USC’s 54-3 win over Kentucky Saturday may be the closest Steve Spurrier has been to being like the Steve Spurrier fans loved to hate at Florida 15 years ago. His offense came out passing on almost every down, showed a lot of different formations, scattered in a few trick plays and most importantly scored early and often. They even scored late, rushing to the line of scrimmage in the final seconds to tack on a final score with eight seconds to play in the game.
Yes, this is a bad Kentucky team. It may be the worst team USC has faced this season. But still, something was different about Spurrier Saturday. He showed a spark we haven’t seen from him all season.
“It was just time to call some play and see what happened,” Spurrier said after the game. “I didn’t know if we could move it like this or not, but I knew we had to try.”
Even after scoring half a hundred Spurrier thought they left some points on the field.
“If we were really sharp today, as many opportunities as the offense had, we could have scored 70 or 80 points,” Spurried said. “But anyway,  was enough.”
Plenty of fans and media spent the past week questioning Spurrier’s play calling and offensive scheme. A fan on Spurrier’s call in show asked him if he would consider firing himself as offensive coordinator and hiring someone to run the offense. Saturday it sounded like Spurrier was trying to send a message to his detractors.
“We helped our offensive stats today. So you guys can’t get bitching at the offense this week. Wait til the next game, some of you experts in here.”