“It’s embarrassing the way we play,” head coach Steve Spurrier said following Saturday night’s Vanderbilt victory. “I’m the head coach of this embarrassing team.”
Needless to say, coach Spurrier was not pleased with his team’s performance in Nashville.
The Gamecocks allowed two touchdowns before ever putting a single point on the board. However, South Carolina battled, coming back to take a 3-point lead into halftime. South Carolina leads the all-time series against Vanderbilt, 20-4.
Vanderbilt has struggled in 2014, and clearly played their best game of the season. As usual, an SEC road win proves difficult to come by.
Down by two touchdowns on the road in conference, South Carolina managed to pull a win out once again, 48-34. The 48-points tallied by the Gamecocks were the most this season, and the most since 52 at Arkansas in 2013.
“We are not a very good team, but we are 3-1 somehow,” said Spurrier. “We got all the voters fooled thinking we are pretty good. I guess because we beat Georgia”
The defensive and special teams units that played so well against Georgia were challenged by a Vanderbilt squad that is one of the youngest football teams in the country.
“Big play, first time we’ve scored on defense around here” said defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. “So, we needed to do it.”
South Carolina’s 48-points was the most against Vanderbilt since the 52 points scored in 1996.
The Head Ball Coach did say he was proud of the offense in Saturday’s gmae, and for good reason.
South Carolina’s 449 yards of total offense is the most by the Gamecocks in a game this season and the most for the program in an SEC game since Missouri in the 2013 season.
Another positive result from Saturday’s game, the Gamecocks have now moved up in the polls .
Sitting at No. 13 in the AP Top 25 and No. 15 in the Amyway Coaches Poll, South Carolina has bounced back from it’s No. 24 drop in Week 3.
ESPN’s College Game Day will be paying a visit to Columbia this weekend. The well-known program announced its decision this past weekend as South Carolina (3-1, 2-1 SEC) takes on Missouri (3-1, 0-0 SEC) at Williams-Brice this Saturday.
Mizzou fell to Indiana Saturday at home 31-27, driving them out of the polls.
Although the Sandstorm-loving crowd doesn't need a lot of help getting Williams-Brice louder-than-loud, College Game Day's presence should provide even more excitement, and give the players and fans another great atmosphere for college football.