South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp believes his team will be better prepared when its next road game rolls around, but there’s business to take care of at home first.
The Gamecocks (5-5) host Western Carolina (2-8) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium. A victory would make South Carolina bowl eligible and end a one-year postseason drought.
“I told the team, ‘This is a very important game for us. We will approach it that way and come into the building Tuesday morning ready to work,’ ” Muschamp said. “The most important thing we need to do is send these seniors out the right way with a win and with the importance of going to a bowl, because that’s what they want.”
The game will be Senior Day for the Gamecocks and the final game this season at Williams-Brice Stadium. After that, it’s a return to the road to face No. 5 Clemson in Memorial Stadium. After Saturday’s showing against Florida in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, that’s not a comforting thought for most Gamecocks fans.
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South Carolina lost 20-7 to the Gators, falling to 1-3 away from home this season.
“We have to play better on the road,” Muschamp said. “You can’t stand around and wait for something to happen. You have to make something happen. A little of that is youth and inexperience and not having been in that situation. We will draw from it and move forward.”
The Gamecocks fell behind 20-0 Saturday and were outgained 372 yards to 256 yards.
“I thought we played hard in the game. I don’t think we played very smart,” Muschamp said. “Met with our players today and reviewed the film and the biggest thing is just, ‘Learn from it and move on.’ ”
Starting safety Chris Moody suffered a bone bruise on his knee, but is expected to be ready to practice by midweek. “Everybody else is good to go for Tuesday’s practice,” Muschamp said. … Only “seniors and guys who have graduated” will be able to participate in senior day, Muschamp said. … For much of the season, punter Sean Kelly has been playing with a knee strain that limits him during the practice week, Muschamp said. Kelly is eighth in the SEC with a 42.2 yards-per-kick average.
Who: Western Carolina at South Carolina
When: 4 p.m., Saturday
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium
TV: SEC Alternate Radio: 107.5 FM