Steve Spurrier isn’t the first coach to lead USC to back-to-back wins over Clemson, but he is the first to do it in 40 years. The Gamecocks didn’t get caught looking ahead to next week’s SEC Championship and easily handled the their arch-rival with a 29-7 win at Death Valley Saturday night.
While the Gamecocks appeared focused and ready to play against Clemson, they didn’t lose sight of what is coming up next week. Spurrier spent a good portion of his postgame comments talking about next weekend’s SEC title game with Auburn.
“The real big stage is in Atlanta,” Spurrier said. We are looking forward to that. I don’t know if we can hang with Auburn or not, but we will see what happens.”
Spurrier did spend some time talking about the Clemson Tigers. He applauded Kevin Steele and the Clemson defense for shutting down Marcus Lattimore and the rushing attack. Lattimore carried the ball 23 times for 56 yards, averaging just 2.1 yards per carry. He didn’t score.
Spurrier was pleased with the play of Stephen Garcia, who completed 14-30 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. As usual, Alshon Jeffery was his favorite receiver. Jeffery caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery has gone over 100 yards in seven games this season. He also had 97 yards against Furman and 99 yards against Arkansas.
The win improves Spurrier’s record against Clemson to 3-3 during his stint at USC.
“Two in a row I guess is good because it hasn’t happened in a long time, Spurrier said. You would have thought that would have happened in the last 40 years but I don’t guess it has. We’ve done some first this year.”