South Carolina's offense exploded on Saturday afternoon against the Kentucky Wildcats. It ran up 54 points on a whopping 639 total yards of offense. Head coach Steve Spurrier ran a balanced attack that Kentucky had no answer for.
For the first time this year, everybody was contributing. Four Gamecocks ran for 45 yards or more. 10 receivers caught at least one ball. And the team's new starting quarterback, sophomore Connor Shaw, threw for over 300 yards and four touchdown passes.
And yet, head coach Steve Spurrier wanted more. Much more.
Junior running back Marcus Lattimore noted the offense's efficiency, but agreed with his coach. There's too much talent on this team to be satisfied until its goals are reached.
"We still left points out there," Lattimore said. "We still haven't reached our potential."
Spurrier went on to say that if the team "sputtered around" and if they were "really sharp", it could have scored "70 or 80 points".
"We didn't play a great game," Spurrier said. "We played a pretty good game. I've seen a lot of offenses play better than we played today, that's for sure. We just had so many opportunities."
Even after taking a closer look at the offense's 600+ yard performance, Spurrier maintained his position, insisting there's plenty of room for improvement.
"After watching the tape, it certainly wasn't anywhere close to how we hoped to play offensively," Spurrier said. "We had a lot of miscues here and there.
He even went on to note that the score was actually misleading.
"What got the score way up was our second offensive line and our second quarterbacks went in there and got 21 points real fast somehow or another in the last quarter."
But of course, he did compliment his team on a game where they finally got the offense flowing.
"Had a lot of good rushes. Had a good balanced attack," Spurrier said. "Gosh, we made over 600 yards. We ever done that before?"
Actually, Coach, the last time that happened was about ten years ago. But your 53-point margin over a Southeastern Conference opponent - that's the largest in school history.
There have been a wide range of results from Spurrier's offense this year, ranging from a no-show against Auburn to Saturday's outburst (which happened to come in consecutive weeks).
But one thing that's for sure is the bar has been set. And it's pretty high.
Spurrier: Offense can do more
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