Was USC-Mizzou the most exciting win in the Spurrier Era?

By Rixon Lane

Saturday's meeting between South Carolina and Missouri will mark the first time the Gamecocks and Tigers have played since last year's thrilling 27-24 double-overtime contest.

The game wasn't decided until Andrew Baggett's 24-yard field goal clanged off the upright, sealing the win for the Gamecocks. 

Was this the greatest "final play" victory in the Steve Spurrier Era? Here's a look at the countdown:

 

#9: South Carolina 19 Florida 14 (11/16/13)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

Jimmy Legree's interception with just over a minute left seemed to end the Gators' chances in Columbia, but Florida forced a Gamecock punt with 26 seconds to go. However, Tyler Hull uncorked a 49-yard beauty. South Carolina downed the ball at the Florida one-yard line and the Gators' ensuing pass-and-lateral play never had a chance. 


#8: South Carolina 44 Houston 36 (12/29/06)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

Kevin Kolb put up over 300 yards through the air for the Cougars, but couldn't pull off the last-second miracle. Blake Mitchell out-dueled the Houston gunslinger and Kolb's final pass picked up 46 yards, but left the Cougars 32 yards short of a potential overtime-forcing touchdown. 


#7: South Carolina 17 Florida 12 (11/12/11)

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie 

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie 

With a 17-12 lead and less than five minutes to go, the Gamecocks successfully ran most of the clock down before being forced to punt to Florida with 42 seconds left. The Gators drove to their own 42, but Travian Robertson sacked John Brantley on the game's final play. 


#6: South Carolina 33 Michigan 28

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie

Everyone remembers Dylan Thompson coming on to relieve an injured Connor Shaw and finding Bruce Ellington for a 32-yard go-ahead touchdown. However, Michigan had one last shot at the win. Devin Gardner tried to toss a 68-yard prayer, but the Devin Taylor forced a wobbly pass that fell just yards past the line of scrimmage.


#5: South Carolina 24 Kentucky 17 (10/07/06)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

The Gamecocks seemingly had a road SEC victory locked up, leading the Wildcats 24-10 with under four minutes to go. However, Andre Woodson led Kentucky to the end zone with 2:56 left on the clock and South Carolina couldn't keep the ball long enough, giving it back to the 'Cats with 22 ticks to go. Woodson connected on a 38-yard pass to put Kentucky in Hail Mary territory, but his last pass attempt was knocked down in the end zone. 


#4: South Carolina 21 North Carolina 15 (10/13/07)

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers

Seventh-ranked South Carolina led 21-3 after three quarters in Chapel Hill, but the Tar Heels stormed back. A Ryan Succop missed field goal gave North Carolina the ball back with 46 seconds remaining and T.J. Yates drove the Heels to the Gamecock 31. Yates had two shots at the end zone, but Kenny McKinley swatted away the final potential game-tying pass.


#3: South Carolina 27 Wofford 20 (9/16/2006)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

After moving the ball all day against the Gamecock defense, Wofford had the ball at the South Carolina 10-yard line with seconds to go. The possibility of a game-tying touchdown seemed inevitable and the possibility of the Terriers going for two and the win weren't out of the question. However, Dakota Walker knocked a 4th-down pitch attempt into the air and Cody Wells picked it off to clinch a Gamecock victory.


#2: South Carolina 31 Clemson 28 (11/25/06)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

South Carolina trailed 28-14 in the fourth quarter, but the Gamecocks stormed back with 17 points to take a 31-28 lead. Clemson got the ball at its own 20 with 7:45 to go and drove to the Gamecock 12. A 10-yard sack by Jasper Brinkley and Syvelle Newton pushed the Tigers back to the 22-yard line and forced Clemson to send out Jad Dean to try a 39-yarder. His kick sailed wide left to give the Gamecocks their first win over the Tigers since 2001.


#1: South Carolina 27 Missouri 24 (10/26/13)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

Staff Photo by Paul Collins

17 points in the fourth quarter, 4th-and-15 conversion in overtime, Connor Shaw coming off the bench to cement his legacy as one of South Carolina's greatest quarterbacks, a chip-shot field goal gone awry...for sheer, last-second, heart-stopping drama, no game in the Steve Spurrier Era matched "The Miracle at Mizzou."