Missouri rides Badie to victory over South Carolina

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South Carolina wide receiver E.J. Jenkins, left, is hit by Missouri defensive back Akayleb Evans, right, during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Badie rushed 34 times for 209 yards and a touchdown and Missouri held off South Carolina’s fourth-quarter charge to defeat the Gamecocks 31-28 on Saturday.

The Tigers built a 17-point lead when Badie scored on a 19-yard run with 12:31 left in the game. That’s when the opportunistic Gamecocks made things interesting by converting two Missouri turnovers into touchdowns and slicing the deficit to three points with 4:32 left.

But they never saw the ball again, thanks to Badie, who rushed for 63 yards on the final drive.

South Carolina will need to find a win over the next two games to become bowl-eligible. They host Auburn next Saturday, before taking on Clemson in Columbia in the regular season finale.

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