Week 9 of the college football season restored order on Oct. 26. Unlike the previous Saturday, top ranked teams were largely safe, as the top 4 in the BCS rankings won very easily. The No. 5 Missouri Tigers looked set to say the same against the South Carolina Gamecocks, yet their late collapse and 27-24 double overtime loss served as the one upset of the day.
The Tigers looked to still have a charmed season when they took a 17-0 lead over the Gamecocks. With the home field advantage and the Gamecocks struggling without quarterback Connor Shaw, the Tigers were ready to all but clinch the SEC East. Instead, South Carolina shook things up by bringing the injured Shaw back from the bench.
All he did in relief was force overtime for South Carolina, then he saved the day again in overtime with a 15-yard fourth-and-goal touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington. The Tigers were still in position to win when the Gamecocks only got a field goal in the second overtime, but they were stopped in place at the six-yard line.
This led to what looked like a chip shot field goal to force a third overtime, yet Andrew Baggett’s kick clanged off the left goal post. Just like that, Missouri added another heartbreaking loss to its football legacy, knocking itself out of the BCS picture in the process. Although the SEC East is still in the Tigers’ control, a national title shot -- and being given a real chance against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC title game -- is not.
Last week, this game would have been a mere drop in the bucket. This week, it was the one and only upset on the schedule, although a few teams did get scared. Here is a list of the best and most eventful games of Week 9, even if order was largely restored everywhere but in Columbia, Missouri.