Williams-Brice Stadium, where South Carolina had won 18 straight games, couldn’t save the Gamecocks. Steve Spurrier’s 23-1 record in season-openers couldn’t save them. Connor Shaw and Jadeveon Clowney certainly couldn’t save them, although that might not have been able to help if they had been in attendance.
Looking to prove it could soldier on after the loss of its all-time winningest quarterback and two-time All-America defensive end, No. 9 South Carolina fell flat on its face Thursday night in a 52-28 loss to No. 21 Texas A&M.
Spurrier fell to 23-2 all-time in collegiate season-openers and will have to wait at least another week to become the third coach in history to win 200 games as an SEC head coach.
“They’re kicking our butts,” Spurrier said during his halftime interview with the SEC Network, at which point the Aggies led 31-14. “They’re out-blocking, out-tackling, out-coaching us. They know what they’re doing. We’re getting beat by a much better team right now. I don’t know how we can change it, but we’ll try something different.”
Asked what he would tell his defense, Spurrier replied, ““Rush the passer, cover some guys, that kind of stuff. We can’t cover or rush very well right now. But we’ve got another 30 min. Maybe something can happen.”
It didn’t. At least nothing good for the Gamecocks.