Stop me if you have heard this one before: USC jumps out to an early double-digit lead and looks like it is ready to blow the doors of a team only to nearly bumble it away and end up hanging on for dear life at the end. Sound familiar?
USC stuck to that script against Kentucky Saturday night. The Gamecocks pulled out a 35-28 win at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night, but the way it went down left more questions and anxiety than it did joy for USC faithful.
Despite the tough night Steve Spurrier was chipper as he waltzed into the post game news conference. He shouted “We won!” as he strolled through the door. “That’s who we are,” he said as he sat down to talk to the media.
Spurrier went out of his way to be positive in his press conference, but he couldn’t deny they defense was a problem. The specials teams weren’t good either. There are problems. One of those problems is the ongoing drama with star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He was a late scratch from the game because of bruised ribs. It was Clowney’s call not to play and it clearly caught coaches off guard.
“I don’t want to get into all of that,” Spurrier said. I will just say that he told me he couldn’t play, that his ribs hurt, couldn’t run and said I can’t play. I said well that’s fine, you don’t have to play and we will move on. He may not be able to play next week, I don’t know. But we aren’t going to worry about it I can assure you that. If he wants to play we’ll welcome him to come play for the team if he wants to, but if he doesn’t want to play he doesn’t have to play. Simple as that.”
Not too hard to decipher that message. Below we have a portion of Spurrier’s press conference, including more from him on Clowney.
Here is the recap of each quarter and the final stats:
USC hits the road next week for the first of three straight road games. They have Arkansas at 12:21 in Fayetteville.