USC passes first legitimate test

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For many University of South Carolina followers, there were questions as to how the Gamecocks would react in its Southeastern Conference game against Missouri. With the status of quarterback Connor Shaw in question following a hairline fracture in the scapula in his right shoulder, some were predicting a Tigers upset victory.

As it turned out, there was nothing to be concerned about as the Gamecocks dominated their new SEC brothers 31-10 in a game they dominated from beginning to end. "It was a really good win for our guys," said USC coach Steve Spurrier. "A lot of guys played well. ... Our defensive guys were fast out there. It was just a really good win for us."

If Shaw is seriously hurt, it has to be scary for opponents to think what happens when he's healthy, as he had the best passing game of his collegiate career. He completed 20-of-21 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the contest completing 20 consecutive aerials, a school record. It was also tied for the second-most consecutive completions in the SEC.

"I wasn't aware of it until they told me after the game," said Shaw.

The South Carolina defense also continued to be outstanding, not allowing a Missouri touchdown until less than a minute remained in the game.

The Gamecocks return to action Saturday at 7 p.m. when they travel to Lexington to battle Kentucky in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

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