Steve Spurrier: 'It seems like when we play Clemson, they don't play very well'

'I’m really, really proud of our defense. That’s one of the best offenses in the country, and we held them down fairly well'

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier yells to his players in the fourth quarter against Clemson on Saturday.

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South Carolina's Steve Spurrier yells to his players in the fourth quarter against Clemson on Saturday.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier:

"“We were very fortunate again. It seems like when we play Clemson, they don’t play very well. We did what we needed to do, I guess, to make more plays than they did. There were a lot of penalties in this game.

"I’m really, really proud of our defense. That’s one of the best offenses in the country, and we held them down fairly well, to 17 points. Offensively, we did what we sort of needed to do as far as playing sort of ugly. We ran for nothing and nothing and nothing and nothing, but we kept that clock churning away. We hit a ball or two here or there, and we got a penalty here or there.

"We made a lot of mistakes in the game, but fortunately, our defense was good in that second half. When we hit Bruce (Ellington) back there, we were trying to hit the tight end and there were three guys on him. That was a key play in the game. As it turned out, our defense was really good. I feel fortunate. This team has some excellent leaders, guys that really went out and played. We’re obviously pretty happy to come out of here with a victory.”

Spurrier: Clemson didn't play very well

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On the team’s quarterback situation: “(Dylan Thompson) played pretty well. He missed a few here and there, but he hit a few here and there. He was ready to play. He wanted to play. Connor has not been able to practice all week, and he really needed to rest that foot if he could. So, he should be ready for the bowl game, wherever we go. Connor should be the guy ready to go.”

On Jadeveon Clowney: “Yeah, Jadeveon got a game ball. Of course, we gave one to all of the seniors who played here. Jadeveon, we stood him up, we moved him around a little bit, and hopefully got a one-on-one. We’ve got him for one more year, and we’re going to shake his hand and thank him for everything he’s done for South Carolina.”

On his team’s ball control game plan in the second half: “We were hoping that it would be that kind of game. I don’t know how many plays they had in the second half. We didn’t have a lot of yards in our 86, but we had a lot of clock. That’s what we hoped would happen. I didn’t know it would happen, but we were fortunate.”

On Thompson’s ability as a runner: “The quarterback draw just kept coming out, didn’t it? It came out twice. Dylan made a beautiful run on one that was called back for holding. The next one, he got down to about the five- or six-yard line. It took us three plays to get that one in. It just worked out. Clemson’s a really good team. We just made a bunch of third downs. It was probably a difference in the game.”

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michtiger writes:

Sad part about this nasty comment is that it is true! He just is better than Dabo and his high priced staff. Do you think he played the 2nd string QB, to show us that he could beat us w/o Shaw and Latimore?

zilforreal writes:

Fact is that it is hard to be prepared for SC because playing in the ACC Clemson plays weak defenses all season. Dabo is a salesman and Spurrier is a real coach.

TigerNE writes:

Spurrier hit the nail on the head. I think our defense was NOT the problem. After all, they held SC to 27 points which equaled or bettered any projections on the game. Boyd and the offense looked flat and for whatever reason Morris didn't mix it up much to change the rhythm. I hear all of these glaring statement about Morris from the commentators, etc. But he has to prove he knows how to use the talent better and to out coach other teams. Our offensive talent was just wasted for the most part, and Boyd once again showed he can't keep it together well enough under pressure. He is getting better, but.....Heisman??? No way.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

You Orange folks are fun to watch. You're all sitting around scratching your heads and wondering where it all went wrong. It's like a restaurant owner in NYC replacing the chef with the fry cook from McDonalds and then blames all his problems on the wait staff. It doesn't matter who your fancy coordinators are if you've got a head coach who is in way over his head. Steve Spurrier owns Dabo and it's so bad that he may as well be listing the space in Dabo's head on craigslist.

