

“There’s no sports writer, I don’t think, in the country who had Dylan Thompson coming in and maybe beating [Shaw] out or anything like that,” he said during Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference Teleconference. “Of course, Dylan has a few touchdown passes and plays well, and that starts the writers scrambling around and trying to create some crap. We understand all of that. That’s part of the game as coaches, to understand that.”

While South Carolina’s quarterback situation appears settled, Missouri’s quarterback situation is becoming more and more unsettled. Starter James Franklin was 11-for-18 for 92 yards, as Missouri had no offensive touchdowns with him in the game. Backup Corbin Berkstresser recorded Missouri’s lone touchdown of the game, a 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marcus Lucas.

Franklin didn’t show any ill signs from an inflamed bursa sac in his right throwing shoulder, which forced him to miss Missouri’s game against Arizona State. However, the offense’s lack of production will put him and head coach Gary Pinkel on the hot seat this week.

Missouri (2-2, 0-2 SEC) will face Central Florida (2-1) in Orlando, Fla. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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