September 2, 2014

Mike Davis doubtful, and other notes from Spurrier’s Sunday teleconference (AUDIO)

Mike Davis is doubtful for East Carolina.

Mike Davis is doubtful for East Carolina.

Steve Spurrier put the wraps on a brutal season opener against Texas A&M Sunday with his weekly teleconference. Here are the highlights of what the HBC had to say, with the full audio posted below:

  • Spurrier said it was a rough start Thursday and that they obviously will have to play better against ECU this week.
  • Mike Davis is doubtful to play against East Carolina because of a rib injury.
  • Brandon Wilds will probably start at running back. Spurrier said David Williams deserves to get the ball more, too.
  • Spurrier was asked what the strength of his offense is: “The strength? We don’t have one.”
  • Spurrier says ECU is a well-coached, well conditioned team.  “They got an excellent team.”
  • Spurrier watched the UGA-Clemson game last night. He wonders how anyone is going to tackle Gurley right now.
  • Spurrier said they may be a change on the offensive line, but he will announce that later this week.
  • Spurrier said they need to improve on everything defensively, but he thinks they have the players to do the job.
  • Spurrier said they will change some things around in practice in this week to make things more competitive.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier [11:00]






From the locker room: USC deals with embarrassing loss (AUDIO)

QB Dylan Thompson did pass for career highs of 366 yards and 4 touchdowns

QB Dylan Thompson did pass for career highs of 366 yards and 4 touchdowns

Very little went right for USC in Thursday night’s 52-28 beatdown by Texas A&M.  The Gamecock defense was manhandled by a bigger, stronger, faster A&M offense.  The offense, though putting up 433 yards, never attempted to establish the running game and thus got into a shoot out with the wrong team.  And the special teams allowed a long kickoff return to start the game and allow the Aggies to get on an early roll.

There was plenty of blame to go around for the Gamecocks who should realize that a similar performance next week against East Carolina and they will be 0-2 for the first time since going 0-11 in 1999.

Here are more post game thoughts from the Gamecocks and from Aggie quarterback Kenny Hill passed for a school record 511 yards.

Nick Jones had 2 TD catches

Nick Jones had 2 TD catches

AUDIO: QB Dylan Thompson [2:09]

AUDIO: WR Nick Jones [3:10]

AUDIO: LB Skai Moore [2:02]

AUDIO: DBs Brison Williams

& Al Harris Jr. [2:20]

AUDIO: Aggie QB Kenny Hill [2:37]

Aggies play with (cow) chips on shoulders, bury Gamecocks 52-28 (VIDEO/AUDIO)

Damiere Byrd's 46 yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter kept USC in the game early

Damiere Byrd’s 46 yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter kept USC in the game early

The Texas A&M players had heard for weeks about how badly they would lose to 9t ranked USC Thursday night in the season’s opener for both teams.  They heard but they never believed it.  And they played that way in embarrassing the Gamecocks 52-28 in front of over 82,.000 fans and a nationwide audience on the SEC Network.

Check out our review of the game with SportsTalk at the Stadium from Williams-Brice:

Here’s some of the post game interviews from both locker rooms:

AUDIO: USC coach Steve Spurrier [8:48]

AUDIO: USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward [4:38]

AUDIO: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin [5:47]

The Gamecocks didn't get to Kenny Hill much

The Gamecocks didn’t get to Kenny Hill much

Final Stats

1st Quarter Recap

2nd Quarter Recap

3rd Quarter Recap

4th Quarter Recap


4th Quarter Recap: Aggies put finishing touches on rout 52-28

USC logoThe Aggies put this one away early in the quarter as Hill directed his 7th touchdown drive of the night.  The Aggies went 83 yards in 10 plays with Trey Williams running in from 2 yards out for the score.  The Aggies are up 52-28 and many of the Gamecock fans have hit the exits.

And that’s the way she ends.

Final Texas A&M 52-USC 28


3rd Quarter Recap: Gamecocks barely hanging on down 45-28

USC logoThe Gamecocks could not move the ball on their first possession of the half, but the Aggies could.  Hill continued to pick apart the secondary, and when the Gamecocks softened up for the pass, Hill handed off to one of his speedy running backs.  The Aggies drove 66 yards in 8 plays with Hill connecting with Josh Reynolds on a 5 yard scoring pass to make it a 38-14 game.

On the verge of getting blown out, the Gamecock offense gave their fans some hope with a 81 yard drive in 8 plays capped by a 5 yard pass from Thompson to Pharoh Cooper.  A pass interference call against the Aggies at the goal line helped to set up the Gamecocks’ score which made it a 38-21 game.

The Gamecocks attempted an onside kick but the Aggies recovered at the USC 42 and that led to another score, a 2 yard run by Tra Carson to give the Aggies a 45-21 advantage.

The Gamecocks responded with another scoring drive of their own.  Going almost exclusively to the air, Thompson moved his team down the field and capped the drive with a 10 yard pass to Nick Jones who made a diving catch and got a foot down in bounds on the far right side of the end zone.  That cut the deficit to 45-28.

End of quarter…Aggies 45-28.