USC football coach Steve Spurrier has long been known as a gambler on the football field, when it comes to play calling and the like. And who knows, he may even make a monetary gamble or two on the golf course.
But, it was his decision to play it safe on the final play of the Mississippi State game Saturday that upset millions of gamblers world-wide.
The Gamecocks were 3.5 point favorites over the Bulldogs and led by four with four seconds to play. On the final play of the game from his own 15, Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw took the snap in the shotgun and ran out the time by running out the back of the end zone. That safety made the final score USC 14-Mississippi State 12.
From a gambling standpoint, the safety meant those who had bet on the Gamecocks lost and those who had bet on the Bulldogs won. Without the safety, the opposite would have been true.
How big were those two points in terms of gambling dollars? According to RJ Bell of pre-game.com, the difference was enormous.