In over 100 years of football USC has won only twice in Knoxville and Steve Spurrier has both of those victories. That includes Saturday night’s 14-3 win over Tennessee in front of about 90,000 disappointed Vols fans. USC is now 2-14 all-time at Tennessee and Steve Spurrier is 4-3 against the Vols since taking over in Columbia.
Spurrier may be used to beating Tennessee but he isn’t used to doing it with defense. The Head Ball coach admitted winning doesn’t feel as good when his offense isn’t posting big numbers.
“I don’t come off the field smiling real big the way I used to when our teams used to score a bunch of points,” Spurrier said. But we understand that’s what we got to do and our defense is playing very well.”
USC finished the game with 318 yards of total offense. They only had 87 yards of passing offense and completed just 10 passes.
“We won the game somehow,” Spurrier said. “I’m not much of a passing coach anymore but we are 7-1 somehow, we’re 7-1.”
Spurrier’s offense did put together a 20 play 98 yard touchdown drive that chewed up over 11 minutes of clock in the third quarter. The Head Ball Coach said that is the longest drive he’s been a part of since his 1982 Duke team had a 20 play drive to run out the clock in an upset at Tennessee.
USC will play at Arkansas next weekend. Spurrier pointed has been good for about two touchdowns a game this season. He said they “may need more” next week against a Razorback team that scores in bunches.
USC is 7-1 and 5-1 in the SEC. They are tied with Georgia atop the East standings. Georgia plays Auburn in Athens next weekend.