TUN writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

You Orange folks are fun to watch. You're all sitting around scratching your heads and wondering where it all went wrong. It's like a restaurant owner in NYC replacing the chef with the fry cook from McDonalds and then blames all his problems on the wait staff. It doesn't matter who your fancy coordinators are if you've got a head coach who is in way over his head. Steve Spurrier owns Dabo and it's so bad that he may as well be listing the space in Dabo's head on craigslist.

To Mr. Yabbawhatever, if I didn't know any better, I would think you had a thing for Dabo. The lady (or in this case, the delusional chickin U fan) doth protest too much. I think you Chickin U fans are drunk on the little bit of success your football program is having. Enjoy it while it lasts because the Ole Ball Sack won't be coaching for much longer. He is too old and probably for his own good health shouldn't coach much longer. I also think you pay Dabo so much attention because you know (as does everyone else in the country) that he is building slowly but surely a powerhouse in Clemson that may one day overshadow the legacy of Danny Ford. Time will tell but I can say this: William Christopher is a WINNER and he is building a WINNER in Clemson.

dkilgore1 writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Spurrier hit the nail on the head. I think our defense was NOT the problem. After all, they held SC to 27 points which equaled or bettered any projections on the game. Boyd and the offense looked flat and for whatever reason Morris didn't mix it up much to change the rhythm. I hear all of these glaring statement about Morris from the commentators, etc. But he has to prove he knows how to use the talent better and to out coach other teams. Our offensive talent was just wasted for the most part, and Boyd once again showed he can't keep it together well enough under pressure. He is getting better, but.....Heisman??? No way.

You nailed it. Coach morris didn't coach his best game. He has to find ways to get the best players the ball against good defenses. The defense played a decent game but when the offense is 3 and out all night its gonna were out the defense.

CUNo1Fan writes:

Carolina is winning the way we used to win, with a dominant D and an power O that did enough to win. It may not be pretty but it works! We need to get back to that. While I had hope that our O would do the job, this game proved yet again that D wins the big games and championships. Until we get back to that winning formula this will continue to be the case, we will look good/great against sub-par competition and then look average at best when facing a good opponent that comes in and smack us in the mouth.

33dtb writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

You Orange folks are fun to watch. You're all sitting around scratching your heads and wondering where it all went wrong. It's like a restaurant owner in NYC replacing the chef with the fry cook from McDonalds and then blames all his problems on the wait staff. It doesn't matter who your fancy coordinators are if you've got a head coach who is in way over his head. Steve Spurrier owns Dabo and it's so bad that he may as well be listing the space in Dabo's head on craigslist.

The "Late/Great" Tommy Bowden owned Holtz AND Spurrier, for crying out loud.

We have Defense coming and if we can shake the "late/great" TB's attitude that he was toooooo smart to need an O-Line, the situation with the gamecocks will be handily resolved and back to normal.

Remember that Dabo beat his "owner" as an INTERIM coach

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to TUN:

To Mr. Yabbawhatever, if I didn't know any better, I would think you had a thing for Dabo. The lady (or in this case, the delusional chickin U fan) doth protest too much. I think you Chickin U fans are drunk on the little bit of success your football program is having. Enjoy it while it lasts because the Ole Ball Sack won't be coaching for much longer. He is too old and probably for his own good health shouldn't coach much longer. I also think you pay Dabo so much attention because you know (as does everyone else in the country) that he is building slowly but surely a powerhouse in Clemson that may one day overshadow the legacy of Danny Ford. Time will tell but I can say this: William Christopher is a WINNER and he is building a WINNER in Clemson.

You say I'm the one with the thing for Dabo but you're the one calling him William Christopher.

I'll make a deal with you. Hire an actual head coach and I'll stop talking about the clown you just fired. Until then, the joke's on you. Beat the snot out of Wake Forest and the 7 dwarfs and then get rolled when you play someone who is relevant.

Sing it with me... S-E-V-E-N-T-........Y!!!

Tiger79 writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

You say I'm the one with the thing for Dabo but you're the one calling him William Christopher.

