Michael Scarnecchia finally got his opportunity to start in a big SEC game for South Carolina and the redshirt senior delivered in a huge way for the Gamecocks.
Starting for an injured Jake Bentley, Scarnecchia completed 20 of 35 passes for 249 yards, three touchdowns, and most importantly, no interceptions. Taking into consideration he outplayed Drew Lock, who could be a first-round selection in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft (Lock threw for only 204 yards and had two interceptions and no touchdowns) the performance won’t be one Scarnecchia likely ever forgets.
Saturday’s 37-35 win over Missouri was a huge one for the Gamecocks and sets up another big game against Texas A&M in Columbia. The Gamecocks have never beaten their cross-divisional foe and may have to do so with Scarnecchia under center for the second weekend in a row.
During his weekly Sunday teleconference, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp noted that he is not ready to announce which quarterback would be suiting up for the team against the Aggies.
Muschamp: Jake's played a lot of good football for us, it's unfortunate for us, we'll make the decision on him when he's healthy, right now he's not.
— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) October 7, 2018
Following his Missouri postgame press conference, Muschamp said that Bentley was healthy enough to play against the Tigers but noted he was not confident that the quarterback could protect himself from further injury. With that in mind, the team turned to the senior QB on the roster.
Muschamp clearly has faith in his backup and that showed on Saturday and continues to be the case following the huge comeback win over Missouri.
Muschamp on Scarnecchia: He's extremely intelligent and throws the ball extremely well. He missed a whole season after that shoulder surgery but his confidence was never a question.
— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) October 7, 2018
How wild would it be if Scarnecchia is the quarterback to finally get the program over the hump and up for the task of taking down the Aggies?