Comeback win brings accolades for Gamecocks

GoGamecocks staff reportsOctober 28, 2013 

Three USC players were honored for their performance in the Gamecocks’ 27-24 double-overtime win at No. 5 Missouri.

Senior quarterback Connor Shaw was selected as the SEC Offensive Player Of The Week by the league office, the National and SEC Offensive Player of the Week by Athlon Sports, the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week, and is one of eight quarterbacks named by the Manning Award as its “Stars of the Week.”

Shaw came off the bench in the second half, shrugging off a knee sprain, to lift the Gamecocks to the come-from-behind win. He completed 20-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, leading Carolina to scores on each of its final five possessions to overcome a 17-0 fourth-quarter deficit. Included was a strike to Bruce Ellington on a fourth-and-goal from the 15 in the first overtime.

Junior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was selected as the SEC Defensive Lineman Of The Week, the SEC Defensive Player of the Week by Athlon Sports, and the National Defensive Lineman of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Quarles was credited with six tackles, including five solo stops. He had three tackles for loss, including a pair of quarterback sacks. Quarles ranks second in the SEC in sacks (7.0) and tackles for loss (10.0).

Freshman placekicker Elliott Fry was selected as the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Fry came up big twice late in the game to help the Gamecocks secure the win.

He hit from 20-yards out with 5:03 left in regulation to pull Carolina within a touchdown, then converted from 40-yards out in the second overtime for what proved to be the game-winner. For the season, the walk-on is 8-for-10 in field goal attempts.

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