South Carolina clawed back from a 17-0 deficit against Missouri on Saturday and pulled off a 27-24 victory in double overtime.
The Gamecocks’ win opened the slightly cracked door a little bit more for the Bulldogs to get back to the SEC title game.
“I’m sure everyone in this state was watching that game hoping that South Carolina would pull it off and they did,” said quarterback Aaron Murray, who on Tuesday was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award given to the nation’s top player. “It was a great feeling to know that we’re still alive. Obviously we need them to lose a couple more, but the most important thing is we’ve got to take care of business.”
Missouri (7-1, 3-1 SEC), which hosts Tennessee (4-4, 1-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday, would have to lose one more time to open up the race for the East.
“I think everybody got a good little bit of juice from that,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “… This game [against Florida] is obviously important, no matter what the situation is, but we still feel like we’re in the race for the East, so it makes it a little bit more meaningful to everybody. I think it makes it a little bit easier to practice and get after it.”
Added receiver Rhett McGowan: “My eyes were glued to the TV this weekend and that was an exciting feeling. I felt like we had just won a game. It gives us hope.”