Defense Not Satisfied

Closing in on just under two hours until kick-off, a rainbow formed over Williams-Brice Stadium. Things didn’t look that bright until the second quarter of the game for the South Carolina defense. Take a look at the highlights of Saturday’s East Carolina match-up and notables from the press conference.

South Carolina took a 33-23 win over the East Carolina Pirates Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. It marked the 200th win for head coach Steve Spurrier and brought in the first victory of the season. The Gamecocks now lead the series 13-5 against the Pirates.

Although a big win, South Carolina didn’t seem content.

I’m not satisfied at all,” noted senior Sharrod Golightly. “ I feel like we made a good stride forward and got the ‘W’. But, we still have a long way to go.”

With the defense giving up 195 yards in the first and even 82 in the second, Spurrier noted there is room for improvement, but overall, the Gamecock coaching staff was very pleased with Saturday’s performance.

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We have to keep working on it, try to keep the quarterback in the pocket and not let him run out,” stated Spurrier during his post-game press conference. “Again, our guys played pretty well. Our coaches are pleased with the way the defense, offense and special teams played.

The defense managed to force a pair of turnovers and even block a field goal on Saturday.

Lorenzo Ward has been in the hot seat since the season-opener against Texas A&M, and Saturday the defense made its grand entrance in the second quarter.

“We’re playing with a young team but it’s no excuse. We were preaching all week about playing with emotion,” said Ward. “They were playing with a lot of enthusiasm and I thought they did that early in the game but I thought we got better as the game went on.”

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