STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Alshon Jeffery caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Connor Shaw with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter and No. 15 South Carolina rallied to beat Mississippi State 14-12 on Saturday.
In his third career start, Shaw struggled for much of the afternoon. But the South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) sophomore threw a perfect pass to Jeffery, who stretched his 6-foot-4, 229-pound frame over two Mississippi State (3-4, 0-4) defenders to catch the game winner.
Shaw completed 21 of 31 passes for 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore came into the game averaging an SEC-best 129.8 rushing yards per game, but only managed 39 against the hard-hitting Bulldogs. He left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury.
Mississippi State was driving late in the game, but Tyler Russell's pass was intercepted by D.J. Swearinger with 1:45 remaining.