I'll make a deal with you. Hire an actual head coach and I'll stop talking about the clown you just fired. Until then, the joke's on you. Beat the snot out of Wake Forest and the 7 dwarfs and then get rolled when you play someone who is relevant.

Sing it with me... S-E-V-E-N-T-........Y!!!

While it is true CU was outplayed and out coached this year, and the Gamecocks have bragging rights until next year. CU is heading in the right direction and will return to dominance. I have been a long time Tiger and remember sitting in the 4th quarter of an almost empty William Brice in '89 with score CU 45 SC 0, pretty pathetic, almost as pathetic as a gamecock fan who has nothing better to do than read and post on other teams sites. While you may have a more experienced coach at least ours doesn't say on National tv he would rather be coaching in the Swamp.

TigrisVeritas writes:

in response to TUN:

To Mr. Yabbawhatever, if I didn't know any better, I would think you had a thing for Dabo. The lady (or in this case, the delusional chickin U fan) doth protest too much. I think you Chickin U fans are drunk on the little bit of success your football program is having. Enjoy it while it lasts because the Ole Ball Sack won't be coaching for much longer. He is too old and probably for his own good health shouldn't coach much longer. I also think you pay Dabo so much attention because you know (as does everyone else in the country) that he is building slowly but surely a powerhouse in Clemson that may one day overshadow the legacy of Danny Ford. Time will tell but I can say this: William Christopher is a WINNER and he is building a WINNER in Clemson.

TUN, I think you may have it quite wrong here. There is a very good chance that Yabbadabodoodoo is indeed a Tiger fan. There is nothing in the post that would indicate otherwise except for him referring to Tiger faithful as “you orange folks”. That could be an attempt to mask his own inner-Tiger. Nevertheless, everything in the post if absolutely accurate. Comparing Dabo to a fry cook is right on the mark. The Gamecocks are drunk on success to be sure, but they’ve been drinking for four years and after being teetotalers for so long when it comes to Clemson, no one should be surprised at their drunkenness. That does not mean calling Spurrier names will make Dabo any less of a fry cook. Lord knows I can appreciate loyalty with so many bandwagoners out there, but it’s time for Dabo backers to take a long tall drink of reality. Being a nice guy and a good recruiter does not a bona fide head coach make. The man had never even been the head coach of a pee wee football team before he got this job for crying out loud, much less that of a division 1 program with a history of success. He is unqualified, plain and simple. A couple of winning seasons on the coattails of a few good staffers does not even come close to filling out a resume that warrants a contract like the one Dabo has with Clemson. Recognizing this fact does not make ANYONE less of a Clemson fan. You can’t wish him into a chef. He has to spend years on the line learning how to take control of the kitchen when the high paid sue chefs just can’t get the recipe right. The bottom line is that if Clemson wants to be competitive on a national level again, they must have someone at the helm who posses the knowledge, skills, and experience to match those of the guy standing on the sideline across the field. Unless our opponents start hiring fry cooks, it won’t be happening until Dabo is ether gone or gets enough OJT under his belt to get the job done. He has tied the record of 4 losses in a row to Carolina. Next year when he owns the record outright, maybe you will take the Dabo blinders off. It’s a harsh reality and I never thought that I would see it in my lifetime, but let’s face it; Carolina has the better program at the moment. No one can deny that Spurrier should be given the majority of the credit. Clemson arguably has a better facility, a more attractive campus, winning traditions, equal or better talent, and traditionally places more players in the pros. So what’s the difference? Answer: A head coach that is up to the challenge, not a trainee.

TigerNE writes:

I'm always fascinated by the folks who actually engage Yabba... He's just an attention seeker, after all. But he seems to get bites all the time.

Until Spurrier came along, I can only wonder where he was hiding.

Lynx26 writes:

It's all good. We have no choice but to sit and take it.... 4 straight wins says it all. But there is no way we'll continue to go O-for. So hang in there fellow fans, and take it like men!

We shall return!! Next year is OUR year (on paper)... I have us going 12-1.

IFFFFFFF... we play with more AGGRESSION and Physicality! :) #ThatIsAll

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