Early in the fourth quarter South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper caught a 23 yard touchdown
pass from Dylan Thompson to give the Gamecocks at 20-7 lead at home.
Though the 'Cocks nailed the extra point head coach Steve Spurrier's gut said go for two.
'I messed up on the two-point conversion, should have gone for it." Spurrier said. "I wasn’t even thinking about it until I looked up and saw it was 20-7. I had something in my mind that 16-7 might be real good the way our defense was playing. All of a sudden Pharoh [Cooper] caught that [the touchdown pass] and nobody even on the bench thought about it [going for two points]. I looked up and said you know what we should have gone for two, too late now. That was a mistake on my part."
That's because Mizzou scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to stun South Carolina 21-20 leaving the head ball coach sick at his stomach.
"It was a tough night for us." Spurrier said.
Meanwhile Gary Pinkel was thrilled.
"When things got tough, we just stayed positive." Pinkel said. "Big win for us."
It's big because Mizzou is the only team in the SEC East that's undefeated in conference play.
"We just have got to focus on getting better and the confidence level that you gain for something like this is significant." Pinkel said. "We’ve got to be a lot better football team. We’ve got to use this to make us better, not use this to make us feel good.”