Steve Spurrier paused before taking questions at his regular Tuesday news conference to make a point.
“We all lost the game last week,” Spurrier said, with the emphasis on the “all.” “The offense lost, the defense lost, the special teams lost. It wasn’t one side or another.”
Much of the blame for the Gamecocks 4-4 record thus far has been placed on a defense that is ranked No. 13 in the conference in yards allowed, but Spurrier pointed out his offense’s deficiencies in the red zone and fourth quarter.
“We are struggling (on defense) but then again we have been even or ahead in the fourth quarter of these (last) three losses,” Spurrier said. “If the offense had continued playing at a high level, we’d have one or two more wins, maybe three more, who knows?”
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South Carolina plays Tennessee (3-5) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium.
“We need to play better than we have been playing,” Spurrier said.
Linebacker Skai Moore remains doubtful due to a sprained ankle, Spurrier said.