After yet another struggling offense performance the Gamecocks drop another game, pushing their record to 2-3, with all three losses coming in the SEC, but there were some shining points during the 24-10 defeat.
In this week’s Game Superlatives, I delve into some good and bad from Saturday’s game and give out some awards you won’t see anyone else handing out (no comments, please).
Most likely to win the lottery: Shon Carson
Carson didn’t have a statistically dominant day (he had 5 yards on eight carries) but he was probably the most fortunate man on the field. He scooped up a worm-burner snap from Zack Bailey and salvaged yardage. He also had the absurdly lucky play of a would-be Missouri interception when he caught the ball on a deflection and scored the lone Gamecock touchdown. Go buy a lottery ticket, Shon. You would probably win big.
Most likely to have his arms fall off: Skai Moore
Arms can fall off after repeated use right? No? Okay, well then that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the premise holds true. Going into Saturday’s game, he led the team with 40 tackles and tacked on 12 more against the Tigers to push his season total to 52 tackles. He’s been everywhere on the field and has been hands-down the Gamecock MVP on defense. Just hope his arms stay attached so he can keep making tackles and anchoring the defense.
Best legs: (TIE) Lorenzo Nunez and Pharoh Cooper
Nunez wins this superlative for obvious reasons: he’s led the Gamecocks in rushing the past two games and has now surpassed Brandon Wilds as the team’s leading rusher. He busted some big plays against the Missouri defense. Most were with the run game and his super-speedy legs. Cooper, on the other hand, takes part of this award because of his all-world catch in the first quarter. He skied over the Tiger cornerback and plucked the ball out of thin air (I’m assuming the air was thinner because he jumped high enough in the atmosphere).
Most likely to go on strike: Cedrick Cooper
Looking back at the tape, he may have a pretty good reason to. He pressured Missouri freshman quarterback in the first quarter and forced him to intentionally ground the ball, and Spurrier and Co. say he was in the end zone. Officials didn’t agree, saying his forward progress was stopped at the 1 yard-line. Cooper was not happy after the initial call and Spurrier said after the game he had to look at the film but he was not happy with the call. Cooper could take a page from baseball’s book and play the rest of the season under protest.