Ol' ball coach scares UGA

Steve Spurrier no longer has an awesome offense but he still has a little mystique about him.

One week after struggling mightily to beat hapless Central Florida in his debut as South Carolina's coach, Spurrier nearly pulled a shocking upset. Except for two missed kicks, his Gamecocks might've upset Georgia today in Athens. As it was, Carolina put a colossal scare into the Dawgs before bowing 17-15.

Carolina misfired on a PAT and a 46-yard field goal. Ultimately, those four points may have meant the difference between a two-point loss and a two-point victory.

Georgia, coming off an eye-popping 48-13 blowout of No. 18 Boise State in last weekend's opener, got 144 rushing yards on 20 carries from Thomas Brown. Carolina, conversely, managed just 43 rushing yards AS A TEAM.

Even with the disparity in rushing yards, however, the Dawgs couldn't pull away. Carolina got one touchdown on a 42-yard interception return by Jonathan Joseph and scored its only offensive touchdown of the day when Blake Mitchell found Sidney Rice on a four-yard TD pass with 6:52 to play. A potential game-tying two-point conversion pass from Mitchell to Rice sailed high, however, allowing Georgia to hang on.

Despite no support from the ground game, Mitchell finished with 22 completions in 34 attempts for 236 yards.

You have to wonder how dangerous the good pass/no run Gamecocks might be if Spurrier hadn't booted star tailback Demetrius Summers off the team during the off-season.


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