Connor Shaw is the toughest QB in the SEC.
He went from doubtful to dominant in South Carolina’s amazing and stunning comeback double-OT win over Missouri on Saturday, showing a ridiculous amount of moxie in throwing the SEC East race into a huge mess.
Shaw wasn’t even supposed to play against the Tigers.
Undaunted, Shaw, who played at Flowery Branch High, entered in the third quarter and injected life into the Gamecocks’ moribund offense in one of the guttiest performances in the SEC in years. With Shaw, South Carolina went from 17 points down to forcing overtime, to winning 27-24 in the second OT when Missouri’s short field goal attempt went awry.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be playing in this game,” Shaw said afterward. “I was considered out two or three weeks.”
Shaw has the guts of a QB from a past generation, someone who would put the team’s needs ahead of personal pain or gain.
With the balky knee, he didn’t take off running as much as he has in the past, staying put in the pocket to fire two fourth-quarter TD passes and another in OT, and prompting this comment in typical Spurrier-ese.
“Maybe because his knee had that little light brace on it — maybe it made him stay in the pocket a little longer and throw the ball. Because he stood in there, bounced around a little bit, and made the throws. You know, the week before he took off running all the time. So maybe just having that little knee brace on told him, ‘Hey, make the throws.’ He can make all the throws. Anyway, that’s just my guess about why he played so well.”
And because of that, the door to the SEC Championship game was pushed back open for the Gamecocks, Georgia and Florida.
“Everybody’s still in the hunt,” Spurrier said.
Thanks to the SEC’s toughest QB.