Drew Lock leads Missouri over South Carolina in first start

Missouri cruises past South Carolina (0:53)

Freshman QB Drew Lock completes 21-of-28 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns in Missouri's 24-10 win over South Carolina. (0:53)

Missouri didn't need true freshman quarterback Drew Lock to do much, but he was efficient and very comfortable with the football, leading the Tigers to a 24-10 win over South Carolina Saturday.

Lock, who replaced the suspended Maty Mauk, made his presence known with a lot of short passes and didn't put his team in bad positions, finishing with 136 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-28 passing. Fans had been very vocal about their displeasure with the inconsistent play of Mauk over the last couple of weeks and had to be pleased with the controlled play of Lock that provided a must-needed spark for Mizzou's floundering offense.

On the other side, South Carolina quarterback Lorenzo Nunez, also a true freshman, went from throwing for 148 yards and a touchdown in the first half,\ to starting the third quarter throwing an interception on the Gamecocks' first three drives. Perry Orth, who Nunez replaced under center last week, came in for Nunez in the fourth quarter but wasn't very productive, either.

What this win means for Missouri: The Tigers desperately needed this victory after losing on the road to Kentucky last week. The Tigers are hurting for some sort of offensive presence, and Lock might have provided the Tigers with a little bit of a jolt. It wasn't much, but it was enough to carry Mizzou to 1-1 in SEC play. The question now becomes if you start Lock or Mauk against a very talented Florida defense next week.

What this loss means for South Carolina: The Gamecocks are now 0-3 in SEC play for the first time since Steve Spurrier's first year as South Carolina's head coach back in 2005. Nunez's inability to take care of the football doomed this offense in the second half, and while the defense showed signs of improvement (holding Mizzou to 299 yards), this team just can't seem to put a complete game together in SEC play.

Play of the game: There wasn't a lot of excitement in the first half, but Nunez's lone touchdown pass came with a little -- OK, maybe a lot -- of luck. After avoiding pursuit from two Mizzou defenders, Nunez chucked up a prayer off his back foot that was dropped by cornerback Aarion Penton at about the 3-yard line and landed into the hands of running back Shon Carson, who lumbered into the end zone for South Carolina's first touchdown.

Stat of the game: South Carolina has held Missouri to fewer than 300 yards of offense in back-to-back meetings (both losses). This was the first time in three conference games that the Gamecocks allowed fewer than 300 yards to an SEC opponent. South Carolina allowed fewer than 200 yards to SEC opponents just twice last season (Florida and Missouri).