Steve Spurrier came up with a new word Tuesday when asked about South Carolina's recent struggles against Vanderbilt - and no, it was not of the four-letter variety.
"We don't get into too much what happened last year or the year before. They outplayed us the last two years. That's why they've beaten us. Simple as that," Spurrier said. "They've outplayed us, outcoached us, outhit us, outcourageness us, whatever you want to call it."
Spurrier had courage on the brain after Tuesday's announcement that the Gamecocks would wear camouflage uniforms against Florida featuring words such as "duty," "honor" and "courage" in place of the players' names to help raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.
But before facing Florida on Nov. 14, the 23rd-ranked Gamecocks must contend with Vanderbilt. The longtime SEC East cellar-dwellers have beaten USC the past two seasons - Spurrier's only losses in 16 meetings with the Commodores.
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In his fifth season at USC, Spurrier said there is no such thing as an automatic win on the Gamecocks' schedule.
"Just like the Kentucky games, we've managed to beat those guys. But, gosh, they could have beaten us in several of those games we've won," said Spurrier, who improved to 17-0 against the Wildcats two weeks ago. "We all know that as close as our teams are, one or two plays determines it."
USC was 6-1 and ranked No. 6 two years ago before falling 17-6 to Vandy at home. The defeat started a downward spiral that saw the Gamecocks drop their final five games and miss out on a bowl bid.
The teams met in the second week last season in Nashville. Trailing 10-3 at halftime, Vandy scored 21 second-half points to knock off No. 24 USC 24-17.
Turnovers and poor pass protection helped doom the Gamecocks in both games. USC has lost the turnover battle in each of the past two meetings while allowing a combined 11 sacks, including seven in the 2007 game.
Spurrier said the Commodores are a zone blitz team and have a strong pass-rusher in defensive end Broderick Stewart, a redshirt senior with 18 career sacks.
After going to its first bowl game last season since 1982, Vanderbilt has struggled offensively this year. The Commodores are last in the SEC and among the worst teams nationally in scoring offense (17.6 points a game) and pass offense (150.6 yards a game).
Vandy's defense has been its strength. Despite their 2-5 record, the 'Dores are third nationally in pass defense (133.6 yards) and 24th in total defense (304.1 yards).
Oddsmakers have installed USC as a 12-point favorite, although that has meant little the past two seasons, when the Gamecocks also were favored to win.
Vandy coach Bobby Johnson, a Columbia native and former Furman coach, said there is no secret blueprint to his success against his hometown school.
"We just know that we had to fight, scratch and claw and hang in there at the end of the game. That's exactly what we did the last two times we played against them," Johnson said. "We played well in the fourth quarter of both of those contests, and that's why we pulled them out."
USC players have talked all season about the importance of every game. But they admit they might have extra incentive this week.
"Any team that whipped you for the last two years, you don't want nobody to get streaky against you," said receiver Moe Brown, who will miss the game after sustaining a concussion against Alabama. "You're playing at home. It's homecoming. All of it coming together is going to be added motivation for us to go out here and win this game."
"Our new mantra this year is 'New Carolina,' " Brown said. "This is one of the games we need to win, we should win. And that's what we plan on doing."