The Missouri Tigers had better results on Saturday but still lost, falling 31-21 at South Carolina, their 11th consecutive SEC loss. (University of South Carolina)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – It wasn’t a win, but the Missouri Tigers turned in their best performance in the past few weeks Saturday against South Carolina.

Still, the 31-21 loss to the Gamecocks was the Tigers’ fifth in a row, their 11th consecutive defeat against an SEC opponent and left them 0-8 on the road the last two seasons.

The 2-7 Tigers, 0-5 in the SEC, will need to win one of their final three games, against Vanderbilt, Tennessee or Arkansas, to avoid finishing with just two wins for the first time since 1989 and avoid their first 10-loss season since 1985.

Missouri actually had more yards of total offense than South Carolina, 465 to 428, and the game was tied 21-21 early in the third quarter before the offense stalled and the Gamecocks were able to score the final 10 points of the game.

Costly for the Tigers were a pair of missed field goals. Trailing 28-21 early in the fourth quarter, Tucker Adams missed from 44 yards out, and on their next possession, after the Gamecocks had added to their lead with a field goal, Tucker McCann missed a 31-yard attempt.

Drew Lock passed for 302 yards, completing 23 of 40 attempts, but also threw two interceptions. The first came when the game was tied midway through the third quarter as he attempted a pass from the South Carolina 42, but was intercepted at the 2-yard line. The Gamecocks then launched a 98-yard drive which ended with the go-ahead touchdown.

Lock’s other interception came in the end zone on Mizzou’s last possession of the game.
The Tigers’ running game was better, as Damarea Crockett gained 82 yards on 13 carries and Ish Witter 80 on 11 attempts.

Both contributed a touchdown to the Tigers’ attack, Crockett running up the middle for a 29-yard score and Witter doing the same on a 25-yard run.

Missouri’s other touchdown was a nine-yard pass from Lock to Kendall Blanton which tied the game 21-21.

The Tigers will play their final home game of the season next Saturday against Vanderbilt.