Steve Spurrier didnt kibitz or talk about the minor points of the game. He came onto his Sunday teleconference fresh from the film room and made it clear South Carolina was bad Saturday, and the focus from here is to play a lot better.
We got out-played and we got out-coached, Spurrier said. Well try to regroup and see if we cant get better. We got some regrouping to do, theres no question about it. We got to get back to basic fundamentals, and try to coach better, put our players in position and let them play.
Spurrier watched the game film with all of his assistant coaches, and pointed out flaws in everybodys plans, himself included. He blamed himself for the fourth-and-1 option pitch to Mike Davis that prevented a USC touchdown and stressed a need to get back to basics.
As for anything bigger on the plate, that wasnt brought up. While USC has sat and watched Georgia overcome a loss to the Gamecocks to reach the SEC Championship Game the past two years, if theres any hope of that reversing this year, USC isnt talking about it. Not the way it played Saturday.
Were not into that, he said. Hopefully, were just sort of back down to Earth. Were not a very good team right now. We dont have to worry about any kind of divisions, SEC championships. Were worried about going to a bowl game right now, thats what we need to worry about, winning seven games, eight games, if we can. We need to try to beat Vandy this week.
Spurrier didnt go into details of how USC planned to readjust its defense, but he promised changes. I cant spill all the beans, tell Vandy what were going to try to do, but I will say were going to try to be fundamentally sound, and if we do that, weve got a chance, he said. If we dont, then we have no chance.
Vanderbilt (1-1, 0-1 SEC) comes to Columbia at 7 p.m. with the same record as USC. The Commodores lost to Ole Miss but thrashed Austin Peay 38-3 on Saturday.
Spurrier praised Vandys defense, saying it might be the best USC will face this year, and the Commodores offense, with wideout Jordan Matthews, is no slouch. While losing their first game hurt, the Commodores feel they can equal or top last seasons nine-win total, and beating USC when its down would be the springboard it needs.
But the Gamecocks are down, not out. Spurrier said that the Gamecocks focus is on letting the other teams have the attention.
USC just needs to play well.
We let all that talk go to those other guys, right now, he said. We have zero conference wins, and the way we performed yesterday, it doesnt look real pretty for us unless we change our ways around here.
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