Times are few when USC football coach Steve Spurrier can’t come up with the words to express his feelings. Saturday night in the bowels of Williams-Brice Stadium, after watching his team blow a two score, fourth quarter lead for the third time this season, was one of those times.
The Gamecocks lost their fourth straight SEC game 45-42 in overtime to Tennessee to clinch a losing record in the league for the first time since 2009. And the way they lost this one was even more galling to their following because they only had 4:52 to mess it up. Somehow they found a way to do it.
An offense which for the most part had gone up and down the field on the Vols all night all of a sudden could not run block or pass protect. And the defense, well it pretty much stunk all night.
However, in overtime the Gamecock defense forced a field goal, which basically is considered a defensive win in that situation. But the offense gave up back to back sacks and that led to a 58 yard field goal attempt by Elliott Fry that never had a chance.
So, Spurrier was left with few words and his coaches and players were left with heads hanging. Here’s what they had to say following the game.