Gamecocks gunning for eleven

On Saturday night in Atlanta, the SEC Championship will be decided in the Georgia Dome. And despite going undefeated against the Eastern Division and setting a school record for SEC wins, the Gamecocks will not be there. But there is still a lot left to accomplish for Steve Spurrier's USC squad

When the season began, there was much talk of a repeat division championship for South Carolina. A senior quarterback along with all-Americans at running back and wide receiver, plus an improved defense would bring unprecedented glory to Columbia.

As Gamecock fans know, things did not exactly work out that way.

But with Connor Shaw leading the way, the Gamecocks have a chance to set school history with their eleventh win of the season should they emerge victorious.

Coach Steve Spurrier said that a major goal was met with last Saturday's 34-13 domination of in-state rival Clemson that brought South Carolina just their second ten win season in school history.

"It was just a wonderful win for us," said Spurrier. "We're glad to get win number ten. It's been a very good year for us and now we've realized we've got a chance to win eleven. So we can shoot for eleven with whoever we play in the bowl game."

But the Head Ball Coach also added that reaching that ten win mark gave the Gamecocks a new goal that they had not initially set before the season.

"Well we set a lot of goals and we did not win the (SEC) East," said Spurrier. "We tried and it didn't work out. We regrouped and we had a goal to win eight, win nine, and win ten. We didn't set one to win eleven, so we're going to set a new one when we meet back up Monday. It was not on our list but we just kept going after the goals in front of us. We have to give Georgia credit, they won nine or ten in a row, and they could give LSU a good game. It'll be interesting."

With all of the injuries at key positions as well as the departure of Stephen Garcia, the season could have quickly devolved into a flood of excuses followed by losses. But there was only one speedbump, a tough road loss at the hands of nationally ranked Arkansas.

"Well we don't emphasize something bad happening," said Spurrier. "It's unfortunate and we do a little grieving for him. But we just tell Marcus and Shon Carson and the other guys, ‘you're time's coming next year, so next guy up, let's go.' It's just an opportunity for different players to go play."

With a win against a bowl opponent, these Gamecocks will meet a new goal, and play their way right into the record books.

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